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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

Remember: You’ll have to be 18 to buy e-cigs

Retail folks, take heed: Starting in August, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and hookahs cannot be sold to minors — i.e., those under 18.

Andrew Kantor • May 5, 2016

Penicillin allergy? Maybe not

“80 to 90 percent of patients who listed a penicillin allergy had no real evidence of a true reaction and avoided the drug unnecessarily.”

Andrew Kantor • May 5, 2016

Think of it as evolution in action

Australian researchers say part of the recent type 1 diabetes boom is due, ironically, to better medical care: “Up to the early 20th century, type 1 diabetes was a horrible and dangerous disease, usually leading to people’s death during their teens or early 20s.” But now people are having kids and passing it down.

Andrew Kantor • May 5, 2016

Keep those gut microbes healthy

Drink coffee, tea, or wine.

Andrew Kantor • May 5, 2016

Elderly women at higher risk of over prescribing

If you have older female patients, you might want to keep an eye on their meds — they’re apparently more likely to be overprescribed than men are.

Andrew Kantor • May 5, 2016

Quick notes about the convention room block

The Georgia Pharmacy Convention is a bit more than a month away. A couple of important notes:

The room block closes May 25 — that means if you want to get the GPhA rate for a hotel room, you need to register by then.

The room block is filling, so there’s a chance you won’t be able to get a room in the main hotel. If that happens, we will provide a list of alternative nearby hotels.

Visit for all the info you need.

Andrew Kantor • May 5, 2016

Citing costs, a move to ease safety regulations

House Republicans want to prevent the FDA from enforcing safety regulations on e-cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco and nicotine products.

Andrew Kantor • May 5, 2016

Board of Pharmacy considering some rules changes

And you’re invited to comment on the changes, which are to the rules for transferring controlled-substance information between pharmacies, and for the rules on synthetic opiates. The public hearing is on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 12:30 PM at the UGA College of Pharmacy in Athens.

Andrew Kantor • May 4, 2016

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Opportunities to Engage by Phil Ratliff

Join GPhA’s Practical MTM — it’s free for GPhA members!

Get CPE and share best practices for MTM — join GPhA’s Practical MTM community. It’s free, and it’s designed for members to share ideas and get the latest training (six hours of CPE!) Here’s what members of the Practical MTM community can expect:
  • Six hours of free CPE offered in May via webinar
  • Access to our Facebook discussion group
  • A nice discount on your current or future 2016 Georgia Pharmacy Convention registration (if you participate in two CPE sessions and join our Facebook discussion group)
Webinars begin and are held every week at 7:30 p.m. for three weeks; the Facebook group is open now for participants. Head over to to learn more.

May 2, 2016 • Phil Ratliff

Be ready for the next phase of pharmacy: collaborative practice models

You need to know this: Pharmacy is going to be changing in a big way, with more pharmacists embedded in physicians’ offices, ambulatory clinics, and other practice settings. No one can explain what this means better than Bryan Zeigler of the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center in South Carolina. He’s been blowing audiences away with his presentation, and now he’s coming to Georgia for GPhA’s suite of three two-hour classes: New Collaborative Practice Models with GPhA legal counsel Greg Reybold. In one day — May 21 — you can learn when these new models are coming, how they’re going to change your job, and how to be ready for them. Go to for more on New Collaborative Practice Models and to register for the live or online course.

May 2, 2016 • Andrew Kantor

Region 9: Get briefed online on May 12

We’re trying something different with our Region 9 Legislative and Regulatory Policy Briefing. We’ll be offering it entirely online through our Go To Training platform. You’ll get the same great information you’ve come to expect, with the convenience of our easy-to-use online format. And you can still earn one hour of CPE. It’s May 12 at 8:00 p.m. and it’s completely free. The content is exactly what you need and expect: a look back at the 2016 legislative year and what the changes mean. The format will be lively and there’ll be plenty of time for Q and A. (And if you’re not in Region 9 and missed your update, go ahead and sign up too. Get the useful information and the one hour of CPE credit, and maybe make a few new friends from outside your home region.) Registration closes May 12, right before the meeting starts. Click here to register.

May 2, 2016 • Phil Ratliff

• License renewal is this year — do you have your CPE?

• Exclusive GPhA Offer: Subscribe to Pharmacy Library for just $225

• Take this survey, please — there’re just a few days left

• Post a résumé, post a job at the GPhA Career Center

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