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March 16, 2021

88% of Americans who received first dose of Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have also completed second dose, CDC study shows

Vaccination of about 88% of Americans who received the first dose of Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines was complete, a study of over 12 million people by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed.

March 1, 2021

FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Third COVID-19 Vaccine

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the third vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

February 15, 2021

In accordance with IRS regulations for federal income tax purposes, a percentage of SCMA annual membership dues may be deducted as a business expense.

In accordance with IRS regulations for federal income tax purposes, a percentage of SCMA annual membership dues may be deducted as a business expense. The SCMA estimates 87.38% of 2020 membership dues are deductible.

February 4, 2021

Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)

Emergency Room physicians brought up the issue of EPT, or the “clinical practice of treating the sex partners of patients diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea by providing prescriptions or medications to the patient to take to his/her partner without the health care provider first examining the partner

February 2, 2021

2021 SCMA Virtual Annual Meeting Registration Now Open for Members

It is time for the 2021 SCMA Annual Meeting that will allow physicians to receive 14 hours of CME credit, including the hours needed to meet the SC drug course requirements.

January 26, 2021

More contagious COVID-19 variant first discovered in Brazil detected for first time in United States

The Washington Post (1/25, Achenbach) reports, “Minnesota officials announced Monday they have identified a person infected with a highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus that has been spreading at alarming rates in recent weeks in Brazil.”

January 15, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

The SCMA has continued to push for vaccination access to physicians and in physician offices.  Make no mistake - physicians want to be vaccinated and want to vaccinate their patients.

January 11, 2021

2021 SCMA Annual Meeting

Due to the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and after thoughtful review and discussion, the SCMA Board of Trustees believes the safest approach for members, attendees, speakers and staff is to move the 2021 SCMA Annual Meeting to a virtual format.

December 31, 2020

A Message from DHEC on the Vaccine

The SCMA continues to work on providing access to the COVID-19 vaccine for non-affiliated physicians and staff. We have been working closely with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) over the past week to answer direct questions from physicians, and also to assist in staging access sites. This evening DHEC provided the below message directly for SCMA physicians as an update on the process. We will continue to provide updates regularly in this fluid situation.

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