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02.07.2017
I hope you got a chance to read the article New opportunities under MACRA set stage for pharmacist-provided care in the January issue of Pharmacy Today (Vol. 23, Issue 1, p. 46). Michael Baxter, APhA director of regulatory affairs, did a fantastic job of laying out how the Medicare Access and CHIP...
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01.24.2017
The official renewal of our untiring quest for pharmacist provider status recognition in the 115th Congress has begun: the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (H.R. 592/S. 109) has been reintroduced in the House with 107 cosponsors and Senate with 26 cosponsors out of the gate...
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01.10.2017
It is notable that in conversation around the Chicago Tribune story, “Pharmacies miss more than half of dangerous drug combinations,” no one has claimed the problem lies in pharmacists’ knowledge, dedication, or training. Pharmacists are medication experts who pursue this profession to practice at...
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12.22.2016
The Chicago Tribune has printed a letter I wrote in response to its December 15 investigative article, “Pharmacies miss more than half of dangerous drug combinations.” The letter is posted below, but you can also find it online and in the December 21, 2016, print edition. My letter emphasizes the...
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12.13.2016
Our country is facing a crisis around substance misuse.  According to Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health—the first ever report of its kind—more than 20 million people have substance use disorders, 12.5 million Americans report misusing...
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11.23.2016
Recently the University of Washington hosted the inaugural Phil and Sandra Nudelman Endowed Lecture at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. Paul Nudelman is an innovator, entrepreneur, public servant on the Washington State Board of Pharmacy and a graduate of the university who went on...
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11.14.2016
It was a long election season, but we now know that the Republicans will have control of the White House, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives. The political experts are now shifting attention to what does this mean on many fronts. Pharmacy, health care, and patient advocacy...
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11.01.2016
Anyone who has ever read my blog knows that our focus is getting pharmacists on the team and in the game. And, you’ll know that we’re driving hard to gain federal provider status recognition through the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, H.R. 592/S. 314. But Congress isn’t...
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10.18.2016
Each year during American Pharmacists Month, I have the privilege of getting MY flu shot from a pharmacist. The occasion gives me the opportunity to visit different locations. This year, I received my influenza vaccination from Carl Woelfel, PharmD, at the Walgreens flagship store in the Chinatown...
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09.30.2016
Every October during American Pharmacists Month, we recognize the impact pharmacists have on improving medication use and advancing patient care throughout all practice settings. The theme for American Pharmacists Month is "Know Your Pharmacist—Know Your Medicine.” It is based on one essential...
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