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The challenges of COVID-19 for community pharmacists and opportunities for the future

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posted on 2021-08-03, 14:54 authored by John HaydenJohn Hayden, Rebecca ParkinRebecca Parkin
Pharmacists, like psychiatrists, have modified their practices amidst COVID-19 in order to guarantee care and support to their patients. Designated an essential frontline service, community pharmacists are facing a spectrum of challenges to surmount to ensure patient care continues. These include assisting in the prevention of infection, managing supply chains, preventing stockpiling and provision of evidence-based medical information. However, disasters like COVID-19 disproportionately affect poor and vulnerable populations, and patients with mental health conditions may be among the hardest hit. Pharmacist-level, system-level and regulatory responses have sought to minimise this impact, although there is likely to be a lasting impression on the profession, both good and bad. This article reviews the pandemic-related challenges and responses by pharmacists, as well as forming recommendation for areas of professional support and role expansion, particularly in the case of mental health.



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Published Citation

Hayden JC, Parkin R. The challenges of COVID-19 for community pharmacists and opportunities for the future. Ir J Psychol Med. 2020;37(3):198-203.

Publication Date

21 May 2020

PubMed ID



  • School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Research Area

  • Population Health and Health Services
  • Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
  • Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Health Professions Education


Cambridge University Press


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