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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

First case of sexually transmitted Zika virus

The Department of Public Health confirmed the first case of sexually transmitted Zika in Georgia.

Andrew Kantor • May 27, 2016

One (custom) pill to rule them all

Researchers in Singapore have developed a single pill that can be customized to not only contain several medications, but to release each into the body at the optimum rate and intervals. The goal: Every patient takes one personalized pill per day.

Andrew Kantor • May 27, 2016

Lack of Zika funding has CDC scared — and taking money from states

The CDC is very, legitimately concerned that it’s not going to have enough money to fight the Zika virus in the U.S. It’s already started to use money that was going to go to local health departments, which means state and local government won’t have the funds, either. (And states are talking about layoffs because of losing that funding.)

You’ve been warned.

Andrew Kantor • May 27, 2016

Subdermal opioid-addiction treatment approved, but will it make a difference?

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The FDA has approved Probuphine, an implantable form of buprenorphine that lasts up to six months and is used to treat opioid addiction. Could it be a “game changer“? It’s expensive, but the manufacturer is pretty confident: It’s offering health insurers a refund if Probuphine doesn’t save them money.

One notable concern comes from a West Virginia doctor who worries that clinics will market Probuphine as a quick fix rather than part of a sustainable, long-term treatment.

 

Andrew Kantor • May 27, 2016

Community pharmacists return from DC after pushing pharmacist/patient legislation

After flocking to the capitol for the National Community Pharmacists Association’s Congressional Pharmacy Summit, more than 300 pharmacy pros are returning home. They met with legislators from across the country to talk about provider status, MAC transparency, “any willing pharmacy,” and other issues.

Said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey: “The compelling message of greater accountability and transparency for PBM corporations and allowing independent community pharmacies to participate on equal footing in Medicare Part D seems to be resonating.”

Andrew Kantor • May 27, 2016

How dangerous is Zika?

The latest study finds that the risk of a baby with microcephaly appears to be about 13 percent.

Andrew Kantor • May 26, 2016

Georgia pharmacists and students meet with legislators on Capitol Hill

As part of the National Community Pharmacists Association’s Legislative Conference, about a dozen Georgia pharmacists, student pharmacists from UGA and Mercer, and GPhA staff visited with both U.S. senators from Georgia (Isakson and Perdue) and seven Georgia congressmen (or their staff): representatives Allen, Carter, Collins, Hice, Lewis, Loudermilk, and A. Scott.

Keep reading to see the photos….

Representative Buddy Carter (left) chats with past GPhA presidents Jonathan Marquess and Bobby Moody:

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Carter and Moody again:

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Rep. Carter (center) and the Georgia delegation:

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Here’s the Georgia delegation meeting Senator Johnny Isakson:

Meeting with David Purdue

And here’s Senator Purdue chatting with a group of pharmacy students:

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Andrew Kantor • May 25, 2016

Watch your e-mail for your GPhA election form

Tomorrow, May 26, voting members of GPhA will receive a ballot for the 2016-2017 GPhA Board of Directors.

Voting for the board will begin tomorrow as well. Members who receive the ballot will also receive instructions for voting — it will come in an e-mail from “announcement@associationvoting.com.” (We recommend you add that to your address book to keep it from being tagged as junk.)

Note that owners of the Academy of Independent Pharmacies will receive two ballots — one for the at-large board seat and one for the AIP board seat.

Got questions? Drop a note to Ruth Ann McGehee at rmcgehee@gpha.org and she’ll be happy to help.

Andrew Kantor • May 25, 2016

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Opportunities to Engage by Phil Ratliff

Show us you belong — with a photo

We want you in the opening video for the 2016 Georgia Pharmacy Convention.

Our opening theme is simple: “We Belong Together.” And we want your photos. Just make a sign saying “I belong!” and send us a picture of you holding it. That’s it! (Hint: Inside or in front of your pharmacy is even better.)

Got some co-workers? Grab ’em and take a few pics separately, or together. Have some fun!

We’ll collect these photos and put them to the theme of “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3. It’ll look great — but only if you participate. (We’ve love it if you were coming to convention, but you don’t have to attend to have your photo include.)

Just e-mail your photo or photos to Phillip Ratliff at pratliff@gpha.org. We need ’em by May 27 to include them in the video. Come on, grab some more of your 15 minutes of fame!

May 16, 2016 • Andrew Kantor

THIS WEEK: New “Collaborative Practice Models” CPE webinar for $15

Embedding pharmacists in ambulatory clinics helps physicians and helps patients. It’s a model for patient care that Bryan Ziegler of the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center will explore in three-part online series “New Collaborative Practice Models.”

And because we want to make it as accessible as possible, we’re slashing the registration fee to just $15 for each two-hour session.

  • “Exploring Primary Care Provider Partnerships” is just $15.
  • “Implementing Community Pharmacy Services in Primary Care Settings” is just $15.
  • “An Overview of Collaborative Practice Agreements” is just $15.

You can get a whole day of CPE for $45.

Sign up now for CPE you can take in your PJs: May 21, starting at 8:00 a.m. Go to GPhA.org/cpeweekends to register for “New Collaborative Practice Models.”

May 16, 2016 • Andrew Kantor

Convention hotel fills, but we’ve got an alternative

The room block at the Marriott at the 2016 Georgia Pharmacy Convention is effectively full (there are still some rooms available on Thursday and Friday nights, but not Saturday).

Fear not. We’ve planned for this, and we have an “overflow” hotel about 10 minutes away: the Hampton Inn. It’s about a ten-minute drive away and you’ll get a great room rate of $169 a night.

Click HERE to book a room at the Hampton Inn Hilton Head or call 843-681-7900 and press 1 for new reservation. Be sure to give the code GPA when registering. The cutoff for reservations at the Hampton Inn is Thursday, June 2.

May 16, 2016 • Andrew Kantor

• We’ve opened up more slots for our May 28 Practical Skills Refresher Course

• We’ve opened up more slots for our May 28 Practical Skills Refresher Course

• LAST CHANCE: Take the DSME survey before it closes on May 13, and maybe win $50

• We’ve added an online session of GPhA’s Regional Legislative and Regulatory Briefing

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