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  • 07/09/2019 9:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A federal judge has nixed a regulation that was a centerpiece of the Trump administration's efforts to bring down drug prices.

    US District Judge Amit Mehta of the District of Columbia vacated Monday the Department of Health and Human Services' rule that would have required drug makers to include their list prices in TV ads, saying the agency had overstepped its authority. The rule had been set to go into effect Tuesday.

    "No matter how vexing the problem of spiraling drug costs may be, HHS cannot do more than what Congress has authorized," Mehta wrote. "The responsibility rests with Congress to act in the first instance."

    Continue reading at CNN.

  • 07/08/2019 9:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President Trump said Friday that the White House was writing an executive order to require pharmaceutical companies to offer the United States government among the lowest prices in the world, in comments that were not immediately clear to many experts on the country’s health care system.

    “We’re working on a favored-nation clause, where we pay whatever the lowest nation’s price is,” Mr. Trump said to reporters Friday, specifying that an “executive order” was in the works.

    Read more from the New York Times.
  • 07/02/2019 10:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2019 KPhA Annual Meeting and Trade Show will feature a total of 22 sessions, providing up to 11 CE hours for pharmacists and technicians. All sessions are ACPE-accredited for pharmacists and technicians.

    Dan Oblinger, a Kansas lawman and hostage negotiator by night and a corporate trainer by day, will open the conference on Friday, Sept. 27, with a keynote on the "7 Laws of Listening." He uses an exotic blend of experiences and high-energy humor to share his listening, negotiating and leadership skills.

    Doug Younger will wrap-up Friday's sessions with "Pharmacy Burglaries: Trends in Kansas Drug Enforcement." Younger, from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, will explore current trends in drug enforcement in Kansas and other states, including pharmacy burglaries. This session will focus on opioids and will cover trends in other areas that are impacting Kansas. In addition, he will give tips and tactics on how to better secure pharmacy buildings and what to do during and after a burglary.

    On Saturday, Sept. 28, Alexandra Blasi will provide the annual Kansas Board of Pharmacy Law Update. Topics will include K-TRACS, the Governor's appointments to the Board, committee activities, new regulations, review of applicants and licensees with criminal history, updates to our online licensing database and interactivity with licensees, new Board policies and guidance, fee increases and more.

    The conference concludes with the annual Self Care Challenge. Two teams – comprised of pharmacy students and new practitioners – compete for bragging rights in this annual event hosted by John Isaacs, RPh. It promotes active learning of self-care topics to the participants as well as the audience. KPhA’s Leonard Allen will provide technical support. The event, endowed by P&G, is supported by NASPA, AACP and the Non-prescription Medicines Academy.

    For a full conference schedule, list of sessions, speakers biographies and to register, visit www.ksrx.org/annual-meeting.

  • 06/20/2019 2:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) - Fake opioid drugs are being sold in southwest Kansas.

    Officials warn that the version on the street right now is very dangerous.

    "Being a little laced with fentanyl will kill you," Executive Director, Callie Dyer, of Livewell in Finney County said.

    Garden City police said the pills are testing positive for fentanyl, a much more potent drug than oxycodone.

    Read more at www.ksnt.com.

  • 06/19/2019 3:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A summary published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Journal Watch concluded that laws that allow pharmacists to directly dispense naloxone may reduce fatal opioid overdoses.  The summary cited a recent study examining fatal and nonfatal overdoses in all 50 states and Washington D.C. after the implementation of three types of access laws: direct authority, indirect authority through a standing order or statewide protocol, and others.

    The study found that “[o]nly laws allowing pharmacists to directly dispense naloxone without a prescription were effective in curbing overdose deaths, reducing the rate by 0.39 per 100,000 people in the 3 or more years since the law’s adoption.”  The study also showed that in states that allow pharmacists to directly dispense naloxone, the rate of nonfatal overdoses in the emergency department increased by 45 per 100,000 people, implying that more patients survived their overdose.

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  • 06/17/2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KPhA is accepting nominations for our most prestigious awards of 2019. Our annual awards include three sponsored national awards and four Kansas Pharmacists Association awards. Successful nominees must be association members.

    In all, 10 awards will be presented at the awards luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 28, during the KPhA Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Lawrence. Nominations are due by Aug. 9, 2019.

    Award categories needing nominations are:

    • Pharmacists Mutual and KNPN Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award
    • NASPA Excellence in Innovation
    • Bowl of Hygeia
    • KPhA Champion of Pharmacy
    • KPhA Bill Bays Award (formerly the Generation Rx Award)
    • KPhA Outstanding Pharmacy Technician Award
    • KPhA Pharmacist of the Year


  • 06/17/2019 9:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nominations for the 2020 KPhA Board of Directors Election now are being accepted! KPhA is seeking dedicated pharmacists to fill upcoming board member positions starting in September.

    Board members and the President-Elect are responsible for being the primary leaders of the association who provide direction and act as the KPhA liaison to members.

    The following positions are open for nominations (self nominations are encouraged):

    • President-Elect (must have served on the Board of Directors for at least one year)
    • Secretary/Treasurer (Three year term ends Sept. 30, 2022)
    • Member-At-Large 1 (Two year term ends Sept. 30, 2021)
    • Community Academy Chair (Two year term ends Sept. 30, 2021)
    • Kansas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (Two year term ends Sept. 30, 2021)
    • Managed Care and Specialty Academy Chair (Two year term ends Sept. 30, 2021)

    If you are interested in becoming a member of the KPhA Board of Directors or know someone who is, please complete the application form and submit it to the KPhA office by Monday, July 15, 2019. After completing the nomination form, please email a copy of your (or the nominee's) CV/resume to Aaron Dunkel.

    Once nominations are in, the KPhA membership will vote on their board representative via email this summer. The new Board of Directors will be installed at the KPhA Annual Meeting on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, during the KPhA Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Lawrence.


  • 06/14/2019 12:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For just $75 each, Kansas pharmacists can help pharmacy students and/or technicians attend the 2019 KPhA Annual Meeting & Trade show in Lawrence on Sept. 26-28.

    The premier pharmacy event in Kansas, KPhA’s three-day conference features two full days of continuing education sessions, a trade show and ample opportunities for networking. Student registration costs $100, while technician registration is $165 for members or $275 for nonmembers.

    Future pharmacists and technicians gain valuable face-time with mentors in their chosen practice setting, as well as the opportunity to build connections with potential employers and co-workers.

    Simply add one or more students/technicians to your online registration. You can choose specific students/technicians or write “any” and KPhA will match you with a student-registrant and/or technician-registrant.


    1. Add one or more students and/or technicians to your online registration for $75 each. KPhA can match you with a student or technician if you don’t know of anyone in particular to sponsor.
    2. Upon check-in at the KPhA Annual Meeting & Trade Show, pharmacists will be given their respective student/technician reimbursement checks.
    3. Students/technicians will be given a card with their sponsor’s name and photo when they check in at the registration booth. They will be instructed to find their sponsor, introduce themselves and explain why KPhA membership is a valuable investment in their career.
    4. The pharmacists will then give the student/technician their reimbursement check.
  • 06/14/2019 8:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    LAWRENCE — The founding dean for the High Point University School of Pharmacy will be the next dean of pharmacy at the University of Kansas. Ronald Ragan, a KU alumnus and past KU School of Pharmacy faculty member, will begin his tenure Aug. 1.

    Read more.

  • 06/12/2019 8:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Six organizations representing the diverse pharmacy profession jointly delivered a letter to President Donald Trump on Monday, June 10, advocating for DIR fee reform. Together, the NCPA, NACDS, APhA, National Association of Specialty Pharmacy, Food Marketing Institute, and National Grocers Association are asking the President, Congress, or both to relieve pharmacies and pharmacists of DIR burdens which have inflated drug costs paid by patients and the government, and continue to force pharmacies to fill Medicare prescriptions below cost.

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