The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting & Exposition will take place in San Francisco, CA starting this Friday to Monday.
During the meeting, the APhA House of Delegates (HOD) will meet to debate and adopt policy proposals developed throughout the year. The HOD is comprised of delegates from state pharmacy associations, APhA membership academies, affiliated organizations, recognized pharmacy organizations, and exofficio groups.
KPhA is allotted 4 delegate assignments to the APhA HOD. This year's delegates are Carl (Dean) Benton, Robert Emerson, Emily Prohaska, and Abigail Winter.
The delegates are seeking your comments regarding the 2016-17 proposed policy statements and new business items.
New Business Items:
Please send all questions, comments, or concerns regarding the policy topics or new business items to KPhA PresidentElect Emily Prohaska at firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday, March 25 at 2 PM
Your comments will be discussed among the KPhA Delegates and shared at the open hearings held during the meeting as appropriate. Final policy statements will be voted on during the HOD session on Monday, March 27. Thank you for your feedback!
The KPhA Day on the Hill, last Tuesday, March 14th was a huge success. Sixteen pharmacists and 19 students attended the day with 18 representatives stopping by for discussion and lunch. As part of the day's events the group met with Speaker of the House, Representative Ron Ryckman and Governor Brownback. Meeting with the governor gave members an opportunity to inform him of specific issues concerning Kansas Pharmacy. He was willing to listen and was receptive to the information.
Jody Reel, KPhA's Government Affairs Chairperson, presented testimony for HB 2121 over the Administration of Vaccines to the State Registry.
The group also witnessed a debate on the House Chamber floor.
KU pharmacy students stayed busy by setting up posters in the Capitol Rotunda to present information to legislators and visitors about the many roles pharmacists have in providing care to patients. The posters included information about MTM, provider status, immunizations, antimicrobial stewardship, among others.
At the end of the day a Capitol tour was given to KPhA members by the Kansas Historical Society.
KPhA Day on the Hill will always be a day where Pharmacists, Students and Technicians can express their voice and connect with legislators. If you weren't able to attend this year, we hope to see you next year!
Thank you to the Government Affairs Committee for all of their hard work in making this event a success.
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The Kansas New Practitioners Network (KNPN) invites all KPhA members to participate in the March Madness Bracket Challenge! The winner of the challenge will win a FREE KPhA Annual Meeting & Trade Show registration this year. The annual meeting is September 28 through October 1 in Lawrence at the Hilton DoubleTree. Brackets can be created until the games begin on March 16th. For questions regarding the challenge, email KNPN committee member Nick Schulte by email at email@example.com.
Create your bracket today by following the instructions below:
LET THE GAMES BEGIN! GOODLUCK!
Currently there are two open Kansas Board of Pharmacy positions. Longtime member and Bowl of Hygeia 2016 recipient, David Schoech from Columbus, KS as well as Jim Garrelts from Wichita, KS will be rotating off of the board on April 30, 2017.
KPhA will submit six names to the Governor's office as nominees by the end of March. Right now independent/owner pharmacists are not represented on the board of pharmacy. The KPhA board of directors wanted to highlight this and make the membership aware. KPhA encourages any member willing to serve on the pharmacy board to let us know, however we are looking for members specifically in the independent community to serve. If you are interested in serving, please let KPhA know by Wednesday, March 15th.
Below are the steps for an individual to apply for appointment candidacy:
Nominees must be willing to serve a fouryear term beginning May 1, 2017.
If you would like to be one of KPhA nominees please email the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business Wednesday, March 15, 2017:
Respondents should provide their name, daytime phone, and email address with their submission. Resumes and letters may also be faxed to 785 228 2511, or mailed to KPhA, 1020 SW Fairlawn Rd., Topeka KS 666042275.
Please contact KPhA at 785228 2327, or via email at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Prairie Village’s Bruce Smith Drugs says goodbye after six decades
Bruce Smith Drugs, which recently closed in the center after more than six decades. It said it sold its Rx inventory to Hen House Markets and an auction house removed the merchandise at the front of the store. Hen House officials said they are remodeling the grocery store, at 6950 Mission Road, to accommodate the pharmacy in the space that was formerly the cafe area. They hope to have Hen House Pharmacy open in early April. Bruce Smith Drugs’ pharmacy manager; Debbie Richmond, as well as its pharmacy clerk and delivery driver also will work at the new pharmacy.
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Longtime pharmacy will roost again in Hen House
Bruce Smith Drugs, a fixture of Prairie Village for more than 60 years, may not be reopening but the pharmacy's owners are returning to the area.
After being closed for nearly six months, the Shawnee Mission Post reports that a Hen House, also located in Village Shops, will provide a new place for Bruce Smith Drugs' pharmacy operations.
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KPhA has created a short survey designed to identify what our members most want and most need. The survey will capture some general information and then continues with questions covering:
Your responses can be completely confidential, or if you prefer you can choose to put your name on the form. There are currently two positions open on the Board of Directors and a new election cycle is coming up this year. If you would like to join the board, please indicate that on the survey.
To participate in this survey: Click Here
KPhA's Day on the HILL gives Kansas Legislators the opportunity to meet with their constituents from the profession of Pharmacy in Kansas. By meeting face to face, KPhA members and their Legislators form relationships that will carry beyond this one day.
Legislators learn, possibly for the first time, that KPhA members serve as resource for them when they are dealing with health issues in the state.
All members are encouraged to attend and asked to wear their white coat for the day.
Topeka, KS | KPhA Office & Capitol Building
300 SW 10th St. Topeka, KS 66612
8:15 AM - 4-PM
Click here to register
KPhA members are encouraged to reach out to their legislators and invite them to eat lunch with you that day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. If your representative plans to eat lunch with you, please register them as a guest under your registration. Guests are free to attend and a lunch will be provided to them.
To contact your legislator, CLICK HERE
If you need assistance contacting your legislator, please contact
the KPhA office at 785-228-2327.
Please contact Leonard Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 785-228-2327 if you have any questions.
KPhA would like to thank the sponsors for the Day on the HILL.
Across the country deaths related to opioid abuse have risen dramatically in the the past few years. Kansas is no exception. Currently 47 states have given first responders the ability to save lives by administering a drug to counteract the effects of the overdose.
Kansas is not in the list of those states but KPhA is working with Kansas Legislators to change that.
Currently there is discussion on legislation at the State House that, if passed, would give first responders the ability to use the drug to save lives.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that its laboratory analysis found inconsistent amounts of belladonna, a toxic substance, in certain homeopathic teething tablets, sometimes far exceeding the amount claimed on the label. The agency is warning consumers that homeopathic teething tablets containing belladonna pose an unnecessary risk to infants and children and urges consumers not to use these products.
In light of these findings, the FDA contacted Standard Homeopathic Company in Los Angeles, the manufacturer of Hyland’s homeopathic teething products, regarding a recall of its homeopathic teething tablet products labeled as containing belladonna, in order to protect consumers from inconsistent levels of belladonna. At this time, the company has not agreed to conduct a recall. The FDA recommends that consumers stop using these products marketed by Hyland’s immediately and dispose of any in their possession. In November 2016, Raritan Pharmaceuticals (East Brunswick, New Jersey) recalled three belladonna-containing homeopathic products, two of which were marketed by CVS.
“The body’s response to belladonna in children under two years of age is unpredictable and puts them at unnecessary risk,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. ”We recommend that parents and caregivers not give these homeopathic teething tablets to children and seek advice from their health care professional for safe alternatives.”
Homeopathic teething products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safety or effectiveness. The agency is unaware of any proven health benefit of the products, which are labeled to relieve teething symptoms in children. In September 2016, the FDA warned against the use of these products after receiving adverse event reports.
Consumers should seek medical care immediately if their child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using homeopathic teething products.
The FDA encourages health care professionals and consumers to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of homeopathic teething products to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program:
Now that the U.S. House of Representatives has joined the U.S. Senate in introducing its version of the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, the pharmacy community is calling on us to join in an online letter-writing campaign to build support for provider status in both the House and Senate (HR 592/S109)! I ask that you send letters and participate in this campaign. It takes less than a few minutes and all you have to do is type in your zipcode and contact information to generate your letters!
This legislation would allow Medicare Part B to utilize pharmacists to their full capability by providing services to the underserved. The lack of pharmacist recognition as a provider limits the ability of pharmacists to provide services that they are qualified to perform and presents a barrier to care - this bill remedies this situation. It would also reduce overall healthcare costs and increased access to healthcare services and improved healthcare quality outcomes for a very vulnerable population. Take action TODAY!
ACT IN TWO SIMPLE STEPS!
STEP ONE: Visit the Senate Action Link to build support for the Senate Bill (S. 109).
STEP TWO: Visit the House Action Link to build support for the House Bill (H.R. 592).
To find out more about "Provider Status" and how to get involved: