August 26, 2009
View Brian Lawson's question and the responses at 1:13:33. APhA staff members Brian Lawson, PharmD, and Allison Wiley, MA, attended a packed town hall meeting in a Reston, VA, high school gymnasium last night. The event was hosted by Congressman Moran (D–VA) and Howard Dean, MD, former Chairman…
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August 26, 2009
I apologize for the longer than usual blog. However, as promised, here is an important part of Mary Fong's retirement ceremony held at APhA last week. This flag ceremony involved her mates passing the flag slowly and ceremoniously from one to the next and finally to Mary. I get choked up just…
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August 26, 2009
I thought it would be useful to share the key points we're using to stay positive in any discussion about health care reform, as a follow up to my recent posting about where HCR stands. The following bullets (stolen from APhA VP of Government Affairs Kristina Lunner) can be used to help you frame…
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August 25, 2009
Take two minutes to watch this video clip. It will make your day.
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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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