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03.04.2010
As the House of Representatives "Rangels" about its leadership, APhA has been meeting about meetings! Earlier this week, our staff conducted our final preconference planning meeting (“precon”) for the Annual Meeting coming up on March 12–15 here in Washington. Our staff is really pumped, and it...
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02.17.2010
Recently, I participated in the quarterly meeting of the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP), where the "Ns" and the "As" of pharmacy convene to discuss professionwide issues. These groups are dedicated, and more importantly, united in a shared vision where pharmacists take...
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02.12.2010
(The below e-mail message was sent to Allison Wiley, one of our dedicated Government Affairs staffers, by Julie Stading of Creighton University. Following that is a message I sent to Dr. Stading after Kristina Lunner, our VP of Government Affairs, told me about this great feedback.) Allison, I...
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02.09.2010
We're in the midst of an imperfect storm! Over the past few days, Washington has been hammered with 28+ inches of snow. And we're expecting another 10-22 inches tonight. That will make the winter of 2010 the snowiest on record for the nation's capital. The snow coming tonight is the product of two...
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02.06.2010
Luckily, our Board of Trustees met at APhA headquarters in Washington the last weekend of January, not this snow-stricken first one of February. Among the progress made by our Trustees was a review of the current status of pharmacy education. During our meeting, we were briefed by representatives...
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02.04.2010
A few weeks ago I put the challenge out for pharmacists to describe what you do as if you were trying to be clear to an eighth grader. We got a number of great responses, including this one that our staff committee of pharmacists and nonpharmacists picked as their favorite: "Pharmacists help...
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02.03.2010
Jimmy Mitchell Addresses the APhA Board One of the very great things about this job is that I get to interact with really wonderful people. This weekend our Board of Trustees had the privilege to spend time with our Honorary President, Jimmy Mitchell, Director of the Health Resources Services...
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02.02.2010
The US Department of State's Emergency Plan for AIDS recently contacted APhA about its need for French-speaking pharmacists in Haiti. Help was needed in managing French-labeled antiretroviral medications in Port-au-Prince. A facility where medications were stored withstood the January 12...
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01.28.2010
Those words, spoken by President Barack Obama during his State of the Union address on January 27, were intended to spur Congress to continue its deliberations until health care reform is achieved. How Congress will respond will be the topic of speculation, conjecture, and debate for weeks. I have...
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01.20.2010
Our team has had numerous discussions with the UN and other agencies involved in Haitian relief efforts. In an unbelievable response to our call for volunteers over the weekend, the Global Action Foundation received 2000 emails and about 600 calls from APhA members. To say the least, the group's...
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