What Pharmacist Advocates Need to Know – March 2021

Another month has gone by, which means it’s time for an edition of the Monthly Roundup. This has been an incredibly busy month in health policy, and we have done our best to compile the highlights for you. From a new COVID-19 relief bill to the approval of a new vaccine, there is a lotContinue reading “What Pharmacist Advocates Need to Know – March 2021”

Advocating for the mental health of pharmacists and their patients – Guest Writer Amy Reese

Mental health concerns are a lurking crisis in America that have only been increased by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 19% of adults in the United States struggled with a mental illness as of 2018. As of 2019, of the 19.2% of adults who received treatment forContinue reading “Advocating for the mental health of pharmacists and their patients – Guest Writer Amy Reese”

Monthly Roundup – February 2021

It is hard to believe, but we at The Grassroots Pharmacist have been putting out content and resources for nearly a year. During the first year of the pandemic, we saw such dramatic health policy changes happening so frequently that it warranted continual blog posts on all that was changing. As we look forward, andContinue reading “Monthly Roundup – February 2021”

Pharmacists in the Spotlight: Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination

The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination will launch this week with a goal to increase access to the vital vaccination across the United States. Early on in the pandemic, pharmacists were identified as trusted members of the health care team to provide testing and education to the public. As vaccines have become available,Continue reading “Pharmacists in the Spotlight: Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination”

Budget Reconciliation and the Possibility for Pharmacy

This week you’re going to hear the same two phrases… a lot. Budget resolution and budget reconciliation. We’ve provided an overview of The Budget Reconciliation Process in a previous blog post, but this time we wanted to get a bit more in depth, especially since a closely divided Congress may end up using the reconciliationContinue reading “Budget Reconciliation and the Possibility for Pharmacy”

What pharmacists can expect for health policy from a united government

On January 20th, President Biden was sworn into office, along with Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock who were sworn in as Senators representing Georgia. This marks the transition of majority control for both bodies of the legislative branch and the Presidency to the Democrats. The idea of a united government, or one party having majorityContinue reading “What pharmacists can expect for health policy from a united government”

Final CMS rule changes that matter to pharmacists

In the final days of the Trump administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have finalized a flurry of rules and made announcements that can impact both the profession of pharmacy and the patients of pharmacists. This week, we review these rules and what to look out for as the leadership of CMSContinue reading “Final CMS rule changes that matter to pharmacists”

President-Elect Joe Biden & Prescription Drug Pricing Reform – Guest Writer Grace Singson

As the number of cases and lives claimed by the COVID-19 pandemic continue to surge, access to affordable prescription medication remains a leading healthcare priority for Americans. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation,  29% of the estimated 195 million patients taking prescription drugs do not take their medications as directed due to costs. This canContinue reading “President-Elect Joe Biden & Prescription Drug Pricing Reform – Guest Writer Grace Singson”

A reflection on pharmacists’ advocacy in 2020

We hope that each of you are making the most of the season and are finding some comfort in what might be a very different holiday celebration. We here at The Grassroots Pharmacist didn’t anticipate writing an end of the year post, partly because so much of this had been played out and said elsewhere.Continue reading “A reflection on pharmacists’ advocacy in 2020”

The Gap with Implementing Pharmacist Policy – Guest Writer Matthew Westling

Recently, the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association published a secret shopper study describing counseling provided during the dispensing of naloxone at chain pharmacies in Texas. Although it may seem crazy that the average counseling time was only 89 seconds, what was more striking was that any formulation of naloxone was unavailable at almost one-thirdContinue reading “The Gap with Implementing Pharmacist Policy – Guest Writer Matthew Westling”