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CEO Blog

Calling balls and strikes on PBMs—and the other players, too

It should be abundantly clear that APhA has several bones to pick with big pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). These PBMs, operating under the guise of altruism, paint themselves as saints who work to lower prescription drug prices for the masses. Instead, they actively game the system by knocking out pharmacy competitors, reducing patient access to medicines and pharmacist services, and ripping off patients, employers, and taxpayers.

The PBM fire that started in Ohio is spreading across the states—and APhA is fanning the flames (UPDATED)

In June of 2018, after months of intense pressure from the Ohio Pharmacists Association, Ohio state lawmakers, and Columbus Dispatch investigative journalists, the Ohio Department of Medicaid released a blockbuster report showing that PBMs working on behalf of Medicaid managed care plans charged the state $224 million in hidden spread pricing. 

Our new look reflects APhA's style and personality

The new pharmacist.com is clean, contemporary, and designed with our members’ needs in mind. You’re too busy to spend 5 minutes or even 10 seconds navigating an information obstacle course, so the next generation of pharmacist.com makes finding what you need a cinch. Our search function is first class. 

Guest blog: After Atlanta, an entire community is feeling vulnerable. We all are.

We join all Americans in mourning the victims of this week’s horrific shootings in Atlanta. We don’t need authorities to formally declare a motive to know in our hearts that these were clearly hate crimes, perhaps driven by multiple pathologies.

Goodbye to a hero, mentor, and friend

A true pharmacy icon, Dr. Joseph A. Oddis, left the Earth this week. He began his life of service to pharmacy and its patients as a young man, going on to become the CEO of ASHP for 37 years and the recipient of the profession’s most distinguished accolades, including the Remington Medal and Hugo Schaefer Award. Over the course of his long career, Dr. Oddis touched every crevice and contour of pharmacy practice as we know it, and in doing so made an untold impact on the lives of millions of patients under pharmacists’ care.

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