May 21, 2010
In the last 3 weeks, I've had the privilege of delivering commencement addresses to graduating PharmDs at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and two schools in my home state of West Virginia, the University of Charleston and my alma mater of West Virginia University. This weekend, I'll…
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May 20, 2010
Last Friday, APhA hosted an all-staff luncheon to recognize the service and accomplishments of those who have served the Association for 5, 10, or 15 years. The luncheon was funded by a former APhA Trustee who, during his lengthy service, maintained a strong and supportive relationship with staff,…
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May 19, 2010
In June, Brian Gallagher, BPharm, JD, joins the APhA staff as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. I've followed Brian's career for many years, and I look forward to his contributions and his counsel as a member of our senior staff. The process that led to his hiring included reviewing…
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May 11, 2010
I'm reading NIH Director Francis Collins' new book The Language of Life. As the head of the Human Genome Project a few years ago, he has a unique and fascinating perspective on how growing information on the human genome will translate into actionable knowledge. Early in the book, he challenges…
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April 23, 2010
In December, I received a large paper document from the American Medical Association (AMA) that was intended for use by the organization's state lobbyists and others to describe the scope of pharmacy practice. We were asked for comments, clarifications, and corrections. I shared the document with a…
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April 19, 2010
In thanking all immunization stakeholders today at the CDC National Immunization Conference in Atlanta, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius specifically mentioned pharmacists as key providers in the nation's immunization efforts. Although we've been working for years to get pharmacists recognized, we'…
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April 2, 2010
On the eve of the Final Four, please allow me a personal moment to say to all of the West Virginia Mountaineers out there... LET'S GO!
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March 31, 2010
In a recent blog, I thanked our Government Affairs staff and those of other pharmacy organizations for sticking together to achieve success in the health care reform process. In addition, lots of others deserve thanks and recognition for their efforts during this important time in pharmacy history…
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March 23, 2010
The health care reform (HCR) bill signed this morning by President Obama includes provisions to ensure patient access to pharmacists’ medication therapy management (MTM) services, medications, and a viable pharmacy infrastructure. These critical services reduce the toll of inappropriate medication…
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March 21, 2010
At this writing, the passage of health care reform legislation appears imminent. This morning, the Democrats announced they now have the necessary 216 votes. Like many comprehensive proposals, this bill may need to be "tweaked" in years to come as we see the benefits roll out (which in some cases…
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