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Pulse on Practice & Policy Open Forum Series

As the voice of pharmacy, APhA’s monthly Pulse on Practice and Policy Open Forum Series creates a platform where all of pharmacy can come together to share perspectives and be informed of key practices and policies impacting the profession. Please join us each month as we welcome pharmacy leaders who will cover the latest practice and policy topics and what they mean for you, your practice, and your patients.
This open forum series will be conducted the second Thursday of each month from 1:00-2:00pm ET.

Each open forum will be moderated by APhA President Theresa Tolle. We welcome all of pharmacy to join us for the upcoming live webinar using the registration link below. The recordings will be made available below to APhA members only.

Upcoming Open Forums

Thursday, December 15th

Past Open Forums

November 10th: New Strategies for Improving Pharmacy Team Well-being

Pharmacists and their teams are increasingly being asked to do more with less as unsustainable pharmacy business models impact working conditions and well-being. During this open forum we discuss approaches for creating a positive work environment among pharmacy team members and hear from Walgreens about their recent announcement to eliminate task-based metrics from performance reviews.

Panelists:

  • Dorothy Loy, PharmD, MBA, Senior Director, Patient Outcomes and Pharmacy of the Future, Walgreens
  • Saswat Kabisatpathy, PharmD, MS, BCMTMS, Chief Strategic Officer, Avant Pharmacy and Wellness

Watch now 

October 13th: Criminalization of Medication Errors: The Need for Just Culture

After some of the most demanding years in health care, the recent conviction of former registered nurse RaDonda Vaught, following a fatal medication error, has sparked new concerns about the criminalization of medication errors. Join us to discuss the implications of criminalization actions for medication errors made by health care professionals, including pharmacists and pharmacy teams, and the need for implementation of just culture across pharmacy settings.

Panelists:

  • Shelly Nance, PharmD, BCACP, CDCES, CPPS, Corporate Patient Safety Manager for Kroger Health
  • Melissa Skelton Duke, PharmD, MS, BCPS, FAPhA, Executive Director, Population Health Pharmacy Solutions, Banner Pharmacy Services
  • John Kirtley, PharmD, Executive Director, Arkansas Board of Pharmacy

Watch now 

September 8th: Navigating Pharmacy Practice Post-Dobbs Decision

An informational overview of the latest legal and regulatory actions in the states to date, and a review of medications that can be used for abortion and emergency contraception.

Panelists:

  • Veronica Vernon, PharmD, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Butler College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Kala Shankle, JD, Associate, Epstein Becker & Green

Watch now 

August 11th: Implementing Test to Treat Services for Paxlovid

Discuss how pharmacists are leading efforts to implement test to treat services and ongoing challenges.

  • Tory Grooms, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist, Moose Pharmacy
  • Kelly Kent, PharmD, Co-Owner, Towncrest Pharmacy

Watch now 

July 14th: Implementing Test to Treat for Paxlovid

Discuss the conditions under which pharmacists can order and prescribe Paxlovid and key considerations for implementing test to treat services, including reimbursement.

Panelists:

  • Florin Draica, MD, CMD, MBA, US Senior Medical Director, HQ Team Lead Anti-Infectives, North America Medical Affairs, Pfizer Hospital
  • Shelita Dattani, PharmD, RPh, Vice President, Pharmacy Affairs, Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada

Watch now 

June 9th: The New Federal Provider Status Legislation

During this open forum, we discussed the latest federal provider status legislation, including how this legislation could help expand access to pharmacists' services and address gaps in health equity. Our panelists also discussed the latest state legislative activities and an innovative ACT Pharmacy Collaborative advocacy program.

Panelists: Ilisa Bernstein, PharmD, JD, FAPhA; Melissa McGivney, PharmD, FCCP, FAPhA; and Michael Murphy, PharmD, MBA

Watch now