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  • 07/10/2017 9:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- In a few days, a new law could help pharmacists save lives when they're confronted with an overdose.

    The law will let them give life-saving medication - called an emergency opioid antagonist - to patients, first responders, school nurses, and bystanders with out a prescription, the Kansas Pharmacists Association said. It goes into effect on July 1st.

    “We believe this law will save lives,” said Dr. Jody Reel, Kansas Pharmacists Association Governmental Affairs Chairperson. “Pharmacies already play an important role in the improvement of our individual and population health, and this law allows us to do even more.”

    To see the original article: Click HERE

  • 07/05/2017 9:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy is now operating under the name, Haag Pharmacy.

    Owners Amber and Cory Haag said the name change became effective July 1 for the pharmacy located at 1400 W. 12th Ave.

    Amber Haag said she and her husband are excited for the name change and for the other changes yet to come.

    “In today’s health care industry, so much is changing,” Amber Haag said. “Anyone in this business has to be willing to change with it. We feel now is the time to make this change to better prepare us for future opportunities for growth, and to continue to provide exceptional care and services to our patients.”

    To see the complete article: Click HERE

  • 06/29/2017 9:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- In a few days, a new law could help pharmacists save lives when they're confronted with an overdose.

    The law will let them give life-saving medication - called an emergency opioid antagonist - to patients, first responders, school nurses, and bystanders with out a prescription, the Kansas Pharmacists Association said. It goes into effect on July 1st.

    “We believe this law will save lives,” said Dr. Jody Reel, Kansas Pharmacists Association Governmental Affairs Chairperson. “Pharmacies already play an important role in the improvement of our individual and population health, and this law allows us to do even more.”

    To see the Original article. CLICK HERE


  • 06/28/2017 9:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To All KPhA Members and Friends:

    Pharmacy had a successful 2017 Kansas Legislative Session!

    Our three biggest priorities going into the Session all passed!

    Am I over using exclamation points? I feel like I might be!!! No, it was a great session and we can use all the exclamation points we can get!!!!!!!!

    After 113 days of thought, debate, and compromise, the 2017 Legislative Session ended on Saturday, June 10th. It was a session that ended tied for the longest in Kansas history. Even with the abundance of days for the Legislature to work, many are still wondering if the decisions on key issues such as increased K-12 education funding, increased taxes, and the refusal to expand Medicaid represent giving too much, not enough, or just the right amount.

    One thing we know for sure is that Pharmacy had a successful session! Last !, I swear...maybe.

    With your support, we were able to reverse cuts to professional dispensing fees that KanCare implemented in Fiscal Year 2016. By working hand-in-hand with other professional associations and our supporters in the Legislature, we will now see $13.0 million a year in professional dispensing fees being restored and paid to pharmacies across the state beginning July 1, 2017.

    KPhA was also successful in our work with first responders, addiction service professionals, and the Board of Pharmacy to craft HB 2217, which was introduced and passed early in the Session. This bill creates the first statewide protocol for pharmacists’ distribution of a prescription medication. HB 2217 will allow pharmacists to distribute emergency opioid antagonists to patients. Hopefully, this will be the first of many legislative actions that allow pharmacists to provide services that will have a great impact on public and population health in Kansas.

    Our last major push was to get the minimum patient age for pharmacists administered vaccines reduced to 6 years. While we did not get everything we wanted, through negotiations with the Legislators and the Kansas Medical Society, we were successful in getting the minimum age reduced to 12 while maintaining the current law of 6 years old for flu vaccine.

    We also had several other items we were watching and commenting on during the Legislative Session. Attached to this email is a much more detailed narrative of the three actions listed above and those other items.

    These are the kinds of positive impact we can have for Pharmacy in Kansas when we determine a goal, work with our partners and other stakeholders across the state, and inform Legislators of the good that pharmacists can do related to patient safety and better health outcomes.

    We want to thank those of you who took up the charge and visited, called, or emailed your legislators during the session to make your opinions known. That kind of individual action, tied to the efforts of those of us who represent pharmacy day-in-and-day-out in Topeka, are what have allowed us to be successful.

    2017 was a great year for Kansas Pharmacy, but we are just getting started!!!

    Moving forward, we know that we have some weighty issues on our agenda for the 2018 Legislative Session. In order to prepare for a full Legislative agenda next year, we will be reaching out to you, other professional associations, Legislators, and the Governor’s Office over the next few months to set the stage for success in 2018.

    To help us prepare for a successful campaign in 2018 please consider donating to the KPhA Political Action Committee NOW.

    While elections are still 17 months away, we need to support those that support us through the coming months of their campaigns.

    To donate to the KPhA-PAC go to our website HERE.

    Thank you for your time, thoughts, and support.


    For details on these legislative achievements CLICK HERE


  • 06/15/2017 9:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.”

    To read the full article Click Here

  • 06/05/2017 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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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