The Georgia Pharmacy Association

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

Pharmacists and techs: Do you understand your role under the revised PDMP law?

Updates to Georgia’s PDMP law mean new legal requirements – and the potential for new penalties. These revisions affect pharmacists and pharmacy technicians alike.

Pharmacists and technicians need to know how to stay compliant with the revised law. Above all, patients need knowledgeable pharmacy professionals who are looking out for their health and wellbeing.

We want to help you get ahead of the PDMP learning curve. That’s why we’re offering the webinar Complying with Georgia’s PDMP Updates: A Primer for Pharmacists and Technicians.

This timely online training costs just $20, and it’s taught by one of the movers behind the new law, GPhA’s Vice President of Public Policy, Greg Reybold.

We’re offering Complying with Georgia’s PDMP for just $20, on the following dates:

August 30 at 7:30 PM

September 13 at 10:00 AM

And we’re offering Complying with Georgia’s PDMP through our Go To Training online platform. It’s easy to use, interactive, convenient, and some are telling us, a pretty fun way to get your training.

Getting current on Georgia’s PDMP makes sense for everybody in the pharmacy profession. Are you sure you understand what it takes to navigate the new system and stay compliant? Sign up today for training on this timely topic. Click here to register for Complying with Georgia’s PDMP.

Phil Ratliff • August 26, 2016

LeadershipGPhA is looking for the next generation of pharmacist-leaders

It’s logical, right?

Georgia patients need leaders in the pharmacy profession. The right practice of pharmacy helps patient outcomes. Wherever and whenever we can advance the goal of pharmacists practicing to the full extent of their training, patient outcomes improve. That’s not just a theory.

Advancing the practice of pharmacy doesn’t just happen. We need leaders in the world of pharmacy who can advocate for the profession and for patients.

That’s where LeadershipGPhA comes in.

Each year, LeadershipGPhA accepts 15 Georgia pharmacists who demonstrate leadership potential, and it polishes those leadership skills over a seven-month series of training and skill-building retreats.

The goal: engaged pharmacists who will participate not only in their association, but who will step up as leaders representing the pharmacy profession.

LeadershipGPhA is building a network of leaders across the state — leaders who are actively involved in improving our association and profession, and who serve as professional ambassadors to community, business, and political leaders.

Are you ready to be a leader?

We’re accepting applications now for the 2016-17 LeadershipGPhA class through the end of August.

Applications are welcomed from pharmacists in the state of Georgia. Selection is competitive, based on the leadership potential of applicants. The application deadline is August 31, 2016.

Go to to register or to find out more.

Phil Ratliff • August 26, 2016

New Laws, New Drugs, New Opportunities: Three practice-friendly webinars for just $20 each

Laws and medication therapies change every year. These changes can affect your pharmacy business and how you serve patients. They can even provide opportunities to deliver new clinical services. But are you up to speed on all that’s new?

New Laws, New Drugs, New Opportunities helps you answer with a confident yes to this question. It’s our latest three-part series in the popular CPEasy program.

We kick off New Laws, New Drugs, New Opportunities on September 8 with GPhA Vice President of Public Policy & Association Counsel Greg Reybold’s 2016 New Law Update.Greg will deliver a fast-paced rundown of all that’s gone in over the past few months.

Then, on September 15 Rusty May, Clinical Professor at the UGA College of Pharmacy, will lead a rundown of recent medications in his 2016 New Drug Update. Rusty will look at each new medication’s pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, efficacy, safety, dosing, and cost.

We’ll wrap up on September 20 with Jake Galdo’s New Opportunities for Patient Care. Jake will help you leverage your skill set in ways that grow your practice and improve the health of your patients — through the latest medication therapies and by introducing new healthcare services.

You won’t get information that’s this in-depth, this up-to-the-minute anywhere but GPhA. Each 90-minute class is only $20 a class, and for that you get CPE credit through ACPE and the practice-protecting, practice-expanding instruction you need.

Go to to find out more or to register.

Phil Ratliff • August 26, 2016

Take our CPE Needs Survey for a chance to win $100!

Bringing you the best, most relevant CPE out there in a variety of formats – at Georgia Pharmacy Convention, and through our CPEasy program – means that we have to hear from our members. It’s the only way we can know what CPE topics you consider most vital to your practice.

Help us keep offering the very best CPE we can. Take 10-15 minutes to complete the 2016-17 CPE Needs Survey. Tell us what you need to continue to grow your practice.

Your completed survey gives you the chance to win a $100 VISA gift card. To be eligible, you must complete your survey by noon on September 2, 2016.

Even if you don’t win, you win. You win by getting the world class CPE you deserve, because you helped shape it. We’re talking CPE at Georgia Pharmacy Convention 2017 and CPE through our CPEasy online platform

Take the survey by noon on September 2, 2016 and help us make our 2016 CPE offerings better than ever. Click here to get started.

Phil Ratliff • August 26, 2016

Immunization Certification Training is Back!

APhA’s popular immunization certification training is back online just in time for flu season.

This September 18, we’re offering the popular 20-hour course APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program, 13th Edition.

As always, it’s accredited by ACPE and it gives 20 hours of CPE that’s including the required home-study work and the live class.

Here are the important details:

Sunday, September 18, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Please arrive at 7:30 a.m. for check-in)

Georgia Pharmacy Association headquarters

6065 Barfield Road, Suite 10

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

The price is $349 for GPhA members, and $574 for nonmembers. The nonmember rate includes a 2016-17 GPhA membership for Georgia-licensed pharmacists good through August 31, 2017.

Registration closes September 16 at noon. You can register and get more info Contact Phillip Ratliff at if you have questions.

It’s time to get certified and get ready to provide much needed immunizations to your patients. Register today!

Phil Ratliff • August 26, 2016

Add this to your spell-checker

Carfentanil. It’s an elephant tranquilizer — an opioid 10,000 times more potent than morphine. And it’s on the streets.

Andrew Kantor • August 26, 2016

CDC issues alert over fentanyl overdoses

The CDC has issued an alert to healthcare providers and emergency responders over “fentanyl-related unintentional overdose fatalities in multiple states primarily driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl.”

The irony is that fentanyl is cheaper than heroin (and prescription meds) but much much more powerful. It’s being mixed with street heroin and sold as counterfeit oxycodone, Xanax, or Norco. So rather than being weaker, the fake drugs are stronger.

Hundreds of thousands of counterfeit pills are entering the country, often from Chinese manufacturers.

Andrew Kantor • August 26, 2016

Georgia looks to ban synthetic opioid U-4

You can buy U-4 (aka U-47700) online for about $40. One Floyd teen may already be dead from overdosing on the powerful (7.5 times stronger than morphine!) painkiller. So now at least one Georgia senator is looking to ban it, and quickly.

Andrew Kantor • August 26, 2016

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Opportunities to Engage by Phil Ratliff

Immunization certification is back just in time for flu season!

Thinking about flu season? Well, so are we. Check out the details on our latest immunization certification training course.

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August 22, 2016 • Phil Ratliff

Immunization certification is back just in time for flu season!

Thinking about flu season? Well, so are we. Check out the details on our latest immunization certification training course.

[Read it!]

August 22, 2016 • Phil Ratliff

Take the CPE Needs Survey for a chance to win $100

Help us continue to offer the best CPE we can. Maybe wi a hundred bucks. Take the 2016-17 CPE Needs Survey

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August 22, 2016 • Phil Ratliff

• August 25: Free webinar from J. Smith Lanier on how to lower employee benefits costs

• Coming this September: New Laws, New Drugs, New Opportunities – three quick and easy ways to up your CPE hours

• Take the 2016-17 CPE Needs Survey for a chance to win $100!

• Time is running out to register for our next OSHA update webinar

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