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Risk Management Alerts

RM Alert: COVID-19 Reporting Reminder for California Members – SB 1159

This is a reminder that SB 1159 as signed by California Governor Gavin Newsom remains in effect. One of your responsibilities under this law is the mandatory reporting responsibility of COVID-19 data by employers to their Claims Administrator. Employers must report the following four items: Any employee who has tested positive whether work-related or not Read More »

RM Alert: Flash Mob Robberies

“Flash Mob” thefts are increasing in frequency at retail locations. Recently a new form of burglary/robbery has been playing out at retail stores in several areas across the country. This new form of burglary involves several individuals conducting the crime as a coordinated group, storming a retailer, and moving quickly to take as many items Read More »

RM Alert: Cyber Security

On Friday, December 10, the IT world discovered a substantial cyber security exploit that impacts nearly every company in the country regardless of size. The technical name is called Apache Log4j. It is essentially a door that is easy to open, allowing the cybercriminal to take full control of your systems. Your systems’ vendors are Read More »

RM Alert: REMS

What is a REMS? The Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 gave the FDA authority to require a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) from manufacturers. This strategy would ensure the benefits of certain drugs or biological products with serious safety concerns would help outweigh the risks. REMS are designed to reinforce medication Read More »


November 4, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine. The standard covers employers with 100 or more employees. Covered employers must develop, implement, and enforce a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy unless they adopt a policy requiring employees to choose to Read More »

RM Alert: Vaccine Mix-Ups

Did you know that pharmacies have provided more than 141 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines across the country as of early October? Last year, 48 million flu vaccines were given at pharmacies. As we continue to battle through the pandemic and this year’s flu season, it is important to be vigilant when providing multiple vaccines. Read More »

RM Alert: COVID-19 Vaccine Errors and Deviations

Case study: A patient presents to the pharmacy for a COVID-19 vaccine. During the intake process, the pharmacist mistakenly pulls the Moderna vaccine for a 16-year-old patient. The error is discovered during the documentation process after the injection was given. What should the pharmacist do? The CDC has an excellent resource for those providing COVID-19 Read More »

RM Alert: Opioid Cases Continued – Suggestions for Pharmacy Owners

Another court ruling involving pharmacists’ duties in the dispensing of opioid prescriptions has been issued. Like the Ohio case referenced in September 2020, the latest ruling involves the idea of Red Flags and pharmacists’ duty to resolve them. Shortly after the Ohio decision, Walmart filed suit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Eastern Read More »

RM Alert: Civil Unrest

Pharmacists Mutual cares very much about the well-being of our members. We support the rights of people to assemble and protest injustice peaceably. We stand opposed to any violence and destruction that is perpetrated by groups in the cities and towns that we serve. We know that you are concerned about the civil unrest that Read More »

Vaccination Requirement Considerations for Employers

As we move beyond the dark path created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we look forward to the prospect of greener pastures afforded through mass vaccinations. While the vaccination will lend itself greater control of the virus, it also presents a series of moral and ethical obligations to business owners of all sizes. There is no Read More »