November 7, 2009
By the time you read this, the House may have voted on the AHCAA. Debate on amendments is under way as I type this. We’ll follow up with analysis as we learn more. Check it out at www.pharmacist.com. This proposal has many pharmacy-friendly provisions that we support. I also understand an…
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November 6, 2009
I talk with other executives around town, and they all agree that this time of year is more intense than any other. I thought it would be fun to just share a glimpse at my last 30 days working on your behalf. During this time, I've visited four school of pharmacy campuses, one state association…
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November 5, 2009
Getting my seasonal flu immunization from Ukrops pharmacist Jessie Evans APhA Trustee Kelly Goode and I last month had the opportunity to visit Ukrop’s Pharmacies in the greater Richmond, VA, area. John Beckner, Pharmacist and Director of Pharmacy and Wellness, hosted us for the three-store visit…
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October 27, 2009
On Friday, I went to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to meet with CMS top leadership ─ Acting Administrator Charlene Frizzera and several of her key Medicare staff. I had the opportunity to introduce her to APhA, our top priorities related to Medicare, and the clinical role…
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October 19, 2009
In today's Federal Register, FDA reopened the comment period for its Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies, or REMS, for certain opioid drug products. The new deadline for comments--a year from today, 10/19/2010--indicates that no action will be taken for a long while. The move shows that the…
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October 16, 2009
You are invited to read my editorial in the October Pharmacy Today, due to arrive on your doorstep any day and available online. Since before I returned to APhA staff in February, I've been monitoring various groups' interest in the creation of standards for community pharmacy practice. Some will…
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October 14, 2009
We all hate to run into heavy traffic on the roads, but when looking at Web and readership of journals and magazines, increased "traffic" is a good thing. At APhA, we've been gratified at the rapid growth and visits to www.pharmacist.com, Facebook, Twitter, and this blog. Since July, our unique…
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October 13, 2009
Now that all five Senate and House committees have completed their work on health care reform (HCR) bills, we feel good that medication therapy management (MTM) provisions are included in some form in each version. They are not ideal, but the bills represent a good start at ensuring Americans'…
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October 9, 2009
When I was in practice, I often thought that if only every consumer knew what we pharmacists had to offer, we would all be better off and our advocacy would not be so challenging. What you may not know is how we are getting the word out. Soon, I'll provide you with a report that details the "hits"…
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October 8, 2009
Pharmacists, please join me in making our collective voice heard at the White House! If you have an account on LinkedIn, log in and then click on the below link. Review APhA's core messages on health care reform, and pick one or two points through which you can blend the big health care problems in…
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