TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2020
CDC ISSUES GUIDANCE ON SPOTTING COUNTERFEIT RESPIRATORY PROTECTION EQUIPMENT. As pharmacists are well aware, acquiring adequate PPE during this pandemic is a challenge. Shortages of critical goods inevitably brings out bad actors looking to cash in. Reports of counterfeit or substandard PPE are emerging. The CDC has issued this guidance to assist health care workers to identify counterfeit respiratory equipment: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/usernotices/counterfeitResp.html. Pharmacists are also reminded that offers of PPE (or any other supplies) that appear to be counterfeit or to involve price gouging should be reported to the North Carolina Attorney General’s office: https://ncdoj.gov/covid19/.