COVID-19: Information for OAT Prescribers and Pharmacists


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On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, a pandemic, citing concern over alarming levels of spread and severity across the globe. The novel coronavirus has caused a global outbreak of respiratory infections since its discovery in December 2019. For most, this coronavirus causes only mild to moderate symptoms including fever and cough, however, older adults and those with existing health problems are at greater risk for more severe symptoms such as pneumonia.

The situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve here in BC, Canada, and other jurisdictions in the world.

Federal and provincial health officials have urged individuals on chronic medications to acquire an adequate supply of prescription drugs. Ensuring uninterrupted access to essential medications, including opioid agonist treatment (OAT) medications for patients with opioid use disorder, is of critical importance to reduce the risk of harms and death that can be associated with medication destabilization.

About Peter Kim

Strategic Communications Manager, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition