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It is notable that in conversation around the Chicago Tribune story, “Pharmacies miss more than half of dangerous drug combinations,” no one has claimed the problem lies in pharmacists’ knowledge, dedication, or training. Pharmacists are medication experts who pursue this profession to practice at...
The Chicago Tribune has printed a letter I wrote in response to its December 15 investigative article, “Pharmacies miss more than half of dangerous drug combinations.” The letter is posted below, but you can also find it online and in the December 21, 2016, print edition. My letter emphasizes the...
Our country is facing a crisis around substance misuse.  According to Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health—the first ever report of its kind—more than 20 million people have substance use disorders, 12.5 million Americans report misusing...
Recently the University of Washington hosted the inaugural Phil and Sandra Nudelman Endowed Lecture at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. Paul Nudelman is an innovator, entrepreneur, public servant on the Washington State Board of Pharmacy and a graduate of the university who went on...
It was a long election season, but we now know that the Republicans will have control of the White House, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives. The political experts are now shifting attention to what does this mean on many fronts. Pharmacy, health care, and patient advocacy...
Anyone who has ever read my blog knows that our focus is getting pharmacists on the team and in the game. And, you’ll know that we’re driving hard to gain federal provider status recognition through the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, H.R. 592/S. 314. But Congress isn’t...
Each year during American Pharmacists Month, I have the privilege of getting MY flu shot from a pharmacist. The occasion gives me the opportunity to visit different locations. This year, I received my influenza vaccination from Carl Woelfel, PharmD, at the Walgreens flagship store in the Chinatown...
Every October during American Pharmacists Month, we recognize the impact pharmacists have on improving medication use and advancing patient care throughout all practice settings. The theme for American Pharmacists Month is "Know Your Pharmacist—Know Your Medicine.” It is based on one essential...
A few weeks ago, CDC issued a report that millions of older adults covered under Medicare Part D are not taking their blood pressure medicine as directed. This disappointing news brings home the essential nature of pharmacy’s push to get pharmacists on the team in health care. We could do SO much...
As the “American” Pharmacists Association, we are focused on achieving wider access to pharmacists’ services here in the United States, but advancing pharmacy practice is a global issue, not simply a national issue. Last month, I attended the 76th International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)...
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January 17, 2017
January 17, 2017
The Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, S. 109, was reintroduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, January 12, 2017. The...
Introduction of House companion bill expected soon
January 10, 2017
It is notable that in conversation around the Chicago Tribune story, “Pharmacies miss more than half of dangerous drug combinations,” no one has...
September 13, 2016
September 13, 2016
On September 6, APhA submitted comments on the annual CMS proposed rule that outlines how Medicare pays physicians. APhA’s comments were guided by...
Comments reflect members’ experiences providing chronic care management and diabetes training