August 28, 2017
With Hurricane Harvey bringing unprecedented amounts of rain to Texas’s Gulf Coast region, inland, and parts of Louisiana, catastrophic floodwaters have rushed through Houston and surrounding areas, endangering 6.6 million residents of the nation’s fourth-largest city and damaging its hospitals and…
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August 18, 2017
Check out this JAPhA study that helps quantify the value pharmacists add to health care, particularly as it pertains to hospitalization and readmissions. The study backs up our experiences showing how pharmacists’ involvement as a member of the health care team can improve outcomes and save money.…
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August 7, 2017
Have you ever come home exhausted from work, on one hand pleased that you took care of so many patients that day, but also struggling with insufficient resources or lack of appreciation? Who hasn’t? So in 1987, I left the community pharmacy practice I loved to join APhA staff, determined to change…
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July 25, 2017
A few weeks ago, I got a note from APhA House of Delegates Speaker and member of the Board of Trustees Michael Hogue, PharmD, FAPhA, FNAP. Michael let us know that Jeff Goad, PharmD, MPH, had been elected to the board of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). This was an honor for…
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July 7, 2017
Thank you first to all candidates who stood up and volunteered to be considered! Your profession salutes you and your willingness to serve. Thanks also to all APhA members who cast ballots in the elections for the Board of Trustees and the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice & Management (APhA–…
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June 23, 2017
This is the last week at APhA for Associate Director of Program Integrity Catherine Amey, who has served in the federal contracts and grants department since 2011. It’s always bittersweet to see a member of the APhA family move on, but this is a special case that really makes me smile. Catherine…
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June 19, 2017
I recently read a Vox.com story that really got me thinking about the opioid crisis and the complex web of factors that brought us here. I encourage you to check out The opioid crisis changed how doctors think about pain by Sarah Kliff. Kliff writes—and I agree—that we must recognize the history of…
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May 30, 2017
You can help APhA decide where it stands on the issues facing pharmacists and their patients! APhA official policy is decided by our House of Delegates (HOD), which acts for the betterment of the membership, the profession, and our patients. The most important responsibility of delegates is to…
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May 22, 2017
What an interesting week!  Last week, APhA Senior Vice President of Pharmacy Practice and Government Affairs Stacie Maass and I joined a small group for a meeting with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. He wanted our input on how to address high drug prices. We know…
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May 15, 2017
For the last several years, I’ve been encouraging pharmacists to walk across the street and have a conversation with the physicians whose patients you see regularly. Have a conversation with them about how you can work together for better patient care. Often, especially with MACRA and other quality…
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