Tennessee Pharmacists Association

Nashville, Tenn. — December 11, 2023 — Over the weekend, severe storms and tornadoes led to significant destruction across communities in Middle Tennessee. As recovery and rebuilding efforts continue to unfold, TPA encourages you to keep the affected families in your thoughts and prayers.

The Tennessee pharmacy family will find strength in this natural disaster—the immediate outpour of support from TPA members across the state has been nothing short of amazing and inspiring. Throughout the recovery and rebuilding, your ongoing support can make a difference.

Ways to Help

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee activated its Tennessee Emergency Response Fund to aid tornado survivors. Contributions to this fund can be made online, and donations will be funneled to frontline nonprofits that work on relief.

Following previous natural disasters, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requested donations to:

  • Salvation Army (615-242-0411)—provides victims with food, clothing, bedding, housing, and other emergency aid. The agency typically provides casework and financial counseling services to those impacted.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank (615-329-3491)—offers food and education to 46 Tennessee counties, including Davidson.
  • Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (888-540-5200)—the region’s primary charitable repository for cash. It also maintains control over the Metro Disaster Response Fund, a program “designed to meet the needs of our community during disaster.”
  • Hands On Nashville (615-298-1108)—connects thousands of volunteers with people and agencies needing assistance in emergency recovery.

Impact on Practice

The Tennessee pharmacy family should be inspired by the commitment of colleagues in affected areas. Working with little to no sleep, many pharmacists and pharmacy professionals in community pharmacies and hospitals continue to provide care to family members, friends, and neighbors affected by the tornadoes.

The only Board of Pharmacy provision that comes into effect in such tragedies is section 63-10-207—dispensing of medication prior to authorization. A pharmacist may dispense no more than a 21-day supply of a non-controlled substance supply when a patient is displaced by a disaster as long as a good faith effort is made to validate the prescription needed by the patient. Any additional variances may only be granted by an executive order.

Do You Need Emergency Assistance?

The Nashville Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), consisting of Davidson County nonprofit community organizations, has taken action. Those in need of assistance are encouraged to complete a request form at NashvilleResponds.com. The group is in the early stages of its recovery efforts, and it aims to respond to requests approximately 72 to 96 hours after submission.

Officials advise those in need of help to call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767. The City of Clarksville has also set up a hotline to coordinate all tornado recovery efforts at 931-245-2988.

The Volunteer State will continue to shine in the wake of this tragedy. Our communities will find hope and heroes among the Tennessee pharmacy family!

About The Tennessee Pharmacists Association

The Tennessee Pharmacists Association represents the profession of pharmacy across the state, united for the purpose of promoting safe and effective medication use to improve the health of patients. Since 1884, the Tennessee Pharmacists Association has preserved and advanced the interests of the profession and has served the professional needs of all pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For more information, please visit tnpharm.org.