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

(NOTE: This post has been updated with Centene’s June 14 settlement of litigation filed by the states of Ohio and Mississippi.)

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.

Act surprised: Experts agree that we need payment and practice reform to leverage pharmacists’ care

It was the summer of 2020, and COVID-19 had pulled back the curtain on historic inadequacies in the American health care system—too little personal protective equipment, an unreliable drug supply chain, rampant health inequities, and a lack of coordination between the government, public health officials, and health care providers and facilities.

 

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