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  • 01/23/2017 1:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After reviewing a patient's medications Amanda worked with the patient and the patient's doctor to streamline treatment. 

    Over a period of time she helped the patient go from almost 30 pills a day to eight pills and a weekly injection. 

    This is one example of pharmacists working as providers. Using expertise in medication therapy, knowledge of medication interactions and knowing when to look at other treatments show how pharmacists fit into overall patient care roles.

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  • 01/09/2017 10:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    From: Jonalan Smith 
    President
    Kansas Pharmacists Association
    1020 SW Fairlawn | Topeka | Kansas | 66604]

    Dear Leonard

    It is with great pleasure that I welcome Aaron Dunkel to the Kansas Pharmacists Association (KPhA). As of January 3rd, Aaron took the Executive Director post with KPhA. Under his leadership, the Board and I look forward to taking KPhA into the next chapter of the organization’s evolution. 

    Together we look forward to maximizing the presence of KPhA, expanding membership, increasing engagement opportunities, and providing more education opportunities for members, the public and legislators.

    Aaron graduated from Wichita State University in 1999 with a Master’s in Public Administration and began his career in public service as a management intern for Sedgwick County. In 2000 he went to work for the state of Kansas in the Division of Budget. By 2005 he became the Chief Financial Officer for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Between 2007 and 2016 he held the position of Deputy Secretary at KDHE. 

    With his background in health policy development, governmental relations, state enterprise management, and agency operations, I believe that Aaron is an amazing fit as our new Executive Director. Please feel free to reach out to him with your insights and ideas as he settles into his new role.

    Welcome Aaron and we look forward to what the future brings.

    Sincerely, 
    Jonalan Smith
    KPhA President


  • 12/28/2016 3:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APhA has partnered with the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) and 15 other national health care stakeholders to educate providers and patients about the surge in illegal online pharmacies and counterfeit medicines. Of more than 11,000 websites selling prescription drugs to U.S. consumers, about 96% do not comply with U.S.

    APhA has partnered with the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global) and 15 other national health care stakeholders to educate providers and patients about the surge in illegal online pharmacies and counterfeit medicines. Of more than 11,000 websites selling prescription drugs to U.S. consumers, about 96% do not comply with U.S. laws, a recent review by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy found. Also, one-half of the medicines sold online from websites that hide their physical address are counterfeit, and 89% of illegal online pharmacies do not require a prescription.

    To read the full story click here.

  • 12/20/2016 2:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Pharmacy groups talk reforms after report on risky drug interactions
    Chicago Tribune (12/19/16) Long, Ray; Roe, Sam

    In response to a Chicago Tribune investigation into dangerous drug interactions, Carmen Catizone, executive director of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, is urging states to enact tough laws to require pharmacists to counsel patients when they pick up medications. "Counseling has to occur," says Catizone. He says he wants states to publicly disclose pharmacy medication errors, and calls on authorities to examine whether to set minimum staffing levels for pharmacies to address workload issues. The investigation found that Chicago-area pharmacies frequently dispense dangerous drug combinations without warning patients. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) has called for new nationwide policies to protect consumers from drug combinations. "It's hard for me to believe that, in this age of computers and software, we would still be dealing with such a fundamentally dangerous issue," says Durbin. "You would think that, at this point, with records being kept and the vast amount of knowledge on these drugs, the pharmacists could wave off prescriptions that are dangerous to customers." Catizone says his association, composed of state regulatory agencies, will help provide advice in response to Durbin's call for action. Durbin also sent letters to the Illinois Pharmacists Association and the National Community Pharmacists Association asking them to explain what they are doing to reduce patient risk to drug interactions.

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  • 12/16/2016 2:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KPhA will submit the names of six pharmacists as nominees for appointment to the Kansas Board of Pharmacy in late February or early March.  There will you be two pharmacist vacancies in 2017.  By statute, KPhA submits three nominees for each vacancy for consideration by the governor.  The steps for an individual to apply for appointment candidacy are:

    1. Direct submission of the Boards and Commissions Questionnaire  (this is an online form)
    2. Direct submission of the Tax Clearance form of the Kansas Department of Revenue (this is an online form)
    3. Submission of Resume and Cover Letter (may be attached to the Boards and Commissions Questionnaire)

    Following are the state’s requirements for membership on the Kansas Board of Pharmacy.  Candidates must:

    • Be a resident of Kansas;
    • Be a licensed pharmacist; and
    • Be actively employed in or engaged in the practice of pharmacy in Kansas for at least five years immediately preceding the date of appointment.

    Nominees must be willing to serve a four-year term beginning May 1, 2017.  KPhA will forward the list of nominations and supporting documents to Governor Brownback for consideration.

    If you are a member of KPhA interested in membership on the Kansas Board of Pharmacy and would like consideration of support by the KPhA Board, please e-mail the following documents to leonard@ksrx.org by close of business Friday February 10, 2017:

    • The nominee’s current curriculum vitae or resume
    • Three letters of support

    Respondents should provide your name, daytime phone, and e-mail address with their submission.  Resumes and letters may also be faxed to 785-228-2511, or mailed to KPhA, 1020 SW Fairlawn Rd., Topeka KS 66604-2275.

    Please feel free to contact KPhA at (785) 228-2327 or via email at leonard@ksrx.org if you have any questions.


  • 12/13/2016 12:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We’ve had a big year for opioid and heroin overdoses in the United States and we’re currently facing one of the most major public health crisis’ of our time. According to the *CDC, 16,000 deaths in the United States involved opioids and over 8,000 of which involved heroin. Cities like Cincinnati saw record numbers of overdoses with almost 200 overdoses in just a fewdays.

    Thankfully, Naloxone, an opioid reversal medication, arrived on the scene and has since saved thousands of lives. We watched as Naloxone became more available and more professionals were trained on how to administer it. In many counties statewide, the

     life-saving overdose reversal medication is now available without a prescription. Some communities are even making the overdose kits available to the public free of charge.

    As it becomes more readily available, it is our duty as healthcare professionals to educate the public on what it is, how it can help them, and most importantly, where they can find it.

    In an effort to reach more people and save more lives, Recovery Addiction Services has added a new directory, in addition to their existing addiction treatment directories, specifically for Naloxone. The directory will help people to find pharmacies in their area that carry Naloxone and in turn help to save more lives that are currently being claimed by the growing heroin epidemic.

    As one of the largest growing online addiction and recovery directories, it is our mission to supply as many people as we can with the tools that they need to navigate addiction. By joining our directory, you will be not only helping us accomplish this, you will be saving lives and bringing more customers to your pharmacy.

     

    List your pharmacy on our directory today and let’s help save more lives. 


  • 12/07/2016 11:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Topeka, KS – December 6, 2016 – The Kansas Pharmacists Association (KPhA) named Aaron Dunkel as the organization’s new Executive Director starting January 3, 2017.


    Dunkel comes to KPhA from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) where he is the agency’s Deputy Secretary. He will succeed Mike Larkin as the Executive Director of KPhA in Topeka.

    Larkin announced his retirement in September after leading KPhA for more than a decade.

    “I am excited to begin working with the KPhA Board, members, and staff. I consider myself very fortunate to be the newest member of a team that is so dedicated to the profession and has such a positive vision for the future of the organization,” said Dunkel.

    Dunkel graduated from Wichita State University in 1999 with a Master’s in Public Administration and began his career in public service as a management intern for Sedgwick County. In 2000 he went to work for the state of Kansas in the Division of Budget. By 2005 he became the Chief Financial Officer for KDHE. Over the past ten years, he held the position of Deputy Secretary.

    “We are excited to announce that we have chosen Aaron to become the new Executive Director of KPhA. Aaron has a long work history in Kansas health care. I am confident that he will help lead us into a successful future and grow KPhA membership to influence the expansion of pharmacy practice in Kansas and nationally," said Mike Bellesine, KPhA President.  

  • 12/01/2016 9:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    In the next few weeks, members of the Kansas Pharmacists Association are hosting a series of dinners for state legislators. It’s important for all Kansans to engage their state representatives in open dialogue ensuring members of the Kansas House and Senate have information needed to represent constituents to the best of their ability.

    These events allow KPhA members to connect with representatives for conversation, a chance to build relationships and create that open dialogue.

    Health care issues will be an important part of this legislative session and our members want State Representatives to know they offer their education, training and experience to help make sense of these complicated topics. KPhA recognizes that Kansas Pharmacists are a valuable information resource for our state representatives and we want them to be aware of that as well.


  • 11/30/2016 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For 16 years, the Southeast Kansas Academy of Pharmacists has held an annual dinner to build and strengthen relationships with legislators throughout the southeastern portion of the state. This annual event is considered by many to be the gold standard of legislative events across the state for developing relationships between legislators and the pharmacy community. 

    On Thursday, November 17th, KPhA member pharmacists partnered with the Neosho Valley Dental Study Club and successfully hosted this dinner once again. Attendees valued this event as an opportunity to continue to work together to create the very best policies that serve patients/constituents in all of their health needs.

    Among the attendees were Senator Elect Dan Goddard, Rep. Jim Kelly, the spouse of Rep. Adam Lusker, and Rep. Monica Murnan. 

    Dinner was once again held at the Claythorne Lodge in Columbus, KS and was sponsored by Pharmacists Mutual Insurance, AmerisourceBergen, and High Plains Pharmacies Cooperative.

    Special thanks to KPhA members Glen Mathis, David Schoech, Steven Charles and Brian Caswell for once again arranging this event!


  • 11/30/2016 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Each new pharmaceutical is a life changing technological wonder. The Sternfels Prize was created to reduce the risk associated with the real world use of pharmaceuticals. The purpose of the prize is to incentivize pharmacologists, pharmacists, medical practitioners, academics, and students to think about ways to reduce the real world risks patients face from polypharmacy, interacting comorbidities, and genetic variations.

    The prize is awarded to the most novel, important, and testable idea to reduce life threatening drug - drug, drug - disease or pharmacogenomic interactions.

    All submissions must be the applicant's own work and not already be adequately addressed on an existing drug label or in a scholarly work. The winning submission will receive $35,000 (USD). 

    Enter before 12/16/16 and receive feedback on your submission!

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