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07.14.2009
Last week, we saw the Senate vote to cut the funds made available to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prevent the personal importation of prescription drugs from Canada. This prescription drug importation provision, introduced by Senator David Vitter (R-LA), passed the Senate as S.AMDT....
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07.13.2009
The APhA election is nearing an end. The deadline to cast your ballot is July 17, 2009. APhA Members who indicated that they wanted to vote online will receive an email with the detailed instructions on how to access their e-ballot. If you elected to receive a hard copy ballot, you should...
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07.09.2009
On July 8, the White House and the Senate Finance Committee announced a pact with hospitals for $155 Billion in Medicare and Medicaid Cuts (July 8). These hospital cuts include $103 billion in spending reductions, based on 10 years of productivity adjustments and reduced market basket payments...
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07.09.2009
On July 8, a federal appeals court ruled that pharmacists are required to dispense emergency contraception, even if they are personally opposed on religious grounds. The case involves Ralph's Thriftway and two pharmacists who sued Washington state officials where the law requires pharmacists to...
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07.06.2009
The view from our 6th floor terrace during the fireworks show Today, I'm reflecting on the uncounted contributions made by the team of APhA staffers who have been pulling hard the last few months, and who on July 4th took a break. It was great to see so many of them here to celebrate with their...
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07.03.2009
APhA Foundation CEO Bill Ellis, Keith Hodges of Gloucester Pharmacy, and me at the White House HCR Stakeholder discussion. Screenshot from White House live video feed. On Thursday, I went to the White House with Michelle Herbert Thomas (Richmond Apothecaries and former APhA Foundation Board Member...
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07.02.2009
Today, I am scheduled to meet with Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, in a Health Care Stakeholders Discussion. Attending with me will be Bill Ellis, head of APhA's Foundation, and practicing pharmacist Michelle Herbert Thomas from Richmond, VA. Kristina...
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07.01.2009
Shaking hands with APhA President Ed Hamilton at my swearing-in We’ve all heard the phrase, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” Those words are especially fitting today both for me and for our profession as I assume the role of APhA’s CEO at a critical juncture in pharmacy history...
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