October 9, 2020
For today’s blog, I invited Ilisa Bernstein, APhA’s senior vice president for pharmacy practice and government affairs, to share her thoughts on this week’s big Supreme Court case from her perspective as both a pharmacist and a lawyer.  By Ilisa Bernstein Finally, oral arguments in Rutledge v PCMA…
October 6, 2020
Today, after decades of pharmacy advocates fighting at the federal and state levels to gain better control of drug pricing and protect the viability of community pharmacies, the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Rutledge v Pharmaceutical Care Management…
September 3, 2020
My op-ed that follows first appeared on September 2, 2020, edition of Morning Consult. I’m sharing it in this space to highlight how APhA keeps fighting for pharmacists and their patients during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We’re working to change the hearts and minds of policy makers—and the…
August 24, 2020
We’re still accepting nominations for the APhA Annual Awards and Honors Program, the most comprehensive recognition program in the pharmacy profession. The deadline for nominations is September 1, so submit yours today. The awards will be presented at the 2021 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition…
August 10, 2020
Everyone knew that President Trump was going to sign executive orders on drug prices the last week of July. No one expected that among them would be a rule that could force PBMs to pass on to Medicare Part D beneficiaries any discounts from manufacturer rebates and other price concessions. Nothing…
July 21, 2020
News broke last week that the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy (OSBP) had fined four CVS pharmacies in the state for poor staffing and medication errors. This is a positive development for both the well-being of pharmacists and technicians and the prioritization of patient safety. But it’s going…
July 7, 2020
The pharmacy community has fought for payment for pharmacists’ services under Medicare Part B—otherwise known as provider status—for years. Getting that message through to Congress has been painfully slow. Even though a huge and bipartisan number of federal legislators signed onto the Pharmacy and…
June 23, 2020
Statements condemning systemic, institutionalized racism against Black Americans are important, but they are only a first step to creating a better world. Earlier this month, APhA, the National Pharmaceutical Association, and 12 other pharmacy organizations created a joint statement opposing racial…
June 2, 2020
Yesterday was my first official day as executive vice president and CEO of APhA, and I planned to write a blog introducing myself and establishing my goals for the association. Plans don’t mean much these days. Being sworn in as the leader of this storied organization is the greatest honor of my…
May 19, 2020
This is my final blog as CEO of APhA. My successor, Dr. Scott Knoer, will be officially sworn in on June 1, and my last day is May 31. I “graduate” as APhA’s CEO in an unprecedented time of upheaval and uncertainty in the world. If you’ve read my blogs and editorials of the past, you know how…