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Pulse on Practice & Policy Open Forum Series

As the voice of pharmacy, APhA’s monthly Pulse on Practice and Policy Open Forum Series creates a platform where all of pharmacy can come together to share perspectives and be informed of key practices and policies impacting the profession. Please join us each month as we welcome pharmacy leaders who will cover the latest practice and policy topics and what they mean for you, your practice, and your patients.
This open forum series will be conducted the second Thursday of each month from 1:00-2:00pm ET.

Each open forum will be moderated by APhA President Valerie Prince. We welcome all of pharmacy to join us for the upcoming live webinar using the registration link below. The recordings will be made available below to APhA members only.

Past Open Forums

November 9th: MOUD Access After the MAT Act: Remaining Challenges and Opportunities

Address the formidable challenges and barriers faced by pharmacists in delivering buprenorphine services, including issues related to stigma, prescriber collaboration, and the implementation of suspicious order monitoring programs.

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August 10th: Approaches to Building Confidence in Vaccinating Children Under 5 Years Old

As COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue to evolve, this webinar will bring you up to speed on strategies for increasing COVID-19 and other vaccine uptake in children under 5 years old. Our multidisciplinary panelists will discuss thoughtful approaches to increase vaccination rates and share strategies to build vaccine confidence and uptake. These experts will also discuss common questions and concerns of patients, parents, caregivers, and providers about the provision of COVID-19 vaccines to children. Join us to hear how pharmacy and medical team members have impacted vaccination efforts for the pediatric population.

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June 1st: Track-and-Trace (DSCSA) Follow-Up Q&A with FDA, NABP, NCPA, and APhA

Discuss additional requirements for your pharmacy under DSCSA in follow-up to our February 22nd Pulse on Practice & Policy Open Forum.

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May 11th: Building Team-Based Partnerships

Discuss how pharmacists can build team-based partnerships with community-based organizations and other healthcare professionals.

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February 22nd: Track-and-Trace (DSCSA) with FDA and NABP

Discuss what you need to know to comply with new electronic requirements under the DSCSA law that will take effect this November.

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January 20th: New Year, New Congress: Pharmacy Priorities in 2023

Hear from APhA’s government affairs team as they break down what you need to know about the new Congress and how these newly elected policymakers will shape pharmacy advocacy priorities this year.

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January 4th: Special Edition: Drug Shortages with FDA

During this special edition of APhA’s Pulse on Practice and Policy Open Forum Series, we will discuss the drug shortages pharmacies are facing nationwide. The open forum will feature a representative from FDA who will talk about the factors driving these shortages and the steps FDA is taking to mitigate the impact on patient care. Moderated by APhA’s Interim EVP & CEO, Ilisa Bernstein, we will also welcome health-system and community pharmacy leaders who will share practical strategies pharmacy teams can use to help patients find alternatives and explain the situation as demand for certain medications continues.

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December 15th: OTC Hearing Aids

Discuss what pharmacists should know about OTC hearing aids and the role pharmacists can have in expanding access to hearing care. Panelists:

  • Lucas A. Berenbrok, PharmD, MS, BCACP, TTS, Associate Professor of Pharmacy & Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
  • Elaine Mormer, PhD, CCC-A, Professor & Vice President for Clinical Education, Communications Science & Disorders, University of Pittsburgh

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November 10th: New Strategies for Improving Pharmacy Team Well-being

Pharmacists and their teams are increasingly being asked to do more with less as unsustainable pharmacy business models impact working conditions and well-being. During this open forum we discuss approaches for creating a positive work environment among pharmacy team members and hear from Walgreens about their recent announcement to eliminate task-based metrics from performance reviews.


  • Dorothy Loy, PharmD, MBA, Senior Director, Patient Outcomes and Pharmacy of the Future, Walgreens
  • Saswat Kabisatpathy, PharmD, MS, BCMTMS, Chief Strategic Officer, Avant Pharmacy and Wellness

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October 13th: Criminalization of Medication Errors: The Need for Just Culture

After some of the most demanding years in health care, the recent conviction of former registered nurse RaDonda Vaught, following a fatal medication error, has sparked new concerns about the criminalization of medication errors. Join us to discuss the implications of criminalization actions for medication errors made by health care professionals, including pharmacists and pharmacy teams, and the need for implementation of just culture across pharmacy settings.


  • Shelly Nance, PharmD, BCACP, CDCES, CPPS, Corporate Patient Safety Manager for Kroger Health
  • Melissa Skelton Duke, PharmD, MS, BCPS, FAPhA, Executive Director, Population Health Pharmacy Solutions, Banner Pharmacy Services
  • John Kirtley, PharmD, Executive Director, Arkansas Board of Pharmacy

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September 8th: Navigating Pharmacy Practice Post-Dobbs Decision

An informational overview of the latest legal and regulatory actions in the states to date, and a review of medications that can be used for abortion and emergency contraception.


  • Veronica Vernon, PharmD, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Butler College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Kala Shankle, JD, Associate, Epstein Becker & Green

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August 11th: Implementing Test to Treat Services for Paxlovid

Discuss how pharmacists are leading efforts to implement test to treat services and ongoing challenges.

  • Tory Grooms, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist, Moose Pharmacy
  • Kelly Kent, PharmD, Co-Owner, Towncrest Pharmacy

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July 14th: Implementing Test to Treat for Paxlovid

Discuss the conditions under which pharmacists can order and prescribe Paxlovid and key considerations for implementing test to treat services, including reimbursement.


  • Florin Draica, MD, CMD, MBA, US Senior Medical Director, HQ Team Lead Anti-Infectives, North America Medical Affairs, Pfizer Hospital
  • Shelita Dattani, PharmD, RPh, Vice President, Pharmacy Affairs, Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada

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June 9th: The New Federal Provider Status Legislation

During this open forum, we discussed the latest federal provider status legislation, including how this legislation could help expand access to pharmacists' services and address gaps in health equity. Our panelists also discussed the latest state legislative activities and an innovative ACT Pharmacy Collaborative advocacy program.

Panelists: Ilisa Bernstein, PharmD, JD, FAPhA; Melissa McGivney, PharmD, FCCP, FAPhA; and Michael Murphy, PharmD, MBA

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