January 6, 2020
Good news turned to bad in the days just after Christmas when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed legislation that would have reined in abusive PBM practices by requiring them to be licensed and governed by the state superintendent of insurance. The regulatory authority proposed by the passed…
December 17, 2019
Ending direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees and other abusive PBM practices is a matter of life and death for too many pharmacies. As a nation, we simply cannot afford for pharmacies to continue closing at this rate or for pharmacy deserts to expand. No doubt, we’ve faced some major…
November 26, 2019
Every day, you model the reasons that pharmacists must be increasingly incorporated into growing patient care roles across the health care spectrum. Yet, it’s little comfort to many of our own who are worried about their jobs that our roles really ARE expanding. Meanwhile, evidence continues to…
November 12, 2019
Your well-being isn’t a static snapshot of life. It’s a dynamic ebb and flow of experiences and events, and how we respond. By now, I hope you’ve all at least heard of the Well-being Index for Pharmacists (WBI) that APhA launched in July. The WBI is a validated screening tool developed by the Mayo…
October 29, 2019
It’s the last week of American Pharmacists Month, when we’re urged to feel pride in our profession. But the truth is that a high percentage of pharmacists are in pain. After years of declining reimbursement, the nation is waking up to the fact that pharmacies, especially independent pharmacies,…
October 22, 2019
How has American Pharmacists Month been treating you? While our work to support your well-being (more on that below) continues, we do hope you have had a chance to visit pharmacistsmonth.com to explore all the decorative, media, and patient outreach materials we’ve put together to celebrate your…
October 1, 2019
Happy American Pharmacists Month! In this blog, you’ll find the theme, resources, stories, and encouragement to include pharmacy technicians in your celebration. World Pharmacists Day last Wednesday, September 25, was the perfect prelude to #APhM2019. We were thrilled with the attention the event…
September 16, 2019
In 1987, when I joined the APhA staff the first time, I met remarkable gentleman and longtime staffer Ed Feldmann, who had retired recently but was still engaging with APhA. As is often the case with new acquaintances, initial conversations were cursory and superficial, and I was pretty overwhelmed…
September 10, 2019
The following is the fourth edition of APhA President Brad Tice's monthly guest blog. July and August can seem like slow months for getting work done, and that was my perception when I first took over as APhA President. I thought I would have a bit of down time, but of course, this was not the case…
September 3, 2019
Congress’s summer recess comes to an end next week—thanks to all who used the opportunity to invite your elected officials to see firsthand the work you do for your patients and communities. There is no more persuasive strategy to win lawmakers' support than sharing your stories, whether the goal…