The Georgia Pharmacy Association
By Andrew Kantor

February 20, 2017

Legislative update: Week 5

A busy week, but not an eventful one — the calm before the storm, perhaps. Our Pharmacy Patient Fair Practices Act is still moving along, and the DCH recoupment bill we support is enjoying some broad support.

Add some bills about antibiotics to sexual partners and limiting opioid prescriptions, and you have an interesting update. Check the details at GPhA.org/legislativeupdates.

Senate passes cannabis oil bill

A bill has passed the state senate that would (1) add autism to the list of qualifying conditions for a licence to possess cannabis oil, and (2) lower the allowed potency of the oil from five percent to three percent.

It’s still against state law to sell or purchase the oil in Georgia, however.

Soon to be Lifetime Original Movie

Anthem and Cigna trade accusations over breakup.

Smoke ’em if you got ’em*

It appears that smoking can prevent anemia — and, ironically, carbon monoxide poisoning.

“He may never be an athlete because his blood can’t carry as much oxygen, but smoking has prevented him from being anemic. And there’s a side benefit. People with this trait are more resistant to carbon monoxide poisoning.”

* No, don’t.

Diabetes: Worse than you thought

A new study in PLOS One found that almost 12 percent of deaths in the U.S. can be blamed on diabetes. That’s a lot higher than death certificates would suggest (3.3 to 3.7 percent) because the official cause of death is often a side effect of diabetes: heart disease, renal disease, visual impairment, peripheral arterial disease, etc.

Here’s something you probably didn’t expect

Legalizing same-sex marriage has resulted in a “significant reduction” in the rate of teen suicide according to a study out of Johns Hopkins.

“There may be something about having equal rights – even if they have no immediate plans to take advantage of them – that makes students feel less stigmatized and more hopeful for the future.”

Lemur thieves, beware

Facial-recognition software is coming for you… and your monkey.

Bill would ease e-cig restrictions

A bill introduced by Georgia Representative Sanford Bishop (and Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole) would essentially roll back the FDA’s authority to regulate electronic cigarettes. It would remove the requirement that e-cigs meet health standards, and allow them to be marketed and sold to minors (although state laws might prohibit that).

According to Bishop: “Vapor products offer a promising path for harm reduction for those seeking to quit or limit their smoking. This legislation would ensure the FDA’s regulatory process does not limit the availability of safer tobacco options for those seeking to make use of them.”

Your heart is in your hands….

Ew.

—Monday, February 20 

February 17, 2017

Let’s all clap for Georgia

According to the CDC, STDs are at an all-time high in the U.S. And guess which state ranks number 7 for highest incidence of them? C’mon, guess.

USP supports pharmacist provider status

The CEO of USP (you know, the US Pharmacopeial Convention — the folks who verify the quality of supplements) has come out in favor of the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, aka provider status.

Pharmacists have been valued partners in USP’s work since we created our first medication quality standards nearly 200 years ago. The pharmacy profession has evolved tremendously since then and pharmacists today are highly trained healthcare professionals with extensive specialized education and training.

Potential “game changer” in the fight against opioid abuse

China is banning one of the most potent opioids, carfentanil. Last time the country banned a drug, it practically disappeared from the U.S. market.

—Friday, February 17 

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Mercer and South Students Day at the Dome **Standing Room Only**

02/21/2017 — 08:00 AM to noon

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APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services

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Expand your practice while delivering crucial patient care with APhA’s MTM certification training course. Mercer University’s Chris Klein and Maria Thurston will be teaching two sections of Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services.

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02/26/2017 — 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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Pharmacist Advocacy Team #4

Join this group of eight to 12 pharmacists from across the state to meet with legislators to talk candidly about the challenges your patients are facing. Show them that pharmacists speak with one powerful voice!

02/28/2017 — 09:45 AM to noon

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GPhA’s Practical Skills Refresher Course

GPhA Headquarters
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Sandy Springs, GA

GPhA’s Practical Skills Refresher Course is a concentrated, four-hour refresher on terminology, measurements, and procedures you’ll put into practice for the practical exam — or even in the day-to-day practice of pharmacy.

Members: $159
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03/04/2017 — 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM

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Pharmacist Advocacy Team #5

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03/07/2017 — 09:45 AM to noon

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Pharmacist Advocacy Team #6

Join this group of eight to 12 pharmacists from across the state to meet with legislators to talk candidly about the challenges your patients are facing. Show them that pharmacists speak with one powerful voice!

03/15/2017 — 09:45 AM to noon

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Improving Outcomes with MedSync and Other Adherence Programs (CPEasy)

Medication synchronization and adherence programs are a necessity in today’s pharmacy practice. Learn about the most effective programs available today, including the latest practice improvements from Med Sync and other adherence programs.​Sponsored by Alliant Quality.

03/16/2017 — 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM

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Pharmacist Advocacy Team #7

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03/22/2017 — 09:45 AM to noon

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Pharmacy-EHR Integration and More (CPEasy)

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03/23/2017

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