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  • 06/15/2017 9:04 AM | Anonymous

    After purchasing an independent pharmacy in January, O’Reilly officially opened O’Reilly’s Family Pharmacy in Worthington, OH, in March.

    “I always wanted to own my own store,” O’Reilly told Drug Topics. “I really enjoy the freedom that it provides me, to make changes and to be my own boss. It is something I have been working towards for a long time.”

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  • 06/05/2017 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    KPhA Members,

    Last night, after months of concerted effort by KPhA and several other provider organizations, the Kansas House voted 101-18 to approve the restoration of the fiscal year 2017 KanCare cuts. The Kansas Senate voted on the bill on Saturday, with it passing 32-5. Now the bill goes to the Governor for signature.

    The measure approved by the Legislature, which is the Conference Committee Report on HB 2079, restores the cuts to the KanCare Program that were effective July 1, 2016. These cuts included a reduction in the professional dispensing fee to pharmacies. For companies with fewer than 30 locations in the state the fee was reduced from $10.50 to $9.25, and for those with more than 30 locations the fee was reduced from $10.50 to $4.50.

    Under this legislation, the professional dispensing fee will return to $10.50 for all pharmacies on July 1, 2017. Funds for the restoration will come from an increase to the Health Maintenance Organization privilege fee. This fee will increase from 3.11% to 5.77% as of January 1, 2018.

    In addition to the professional dispensing fee being restored, the bill also restores medical service rates that were cut by 4%, a couple of other reductions that were specific to hospitals, and a 4.77% cut to long-term care rates.

    If you have any questions about this bill please contact me at aaron@ksrx.org or by phone at 785-228-2327, extension 364.

    Thank you.

    Aaron Dunkel
    Executive Director
    Kansas Pharmacists Association


  • 05/31/2017 8:08 AM | Anonymous

    KPhA Members and Friends,

    One of the most consistent themes in all of our lives is change. While I know change can be disruptive and uncomfortable for some, it is often necessary to evolve as an individual or, in our case, as an organization. I wanted to use this opportunity to let you know of a couple of changes we will be implementing in the next two weeks.

    First, we will be unveiling a redesigned website that will have a new feel and hopefully be easier to navigate. We are making this change to make the site a little more consumer friendly across all platforms and to allow the site to specifically be much more mobile friendly. The current site is good, we want it to be better, and we want it to be easily accessible no matter where you are and how you are accessing it.

    Second, we are renaming and redesigning our bi-weekly email newsletter, the E-Communique. As of the June 13th edition, the newsletter will be the NewStream. The newsletter will still come every two weeks, but it will be a shorter email with a combination of exclusive content and linked content with synopses. We hope this format allows you to get what you need from the newsletter as quickly as possible. We know you all very busy and receive a high volume of email. Our hope is that this format minimizes the time you need to spend with the newsletter to find the information that is important to you and your practice.

    Our goal is to always provide you the most useful and accurate information related to KPhA and pharmacy practice. With that in mind, as we roll out these updated tools, please let us know your thoughts on content and format. Your input will allow us to continue to evolve our communications tools to best serve our community.

    Thank you for your time and feedback.


  • 05/17/2017 9:12 AM | Anonymous

    Half a year after having to close the long running drugstore, the proprietor of Bruce Smith Drugs is back behind a pharmacy counter at the Village Shops.

    Debbie Richmond, whose family had owned Bruce Smith Drugs for decades when it closed late last year, and other former Bruce Smith employees are now operating the new pharmacy at the Hen House Village Market, just steps away from the longtime Bruce Smith Drugs location.

    To see the complete article:

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  • 05/15/2017 2:32 PM | Anonymous

    LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy Class of 2017 set a school record for residency matches and finished far above the national match rate, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

    KU’s Pharm.D. students matched at a rate of 87 percent, compared to a national rate of 67 percent. Of the 157 members of the Class of 2017, 46 sought a residency program.

    For the full story: Click Here

  • 05/09/2017 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Radicava (edaravone) to treat patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

    “After learning about the use of edaravone to treat ALS in Japan, we rapidly engaged with the drug developer about filing a marketing application in the United States,” said Eric Bastings, M.D., deputy director of the Division of Neurology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “This is the first new treatment approved by the FDA for ALS in many years, and we are pleased that people with ALS will now have an additional option.”


    To read the full story:

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  • 05/01/2017 2:04 PM | Anonymous

    The nation's capital was visited by hundreds of community pharmacists last week. They were there to visit Congressional offices and bring attention to pharmacy issues across the nation.

    For the full story, Click Here


  • 04/25/2017 9:04 AM | Anonymous

    On May 6 AuBurn Pharmacy, based in Garnett, will host a grand opening of its new building at 216 N. Harrison St. in Lindsborg.

    During the grand opening, the Lindsborg community will welcome its 33rd wild Dala horse in skit and parody song. AuBurn’s Dala Horse will join the Herd of Wild Dala Horses that is one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Customs. The wild Dala horse herd is second only to Coronado Heights among 47 things to do in Lindsborg listed on the travel reference website, Trip Advisor.

    For the complete story:

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  • 04/19/2017 8:31 AM | Anonymous

    The Kansas Board of Pharmacy (BOP) held their regular scheduled quarterly meeting on April 6th.

    Topics of discussion included current legislation impacting the profession of pharmacy in Kansas. Including HB 2055, which includes vital updates to the Pharmacy Practice Act to comply with Federal Drug Supply Chain Security Act, emerging industry standards in compounding and automation, Pharmacy Technician qualifications, and to improve the Board's function and protection of the health of the public.

    The Board also announced funding had been identified to continue development of the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). Through a mix of a grant funding from the CDC and a state appropriation the PMP has identified funding for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. The Board will continue to work with a stakeholder group to identify the best options for funding the program in fiscal year 2020 and beyond.


    David Schoech, RPh, Alternate Investigative Member, Columbus, KS (Pictured on left) and Dr. James Garrelts, Wichita, KS (Pictured on Right) were recognized for their service to the Board as their terms expired following the quarterly meeting. David and James both served on the Board for the maximum of eight years. We would like to thank them both for their service and dedication to the practice of pharmacy.

    Schoech was last year's Bowl Of Hygeia recipient.


  • 04/17/2017 8:38 AM | Anonymous

    The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is partnering up with law enforcement agencies across the country for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.

    The DEA encourages Pharmacies to promote the event with posters, pamphlets, digital billboard and other advertising material available for download from their website. The advertising materials can be viewed by clicking on the image below.


    Local Take Back sites can be found using a zip code, or by entering geographic location by following the link below. 

    Click Here

    Inquiries can also be made by calling 1.800.882.9539.



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