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  • 01/13/2020 2:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kansas has now joined most of the rest of the continental United States as reporting widespread influenza activity, according to the Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kansas pharmacists should continue to encourage patients to get their flu shots even though we are well into flu season. The flu vaccination is always the best way to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications.

    The CDC report notes key indicators that track flu activity remain high, but indicators that track severity (hospitalizations and deaths) are not high at this point in the season. Visits to health care providers for influenza-like illness has descreased slightly, but hospitalizations increased. The percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza is 5.8 percent, which is below the epidemic threshold. Five new pediatric deaths were reported, bringing the seasonal total to 32.

    CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 9.7 million flu illnesses, 87,000 hospitalizations and 4,800 deaths from flu.

    See the full report.

  • 01/11/2020 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The country’s largest organization of independent pharmacists cheered the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to hear an Arkansas case to decide whether ERISA preempts (supersedes) a state law that regulates pharmacy benefit managers – massive corporate middlemen who have operated in a regulatory no-man’s land for decades.

    “Pharmacy benefit managers have virtually no oversight, and as a result they behave like monopolies,” said B. Douglas Hoey, pharmacist, MBA, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association. “Not only have PBMs failed to manage the cost of prescription drugs, which is why they were created, but they are inflating prices for patients and destroying local pharmacies.”

    NCPA has been fighting to rein in PBMs for years. NCPA pushes for state laws that would end PBM abuses such as spread pricing and gag clauses that cause patients’ insurance premiums and prescription out-of-pocket costs to soar. The latest battle comes from a case in Arkansas, where the state was blocked by a lower court ruling from enforcing Act 900, a law that effectively prohibits PBMs from reimbursing pharmacies below the pharmacies’ cost to acquire the medication and includes provisions that would disclose to consumers and plans the hidden profit motives of PBMs.

    NCPA together with the Arkansas Pharmacists Association filed a brief supporting the state before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and will file a similar brief before the U.S. Supreme Court.

    “This is an important moment for community pharmacies,” said Hoey. “There’s strong bipartisan agreement in the states that PBM behavior is out of control. The U.S. is the only country in the world that has turned over the management of prescription drugs to PBMs and the U.S. has the highest drug costs in the world. We don’t think that is coincidence.”

    At issue is the extent to which the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), which regulates private employee benefit plans, preempts the states from regulating the amount that PBMs pay pharmacies to dispense prescription drugs that are covered by an employer-sponsored health plan. The PBMs, which are among the richest corporations in the world, say even though they are not liable as fiduciaries under ERISA, that statute shields them from state regulation when they are servicing an employer-sponsored plan.

    “ERISA doesn’t shelter the practices of PBMs,” said Hoey. “We’re very optimistic that the Supreme Court will agree that PBMs do not get to act with impunity from state and federal law.”

    The Court will likely hear oral arguments in early spring. It will render a decision before the end of June, which marks the end of the Court’s current term.

  • 01/10/2020 2:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Inject some pharmacy-filled energy in to the Kansas State Capitol on Feb. 5 as KPhA engages in face-to-face grassroots advocacy during its annual Day with the Legislature.

    Help KPhA pack the statehouse with pharmacists, pharmacy students and technicians. Even if you can't attend for the full day, your presense matters as we work to educate policy makers on important issues facing the profession. Let's show Kansas lawmakers "Pharmacists Can Do It!" and that you are highly trained and skilled members of your patients' health care team.

    Register Today!

  • 12/20/2019 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Chalen Reed, 50, of Horton, died on Dec. 17, 2019, at Hiawatha Community Hospital. She had been a Kansas Pharmacists Association member for many years and was active on the Committee on Impaired Pharmacy Practice.  

    Chalen obtained a bachelor’s degree in Science from Pittsburg State University in 1991 and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1994. Chalen practiced pharmacy with her dad and brother in Paola, Kansas at Auburn Pharmacy (formerly Asher Pharmacy) before moving to Horton where she was a pharmacist at the Horton Hospital. Chalen then worked at KS Medicaid in Topeka KS for many years and finished her career at White Cloud Indian Health Center Pharmacy in White Cloud Kansas. 

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, who passed away in July. She is survived by her parents Kenneth and Mary Asher of Louisburg KS and her sisters Kenna Valentine (husband Gary) of Lenexa KS, Danielle Iacovetto (husband Alex) of Eagle CO and Farrah Burg (husband Andrew) of Olathe KS and brother Jarratt Asher (wife Tara) of Louisburg KS.  Also, she is survived by her nieces and nephews. 

    Full Obituary

  • 12/18/2019 2:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Members of the Kansas New Practitioners Network (KNPN) are asking KPhA members for their thoughts on a few questions important to new practitioners. Answers will be collected and provided to KNPN to share with members and students. A new set of three questions will be available for the next six months.

    1. How did you stay connected to other practitioners once graduated? (i.e. what organizations did you join?)
    2. What are the most common mistakes you made (in retail, hospital, independent, etc.) and how do I prevent myself from making those same mistakes?
    3. How do you start looking for residency programs? There are so many!

    Take the survey!

  • 12/18/2019 12:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KPhA's offices in Topeka will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Dec. 24-25, as well as New Year's Day on Jan. 1, so staff can enjoy time with their families. Regular office hours will resume on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, respectively. KPhA staff wishes all of our members &ndash; our friends in Pharmacy &ndash; a joyous holiday season and prosperous New Year!

  • 12/18/2019 9:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Foster kids supported by Kiowa County givers

    GREENSBURG — Kiowa County Residents have shown dedication and overwhelming generosity in support of foster children in the southwest Kansas this Christmas season. Already three car-loads of gifts have been delivered to Saint Francis Ministries in response to Angel Tree need cards, and more gifts are on the way.

    “People here just kept asking for more angels” said Julie Keeton, manager of the Kiowa County Pharmacy, which has become an Angel Tree headquarters distributing need cards and gathering corresponding gifts.

    Continue reading at the Salina Journal.

  • 12/04/2019 9:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kansas New Practitioners Network, along with Mid-Kansas Management and KPhA, recently hosted two Study Break Socials for students as they prepare for finals. They enjoyed food, beverages and networking with pharmacists and other students.

    The Wichita event took place at Brickyard Brewery on Nov. 21. In Lawrence, attendees met at 23rd Street Brewery on Dec. 3. Food and beverages were sponsored by Lance and Sloane Freeman and David Rziha (Mid-Kansas Management). Information on the next set of Study Break Socials will be available next spring. Watch for info on the NewStream.

    PHOTO GALLERY

  • 12/03/2019 3:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kansas Pharmacists Association's Education Committee is seeking guidance on potential CE topics for the 2020 KPhA Annual Meeting and Trade Show.  A survey was sent to membership on Dec. 3 asking for input on various topics within the community, health system, clinical, owner/manger, managed care, technician and keynote/general session categories.

    TAKE THE SURVEY

    Responses will help the Education Committee as they work on planning for the 2020 conference in Dodge City.

  • 12/03/2019 3:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Over the next few weeks, Kelly Rockers will be contacting members who had set up recurring billing for membership renewal. KPhA recently switched credit card processing companies, so she will need to update your credit card information with the new provider.

    If you don't want to wait, you may call her at 785.228.2327 if you'd like to provide your update right away.

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