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American Pharmacists Association

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

Cardinal, APhA honor pharmacy schools for efforts against Rx abuse

Cardinal, APhA honor pharmacy schools for efforts against Rx abuse

DUBLIN, Ohio — Student pharmacists from across the country and a clinical professor of pharmacy were honored by the Cardinal Health Foundation, Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and American Pharmacists Association (APhA) for their efforts in preventing prescription medication abuse and misuse. Cardinal Health said Friday that the recognitions are part of Generation Rx,

APhA votes for new policy on liquid medicine dosing

APhA votes for new policy on liquid medicine dosing

WASHINGTON —  The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) plans to adopt a new policy on the labeling and measurement of oral liquid medications. APhA said Thursday that more than 300 members of its House of Delegates voted to move away from outdated dosing cups and teaspoons in favor of oral syringes and cups with metric system

APhA backs CDC guidelines on opioid prescribing

APhA backs CDC guidelines on opioid prescribing

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has voiced its support of final guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that aim to help prescribers improve the care and safety of patients being treated for chronic pain. APhA said late Tuesday that the CDC recommendations are directed at primary care clinicians who prescribe

APhA launches online opioid resource center

APhA launches online opioid resource center

WASHINGTON — The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has gone live with an online resource center to serve as a one-stop shop for pharmacists who want to learn more about opioid use, abuse and misuse. The Resource Center, accessed via the APhA website, will help educate pharmacists by identifying learning opportunities, highlighting clinical and patient resources,

New public-private partnership taking aim at Rx abuse

WASHINGTON — President Obama highlighted the need to change prescribing practices for opioid medications, channel more resources for addiction treatment and facilitate access to naloxone, a drug that helps prevent overdose deaths. “More Americans now die every year from drug overdoses than they do from motor vehicle crashes. The majority of those overdoses involve legal

Industry mourns passing of FMI’s Cathy Polley

Industry mourns passing of FMI’s Cathy Polley

ARLINGTON, Va. — Cathy Polley, vice president of health and wellness at the Food Marketing Institute and executive director of the FMI Foundation, died earlier this week after a long battle with cancer. A registered pharmacist, Polley during the course of her career emerged as a leading advocate for the profession. In overseeing FMI’s health

Workshop to explore quality ratings in Rx

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) will co-host a one-day pharmacy quality ratings workshop with the American Pharmacists Association, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Community Pharmacists Association and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations. The program will be held at the Westin Hotel in Old Town Alexandria, Va., on November 9.

Obama rallies public/private efforts vs. drug abuse

Obama rallies public/private efforts vs. drug abuse

WASHINGTON — The pharmacy industry is doing its part to help stem the tide of prescription drug abuse and heroin use as part of wide-ranging, public- and private-sector efforts announced this week by President Barack Obama. At a community forum in Charleston, W.Va., Obama and administration officials highlighted the need to change prescribing practices for