March 31, 2020
Here’s an understatement: Buyer beware! We’re getting reports of scams, counterfeit products, and bogus personal protection equipment (PPE) being offered online and through various channels. Some even falsely claim they’ve received FDA certification. LegitScript broke down some of the scams in an…
March 24, 2020
The pharmacy profession, patients, communities, and the nation are watching historical epics being written in real time. On Friday, March 20, the APhA House of Delegates passed policy urging federal and state government officials, manufacturers, distributors, and health-system administrators to…
March 18, 2020
The following is the fifth and final edition of APhA President Brad Tice’s guest blog. Dear Pharmacists, This is such a unique time in our personal and professional lives. When I started my presidency last year at the APhA Annual Meeting, one of my three charges was for pharmacists to tell their…
March 17, 2020
As you have probably heard, APhA staff and leadership have made the difficult decision to cancel APhA2020. The health and safety of APhA members, staff, and meeting attendees are paramount, and in the end, it was a matter of looking at the evidence and what have shown to be best practices. This is…
March 10, 2020
According to the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA), 34 states considered 109 provider status recognition bills in 2019. I’m blown away by the work state pharmacy associations are doing to advance and raise the profile of policies that increase patient access, promote team-…
February 14, 2020
All APhA members need to know about a crucial effort by APhA, the National Community Pharmacists Associations (NCPA), Arkansas Pharmacists Association (APA), the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA), and other pharmacy organizations: In the next few weeks, we will jointly submit…
February 11, 2020
If you ask me what keeps me up at night, I’d say it’s the kinds of mistakes that Ellen Gabler described in her January 31 New York Times story, “How Chaos at Chain Pharmacies Is Putting Patients at Risk.” During my time as a community pharmacist, I cherished the relationships I established with…
January 24, 2020
From Tom: This week we are featuring a guest blog from RADM Ty Bingham, chief pharmacy officer at the U.S. Public Health Service—with whom we are closely aligned. I want to thank RADM Bingham for sharing the latest on a new U.S. Surgeon General report and the ways pharmacists can take an active…
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…