The Georgia Pharmacy Association
By Andrew Kantor

April 25, 2017

In 36 hours, two dead in Forsyth

In just 36 hours this past weekend, two people died (including a 19 year old) and four were hospitalized after overdosing on what appears to be fentanyl in Forsyth County.

Great video explaining PBMs

The good folks at NCPA have created a short (not even three minutes) animated video that explains what’s wrong with PBMs — great for sharing with laypeople.

The PBM Story offers an overview of how PBMs got their start, how they morphed into money-making machines, how exactly they make that money, and the documented effect they’ve had — and continue to have — in increasing prescription drug costs.

Check it out, and share it with the people who don’t realize the problem.

(Psst: The voiceover is fantastic.)

Mylan sued over EpiPen price status

In the latest brouhaha over Mylan Pharmaceuticals, it’s come to light that the company — in the first and only move of its kinda — sued the state of West Virginia to force the state to give EpiPens “preferred” status under Medicaid, rather than to it’s less-expensive competitor.

Mylan sued over EpiPen price games

In the latest kerfuffle over Mylan Pharmaceuticals,the company is being sued by Sanofi, which claims Mylan jacked up the price of its EpiPens, then offered huge rebates to PBMs, in order to keep Sanofi’s Auvi-Q competitor off PBMs’ formularies.

The suit also points out that Mylan refused to give EpiPens to schools at a discount unless the schools agreed never to purchase a rival product.

Are you as covered as you should be?

Don’t forget to at least check out our voluntary insurance products. Members get a great deal, and these are the kinds of policy you might not have from your business or employer.

Enrollment closes this Friday — April 28. Check out EnrollVB.com/GPhA.before then, and cover what your medical plan doesn’t!

Anthem, Express Scripts break it off

After a lawsuit alleging that Express Scripts inflated prices and refused to negotiate in good faith, Anthem has had enough. The company said it will not renew its contract with Express Scripts when it expires at the end of 2019.

Despite the lawsuit — in which Anthem said it had lost $15 billion because of Express Scripts — the PBM’s CEO said he was “perplexed” at the decision. He also cited the company’s “98 percent retention rate.” That referred to the number of clients, not their size; Anthem represented at least 17 percent of Express Scripts’ revenue in 2016.

It’s World Malaria Day

Here’s why it’s important:

Malaria transmission has been ended in the U.S., but it still appears in hospitals (1,500 cases a year) when people catch it after travelling. And remember, measles was almost wiped out, too.

—Wednesday, April 26 

Free Webinar on May 11: DSME and You

Diabetes Self-Management Education is a fertile ground for pharmacists to engage in advance patient care. Unfortunately, the thought of “accreditation” and lingering questions of “do I need to be a CDE” prevent many pharmacists from diving into this opportunity.

Join Jake Galdo on May 11 at 7:30 PM for a one-hour program entitled DSME and You. Jake will provide the 30,000-foot view and checklist on how you can be the next provider in your neighborhood.
Click here to register for DSME and You. It’s free!

—Monday, April 24 

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More upcoming events...

Regional Legislative Briefings

April 11-20; multiple locations. Visit GPhA.org/briefings for more.

2017 AIP Spring Meeting

AIP members only.

04/23/2017 — 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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Controlled Substances Loss or Theft: What Steps Do I Take? (CPEasy)

We hope you’ll never need what’s covered in this course. But as a realist, you know that you just might. Controlled loss and theft are a reality pharmacists must deal with. Scott Lancaster will show you the procedures to follow when your pharmacy suffers loss or theft and help you put together an action plan to head off future incidents.​

Member: $20
Non-member: $40

04/25/2017 — 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM

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Physical Improvements for Enhancing Pharmacy Safety and Security (CPEasy)

Optimize your physical workspace to keep you, your staff and your patients secure within the pharmacy setting. In this session, you’ll explore security features that you can use in your practice setting to protect yourself, your staff and your patients in the event of a robbery, and to help discourage robberies from happening.​

Member: $20
Non-member: $40

04/27/2017 — 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM

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Preserving Personal, Staff and Customer Safety During a Pharmacy Robbery (CPEasy)

Pharmacy professionals have to imagine the unimaginable, including what to do during and after a pharmacy robbery. Taught by Atlanta metro area law enforcement professional Wilner Piquant, this session provides useful tips to minimize the dangers of a pharmacy robbery. Officer Piquant will discuss Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (or CPTED) and the steps you need to take during and after an incident.

Member: $20
Non-member: $40

05/04/2017 — 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM

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APhA’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

GPhA Headquarters
6065 Barfield Road
Sandy Springs, GA

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.

Members: $249
Non-members: $399

05/07/2017 — 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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GPhA’s Practical Skills Refresher Course

University of Georgia, Athens

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
Non-Members: $289

06/03/2017 — 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM

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2017 Georgia Pharmacy Convention

Join us at the Omni Amelia Island Resort in Amelia Island Florida for the Georgia Pharmacy Association, the must-attend event of the year for pharmacists, technicians, pharmacy pros and student pharmacists. Check back frequently for more details.

06/15/2017 — – 06/18/2017

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Prescribing Guidelines, Quality Measures and Care Practices to Improve Opioid Safety (CPEasy)

Opioid abuse and misuse have swelled to alarming rates in the US. How can pharmacists push back? In this session we will consider quality measures for opioid safety, incorporating government, health system and local guidelines and efforts to curb the opioid epidemic and prevent opioid harm. Becoming the patient’s best healthcare advocate ensures your role as part of the healthcare team.​ Sponsored by Alliant Quality.

07/06/2017 — 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM

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Understanding Naloxone: Products, Protocols, and Georgia Law (CPEasy)

Understanding Naloxone: Products, Protocols, and Georgia Law. As opioid addiction rises, knowing the ins and outs of naloxone dispensing is more vital than ever. This session reviews HB 965, also known as the Georgia 9-1-1 Medical Amnesty Law, and how agencies and first responders can obtain naloxone. The course also reviews products and protocol agreements.​ Sponsored by Alliant Quality.

07/13/2017 — 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM

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GPhA’s Practical Skills Refresher Course

PCOM, Suwanee

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.

Member: $159
Non-Member: $289

07/22/2017 — 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM

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Future Trends for Pharmacy Technicians (CPEasy)

The role(s) of pharmacy technicians is forever evolving. In this session, Columbus Tech’s Pedro Valentin looks at the past and present knowledge, skills and abilities required of today’s pharmacy technicians. Then we will dive into required knowledge, skills and abilities for future demand.​

Member: $20
Non-Member: $40

08/03/2017 — 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM

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The Dreaded – But Required – OSHA Update (CPEasy)

We call it The Dreaded – But Required – OSHA Update because that’s what it is. If you offer immunizations you’re required to take an annual live OSHA update course.​ We make it easy, with our one-hour online update with Liza Chapman, Pharmacy Clinical Sales Manager, The Kroger Company and GPhA President Elect.

Member: $20
Non-member: $40

08/08/2017 — 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM

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Pharmacy Abbreviations and Calculations for Technicians

Pharmacy Technicians need to develop their knowledge and skills in pharmaceutical calculations procedures. This session, led by certified technician and Columbus Tech’s Pedro Valentin addresses measurement, medication dispensing calculations, pharmacy mathematical procedures, and calculation tools and techniques.​

Member: $20
Non-member: $40

08/10/2017 — 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM

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APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery: A Certificate Program for Pharmacists

August 13, 2017
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (registration begins at 7:30 AM)

GPhA Headquarters
6065 Barfield Road
Sandy Springs, GA

Member: $349
Non-member: $519 (includes a year of membership good through August 31, 2018)

08/13/2017 — 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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The Dreaded – But Required – OSHA Update (CPEasy)

Member: $20
Non-member: $40

08/15/2017 — 07:30 AM to 08:30 PM

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Laws and Regulations in Georgia: What Pharmacy Technicians Must Know (Webinar)

The Georgia legislature, and the Georgia Board of Pharmacy have carefully prescribed what pharmacy technicians can and cannot do. Running afoul of rules and regulations can cost people their jobs and can even shut down a pharmacy. Join GPhA VP of Public Policy Greg Reybold to find out what you need to know to stay compliant. Pharmacists will want to take this course, too!

Member: $20
Non-member: $40

08/17/2017 — 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM

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