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09.27.2016
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...
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09.12.2016
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)...
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08.30.2016
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...
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08.25.2016
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...
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08.16.2016
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...
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08.02.2016
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...
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07.19.2016
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...
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07.05.2016
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...
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06.21.2016
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...
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06.13.2016
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...
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