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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...
Ohio is on a roll! A few weeks ago, Gov. John Kasich signed into law HB 116, which is aimed at expanding patient access to pharmacist-provided medication synchronization services. The signing of HB 116 follows on the heels of Gov. Kasich signing into law a measure to create a medical marijuana...
I recently attended the Pharmacy Quality Alliance’s Annual Meeting and Innovation Forum, where I had the chance to talk with Jerry Penso, MD, MBA, Chief Medical and Quality Officer at the American Medical Group Association Foundation. One of the topics that we discussed was the growing importance...
Back in August, I reached out to the APhA membership to ask for volunteers to put their names in the hat for elected volunteer leadership positions. I was impressed by the response of so many passionate, hardworking pharmacists who were ready to make an impact on the Association and the profession...
I refer to the people who work at APhA as the “APhA family.” Although we work together as a team to advance the practice of pharmacy, we also support each other on a daily basis, which in turn, supports you, our members. APhA participated in the national 2016 Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work...
Did you know that a pharmacist started Memorial Day? Pharmacist Henry C. Welles had an idea to place flowers on the graves of those who fought in the Civil War in the summer of 1865, according to Tech Times. General John B. Murray helped the pharmacist organize the memorial, which took place the...