Rep. Comer Addressed KPhA's Board and Others in Louisville
On Thursday, August 25, at 10:00 a.m. ET, House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) addressed the Kentucky Pharmacist Association (KPhA)—the voice of Kentucky pharmacists—ahead of our August Board of Directors Meeting. Congressman Comer and Rep. Steve Sheldon were gracious enough to kick off our Meeting with a roundtable discussion on PBM reform.In November 2021, KPhA attended a forum entitled "Reviewing the Role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers in Pharmaceutical Markets," hosted by Ranking Member Comer. After hearing from experts in our field, Rep. Comer called on his colleagues to demand more transparency from industry practices to decrease prescription drug costs, ultimately benefiting patients.
Following November's Forum, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Minority Staff prepared a report highlighting twenty-two (eighteen bipartisan) legislative solutions that could provide meaningful reform and lower prescription drug costs for Kentuckians. Americans spend more on prescription drugs than any other country. In the last decade alone, drug prices have risen three times faster than inflation, and patient out-of-pocket costs have risen 53 percent.
KPhA prides itself on being the voice for all pharmacists. The Association's participation last November and our invitation to the round table discussion last Thursday exemplify how our on-the-ground policy efforts are being heard and taken seriously by our legislators. Likewise, at our Fall Meeting, October 28-29, we will welcome several state legislators to listen to our legislative priorities as outlined by YOU--our membership--ahead of the 2022 Regular Session.
Regardless of practice setting or employer, KPhA is committed to pharmacists, technicians, and student pharmacists. We are here to advance the pharmacy profession and your career through membership with the Association. The stronger our base and the more unified our voice, the more relevant the profession of pharmacy will remain. We hope you join us at the Fall Meeting in Louisville (more details below) as we "Move Pharmacy Forward, Together" and every day as a unified body and member at KPhA.