October 27, 2014
Every pharmacist and student pharmacist who isn’t yet an APhA member should consider this a personal message from me about what we are doing on provider status recognition—and a personal invitation urging each of them to join us in this quest. Every member of APhA strengthens our value, vision, and…
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October 20, 2014
On Thursday, I had the honor of visiting the pharmacy team—both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians—at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in celebration of American Pharmacists Month. COL Stephen Ford, Chief of Pharmacy, leads this group of committed individuals—Army and Navy…
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October 2, 2014
There has been a lot of buzz in the news lately about the rescheduling of hydrocodone containing products (HCPs) from schedule III to schedule II, and the resulting impact on pharmacists, prescribers, and patients. I work for a large integrated health system whose newly installed leader recently…
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October 1, 2014
In recent weeks, we’ve continued to raise pharmacy’s visibility on Capitol Hill. As pharmacists and student pharmacists advocate with their Members of Congress and congressional staff for H.R. 4190, we helped organize the second annual health fair on Capitol Hill on September 17 and a provider…
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September 26, 2014
On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to join a distinguished panel of public health and private sector speakers to discuss how we, as a nation, should be combatting tobacco use. Other speakers for the event included RADM Boris Lushniak, MD, MPH, Acting U.S. Surgeon General; William Shrank, MD, MSHS,…
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September 17, 2014
Our task is too large for any one organization to accomplish alone. However, there must be individuals and organizations willing to facilitate and lead the efforts. Pharmacists join those organizations they think are meeting their needs or representing them effectively. APhA not only leads on some…
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September 16, 2014
As part of APhA’s commitment to achieving provider status for pharmacists, we are a member of the Patient Access to Pharmacists' Care Coalition (PAPCC)—a multistakeholder coalition of organizations representing patients, pharmacists, and pharmacies, as well as other interested stakeholders.  A…
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September 16, 2014
As I wrote in my July 3 blog post, there’s a lot of momentum around getting pharmacists on the team. The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) ceremony I’ll describe below was symbolic of the strong coordination that occurs among the many federal agencies and “categories” of service, which work quite…
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September 9, 2014
Today, the Patient Access to Pharmacists’ Care Coalition (PAPCC) announced the milestone of 100 cosponsors of H.R. 4190 had been met. We extend our hearty congratulations to the many folks who have been a part of this effort, especially the government affairs teams of the members of the PAPCC who…
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August 19, 2014
Note to readers from APhA Executive Vice President and CEO Tom Menighan: I’ve invited William M. Ellis, BSPharm, MS, Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) Executive Director, and Maria Llana Posey, PharmD, Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist and BPS Board Member, to contribute a guest blog post on…
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