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  • 08/02/2019 10:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Lance and Sloane Freeman, owners of Hibbard's Prescription Plus in Medicine Lodge, made an ambitious goal become reality for the students and families of USD 254. On Thursday, the pharmacy began its first Back-to-School School Supply Giveaway, which will continue through the start of school on Aug. 22.

    "School supplies are expensive!," Sloane Freeman explained. "By providing these to families, we hope that they can use the money saved to provide other basic needs, such as shoes and coats."

    For most families in rural Kansas, getting everything on the supply list involves a trip to multiple stores and often a trip out-of-town. "We wanted to help alleviate that burden on parents and grandparents that already work hard to provide for their children, as well as help our community by giving back."

    The Freemans and their staff set aside space in the retail store to offer free items, including backpacks, trapper keepers, glue, crayons, markers, etc. – everything on the supply list for PreK thru 8th grade. "We worked with the school to get that list early and began purchasing items that were on the list."

    This is the first year they've offered the program. While they've donated to back-to-school events in the past, this event allows them to reach more people. "Every child is able to receive their supplies from us," she said. "The only parameter is that they attend school in the Medicine Lodge school district, as we did not have supply lists from surrounding schools, but," she noted, "if all goes well, the intent will be to expand this service into our other communities."

    For a community pharmacy to provide a service like this, it fills a void most rural Kansas communities face.

    "People shouldn’t have to worry about if they can afford school supplies, or if they have the right ones, or if they can take a day off of work to go get them," she said. "This was a big undertaking, but we are always looking at ways to fill a need and give back in some way. Pharmacies should be a staple in every community, and we intend to make sure that it stays that way."

    Follow Hibbard's Prescription Plus on Facebook @hibbardsrx.

  • 07/31/2019 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration rates for the 2019 KPhA Annual Meeting and Trade Show will go up at 10 p.m. on July 31. Depending on your membership level, the price will increase by as much as $50. The standard rates are good through Sept. 6. Any registrations received after Sept. 6 will be charged an additional $75.

    The conference will feature a total of 22 continuing education sessions, providing up to 11 CE hours for pharmacists and technicians. All sessions are ACPE-accredited for pharmacists and technicians. Full session and speaker information can be found at https://kansaspharmacistsassociation.wildapricot.org/annual-meeting/speakers.

  • 07/31/2019 11:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kansas Health officials said 15% of kids starting kindergarten this year are missing one or more required vaccines.

    With over 1,000 measles cases recorded in 2019 so far, the national measles outbreak hasn’t reached Kansas yet, but it has come very close. As of July 25, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Colorado have all reported cases.

    Read more at KSNT.

  • 07/31/2019 10:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jenny McCabe decided she wanted to be a pharmacist after taking an AP Chemistry class her junior year of high school and "absolutely loved it," she said. The following year, she started looking in to career pathways with an emphasis in chemistry and had a teacher suggest pharmacy. "The rest is history," she added.

    McCabe, originally from Topeka, expects to graduate from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in 2020. Following graduation, she plans to pursuing a pharmacy residency and ultimately wants to be a Medical Science Liason. "MSL’s get to travel around the country and work with fellow healthcare providers, educating them on the latest drugs for unique indications," she said.

    She named Brian Caswell, owner of Wolkar Drug, as someone who inspires her. "He’s providing top-of-the-line pharmacy care to small town Kansas through his independent pharmacies, serves on NCPA’s board of directors, and functions as a major pharmacist advocate (legislative influence) for all Kansas pharmacists – all while finding time to be the friendly neighborhood pharmacist of Baxter Springs."

    She says the best advice she's been given came from her dad: 'Don’t sweat the petty stuff and don’t pet the sweaty stuff.'

    "This is something funny my dad would say to me while growing up," she explained. "It’s still applicable to this day!"

  • 07/31/2019 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    LAWRENCE — Before starting his CBD company, Chris Brunin researched the competition, the labs they used, the products they sold.

    He checked out ingredient suppliers and organic hemp farmers. He took everyone’s pitches with a heapful of salt.

    “The hemp industry is like the Wild West and Wall Street had a baby,” said Brunin. “You have to vet everything and everybody … to make sure you’re not getting messed with or lied to.”

    Brunin advises consumers to do the same.

    Read more at KCUR.

  • 07/31/2019 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President Donald Trump is working on a proposal that would allow the United States to import drugs from Canada, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNBC on Tuesday.

    “I just got off the phone with him,” Azar, who was speaking on “Squawk Box, ” said of Trump. “Working on a plan on how we can import drugs safely and effectively from Canada so the American people get the benefit of the deals that pharma themselves are striking with other countries.”

    It’s unclear exactly what the proposal would look like.

    Read more from CNBC.

  • 07/31/2019 8:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ADA, Okla. — A new Oklahoma law is designed to level the playing field for rural pharmacies, which could help people manage their prescription drug costs.

    Gov. Kevin Stitt recently signed into law the Patient’s Right to Pharmacy Choice Act, which requires pharmacy benefit managers to offer the same contract to any pharmacy willing to accept the manager’s terms. The measure, known as House Bill 2632, also bars health insurance carriers or pharmacy benefits managers from restricting consumers’ choice of in-network pharmacies.

    Read more from Woodward News.

  • 07/19/2019 5:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For your reference, here are the newly released Kansas immunization requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Please note the new requirement for 7th graders and the new recommendation for Meningococcal vaccination in grade 11.

    Kansas Pharmacists with questions regarding the new requirements should contact Aaron Dunkel or call 785.228.2327.

  • 07/10/2019 8:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KANSAS CITY, Kansas — Many people figure vaping spares their health because it lets them inhale nicotine in aerosols instead of sucking in smoke from burning cigarettes.

    New research from the University of Kansas casts doubt on that, raising the specter that vaping nicotine may cause some of the same respiratory problems that plague and even kill smokers today.

    “Vaping is just considered not harmful, even though there are no data to support that statement,” researcher Matthias Salathe said. “There are more and more data to actually oppose that statement.”

    Salathe chairs the Department of Internal Medicine at KU’s School of Medicine, where his lab uses a robot that vapes to test the effects on human cells obtained from deceased lung donors.

    Continue reading at KCUR.org.

  • 07/09/2019 4:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Amazon.com Inc.’s push into distribution of health-care supplies and equipment has lost momentum, according to a survey by UBS Group AG.

    Hospital purchasing managers say they are buying fewer medical supplies from Amazon compared to last year, while increasing their purchases of office supplies from the online retailer, UBS analyst Kevin Caliendo wrote in a research note on Monday. One reason could be that respondents are seeing “less discounting” for medical supplies, but it’s unclear whether Amazon discounts are lower or if wholesalers offered better deals in response to Amazon’s push in the sector, he said.

    UBS’s survey found that while hospitals still expect to increase their supply purchases through Amazon over the next three years, the percentage of respondents in talks for sourcing agreements with Amazon has declined to 7% from 11% last year. The bank surveyed 100 purchasing managers.

    Continue reading at Bloomberg.

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