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Pharmacy Legislative Day Highlights

October 28, 2009

Pharmacy Legislative Day

October 28, 2009
Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Columbus

Presented by: the Ohio Pharmacists Association and
Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists  

Thanks to everyone who traveled to Columbus for 2009 Pharmacy Legislative Day, sponsored by OPA and the Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists. You made it a huge success. Pharmacy issues are on the front burner right now, and it was important for the legislature to know that our members are informed and involved.

The theme for this year's program was Legislation in Ohio and Washington DC and How YOU Can Impact it All. The goals were to get involved, know your legislators, and make sure your legislators know you; and to communicate the value of pharmacy to state legislators. In addition, Ohio pharmacists and student pharmacists had the opportunity to showcase pharmacy services to Ohio legislators. Students and faculty from Ohio Northern University's Raabe College of Pharmacy set up an informational table to offer counseling on proper treatment of specific types of heartburn. Students from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy offered blood glucose and blood pressure screenings. They distributed information on flu vaccines, household poisons and medication safety for kids.

At the CE session, OPA Executive Director Ernest Boyd started off the day by giving an in-depth update on federal health reform, including the pharmacy provisions included in each bill. Mark Keeley, Legislative Affairs Administrator for the Board of Pharmacy, discussed legislation being followed by the Board of Pharmacy, as well as an update on recent Board rules affecting pharmacist-administered immunizations and pharmacy technicians. Pharmacists also heard from Senator Kevin Coughlin, Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, who spoke about his role as Health Committee chairman and current legislation in his committee.

Representative Dave Burke, the only pharmacist member of the General Assembly, spoke about his experience so far in the legislature, including his work on the Health Committee and the pharmacy bills that are of particular interest to him.

Following the CE session, the pharmacists were able to attend a House Health Committee hearing and observe the legislative process in person. A legislative reception followed where pharmacists had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with their representatives and senators to discuss relevant pharmacy issues.


At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • describe how to build positive relationships with and educate your legislators;
  • explain the importance of getting acquainted with legislative staff;
  • describe the effect of state and federal legislative and regulatory issues on the practice of pharmacy;
  • summarize recent changes in Ohio State Board of Pharmacy rules; and
  • apply the new rules to the practice of pharmacy. 
    OPA or OSHP Member           $70
    Non-member                         $90

Map of Greater Downtown Columbus  - includes the option of obtaining driving directions.

Invited Speakers

Governor Ted Strickland

Representative Armond Budish (D-Beachwood)
Speaker of the House
Senator Bill Harris (R-Ashland)
Senate President
Senator Kevin Coughlin (R-Cuyahoga Falls)
Chairman, Senate Health, Human Services and Aging Committee
Representative Barbara Boyd (D-Cleveland)
Chair, House Health Committee
Mark Keeley, R.Ph.
Legislative Affairs Administrator, Ohio State Board of Pharmacy 


12:30 p.m. Program Registration
1:00 p.m.

Effectively Communicating Pharmacy Issues to Your Legislator
Ernest Boyd, Pharmacist, OPA Executive Director
Kelly Vyzral, OPA Director of Government Affairs
This session will update you on current and pending legislation and its effect on pharmacy.  You will also learn the basics of building positive relationships with your legislators and the best way to educate them on pharmacy practice.

2:00 p.m.

2009 Update on State Laws, Rules and Legislation
Mark Keeley, R.Ph., Legislative Affairs Administrator, Ohio State Board of Pharmacy
Recent and proposed changes in state laws and rules will affect you and your pharmacy practice. This program will provide the latest information on board rules for immunizations and pharmacy technicians, as well as other proposed legislation impacting pharmacy.

3:00 p.m.


3:10 p.m.

Legislative Leaders Forum
Invited Ohio legislators will discuss current legislation pertaining to pharmacy.

5:15 p.m.

Legislative Reception 
Begin building those relationships!  Meet your own legislators face-to-face, as well as leaders in the Ohio House and Senate, and talk to them about issues that matter to you and your pharmacy practice.

 Pharmacy Continuing Education

Pharmacists can earn 4 hours (0.4 CEU) of continuing pharmacy education credit at the 2009 Pharmacy Legislative Day.

Pharmacy Legislative Day 2009
ACPE #129-999-09-055-L04-P       0.3 CEU  Pharmacy Legislative

Update on State Laws, Rules and Legislation
ACPE #129-999-09-056-L03-P*     0.1 CEU 
*approved for one hour of Ohio jurisprudence continuing education credit.

These CE sessions are application-based activities.

This seminar is targeted to all Ohio pharmacists. To receive CE credit, pharmacists must sign and return the CE form distributed at the program. Statements of CE credit will be distributed at the conclusion of the meeting to pharmacists who attend the entire meeting and submit the completed CE form. All other statements of credit will be mailed.

The Ohio Pharmacists Foundation adheres to ACPE Standards regarding industry support of continuing pharmacy education.  Disclosure of faculty and commercial support relationships will be made known at the activity.  Speakers are expected to openly disclose intent to discuss any off-label or investigational use of drugs, devices, or equipment in their presentations.

ACPEThe Ohio Pharmacists Foundation Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.                 

Questions? Call OPA at 614.586.1497 


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