February 9, 2010
We're in the midst of an imperfect storm! Over the past few days, Washington has been hammered with 28+ inches of snow. And we're expecting another 10-22 inches tonight. That will make the winter of 2010 the snowiest on record for the nation's capital. The snow coming tonight is the product of two…
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February 6, 2010
Luckily, our Board of Trustees met at APhA headquarters in Washington the last weekend of January, not this snow-stricken first one of February. Among the progress made by our Trustees was a review of the current status of pharmacy education. During our meeting, we were briefed by representatives…
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February 4, 2010
A few weeks ago I put the challenge out for pharmacists to describe what you do as if you were trying to be clear to an eighth grader. We got a number of great responses, including this one that our staff committee of pharmacists and nonpharmacists picked as their favorite: "Pharmacists help people…
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February 3, 2010
Jimmy Mitchell Addresses the APhA Board One of the very great things about this job is that I get to interact with really wonderful people. This weekend our Board of Trustees had the privilege to spend time with our Honorary President, Jimmy Mitchell, Director of the Health Resources Services…
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February 2, 2010
The US Department of State's Emergency Plan for AIDS recently contacted APhA about its need for French-speaking pharmacists in Haiti. Help was needed in managing French-labeled antiretroviral medications in Port-au-Prince. A facility where medications were stored withstood the January 12 earthquake…
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January 28, 2010
Those words, spoken by President Barack Obama during his State of the Union address on January 27, were intended to spur Congress to continue its deliberations until health care reform is achieved. How Congress will respond will be the topic of speculation, conjecture, and debate for weeks. I have…
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January 20, 2010
Our team has had numerous discussions with the UN and other agencies involved in Haitian relief efforts. In an unbelievable response to our call for volunteers over the weekend, the Global Action Foundation received 2000 emails and about 600 calls from APhA members. To say the least, the group's…
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January 14, 2010
So far, we have two comments on my earlier blog post that challenged readers to describe what you do in terms an eighth grader could understand. We'll be taking your descriptions through the weekend, and then will award a copy of The Practitioner’s Quick Reference to Nonprescription Drugs to the…
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January 14, 2010
As I write this, we continue to hear more and more stories of the utter despair felt by the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the horrible earthquake they suffered. We all express our sympathy. But in additon to our prayers, let's also provide tangible support. Posted on www.pharmacist.com is a…
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December 30, 2009
What do you do? This question was posed to me by my nephson's 14-year-old friends—Cal Conner, Nick Zinni, and Roman Mykyta—as I drove them home from a get-together with Alex at our house. It seems like a simple question. But after I shared a little bit about my work at APhA, it got me thinking. How…
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