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  • 11/18/2016 10:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jody Reel, KPhA Government Affairs Committee Chair, contributed to an article in The Kansas City Star on current issues with KanCare.

    TOPEKA

    When it comes to KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid system, frustrations seem nowhere close to going away.

    In Sabetha, Kan., Jody Reel and her husband own a pharmacy and do their own plumbing because they can’t afford a plumber.

    That part they can understand — if you own a small business, sometimes you have to be flexible.

    For the entire article:
    Click Here


  • 11/15/2016 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kansas State Board of Pharmacy (BOP) met for their quarterly meeting at the St. Joseph's Campus of Via Christi Hospital in Wichita on November 3rd. The board has compressed their meetings from two days to one so the agenda was full.

    After the administrative hearings portion of the agenda were completed, the Board discussed the upcoming Kansas Legislative Session and some of the pharmacy proposed legislation that will be considered in 2017. Highlights included the following:

    Pharmacy Practice Act

    Probably the biggest piece of legislation that will come before the legislature from the Kansas Board of Pharmacy is the update of the Kansas Pharmacy Practice Act. A key reason the practice act is being amended is to comply with the initial phases of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act
    (DSCSA). Kansas will be required to update statutes and regulations to properly register and regulate wholesale distributors, manufacturers, outsourcing facilities, third party logistics providers, reverse distributors and other involved parties. Additionally, updates to current definitions and federal mandates will be necessary. In addition to these requirements, the board is contemplating inserting legislation governing Biosimilars in Kansas into the pharmacy practice act. Language describing this biosimilar legislation is available by clicking here. There was discussion between board members regarding a requirement for pharmacists to report the substitution of a biosimilar to the physician within five days. It appeared as though the board had concerns with that requirement.

    K-TRACKS

    Revisions to the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is another piece of legislation that will affect Kansas pharmacy. Previously, the Board received federal grants to fund the PMP program known as K-TRACKS. The grant money used to fund this program has expired. Consequently, the Board is now using surplus funds to cover operating expenses associated with the PMP. The new legislation would allow for use of fee fund dollars through Fiscal Year 2019. Fee fund dollars would not be used if sufficient funds are available to run the program without their use. The PMP legislation would also authorize the establishment of an executive committee consisting of a representative from the Board of Healing Arts, the Board of Nursing, the Board of Dentistry and the Board of Pharmacy.

    Emergency Scheduling

    Emergency scheduling of control substance analogs as defined in K.S.A. 215701 will, if passed, be required to meet only one of the criteria stipulated instead of three as is currently the case. 

    Naloxone (Narcan)

    According to the language of this bill, the BOP would manage the protocols, with input from the Kansas Board of Healing Arts (BOHA). This bill would allow for the creation of a statewide protocol for pharmacists to dispense naloxone from behind the counter, while creating a prescription for the naloxone so it can be tracked via K-TRACS. The bill also allows for the creation of a protocol for law enforcement and other first responders to carry naloxone. This protocol as determined by the Pharmacy and BOHA would outline training and personnel requirements for first responders to carry naloxone, much like how some law enforcement carry AEDs. The KPhA Government Affairs Committee Chairperson Jody Reel in collaboration with other pharmacy organizations in the state substantially changed the original proposed language to include pharmacy in the legislation. Kudos to member Reel and her colleagues!

    Other topics of discussion at the board meeting included establishing 2017 meeting dates for the Board, strategic planning for the Board, and a joint policy statement on use of controlled substances to treat chronic pain.


  • 11/02/2016 1:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KPhA Past President and KPF Treasurer, Scott Patterson, was featured in the October 2016 issue of America's PHARMACIST. Patterson's Pharmacy in Clay Center was one of the stops during the MidAmerican Road Show.

    The article begins on page 39 and my be read by clicking the link below.

    >>> Click Here <<<
    To view the article

    Excerpted from "A MidAmerican Road Show," an article that originally appeared in the October 2016 issue of America's Pharmacist, published by the National Community Pharmacists Association, Alexandria, Va. Reprinted with permission.

  • 10/31/2016 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Living Well with Diabetes

    Great Plains Diabetes in partnership with the KU School of Pharmacy, Hagan and Associates, and the American Diabetes Association are hosting this event. There will be exhibits, free public education as well as 3.5 credits of Kansas pharmacist continuing education offered.

    Saturday, November 5th

    7:30 Noon

    Pharmacist Education)

    9:30 AM 3:

    00 PM (Public Event)

    KState Research & Sedgwick County Extension Center

    7001 W. 21st Street N., Wichita

    Registration $70

    For Registration Information Contact Hagan & Associates, LLC: 316-219-3571

    Students from the KU School of Pharmacy will be conducting A1C tests, blood pressure checks, bone density screenings, and medication evaluations at the event. If interested, more information can be found at the Great Plains diabetes website by clicking here.


  • 10/25/2016 1:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This information was developed through a collaboration between APhA and NASPA with generous support from the Community Pharmacy Foundation. The graphics contained in this document show how Kansas Pharmacists can provide chronic disease management and wellness prevention services to bridge the physician gap in Kansas

    >>> Click Here <<<
    To see the document
  • 10/19/2016 12:51 PM | Anonymous

    KPhA President, Mike Bellesine, Owner of TrueCare Pharmacy in El Dorado, KS met with Kansas Representative Mike Pompeo recently at his pharmacy. Some of the items they discussed, include:   

    • Medication disposal - in five weeks 70% of the medications collected were from mail order
    • Compounding
    • Robotics to enhance customer service
    • Teaching pharmacy students
    • Nutraceuticals
    • Compliance packaging

    Take a Moment to Contact Your Representatives

    Keeping in contact with legislators is important for Kansas pharmacy. Asking them to visit your practice site allows YOU to build a relationship with them and gives you the opportunity to educate them correctly on pharmacy matters. With each interaction, they are more likely to consult with you when legislation is proposed that will impact the profession.

      

    Mike Bellesine explains the difference between a pharmacy and a drug store.

     

     

    Mike Bellesine, along with Ashley Shogren, employee and KNPN Director, explain how students are taught.

     

     

    Mike Bellesine creates a Medicare Part D analysis as Rep. Pompeo observes.


  • 10/14/2016 12:50 PM | Anonymous

     

    Join the KU School of Pharmacy student organizations in raising funds and valuable support for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Annual Children's Oncology Holiday Party. This party is for local children with cancer and their families. 

    Friday, October 28th

    6:00 - 9:00 PM

    Stony Point Event Hall

    1614 North 600 Rd | Baldwin City

    Tickets - $20 

    (includes all you can eat BBQ, 3 drinks, DJ and dancing)

    >>> Click Here <<< 

    To buy tickets

    Questions? Email:  

    Erin O'Grady
    or 
    Kristen Fischer



  • 10/12/2016 12:49 PM | Anonymous

    After serving KPhA for more than a decade, Executive Director Mike Larkin  will retire at the end of this year. A reception in his honor will be held:  

    • Tuesday, November 15th
    • 4:00 - 7:00 PM
    • Kansas Pharmacists Association, 1020 SW Fairlawn Rd, Topeka
    • Cocktails and refreshments will be provided

    RSVP by Thursday, November 10th 
    Phone 785-228-2327  |  Click to RSVP Via Web

    Contact Ginny Hogan
     for questions or via email.

    >>> Click Here to Email Ginny <<<


  • 10/07/2016 9:25 AM | Anonymous

    National Take-Back Initiative

    Got Drugs?

    National Drug Take Back Day
    October 22, 2016 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

    Click here for info


 
 
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