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  • 08/19/2020 10:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a third amendment to the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to increase access to lifesaving childhood vaccines and decrease the risk of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks as children across the United States return to daycare, preschool and school.

    "Today’s action means easier access to lifesaving vaccines for our children, as we seek to ensure immunization rates remain high during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “The Trump Administration has worked to allow pharmacists—alongside all of America’s heroic healthcare workers—to practice at the top of their license, empowering the public with more options to protect their health and well-being.”

    The amendment authorizes State-licensed pharmacists (and pharmacy interns acting under their supervision to administer vaccines, if the pharmacy intern is licensed or registered by his or her State board of pharmacy) to order and administer vaccines to individuals ages three through 18 years, subject to several requirements:

    • The vaccine must be approved or licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
    • The vaccination must be ordered and administered according to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) immunization schedules.
    • The licensed pharmacist must complete a practical training program of at least 20 hours that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).  This training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.
    • The licensed or registered pharmacy intern must complete a practical training program that is approved by the ACPE.  This training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.
    • The licensed pharmacist and licensed or registered pharmacy intern must have a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
    • The licensed pharmacist must complete a minimum of two hours of ACPE-approved, immunization-related continuing pharmacy education during each State licensing period.  
    • The licensed pharmacist must comply with recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the jurisdiction in which he or she administers vaccines, including informing the patient’s primary-care provider when available, submitting the required immunization information to the State or local immunization information system (vaccine registry), complying with requirements with respect to reporting adverse events, and complying with requirements whereby the person administering a vaccine must review the vaccine registry or other vaccination records prior to administering a vaccine.
    • The licensed pharmacist must inform his or her childhood-vaccination patients and the adult caregivers accompanying the children of the importance of a well-child visit with a pediatrician or other licensed primary care provider and refer patients as appropriate.

    The above requirements are consistent with many States that already permit licensed pharmacists to order and administer vaccines to children.

    A May 2020 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report found a troubling drop in routine childhood immunizations as a result of families staying at home. While families followed public health warnings about going out, an unfortunate result was many missed routine vaccinations. This decrease in childhood-vaccination rates is a public health threat and a collateral harm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “As a pediatric critical care physician who has treated critically ill children suffering from vaccine preventable diseases, I know first-hand the devastation to the child – and to the family and community – of a death or severe brain damage that could have been avoided by a safe and effective vaccine,” said HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Brett P. Giroir, M.D.  "The cornerstone of public health, vaccines, makes these dreaded diseases preventable. As we expand options during the COVID-19 response, we are also reminding parents, grandparents, and caretakers that there is no substitute for a critically important well-child visit with a pediatrician or other licensed primary care provider when available.”

    HHS is expanding access to childhood vaccines to avoid preventable diseases in children, additional strains on the healthcare system, and any further increase in avoidable adverse health consequences—particularly if such complications coincide with an additional resurgence of COVID-19.  

    For CDC guidance on Routine Vaccination during the COVID-19 Outbreak, click here.

    For more information on National Immunization Awareness Month, click here.

    For the latest CDC Immunization Schedule, click here.

    For clinical resources on vaccines, including continuing education training on best practices, click here.

    To view the Notice of Amendment, click here.
  • 08/18/2020 5:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thinking about attending the KPhA VIRTUAL Annual Meeting & Trade Show but haven't made up your mind, here are 5 reasons to join the fun. It's not too late!

    1) KPhA 2020 offers 13 educational sessions with 22 courses – up to 12.5 hours of continuing education credit for pharmacists; 12 hours for technicians – on topics ranging from small business marketing, KTRACs, burnout, medical cannabis, managing dialysis patients, addiction and chronic pain, medication safety, and much more! All education sessions will be ACPE-certified for pharmacists and technicians.

    2) Connect with companies dedicated to helping pharmacists to better serve their patients in what has become a very uncertain world. Fifteen-minute Exhibitor Showcase presentations are peppered throughout the weekend schedule.

    3) It's loaded with extras! A COVID-19 Round Table (sponsored by QS/1) on Friday will take a deep dive into what we've done right; what we could have done better; and, what to know moving forward. This session does not provide CE.  Virtual Happy Hour! Woot Woot! Relax after a long day of learning on Saturday as we celebrate Matt Morrison's year of leadership and welcome Nate Rockers, who takes the helm following Sunday's Annual Meeting. Academy and Council Meetings - catch up with colleagues on Saturday and learn how you can get more involved. KNPN will have a financial planning session featuring Brandon Capps from Velocity Wealth Management.

    4) Learn about the latest research pharmacy students from the University of Kansas have undertaken during Poster Sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

    5) Watch the LIVE! Awards Presentation and honor deserving individuals for their service pharmacy on Sunday afternoon.

    What are you waiting for?! Register Today!

  • 08/18/2020 4:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us for Pharmacy Technician Training Day, part of the 2020 Kansas Pharmacists Association VIRTUAL Annual Meeting and Trade Show, on Saturday, Sept. 26, hosted by the National Healthcareer Association. Three one-hour technician-specific classes will be offered in addition to other conference programming.

    Technician Training Day sessions include

    •     When Bad Math Makes Its Mark
    •     Expanding Pharmacy Technician Roles
    •     Taking Blood Pressure: What to Watch for and When to Refer

    All of the weekend's educational sessions will be ACPE-certified for both pharmacists and technicians. Pharmacists can earn up to 12.5 hours of continuing education credits, while technicians can earn up to 12 hours.

    Register Today!

  • 08/06/2020 11:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Voting now is open for the 2020 KPhA Board of Director Election. KPhA members have an opportunity to vote for Association leadership every year.

    This year's ballot includes nominees for President-Elect (Kristen Powell), Owners Academy Director (Julie Keeton) and Member At-Large 2 Director (Scott Smith or Tyler Woods). You must be logged in to the KPhA website to access the ballots.

    Voting will end on Friday, Sept. 11, and newly elected board members will begin service as KPhA Board Members on Sept. 27.

    Learn more about the nominees and cast your vote!

  • 08/06/2020 11:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The revised schedule is taking shape for the 2020 KPhA VIRTUAL Annual Meeting and Trade Show. Twenty-three education sessions are on tap over the course of three days. Pharmacist members can earn up to 12.5 continuing education credits, while technicians can earn 12 (including 3 from TECHNICIAN TRAINING DAY on Saturday). Lecture Panda will again be utilized to claim CE credits.

    A COVID-19 Round table on Friday will feature talks on what we did right, what we could have done better; and what to know going forward. Additional round tables on Saturday will feature academy- and council-specific topics. Student poster presentation will take place on Saturday and Sunday, and Exhibitor Showcase sessions are peppered throughout the weekend.

    Reserve your spot today!

  • 07/16/2020 10:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2020 is an election year, and the Kansas House of Representatives (125 House Seats) and the Kansas Senate (40 Senate Seats) are up for election. As you know, every one of these 165 individuals has the power to vote on issues that can have significant impacts on Pharmacy in general, on your livelihood, on your profession, in both positive OR negative ways!

    KPhA is your professional Association, we are the Pharmacists united voice, and we have been fighting battles along with you for many years on all Pharmacy- and Pharmacists-related issues that impact YOU. In addition, last year, KPhA had legislation introduced to address a laundry list of PBM practices that are devastating to Pharmacies and Pharmacists! This past year was very impactful, we made tremendous progress, and we have created many strong supporters among the legislature to help us with our legislation. Now is not the time to let down. We are in a much stronger position than ever before, and we need to continue building new, strong legislative relationships and strengthening those relationships we already have. We have to take the following actions to move our issues forward:

    • Make sure you VOTE!!
    • Please review the attached listing of ALL candidates filed for election (in District Order, House first, then the Senate) and reach out to the candidates and get to know them. Many legislators have both a Primary Election opponent AND a General Election opponent this year.
      • The House 125 seats, two-year terms, Maximum contribution (per individual or entity) $500 per election cycle (Primary & General)
      • The Senate 40 seats, four-year terms, Maximum contribution (per individual or entity) $1,000 per election cycle (Primary & General)
      • All Kansas House & Senate seats are up for election, Primary Aug. 4, General Nov. 3
    • Let them know what is important to you.
    • If you are comfortable with the candidate, consider donating to their campaign.
    • Contribute to your Association PAC - please contribute to the KPhA PAC and help the Association show a strong, unified voice for Pharmacists in Kansas. You can contribute here.

    WE NEED YOUR HELP: We have Pharmacists that live and work in virtually EVERY District of this state! In this election year, we can show the power of our Pharmacy Grassroots to every elected official. We are asking you to help where you can. Here are the opportunities where you can HELP:

    • Meet with YOUR legislators – For those with incumbent legislators, please meet with your House District Representative and your Senator. If you don't know them, you might meet them at an in-person town hall, a virtual town hall, ice cream social, etc. If you know them, you might call and ask them to join you for coffee, come by your pharmacy, or even have a phone call to get to know each other. No matter how, please take the time to remind them of who you are, your profession, and that you have a specific issue about which you care deeply. If appropriate time and place, you might be able to talk to them right then about the issue but make sure they are not distracted with other people. Many times a separate individual conversation is best. They will be on the campaign trail, so be respectful of their time, but do ask for time to discuss your issue.
    • Meetings with Legislators - We have identified specific legislators that have heard our side of this issue but are also hearing from the PBMs. For those legislators, we want to set up meetings for a group of Pharmacists (some in District) with the legislator. This effort will be in August and September. You will be getting contacted by one of your peer Pharmacists that have volunteered to help organize a meeting with the legislator (in-person or virtual meetings). For these meetings, we need Pharmacists to attend the meeting, especially if you are in the District of the legislator as local representation is critical. A legislator showing up to discuss an issue with 3-10 Pharmacists from their local area will certainly make an impact, and provide a strong voice in support of our issues!
    • Please provide feedback to KPhA after you meet with legislators or candidates by filling out this meeting survey. Knowing how your discussions have gone will help us in planning future meetings. We need to know how your discussions are going!

    THANK YOU for your support, your time, your effort, and your voice! YOU do make a difference! Your fellow Pharmacists thank you as well!

  • 07/16/2020 8:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Lalage Katunga, Ph.D., Medical Science Liaison - Women’s Health Organization - a division of AbbVie, will host a free webinar on current treatment options for the treatment of uterine fibroids at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

    Uterine fibroids (UF) are estrogen and progesterone-dependent non-malignant tumors of the uterus that cause significant morbidity in symptomatic women. Common symptoms include heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB), anemia from blood loss, pelvic pressure, and/or pelvic pain. The primary symptom of UF is HMB, which can significantly burden patients and lead to anemia.

    Learn more.

  • 07/16/2020 8:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In 2010, Dared Price and his wife Re-nee purchased Graves Drugs, with locations in Winfield and Arkansas City, Kan. In August 2019 they pur-chased four more Kansas pharma-cies. All the stores operate under the Price Pharmacies corporate umbrella. Price, who serves as an officer and fifth vice president on the NCPA Board of Directors, admits that there were some initial doubts when he took ownership over what were then two struggling pharmacies. But through hard work and per-sistence, things slowly turned around.

    Read more.

  • 07/01/2020 2:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the last week, Kansas has reported 2,067 new cases of COVID-19, with June 26 marking the highest one-day total (437) since April 29 (489). Governor Kelly on Monday said she will make it mandatory to wear face masks in public beginning July 3.

    See the latest COVID-19 numbers from KDHE.

    Learn more about the mask mandate.

  • 06/26/2020 12:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Caitlin Thompson has assumed the role of Member Services Coordinator for the Kansas Pharmacists Association. Her first day was June 16.

    "I'm excited to be here," Thompson said. "I look forward to helping people with their memberships and getting know everyone."

    Previously, Thompson was a customer service representative for Amazon.com. She brings a wealth of customer service experience to her new role.

    Thompson is a Cottonwood Falls native. She and her husband, Brian, have two children, Wyatt and Izzie. Thompson also serves as Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 3110 in Topeka.

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