August 24, 2009
Given the fury of public debate on health care reform (HCR) in town halls around the country, I thought it might be useful to provide our lobbyists' view of where we are at the moment: The Senate Finance Committee “gang of six” (Baucus, Grassley, Conrad, Bingaman, Snowe, and Enzi) continue to draft…
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August 24, 2009
CAPT Mary Fong at her retirement ceremony Friday was one of those days I will remember for a lifetime. We made a memory here at APhA, and we got to host a retirement ceremony for CAPT Mary Fong, US Public Health Service. Over the next couple of days, I will share portions of the event with you.…
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August 21, 2009
A number of pharmacists commented on my blog the other day about novel H1N1 influenza immunizations. Thanks to all of you who responded. This is a great way to have a dialogue with colleagues. Some of the comments questioned whether pharmacists should immunize in the first place. Let me address a…
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August 20, 2009
It's close to the last chance to connect with your Congressman or Senator at their town hall or in-district meetings. We've prepared tools for you at Tips for Participating in a Townhall Meeting and sample questions to ask at the meeting. Check them out. Whether you support or oppose health care…
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August 19, 2009
A study from today's JAMA, while not directed at pharmacists, illustrates our important role not only as immunizers but as information sources for our patients and the public at large. The JAMA article points out that during the first couple of years of marketing of Merck's quadrivalent human…
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August 18, 2009
We have received many calls, email messages, and comments recently from members asking our position on HCR. Many are concerned with the overall direction of the various proposals in the Senate and House, as well as what they are hearing from President Obama. Due to many factors, the topic has…
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August 17, 2009
If you want to see effective political action, check out the Iowa Pharmacy Association's work with Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA). The Congressman will be visiting 10 pharmacies in his district this week to check out the provision of MTM as well as to discuss access and cost issues in health care reform…
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August 17, 2009
Well, it's not really a secret, but there's lots our patients don't know about pharmacy. And it's our job to educate them, beginning with the knowledge of all that pharmacists do to help them manage their medications. This October, I am counting on APhA’s thousands of members to mobilize and…
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August 14, 2009
Look at this from the humorous side without any politics involved. If I knew the author, I would give attribution. I did not write this, but found it clever. In these times, we have to be able to laugh at ourselves. The American Medical Association has weighed in on the new Obama health care…
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August 14, 2009
APhA and Procter & Gamble Healthcare Consumer Institute executives on the APhA terrace. On Thursday, APhA staff members participated in a discussion with folks from Procter & Gamble's Healthcare Consumer Institute, a group within P&G that conducts ongoing research of consumers and…
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