April 19, 2011
The number of pharmacists trained to immunize has recently been increased by one more person—me! More than 147,000 pharmacists have been trained to immunize in the United States. On April 9, I completed my training in Barboursville, WV, in a program licensed from APhA and conducted by the West…
April 15, 2011
Last week was a busy week for me. I was on the road promoting business and policy interests. On Monday, April 4, I flew to Denver for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Pharmacy Conference. That evening, APhA hosted a reception for attendees. Then on Tuesday, April 5, I participated…
April 4, 2011
Recent tragic headlines, such as this March 31 New York Times article, “Deaths of 9 Alabama Patients Tied to Intravenous Supplement,” remind us all of our critical role in patient safety, and the incredible trust the public places in us. Regardless of the outcome of the investigations by CDC and…
March 31, 2011
I’m sitting in my office a couple of days after our 2011 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Seattle. Several staff are already working on APhA2012 in New Orleans so we can capture all our learnings from this year and make 2012 even better. Meanwhile, I’m processing what just happened in the…
March 30, 2011
Today, I’m really proud of our House of Delegates and our members, who on Monday strategically passed a policy that our profession should lead to development of standards for pharmacies. With profession-developed standards, we can further demonstrate and document for the public and payers the high…
March 8, 2011
In my travels the last couple of years, I’ve had the occasion to meet many remarkable individuals. Some of these folks have been recognized by their peers for work that transcends the best of the best. Mentors who make a sustained impact on students are some of my favorites, and Arlyn Kloesel,…
February 28, 2011
You can waste a lot of good golfing weather waiting for it to rain. Instead, carry a rain suit and umbrella. What does this sports analogy have to do with pharmacy? Today, we are pursuing projects to build recognition of and support for pharmacists’ services within Medicare, Medicaid, and evolving…
February 14, 2011
Every year, the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA–ASP) reaches new heights. We’re seeing a growing number of new practitioners maintain their enthusiasm after graduation. Our profession is on an awesome trajectory! As evidence, I invite you to watch this YouTube video. I hope you enjoyed…
February 11, 2011
The pharmacy profession lost two good ones last week. On Friday, I went to Steve Judy’s funeral in Petersburg, WV. Steve was a pharmacy owner, enthusiastic volunteer in the profession and his community, innovator, father, longtime friend and fellow West Virginia University grad. It was gratifying…
February 10, 2011
The Wall Street Journal Health Blog today published the blog post, “Genomics Won’t Lead to Big Health-Care Improvements ‘For Many Years.’” The blog post essentially said it will be a while before we realize the full benefits of our knowledge of the human genome. We are making significant progress,…