September 16, 2010
On Tuesday, members of the APhA Board of Trustees, together with members of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA), blitzed Capitol Hill to share insights and information with Members of Congress. We sought to retain the support for and protect the provisions in the Affordable…
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September 15, 2010
An FDA panel voted against requiring prescriptions for medicines containing dextromethorphan. NBC Nightly News (September 14, “‘Robo-tripping’ prompts possible FDA restrictions,” 2:23, Brian Williams) reported that in “a decision that surprised some people late this afternoon,” and “despite an…
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September 14, 2010
Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) are safety programs required by FDA to ensure consumers are protected from known risks associated with certain medications. Historically, REMS have been applied to the most “dangerous” meds, and the intensity of the REMS program required has been a…
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September 12, 2010
The APhA staff stands in front of our headquarters at 2215 Constitution Avenue. We're in the middle of a Board of Trustees meeting, so I've been in the APhA building about 12 hours a day from Friday to today. And I'm not alone. With me are an incredible group of volunteers whom our membership…
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September 9, 2010
The evidence is clear! Pharmacists as patient coaches improve outcomes of care. In 2007, an article was published in Current Diabetes Reviews that provided a meta-analysis of data regarding the impact and effectiveness on care outcomes for patients with diabetes when pharmacists and other…
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September 3, 2010
In the final exercise of the two days of learning, APhA staff constructed bicycles. Like many of you, we’ve had to become very prudent in our spending to be sure we’re growing, living within our means, and continuing to provide member value every day. As a result, we’ve asked staff to do more while…
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August 28, 2010
Recently, I received an e-mail from a new practitioner whose family I’ve known a long time. This young pharmacist was frank enough to share the following observation with me: About ways to improve my chain pharmacy, I think one of the main components that is missing is professional connection. I…
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August 26, 2010
Last week, I received an e-mail message from Bill Ellis, the head of the APhA Foundation. He pointed out the opportunity to participate in honoring Women in Pharmacy. Many of you may have received the same message. I’ll quote a bit of it below, along with the links that help you connect if you’re…
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August 19, 2010
Several of my recent blogs have shown how consumers and the marketplace are warming to medication therapy management (MTM). If you're ready to make the connection with real patients, then we have a website you need to see. APhA and the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacists have teamed up to create a…
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August 16, 2010
If the two New York Times articles I blogged about recently were not enough, now comes another very positive mention of pharmacy in the media. This third article in our trifecta is not from the consumer media—it's directly from the American Medical Association (AMA). In a posting today on the…
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