The Winter semester is always a hot bed of advocacy and potential change for the profession of Pharmacy, despite the temperatures outside.
MPA Annual Convention 2012 – Detroit, MI
This weekend, WSU will be sending 5 delegates to the MPA’s House of Delegates on Sunday morning to vote on proposals that will possibly change the landscape of Pharmacy in the state of Michigan. We plan to update you with the outcomes of the house session, along with other happenings of the event here soon after.
APhA-ASP National Meeting – New Orleans, Louisiana
Alas! The proposals being considered at this year’s national meeting have finally been released and are now out for the public’s consideration. Below you will find a list of the proposals:
2012.1 Antimicrobial Stewardship
1. APhA-ASP encourages hospitals, community pharmacies, and other health systems to implement and continually optimize antimicrobial stewardship programs according to current guidelines.
2. APhA-ASP encourages pharmacists and student pharmacists to take an active role in the implementation and continuation of antimicrobial stewardship practices, including, but not limited to, prospective audits, formulary restrictions, dose optimization, and education to minimize drug- resistant organisms and improve clinical outcomes.
2012.2 Pharmacy Job Market Data Disclosure and Career Services
1. APhA-ASP strongly encourages all schools and colleges of pharmacy to disclose current and projected local, state, and regional pharmacy manpower data in admissions materials to prospective student pharmacists.
2. APhA-ASP encourages ACPE and other pharmacy education stakeholders to include the disclosing of current and projected local, state, and regional pharmacy manpower data as a requirement in the standards and guidelines for accreditation.
3. APhA-ASP strongly encourages all schools and colleges of pharmacy to provide career and job placement services to their student pharmacists and recent graduates.
2012.3 Expansion of Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy Relative to Pharmacist Demand
APhA-ASP strongly encourages that all current and future schools and colleges of pharmacy considering expansion or creation of PharmD programs evaluate the projected demand for pharmacists in their local, state and regional area prior to taking such actions.
2012.4 Proper Medication Disposal and Drug Take-Back Programs
1. APhA-ASP encourages the profession of pharmacy, federal and state regulator agencies, law enforcement, waste management authorities, and other appropriate entities to develop and implement standardized guidelines for the proper disposal of unused or expired medications that help prevent drug abuse and reduce harm to the environment.
2. APhA-ASP supports state and federal regulations that allow pharmacists to take back unused or expired medications, including controlled substances, through a process that minimizes diversion, liability, and financial burden to all stakeholders.
3. APhA-ASP encourages pharmacists and student pharmacists to serve as a source of information for the public on the proper disposal of unused or expired medications.
2012.5 Training Program for Post-diagnostic Pharmacist Prescriptive Authority
APhA-ASP encourages the profession’s national organizations to develop an accredited training program that prepares pharmacists to have post-diagnostic prescriptive authority within the health care team.
2012.6 Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) Practices
1. APhA-ASP supports regulation of PBM audit practices and encourages the implementation of a national standardized audit procedure to include, but not be limited to, audit timeframes, a written appeals process, documentation requirements, and adherence to fair business practices.
2. APhA-ASP encourages all PBMs to notify patients prior to any changes or modifications in their plan that may include, but not be limited to, reaching their coverage gap, formulary adjustments, prior authorizations, and tier changes. The notification should be in a manner that is standardized, comprehensive, and easy to understand for all patient populations.
2012.7 Drug Shortages
APhA-ASP encourages transparency and cooperation between pharmacists, health care providers, FDA, manufacturers, distributors, and other stakeholders in the drug supply chain to anticipate and resolve drug shortages in order to reduce their impact on patient care.
There will be a Chapter Policy Discussion Meeting on Monday, February 27th at 11AM in LRC room 321 to discuss our stance on these proposals. For more information on these proposals such as background information and current opinion, please visit our SPAN page, HERE.
**As an aside, our chapter of ASP will be accepting nominations for e-board positions and will start collecting applications for chair positions after our next general meeting on March 19th, 2012. Please feel free to e-mail any of us with any questions or if you are interested in running for a position.