August 31, 2009
APhA does a lot of things, including building coalitions, getting volunteers involved, and convening meetings under the big tent that is APhA. That's all good, but a lot of our members, and frankly lots of pharmacists who aren't members, don't have time to get involved. For them, we need to get…
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August 28, 2009
APhA staff enjoys the potluck "lawn party" in the Pope building rotunda. APhA has a tradition of celebrating the end of summer with a lawn party. Today, use of the lawn was rained out, but not the spirit of the staff, who had a great time sharing dishes and stories in our historic Pope building.…
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August 28, 2009
As follow-up to our urging that you make your voice heard, the following are the links to share comments with legislators and President Obama: For APhA members, share your comments with your Members of Congress using APhA’s Legislative Action Center. For those who are not APhA members, share your…
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August 27, 2009
Many of you know that John Gans and I have an interesting past. In 1989, I was serving on staff at APhA when he was hired as the exec—thus, he became my boss. In 2001, after a few years on the Board of Trustees, I became APhA's President, and thus I became his boss. During our 5-month transition as…
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August 27, 2009
So I get an email from Ernie Boyd, the longtime exec in Ohio. He tells us he is attending a town hall meeting so I asked him for his story. Here is what he said... Tom, story to follow tomorrow. I just got back from 2 weeks vacation, and have been buried. I was a blip on this thing. Abortion,…
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August 26, 2009
By now, you probably know that Senator Ted Kennedy passed away late last evening. Regardless of what you thought of his politics, he spent a lifetime championing better health care for all; and with his passing it remains to be seen how his absence will impact Congress’ efforts to enact…
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August 26, 2009
View Brian Lawson's question and the responses at 1:13:33. APhA staff members Brian Lawson, PharmD, and Allison Wiley, MA, attended a packed town hall meeting in a Reston, VA, high school gymnasium last night. The event was hosted by Congressman Moran (D–VA) and Howard Dean, MD, former Chairman…
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August 26, 2009
I apologize for the longer than usual blog. However, as promised, here is an important part of Mary Fong's retirement ceremony held at APhA last week. This flag ceremony involved her mates passing the flag slowly and ceremoniously from one to the next and finally to Mary. I get choked up just…
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August 26, 2009
I thought it would be useful to share the key points we're using to stay positive in any discussion about health care reform, as a follow up to my recent posting about where HCR stands. The following bullets (stolen from APhA VP of Government Affairs Kristina Lunner) can be used to help you frame…
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August 25, 2009
Take two minutes to watch this video clip. It will make your day.
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