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  • 05/28/2021 11:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A possible new lottery in Kansas would have one way to enter: by getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Dr. Lee Norman, the secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, confirmed Thursday that Kansas is considering starting a vaccine lottery.

    “We will not have a million-dollar-a-week lottery like Ohio,” Norman said. “But we are working with the lottery commission to put together a lottery that will be, I think, the right size for the state of Kansas and serve as a real stimulus. It appears to be working in Ohio.”

    Read more at www.kansas.com.

  • 05/12/2021 3:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An advisory panel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted Wednesday to recommend Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for use in kids ages 12 to 15. The vote was 14-0, with one abstention. The vote comes two days after the Food and Drug Administration amended its emergency use authorization for Pfizer's vaccine to include this age group and is considered one of the final steps needed before shots start going into arms.

    Read more at NBC News.

    Click here for more information about the EUA.

  • 05/12/2021 2:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Aaron Dunkel

    I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you that took the time to reach out to legislators during the 2021 Kansas Legislative Session. This year I heard from more legislators than ever that they had been in a conversation with their local pharmacist or a pharmacist they knew.

    We will need to continue to develop these relationships as we move into a 2022 Legislative Session that will see us push for meaningful PBM reform in Kansas, including regulatory oversight of the industry. We also anticipate additional bills to be before the Legislature addressing testing and instigating medication therapy, 340B protections, and payment for services.

    A major milestone in the 2021 Kansas Legislative Session was reached last week with the adjournment of the Legislature until May 26, 2021. Upon their return, the Legislature will consider any Gubernatorial vetoes forwarded since adjournment and end the session for 2021. During the 2021 Legislative Session, only a few bills passed that directly and specifically affected pharmacy. Those include:

    • SB 238, which amended the Board of Pharmacy’s regulatory and investigative authority, allows for telepharmacy in Kansas and contains a series of other technical updates, including updating the definition of “dispense.”
    • HB 2066 expands the expedited licensure law currently in place for military spouses and service members to all applicants who have established or intend to establish residence in Kansas.
    • SB 159 Section 20(c) requiring an interim committee be formed to review federal 340B requirements; the role of qualifying 340B providers, pharmacies, pharmacy benefit managers, and pharmaceutical drug manufacturers in such program; the fiscal impact of such program on all participants; any recent federal or state law changes affecting such program; any recent marketplace developments of interest; and the impact of such program on healthcare payers, including insureds, self-insureds, and government programs. The committee will consist of 13 legislators, with the Speaker of the House appointing the Chair.

    As we move into the Summer, we will be focusing our advocacy efforts on educating the Legislature on the behaviors of PBMs in Kansas and across the country and working to identify additional pharmacy champions within the Legislature.

    After thoroughly reviewing the flurry of activity at the end of the session, we will be providing a full recap on bills we believe could impact your business in the next week or two.

    If you have any questions about the bills mentioned above or any advocacy issue, please reach out to Aaron Dunkel.

  • 05/11/2021 3:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Law enforcement saw a terrible uptick in the availability of counterfeit pills made with fentanylin 2020 and 2021, with poisonings and deaths—particularly of teenagers—in Kansas City, Olathe, Overland Park, Wichita and the areas around them. These reports followed seizures of fentanyl pills made in Barton, Labette, Sedgwick, Wabaunsee and Wyandotte Counties in late 2018 and 2019, and large seizures of fentanyl powder in 2017 and early 2018.

    The Partnership for Safe Medicines recently published a fact sheet summarizing counterfeit drug activity in Kansas.

  • 05/11/2021 12:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Researchers at Purdue University are conducting a survey to gather pharmacist perceptions of and experiences with community health workers, including perceived benefits and barriers.

    The first page of the survey is the complete Study Information Sheet for more information regarding this voluntary and anonymous survey-based study. The total time commitment should be approximately 10 minutes and participants will be chosen at random to win one of 1,000 $15 Amazon gift cards.

    If you have questions, comments, or concerns about this research project, please contact Jasmine Gonzalvo or Katelyn Wees.


  • 05/10/2021 5:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today, FDA extended the Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine to ages 12 and older. The updated fact sheets for providers and recipient and caregivers can be found here.

    CDC’s independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meets on Wednesday, May 12th from 11am–5pm ET. ACIP will review data on the safety, immunogenicity, and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines as well as clinical considerations for use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines in adolescents under the EUA. The vote regarding adolescent vaccination will likely be around 3pm.

    The CDC website will reflect changes regarding the EUA and ACIP recommendations starting today and through Thursday (post ACIP).

    In addition, below is a list of upcoming informational activities projected for this week related to the EUA and anticipated ACIP updates:

    • Wednesday: 6–7pm ET: All State/Partner call
    • Thursday: anticipate posting a webpage with information on adolescent vaccination, as well as a pediatrician toolkit on https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html.
    • Friday:
      • 11am ET – ACIP’s recommendation published in MMWR
      • 2–3pm ET – COCA call (information for this will be distributed separately)
  • 04/23/2021 11:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you know a Kansas Pharmacy professional who has gone above and beyond? Nominate them for a 2021 KPhA Award today!

    KPhA is accepting nominations for our most prestigious awards of 2021. Successful nominees must be association members. All awards will be presented at the KPhA Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Dodge City on Sept. 26. You may click on the award name to go to that award's nomination form. All nominations are due by June 1, 2021.

    Award categories are:

    Award descriptions are included on the nomination forms.

    See a list of past winners

  • 04/23/2021 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to overwhelming demand, KPhA has again partnered with Jessica Bates and Joshua Kinsey to provide APhA's Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certificate Program to pharmacists in need of this certification.

    The class provides a total of 20 hours of ACPE continuing education credit and will take place via webinar on June 5. It requires a successful completion of the self-study component prior to attending the webinar.

    Once you have registered and paid the registration fee, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the self-study portion of this class. The self-study activities must be completed by June 1. The webinar will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 5. You are responsible for identifying a healthcare professional who can evaluate your immunization technique within a week of the webinar. Once paperwork is returned confirming successful completion of the technique evaluation, you will receive information on how to access the post-webinar activities and claim your certificate. This final step must be completed by June 30.

    Register Today!

  • 04/22/2021 9:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hundreds of independent neighborhood pharmacists participated in the National Community Pharmacists Association’s 2021 Congressional Pharmacy Fly-In, which was held virtually April 19-21. The purpose of the event is to urge Congress to support a pro-pharmacy, pro-patient agenda, including advancing efforts to stop unfair pharmacy benefit managers practices such as retroactive clawbacks called direct and indirect remuneration fees, and to protect and expand patient access to community pharmacy services.

    Read more about the Virtual Fly-in

  • 04/15/2021 9:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Pharmacists Association recently launched a modernized website featuring a contemporary design. The new website is part of the organizations re-branding efforts. "APhA's new brand tells the story of who we are, what we do, and why we do it. It has many elements, including the visual images and words we use to define our personality and style," a CEO Blog post said of the new website.

    See the redesign

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