March 17, 2010
Nearly 7,000 of my closest friends just left Washington. Those who experienced APhA2010 went home re-energized and enthusiastic about our profession! Teachers came to learn, and many learners found themselves teaching. Our job as your association is to find the best and the brightest and to provide…
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March 12, 2010
By 8:30 this Friday morning, one inch of the APhA Annual Meeting was complete! I sat in the staff office at the convention center in Washington, DC, and thinned out the binder that contains schedules, scripts and "continuities," contact information, presentations, and background information.…
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March 10, 2010
I received a call yesterday from Chris Worral and Jeff Kelman of CMS, one relating news that affects the provision of Part D prescription drugs to more than 123,000 Medicare beneficiaries. Pharmacists, as front-line practitioners, will be instrumental in helping patients understand the situation…
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March 4, 2010
As the House of Representatives "Rangels" about its leadership, APhA has been meeting about meetings! Earlier this week, our staff conducted our final preconference planning meeting (“precon”) for the Annual Meeting coming up on March 12–15 here in Washington. Our staff is really pumped, and it was…
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February 17, 2010
Recently, I participated in the quarterly meeting of the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners (JCPP), where the "Ns" and the "As" of pharmacy convene to discuss professionwide issues. These groups are dedicated, and more importantly, united in a shared vision where pharmacists take…
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February 12, 2010
(The below e-mail message was sent to Allison Wiley, one of our dedicated Government Affairs staffers, by Julie Stading of Creighton University. Following that is a message I sent to Dr. Stading after Kristina Lunner, our VP of Government Affairs, told me about this great feedback.) Allison, I…
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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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