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”

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”

Changes to pharmacist’s incident to billing and the Physician Fee Schedule

Wow! We thought things may slow down for a bit after the election, but instead health policy changes seem to be happening more frequently than ever. As rates of COVID surge across the country, it is vitally important pharmacists understand these changes and how they apply to practice. By better understanding these rapid health policyContinue reading “Changes to pharmacist’s incident to billing and the Physician Fee Schedule”

Supreme Court Case 18540: Rutledge v Pharmaceutical Care Management Association – Guest Writer John Little

For many years, the business practices of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) have been scrutinized, since they often limit patient access to medications and have significant impacts on community pharmacies. Research shows that PBMs cause prescription drug prices to increase, which is exactly the opposite of the role they were designed to have. They do thisContinue reading “Supreme Court Case 18540: Rutledge v Pharmaceutical Care Management Association – Guest Writer John Little”

Provider Status Explained: Understanding the how behind the state legislative strategy

It’s been a while since we posted in our Provider Status Explained series because of all that has been evolving in the quickly changing world of health policy. We now want to come back to continue our discussion on one of the most important legislative priorities for the patients of pharmacists and the pharmacy profession:Continue reading “Provider Status Explained: Understanding the how behind the state legislative strategy”

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident: Addressing Gender Inequality in the Profession of Pharmacy

It has been over 170 years since the signing of the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments at the Seneca Falls Convention, a key moment in the gender equality movement. Although significant strides have been made since 1848 to encourage equal rights for women, gender inequality remains an issue in many facets of our society, includingContinue reading “We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident: Addressing Gender Inequality in the Profession of Pharmacy”

An Open Letter to Incoming Student Pharmacists: Our Profession Needs you

Dear Incoming Student Pharmacists, Congratulations, and welcome to the profession of pharmacy! You have taken the first step in the incredible journey of becoming the most accessible and one of the most trusted healthcare professionals, a pharmacist. Take this moment to reflect on the incredible hard work and dedication that resulted in you being whereContinue reading “An Open Letter to Incoming Student Pharmacists: Our Profession Needs you”

Déjà vu…Pharmacist state scope of practice overruled by HHS: Take 2!

If you liked the premiere, you are going to love the sequel. In a huge move on August 19, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has further amended his declaration of the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act. In doing so, he has allowed pharmacists and pharmacy internsContinue reading “Déjà vu…Pharmacist state scope of practice overruled by HHS: Take 2!”

Why pharmacists should care about access to COVID-19 data

Data is vitally important to members of the profession of pharmacy and is essential in how we develop evidence-based methodologies that guide how we care for patients. Ensuring veracity of data is important in giving us the right foundation to develop long-term strategies to improve patient outcomes. That’s why it was particularly concerning to seeContinue reading “Why pharmacists should care about access to COVID-19 data”