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Earlier this year, APhA brought together national pharmacy and medicine leaders to explore and enhance the optimal use of omega-3 fish oil products for the treatment of patients with very high triglycerides (VHTG). The advisory board solicited input from multidisciplinary experts to build...
In May, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that people with drug addictions can sue pharmacists, physicians, and other dispensers and prescribers of pain medications for contributing to their addiction and criminal activity. I know a lot of very frustrated pharmacists who want to do...
Pharmacogenomics (PGx) has become an important part of patient care. PGx is the name for the concept that we can “personalize” medicine and give each patient the right drug at the right dose at the right time based on their unique genetic make-up. The Pharmacy Health Information Technology (HIT)...
In March, the Patient Access to Pharmacists Care Coalition (PAPCC) launched a media initiative to promote the role of pharmacists in seniors’ care to raise awareness about, and increase support for, provider status legislation. The goal of the media campaign, which includes radio and print ads, is...
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In 2009, shortly after rejoining the APhA staff, I met Jan Scruggs. He lives near me in Annapolis. Since our first meeting, I am proud to call him a good friend, and grateful that in addition to a life of service to our country, he also served on the APhA Foundation Board of Directors. What you...
Over the last few months, APhA members have been out in full force advocating for the federal provider status legislation, H.R. 592 and S. 314, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act. These encounters were focused on garnering additional sponsors of the legislation or...
Oregon is used to having trailblazers on the basketball court—and now Oregon pharmacists are trailblazers, too, by expanding patient access to pharmacists’ care services! Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law landmark legislation that establishes provider status for Oregon pharmacists,...
Today is a big day for our APhA Foundation. After decades of delivering the evidence that pharmacists are essential members of the health care team, the Foundation is launching Patient Self-Management (PSM) Solutions, a compilation of their tools and methods, which have been proven to make people...
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I’d like to extend a huge congratulations to the pharmacist community in Kentucky. Thanks to their tireless efforts and sharing their patient care stories, the ENTIRE Kentucky House delegation is supporting H.R. 592. Importantly, their own Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) is one of the original sponsors...
A few days ago, I called all of the Board candidates, successful and unsuccessful, in the election of our new APhA Board of Trustees and APhA Academy leadership. Having been on both sides of the receiving line, I can empathize with how each of these individuals feels after hearing the news. We are...