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With numerous businesses looking to start opening back up in the near future, it is immensely important that access to safe and reliable COVID-19 testing is readily available for American’s returning to work. In an effort to expand reliable access to COVID-19 antibody testing, Redmond-based Prescryptive Health and Seattle-based Bartell Drugs are partnering to allow licensed pharmacists to order and administer FDA-authorized COVID-19 antibody testing. The coalition will be operating under the directive of the Department of Health and Human Services.

“As tests are made available, pharmacists will be instrumental in the administration of safe, reliable, and accurate COVID-19 tests,” said Chris Blackley, CEO of Prescryptive Health. “Pharmacists are trusted and valued health care professionals who play a critical role in our community’s management of and recovery from this crisis. We are proud to be in partnership with Bartell Drugs to deploy a platform to accelerate testing that preserves patient privacy.”

The COVID-19 testing will start by offering employers and consumers access to serologic antibody tests which will signify if a person has previously been exposed to COVID-19 and/or has developed a potential immune response. Employers will be given the option to enroll their employees to be tested at participating Bartell’s pharmacies, and once the program officially launches, eligible employees who have been enrolled will use their mobile phone to simply register for a test, select the nearest participating location, and schedule an appointment. Following the testing, employees will receive a follow-up private and secure digital certificate of their test results, validating that the test was administered by a licensed health care professional.

“Supporting and investing in our communities is an integral part of what Bartell’s stands for,” said Billy Chow, VP of Pharmacy at Bartell’s. “We are proud to partner with Prescryptive in this coalition designed to drive convenient, widespread availability of reliable and safe testing. Our goal is to help accelerate the return of healthy individuals to the workplace to get our community back on its feet.”

Discounted test and scheduling priority will be provided to health care professionals and high-risk individuals. For additional information about the COVID-19 Testing Program and instructions on how to register, visit this website.