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The Georgia Pharmacy Association is the organization for Georgia pharmacy professionals who care about their pharmacy practice, the health of their patients, and their own careers.

GPhA provides legislative and political advocacy, information services and professional development to more than 10,000 Georgia pharmacists. We’re the collective voice for pharmacy in Georgia, and our voice is louder with you as a member.

GPhA Buzz by Andrew Kantor

Talcum powder doesn’t (appear to) cause cancer

Research hasn’t found a link between talc and ovarian cancer, but that hasn’t stopped some people from suing (and at least one judge throwing out some cases for lack of evidence).

Andrew Kantor • September 26, 2016

What’s in a name?

The dustbin of history, probably, if Bayer buys Monsanto. Monsanto’s name has such negative connotations that Bayer insiders say the company will drop it if the $66 billion purchase goes through.

That may not stop rumors that if you face a mirror and say “Monsanto” six times, your lawn will turn brown.

Andrew Kantor • September 26, 2016

Emory researcher makes major step toward vaccine for the common cold

Here’s your money quote: “We think that creating a vaccine for the common cold can be reduced to technical challenges related to manufacturing.” (Martin Moore, associate professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.)

Here’s your background: There may be more than 100 varieties of rhinovirus, but in a paper in Nature Communications, Moore & Co. found they could immunize rhesus monkeys from 50 of them. (“We for the first time generated a vaccine capable of inducing nAb responses to numerous and diverse HRV types.”)

Andrew Kantor • September 26, 2016

What’s what with the Humira biosim

The nickel tour, courtesy of FiercePharma:

  • The FDA approved Amjevita, which is the Humira biosimilar made by Amgen.
  • In theory, Amgen could start distributing it in 180 days (March 2017).
  • But AbbVie, which makes Humira, is suing to stop it, claiming patent infringement.

What will happen? If we knew we’d be calling our brokers, not posting to the blog. (Note to anti-trust investigators: That was a joke.)

Andrew Kantor • September 26, 2016

Good advice

This article is on being skeptical about the science and medical advice you read online, but the lede is something maybe everyone should have to repeat a few times a day:

“Internet commentators love to shout their opinions, but the loudest might not know what they’re talking about.”

Amen.

Andrew Kantor • September 26, 2016

Pfizer is not splitting up after all

For five years Pfizer has been planning to split. Now the drug giant — or mergers and acquisitions giant, at least according to FiercePharma — has said that it will not be splitting: “Remaining One Company Best Positions Company To Maximize Future Value Creation.”

Andrew Kantor • September 26, 2016

Georgia has another champ in Congress

Buddy Carter might be the only pharmacist in Congress, but he’s not the only friend we have. Check out this video of Georgia Representative Doug Collins grilling the president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, Mark Merritt, on PBM pricing, spread, and clawbacks.

Collins: Couldn’t you save the system dollars, which is actual what your own website says you supposedly do by lowering that spared?

Merritt: Well first of all, we don’t work for the pharmacies. We work for the employers and the consumers who go there.

Collins: Most of your members own pharmacies, let’s at least get this straight.

Merritt: We don’t work for drug stores.

Andrew Kantor • September 26, 2016

Georgia has another champ in Congress

Buddy Carter might be the only pharmacist in Congress, but he’s not the only friend we have. Check out this video of Georgia Representative Doug Collins grilling the president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, Mark Merritt, on PBM pricing, spread, and clawbacks.

Collins: Couldn’t you save the system dollars, which is actual what your own website says you supposedly do by lowering that spared?

Merritt: Well first of all, we don’t work for the pharmacies. We work for the employers and the consumers who go there.

Collins: Most of your members own pharmacies, let’s at least get this straight.

Merritt: We don’t work for drug stores.

Andrew Kantor • September 26, 2016

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Opportunities to Engage by Phil Ratliff

Two online CPE courses in the next week: One required, one timely

Tomorrow (that’s Tuesday):
The Dreaded – But Required – OSHA Update

If you offer immunizations you’re required to take an annual live OSHA update course. Here it is. This OSHA training session will keep your immunization practice compliant, and earn you 1.5 hours of CPE toward your license renewal. Click here to register.

Tuesday, Sept. 27 @ 7:30 – 9:00 PM
$20 for GPhA members ($40 for non-members)
1.5 hours of CPE creditp>

Thursday:
Zika: A Webinar for Pharmacy Professionals

Get the absolute latest information about the Zika virus so you can inform your patients … before they start getting information from who-knows-where. This webinar comes from the Georgia Department of Public Health and gives you the basics of Zika epidemiology, how the virus (and the mosquitoes that carry it) are being fought, and how you can help disseminate reliable information to your patients. Click here to register.

Thursday, Sept. 29 @ 7:45 – 8:30PM
Free for GPhA members ($40 for nonmembers)
.75 hours of CPE credit

 

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September 26, 2016 • Andrew Kantor

Register for New Opportunities for Patient Care and earn valuable CPE credit for just $20!

Expanding your practice: it’s all about matching your skills to the patient’s need and getting the word out.

We’ve got a webinar to help you explore the latest in opportunities to do just that. It’s calledNew Opportunities for Patient Care and it’s led by Jake Galdo, Director of Community Pharmacy at Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

New Opportunities for Patient Care happens live and online on September 20 at 7:30 PM, on our easy-to-use Go To Training platform and it costs just $20. Click here to register.

Opportunities abound for you to leverage your skillset and grow your practice. Attend this fast-paced session and get the latest info – from GPhA and CPEasy.

September 15, 2016 • Phil Ratliff

Register for New Opportunities for Patient Care and earn valuable CPE credit for just $20!

Expanding your practice: it’s all about matching your skills to the patient’s need and getting the word out.

We’ve got a webinar to help you explore the latest in opportunities to do just that. It’s calledNew Opportunities for Patient Care and it’s led by Jake Galdo, Director of Community Pharmacy at Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

New Opportunities for Patient Care happens live and online on September 20 at 7:30 PM, on our easy-to-use Go To Training platform and it costs just $20. Click here to register.

Opportunities abound for you to leverage your skillset and grow your practice. Attend this fast-paced session and get the latest info – from GPhA and CPEasy.

September 15, 2016 • Phil Ratliff

• Register for New Opportunities for Patient Care and earn valuable CPE credit for just $20!

• Last chance for OSHA training with GPhA

• Last chance for OSHA training with GPhA

• Register for Zika: A Free Webinar for Pharmacy Professionals

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