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2013 Pharmacy Legislative Day: One of the Best

 

On October 30, more than 100 pharmacists and student pharmacists descended upon downtown Columbus to work towards positive change for the profession of pharmacy. The 2013 Pharmacy Legislative Day, which was co-hosted by the Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists (OSHP) and sponsored by the American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc. (APCI), was one of our largest and most successful advocacy events ever!

Senator Scott Oelslager and OPA Executive Director Ernest Boyd chats with Legislative Day attendeesThe day began with an added bonus for attendees. Right before the beginning of the program, pharmacists and student pharmacists headed over to the Ohio Statehouse to attend the Senate Medicaid, Health & Human Services Committee meeting to witness the hearing for SB 79, a bill aimed at expanding immunization rights for pharmacists and pharmacy interns. At that hearing, Uptown Pharmacy’s Jarrett Bauder and Kroger Pharmacy’s Tara Green gave proponent testimony in support of the bill. It was a fantastic way for attendees to see the legislative process in action, as well as to watch their colleagues advocating for the profession.

Legislative Day attendees head back from the StatehouseAfterwards attendees headed to the Sheraton where OPA staff conducted advocacy training and reviewed several pieces of key legislation for OPA and OSHP. These issues included SB 79, emergency dispensing, consult agreement expansion, custom fitting of diabetic shoes, and PBM regulation. Later several legislators spoke on pharmacy bills that they are sponsoring. They included Rep. Jeff McClain (R-Upper Sandusky), Rep. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson), Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville), and Senate Minority Leader Eric Kearney (D-Cincinnati).

Representative Jeff McClain speaks with attendees about HB 44After a briefing on the issues and lunch, attendees headed to the Statehouse to meet with their legislators to encourage support for these important pieces of legislation. The pharmacists and student pharmacists also roamed the Statehouse to sit in on committee hearings, and to attend House and Senate sessions. Afterwards, everyone returned to the Sheraton to report on their meetings and discuss the conversations they had with their legislators.

In total, our more than 100 attendees met with more than 50 senators and representatives to push for pro-pharmacist legislation – all in one day of advocacy!

If you are interested in getting involved in our advocacy efforts, please contact OPA’s Director of Government & Public Affairs Antonio Ciaccia at aciaccia@ohiopharmacists.org.


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September 25, 2014
7:30AM-5:15PM

APhA's Diabetes Care Certificate Training Program for Pharmacists

OPA office- 2674 Federated Blvd., Columbus, OH 43235

September 26, 2014
9:00AM-1:30PM

Ohio Pharmacy Advocacy Forum

Northeast Ohio Medical University, University Hall, 4209 State Route 44, Rootstown, OH 44272

October 8, 2014
7:30AM-5:15PM

APhA's Delivering MTM Services: A Certificate Training Program for Pharmacists

OPA office- 2674 Federated Blvd., Columbus, OH 43235

October 29, 2014

Live Webinar: Required OSHA Training for Immunizing Pharmacists 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.

October 30, 2014
11:00AM

Live Webinar: Required OSHA Training for Immunizing Pharmacists 11 a.m.