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Each year during American Pharmacists Month, I have the privilege of getting MY flu shot from a pharmacist. The occasion gives me the opportunity to visit different locations. This year, I received my influenza vaccination from Carl Woelfel, PharmD, at the Walgreens flagship store in the Chinatown...
Every October during American Pharmacists Month, we recognize the impact pharmacists have on improving medication use and advancing patient care throughout all practice settings. The theme for American Pharmacists Month is "Know Your Pharmacist—Know Your Medicine.” It is based on one essential...
A few weeks ago, CDC issued a report that millions of older adults covered under Medicare Part D are not taking their blood pressure medicine as directed. This disappointing news brings home the essential nature of pharmacy’s push to get pharmacists on the team in health care. We could do SO much...
As the “American” Pharmacists Association, we are focused on achieving wider access to pharmacists’ services here in the United States, but advancing pharmacy practice is a global issue, not simply a national issue. Last month, I attended the 76th International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)...
I recently had the privilege to offer comments at the High Point University School of Pharmacy’s White Coat Ceremony. It was a pleasure to speak to such a great group of students as they begin their pharmacy journey. I’m sure years from now they won’t remember my words, but my hope is that they...
Today, the U.S. Surgeon General is taking historic action by sending a personal letter to more than 2.3 million health care practitioners and public health leaders. He is seeking our help to address the prescription opioid crisis. I want to make sure you see his letter, a copy of which I have...
Pharmacists looking for fulfilling team-based patient care roles could take a page from APhA President Kelly Goode’s playbook. Last week, I got to see her practice firsthand and was impressed by many things. But most of all, I was impressed with the commitment to service among the medical and...
Last week, President Barack Obama signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA), which provides a framework for opioid abuse prevention and treatment. The law includes several provisions that emphasize the pharmacist’s vital role in caring for patients, including expanded...
APhA recently hosted student pharmacists from across the world (literally!): interns from FDA, USP, NACDS, NCPA, AMCP, ASHP, ASCP, and APhA, as well as student pharmacists from the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA–ASP)/International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation Student Exchange...
Pharmacists are the most accessible health care providers. During emergency situations, pharmacists often step up in difficult times to help countless patients in need. Recently, heavy rains pummeled my home state of West Virginia, resulting in historic flooding that has caused extensive property...