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Racing Toward Success: Weekly Legislative Update

The Kentucky General Assembly has passed the first quarter mark in this legislative session and continues to pick up the pace daily! As advocates for pharmacy, it's crucial to stay ahead in the race for positive legislative outcomes. KPhA is here to keep you up on all things pharmacy policy, so lace up and join us for this fast-paced update on the past week's happenings! 

 

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Opportunity to Bill for Pharmacy Services We Need Your Input!

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department of Medicaid Pharmacy Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) contacted KPhA to seek our membership input regarding the pharmacist's experience when billing for vaccine safety counseling. 

What is Vaccine Safety Counseling?

 

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TAKE ACTION: Submit Comments to New York Times About How You’ve Been Impacted By PBMs

The New York Times is investigating PBMs – and they want to hear from you about your personal experiences and those of your patients regarding how PBMs are overcharging for prescription medications.

As pharmacists, we have all been impacted by the harmful, profit-driven practices of PBMs. That’s why we urge you to submit your own personal testimonies to The New York Times HERE. It’s a short questionnaire that should only take a few minutes.

This is a great opportunity to make sure Kentucky voices are heard on the national level about how drug pricing middlemen are impacting our ability to serve our patients. This is Our Year to Thrive! Your advocacy and support make certain of it. 

KPhA Joins Other Pharmacy Groups Question FDA’s Approval of Drug Importation Program

Major pharmacy organizations, including the Kentucky Pharmacists Association, have raised concerns about the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of Florida’s drug importation program. They warn that importing drugs and bypassing important safety regulations could lead to counterfeit and harmful drugs in the U.S. supply, risking patient safety. These groups emphasize the Drug Supply Chain and Security Act’s importance and the risks of bypassing established drug traceability and quality processes. To read the press release drafted by the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations with all of the signatories included (including KPhA), please click here.

KPhA Members Among 50 Most Influential Leaders in Pharmacy Dr. Nadia Ahmad Lands the #1 Spot

The Pharmacy Podcast Network (PPN) announced the winners of the 2023, 50 Most Influential Leaders in Pharmacy. To our delight, but certainly not surprise, three KPhA members were among the winners. 

2023's Most Influential Leader in Pharmacy is one of KPhA's most energized members, Dr. Nadia Ahmad. Dr. Ahmad works at a Walgreens pharmacy in Middlesboro, KY, as a dispensing pharmacist. She is cited for exemplary leadership, customer care and her support for mental health issues, writing a book about being a pharmacist, and even incorporating a successful pet medication aspect of the pharmacy.

 

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Legislative Update

While most of Kentucky was shut down last week, our General Assembly combatted the frigid temps and convened in the Capitol to get to work. The great thaw is expected this week, and in return, we are sure to see more committee meetings and pharmacy-related bills moving through Frankfort. Below is a brief pharmacy roundup that crystallized during the Arctic blast. 

KPhA Priority Bill Filed: Extending Pharmacists' Immunization Authority to Age 3+
House Bill 274
Our profession's own Rep. Bentley (R-Russell) has filed the highly anticipated HB 274 which would codify a former Federal PREP Act provision allowing pharmacists to immunize patients as young as age 3 with a prescriber-authorized protocol. The legislation has not yet been referred to a committee but does have six other Representatives already signed on as co-sponsors. You can ask your Representative to join and show their support here
 
Click here to read HB 274

 

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Ask Your State Representative to Co-Sponsor HB 274!

While the snow and cold make us want to stay cozy at home, it has not slowed our Kentucky General Assembly down this week. In fact, one of KPhA’s top priority bills was filed during the convening of the House yesterday afternoon! 

 

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Basketball Watch Party with KPhA Join Fellow Pharmacists

KPhA is hosting two watch parties for the UK vs. South Carolina basketball game on Tuesday, January 23, at 6:30 PM, at Goodwood Brewing in their Lexington and Louisville locations. Join your fellow pharmacists and PharmD classmates for basketball, beer, and a big dose of Rx madness.

 

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Days’ Supply Considerations for Eye Medications

PBM audits regularly target eye medications looking to recoup on claims for incorrect days’ supply or early refills. For this reason, it is important that pharmacies are both aware and have a proactive plan to ensure appropriate billing and documentation. As with all prescriptions, the day supply is a function of quantity dispensed and daily dose; however, there are a few additional considerations that may impact what days’ supply is correct.

 

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Nominations Now Being Accepted for the 2024 KPhA Board of Directors

The Kentucky Pharmacists Association is seeking Board Nominations for President-Elect, Secretary, and three Board of Director positions for the Kentucky Pharmacists Association. You are invited and encouraged to become involved in OUR profession by applying for a leadership position with KPhA or nominating a colleague that KPhA should consider for a seat on the Board.

Please submit your nominations by completing the online form by Friday, 
February 9, 2024. Please include your resume or CV, a short bio (100 words or 2-3 short paragraphs), a headshot photo, and a statement on why you want to run for office or nominate an individual. 
 

 

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