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APhA pharmacy law matters: A year in review
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APhA pharmacy law matters: A year in review

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CPE

Legislative, legal, and regulatory developments affecting pharmacy in 2022

As the federal government continues to extend the federal public health emergency (PHE) to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clear from the data that both the federal and state governments rely upon pharmacists as a key part of our nation’s public health infrastructure.1

Under two presidential administrations, HHS has repeatedly expanded pharmacists’ scope of practice through 10 amendments under the federal Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act to temporarily authorize pharmacists to test, treat, and immunize patients.2 Many states have also taken a cue from the federal government to similarly expand pharmacists’ state scope of practice. These new authorities and responsibilities for pharmacists, layered on top of routine patient care, have been vital for meeting our nation’s health care needs and moving the practice of pharmacy forward. However, new requirements and a challenging payment system continue to threaten the sustainability of pharmacies, the wellness of pharmacists and pharmacy teams, and the resources necessary to provide that care.

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CPE assessment

This assessment must be taken online; please see “CPE information” below for further instructions. The online system will present these questions in random order to help reinforce the learning opportunity. There is only one correct answer to each question.

CPE information

To obtain 1 hour of CPE credit for this activity, complete the CPE exam and submit it online at www.pharmacist.com/education. A Statement of Credit will be awarded for a passing grade of 70% or better. You have two opportunities to successfully complete the CPE exam. Pharmacists and technicians who successfully complete this activity before January 1, 2026, can receive credit. Your Statement of Credit will be available online immediately upon successful completion of the CPE exam.

This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity. Learners who successfully complete this activity by the expiration date can receive CPE credit. Please visit CPE Monitor for your statement of credit/transcript.

To claim credit:
  1. Go to http://apha.us/CPE0123.
  2. Log in to your APhA account, or register as a new user.
  3. Select “Enroll Now” or “Add to Cart” (click “View Cart” and “Check Out”).
  4. Complete the assessment and evaluation.
  5. Click “Claim Credit.” You will need to provide your NABP e-profile ID number to obtain and print your statement of credit.

Assistance is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm ET at APhA InfoCenter by calling 800-237-APhA (2742) or by e-mailing infocenter@aphanet.org.

References

  1. Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response. Declarations of a public health emergency. Washington, DC: HHS. Available at: aspr.hhs.gov/legal/PHE/Pages/default.aspx. Accessed October 13, 2022.
  2. Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response. Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act. Washington, DC: HHS. Available at: aspr.hhs.gov/legal/PREPact/Pages/default.aspx. Accessed December 5, 2022.

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