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American Pharmacists Association

APhA launches Leadership360 Institute

APhA launches Leadership360 Institute

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has unveiled the Leadership360 Institute, an educational program to help pharmacists enhance their leadership and management skills. Institute participants can sign up for any or all of the three Leadership tracks, including Lead360, Mentor360 and Manage360. Each track will offer programs to help pharmacists excel in their individual

APhA says Tom Price grasps pharmacists’ role

APhA says Tom Price grasps pharmacists’ role

Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.) had a tense confirmation hearing in the Senate last week for his nomination by President Donald Trump as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). But he got a thumbs-up from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) on at least one count: pharmacists’ place in the U.S. health

Provider status bill returns to House

Provider status bill returns to House

WASHINGTON — Just about a week after being reintroduced in the Senate, the pharmacy provider status bill is now once again before the House of Representatives. Reps. Brett Guthrie (R., Ky.), G.K. Butterfield (D., N.C.), Ron Kind (D., Wis.) and Tom Reed (R., N.Y.) on Friday introduced the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act

Pharmacist provider status bill back in play

Pharmacist provider status bill back in play

WASHINGTON – Pharmacist provider status legislation is back before Congress, with the bipartisan co-sponsorship of more than a quarter of the Senate. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), Bob Casey (D., Penn.) and Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) on Thursday reintroduced the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act (S. 109) with its 27 original co-sponsors. A

Pharmacy groups make case for pro-patient approach

WASHINGTON — Four pharmacy organizations, including the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, have asked the incoming White House administration and congressional leaders to maintain Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries’ pharmacy access. “Policies that reduce local pharmacy access lead to poorer health outcomes, ultimately resulting in increased future health care costs,” the associations wrote to President-elect

ASOP leads effort targeting illegal online pharmacies

ASOP leads effort targeting illegal online pharmacies

WASHINGTON — The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) has partnered with the American Medical Association (AMA), American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and 14 other national health care stakeholders to educate providers and patients about the surge in illegal online pharmacies and counterfeit medicines. To that end, ASOP Global also launched BuySafeRx.pharmacy, a website providers,

Pharmacy groups speak up with change coming in D.C.

Pharmacy groups speak up with change coming in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sensing change in the air, a group of pharmacy associations have called on the incoming Trump administration and congressional leaders to recognize the role that pharmacies play in the nation’s health care system. In a letter to the new federal power structure, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), National Community

Diplomat video series talks specialty pharmacy

Diplomat video series talks specialty pharmacy

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. is launching a video Q&A series highlighting the role of specialty pharmacy and how it works with physicians to support patients with complex chronic conditions. Called “Diplomat Dialogues,” the video conversations — in recognition of American Pharmacists Month — will feature industry leaders discussing specialty pharmacists’ skill set and

Congressmen go to bat for pharmacy

Congressmen go to bat for pharmacy

(*Note: Segment begins at 00:21 of clip. Video courtesy of C-Span.) Earlier this week, several congressman voice their support for the pharmacy profession on the floor of the House of Representatives, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) reported. Speaking during an hour-long Special Order on pharmacy issues, Rep. Earl “Buddy” Carter (R., Ga.) — the only

Pharmacy groups advocate USP standards for biologics

Pharmacy groups advocate USP standards for biologics

WASHINGTON — A coalition of pharmacy industry organizations has asked congressional leaders to weigh proposals that would free certain biologic drugs from adherence to U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) standards. This week, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and eight other groups sent a letter to the chairman and ranking members of key House and Senate committees expressing

APhA brings pharmacy students to the Hill

APhA brings pharmacy students to the Hill

WASHINGTON — Over the weekend, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) gave pharmacy students an opportunity for their voices to be heard on Capitol Hill. The APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), supported by Rite Aid, Cardinal Health and Amgen, hosted leadership and professional development programming in Washington, D.C., for 240 pharmacy students. Running Friday to

APhA hails lawmakers’ support of provider status bill

APhA hails lawmakers’ support of provider status bill

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) applauded remarks by two congressmen in support of pharmacist provider status legislation. APhA said Reps. Ron Kind (D., Wis.) and Todd Young (R., Ind.) issued statements this week to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health calling for pharmacists to have a bigger role in health care.

Drug chains step up, do their part to curb Rx abuse

NEW YORK — Drug chains are spearheading efforts to fight prescription drug abuse through a range of initiatives. CVS Health reported that its Medication Disposal for Safer Communities program has donated more than 500 drug collection units to law enforcement partners across the U.S. The donation resulted in the safe disposal of more than 35

Walgreens, APhA take aim at substance abuse

Walgreens, APhA take aim at substance abuse

WASHINGTON — Walgreens has teamed up with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) to battle prescription drug abuse. Through the collaboration, the APhA Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies will continue to offer a substance abuse education program for pharmacists and student pharmacists. The four-day educational program, which will provide pharmacy professionals with key information and