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In a major win for pharmacists and their patients, California’s state legislation, SB 493, expanded scope of practice and recognized pharmacists as providers. Passed in 2013 and effective in 2014, implementation is ongoing. In part 2 of my blog about expanding pharmacist roles in California, I’d...
Thanks to Jon Roth, California Pharmacists Association exec, for sharing the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) recently completed white paper that documents evidence for expanded pharmacist roles in team-based care. Funded by a CDC block grant and authored by one of the state’s...
Congratulations to our pharmacist colleagues in Ohio! Under a new bill that was recently signed into law, Ohio pharmacists will now have more responsibility and fewer restrictions in collaborative practice. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Ohio Pharmacists Association and its members, along...
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Recently, www.komando.com published an article, “5 careers that tech will destroy in 2016.” I was surprised to see pharmacists listed as number four. In my time, there have been similar claims made when other new technologies have been introduced. The article points to researchers at the...
As many in the APhA family know, we lost a lifelong friend in Mary Louise Andersen. Her obituary is online, and includes some information specific to her years of leadership in APhA, women in pharmacy, and pharmacy in general. Yesterday, Lucinda Maine and I met John and Eileen Gans to attend the...
Last month, I had the opportunity to connect with pharmacists and student pharmacists in India. I visited Mysore to speak and participate at the Indian Pharmaceutical Conference, a gathering of about 7,000 pharmacists and students at Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara (JSS) University. I traveled at...
An article published online yesterday in Forbes highlighted the important role pharmacists play in providing immunizations, and how these immunization services would be covered if the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (H.R. 592/S. 314) passes.  While influenza and...
As the year comes to an end, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for your service to the profession and your support of APhA. We’ve had a great year together. The 2016 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition is just a couple of months from now at the Baltimore Convention Center...
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The results of the Fall 2015 Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) specialty certification and recertification exams are in! The aggregate passing rate for the Fall testing window was a whopping 68.7%. There are now almost 25,000 BPS board certified pharmacists. I’d like to offer a huge thanks to...
For a while now, I’ve been stressing the importance of pharmacists sharing their patient care stories to demonstrate how patients can benefit from pharmacist-provided services. These stories are important in any setting, but especially so when conversing with your Members of Congress, or when...