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The Official Publication Of The Florida Pharmacy Association JAN. 2014

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Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioner, Margaret McKenna and Walgreens pharmacist, Mellisa Gray , help patients get, stay and live well by promoting a culture of wellness. Their collaboration combines best practices in healthcare and the expertise and personal care of our trusted providers to deliver access to high-quality, affordable and convenient healthcare.

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florida PHARMACY TODAY Departments 4 Calendar 4 Advertisers 5 President’s Viewpoint 7 Executive Insight 18 FPA Member Profile 22 Buyer’s Guide



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Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the US 2014 Pharmacy Scholarships Available 124th Annual FPA Meeting and Convention

Drowsy Driving: Asleep at the Wheel General Overview of the Florida Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC)




FPA Calendar 2014


Martin Luther King Day FPA Office Closed


FPA Law and Regulatory Conference Sandestin


Election Ballot Submission Deadline FEBRUARY

11-12 Florida Board of Pharmacy Meeting Orlando 28

Awards Nomination Deadline


Legislative Session Begins

10-11 Florida Pharmacy Health Fair and Legislative Days Tallahassee 15

Deadline to Submit Resolutions

22-23 FPA Council and Committee Meetings/Board of Directors Meeting 28-31 APhA Annual Meeting Orlando APRIL 1-2

Florida Board of Pharmacy meeting Tampa


FPA Clinical Conference Tampa


Good Friday, FPA Office Closed

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For a complete calendar of events go to Events calendar subject to change CE CREDITS (CE cycle) The Florida Board of Pharmacy requires 10 hours LIVE Continuing Education as part of the required 30 hours general education needed every license renewal period. Pharmacists should have satisfied all continuing education requirements for this biennial period by September 30, 2015 or prior to licensure renewal. Consultant pharmacists and technicians will need to review their licenses and registrations by December 31, 2014. For Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Application, Exam Information and Study materials, please contact the FPA office. For More Information on CE Programs or Events: Contact the Florida Pharmacy Association at (850) 222-2400 or visit our Web site at

Mission Statements: of the Florida Pharmacy Today Journal

The Florida Pharmacy Today Journal is a peer reviewed journal which serves as a medium through which the Florida Pharmacy Association can communicate with the profession on advances in the sciences of pharmacy, socio-economic issues bearing on pharmacy and newsworthy items of interest to the profession. As a self-supported journal, it solicits and accepts advertising congruent with its expressed mission.

of the Florida Pharmacy Today Board of Directors

The mission of the Florida Pharmacy Today Board of Directors is to serve in an advisory capacity to the managing editor and executive editor of the Florida Pharmacy Today Journal in the establishment and interpretation of the Journal’s policies and the management of the Journal’s fiscal responsibilities. The Board of Directors also serves to motivate the Florida Pharmacy Association members to secure appropriate advertising to assist the

Journal in its goal of self-support.

Advertisers EPC...................................................................... 17 HCC...................................................................... 3 KAHAN HEIMBERG, PLC............................. 17 PPSC.................................................................... 17 Rx OWNERSHIP............................................... 24 WALGREENS...................................................... 2

CONTACTS FPA — Michael Jackson (850) 222-2400 FSHP — (850) 906-9333 U/F — Dan Robinson (352) 273-6240 FAMU — Leola Cleveland (850) 599-3301 NSU — Carsten Evans (954) 262-1300 DISCLAIMER Articles in this publication are designed to provide accurate and authoritative information with respect to the subject matter covered. This information is provided with the understanding that neither Florida Pharmacy Today nor the Florida Pharmacy Association are engaged in rendering legal or other professional services through this publication. If expert assistance or legal advice is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. The use of all medications or other pharmaceutical products should be used according to the recommendations of the manufacturers. Information provided by the maker of the product should always be consulted before use.

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The President’s Viewpoint TERRY GUBBINS , FPA PRESIDENT

The New Year is the Perfect Time to Get Involved Happy New Year! In our profession, the New Year means third-party plan changes: patients with new insurance plans and new member IDs, group numbers, copays, etc. It seems the stress level in the pharmacy always rises. In the Sunshine State, it also means we start hearing some rumblings in Tallahassee. The

ida Pharmacists Legislative Days and Health Fair on March 10-11, 2014. Registration is now available on our website ( Last year, we had more than 400 participants. Our student members came out in massive numbers. Let’s see a large increase in pharmacist members this year. I know the students will return with an even

In our profession, the New Year means third-party plan changes: patients with new insurance plans and new member IDs, group numbers, copays, etc. It seems the stress level in the pharmacy always rises. new legislative session is ready to start. Talk about stress! The Florida legislative session is always watched very closely by our association, and this year we are ready to make a difference! We have a new political lobbyist: Claudia Davant of Adams Street Advocates. And, we have a new General Counsel of the Florida Pharmacy Association, John Lockwood. Along with our Governmental Affairs Committee, chaired by Shannon Wedekind, we have a strong team to make sure our voice is heard. Our team also includes another vital member: YOU! With YOUR help, we can achieve our legislative goals. We need your attendance at the Flor-

larger group. We need your participation with our new “Legislative Action Center” located on our website. The new location is Here, you will be able to determine who your senator and representative are, review pharmacy issues and bills and have access to sample letters/emails that you can cut-and-paste and send to your legislators. Your action in calling, visiting or writing to legislators will help our association reach our goals. We need your financial support. The “Legislative Action Center” also contains a link to the Florida Pharmacist Political Committee. We all know that

Terry Gubbins 2013-2014 FPA President

politics is not free. The Florida Pharmacist Political Committee is a means for us to pool our resources and have a greater voice in Tallahassee. The vast majority of your contributions go directly to candidates to support their campaigns. Whatever you can give will be greatly appreciated! Yes, YOU are an important member of our legislative team. YOU live in Florida. YOU vote in Florida. We value your participation during the new legislative session. Happy New Year! And, let’s not get stressed. n




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Florida Pharmacy Association Connection Tools

ne of the things that associations do is share with their members all of the policy issues going on around them. The common messages for our association include things that the Board of Pharmacy, Agency for Health Care Administration, Florida Legislature, Food and Drug Administration and other governmental agencies are doing that our stakeholders learn from our advocacy work. It may be possible that the Florida Pharmacy Association has been doing a decent job of keeping our members informed through our monthly journal Florida Pharmacy Today and also our electronic newsletter Stat News. Over the past 18 months, we have been quietly building a series of tools through our website ( to help our members interconnect with each other. There is a real purpose to developing this new feature. For example, we will send to you information on emerging policy development and give you an idea as to what that policy may do to the profession or business of pharmacy. There is generally a lot of dialogue from within the leadership of the FPA to either prepare a response to the proposed policy or to craft a targeted action plan to push out to the membership. What we did not have until recently was a way for the members to bounce their thoughts and ideas on these issues among our peers. Well the wait is over and the tools are now active and appear to be working fine. Where are these tools? The easiest way to find one is to look on the right hand side of and search for the balloon marked “Latest News.” Select one of the articles of interest to you and browse through the

information. Remember to log in with your FPA username and password. Some of the news items are open to the general public while others are specifically targeted for our membership only. At the bottom of each article you should be able to see a comment box where you can make some notes or provide feedback on the information that you were reading. Remember though that your comments will be viewable by all membership visiting that section of Pharm-

Over the past 18 months we have been quietly building a series of tools through our website ( to help our members interconnect with each other. view. We have another section of where members can share their thoughts and ideas. If you are a member of FPA’s committees or councils, you are automatically included in a customized section of the website designed to allow you to dialogue with other members of that group. To get there, go to the menu items on the left hand side of Pharmview and hover over “About Us.” You will see an option for “Committees and Councils”

Michael Jackson, B.Pharm

that you can select. This will take you to an area of Pharmview where we will be building our networking communities. Once inside a specific community, you can even write a blog on any issue of interest that you would like for the group to entertain. If you are not on an FPA committee or council, you will still be able to view blogs that are posted, though you will not be able to comment on them. Still, you can have direct input to committee or council members by simply selecting a member of that group directory and use the messaging tools that are in your membership profile to communicate directly with that member. Are you looking for a specific member? You can find them easily through our “Community Search” tool in the upper left hand corner of Pharmview. com. Make sure that you are logged in with your member username and password. You just need to know something JANUARY 2014 |


FPA STAFF Executive Vice President/CEO Michael Jackson (850) 222-2400, ext. 200

Director of Continuing Education Tian Merren-Owens, ext. 120 Controller Wanda Hall, ext. 211

Educational Services Office Assistant Stacey Brooks, ext. 210 Coordinator of Membership Christopher Heil, ext. 110

FLORIDA PHARMACY TODAY BOARD Chair............................................. Jennifer Pytlarz, Brandon Vice Chair...................Don Bergemann, Tarpon Springs Treasurer...............................Stephen Grabowski, Tampa Secretary.........................Stuart Ulrich, Boynton Beach Member..................................... Joseph Koptowsky, Miami Member..............................Rebecca Poston, Tallahassee Member.............................. Carol Motycka, St. Augustine Member....................................Cristina Medina, Hollywood Member................................. Norman Tomaka, Melbourne Member..............................Verender Gail Brown, Orlando Executive Editor.........Michael Jackson, Tallahassee Managing Editor.........................Dave Fiore, Tallahassee

This is a peer reviewed publication. ©2014, FLORIDA PHARMACY JOURNAL, INC. ARTICLE ACCEPTANCE: The Florida Pharmacy Today is a publication that welcomes articles that have a direct pertinence to the current practice of pharmacy. All articles are subject to review by the Publication Review Committee, editors and other outside referees. Submitted articles are received with the understanding that they are not being considered by another publication. All articles become the property of the Florida Pharmacy Today and may not be published without written permission from both the author and the Florida Pharmacy Today. The Florida Pharmacy Association assumes no responsibility for the statements and opinions made by the authors to the Florida Pharmacy Today. The Journal of the Florida Pharmacy Association does not accept for publication articles or letters concerning religion, politics or any other subject the editors/ publishers deem unsuitable for the readership of this journal. In addition, The Journal does not accept advertising material from persons who are running for office in the association. The editors reserve the right to edit all materials submitted for publication. Letters and materials submitted for consideration for publication may be subject to review by the Editorial Review Board. FLORIDA PHARMACY TODAY, Annual subscription - United States and foreign, Individual $36; Institution $70/year; $5.00 single copies. Florida residents add 7% sales tax. FLORIDA PHARMACY ASSOCIATION

610 N. Adams St. • Tallahassee, FL 32301 850/222-2400 • FAX 850/561-6758 Web 8 Address: | F L O R IDA PHARMACY TODAY

about whom you are seeking such as an email address, license number, last name or possibly a telephone number. You can refine your search by navigating to your member profile under “My Profile” on the right hand side of and selecting “Messages.” On that page you will see “Message a Member” listed under “Message Options.” Select that and you will see options for either a “Basic Search” or an “Advanced Search.” For example, you can use the “Advance Search” tool to find all FPA members who live in Miami, Orlando or Tampa. You can further refine your search by selecting a member type. This would allow you to search for members who are students or graduates of one of Florida’s pharmacy schools, or those members who

have indicated in their profile a specialty area of pharmacy practice. The possibilities for interconnectivity with colleagues of similar interests are only limited by your imagination. We are building a unique area of for special interest groups. The first two groups are the #1 Club and the FPA Past Presidents Society. Others will be created in the near future. Take a few moments and explore your member community. You may find a friend or former classmate that you have not seen in a while or you may even discover the answer to a question that has been nagging you for a while. n

JOIN TODAY! Florida Pharmacy Association

Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the US Antibiotics are powerful tools for fighting illness and disease, but overuse of antibiotics has helped create bacteria that are outliving the drugs used to treat them. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Antibiotic resistance is a quickly growing, extremely dangerous problem. World health leaders have described antibiotic-resistant bacteria as “nightmare bacteria” that “pose a catastrophic threat” to people in every country in the world. Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. Many more people die from other conditions that were complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infection. In addition, almost 250,000 people who are hospitalized or require hospitalization get Clostridium difficile , an infection usually related to antibiotic use, each year. C. difficile causes deadly diarrhea and kills at least 14,000 people each year. Many C. difficile infections and drug-resistant infections can be prevented. How Bacteria Become Resistant When bacteria are exposed to antibiotics, they start learning how to outsmart the drugs. This process occurs in bacteria found in humans, animals and the environment. Resistant bacteria can multiply and spread easily and quickly, causing severe infections. They can also share genetic information with other bacteria, making the other bacteria resistant as well. Each time bacteria learn to outsmart an antibiotic, treatment options are more limited, and these infections pose a greater risk to human health. Infections Can Happen to Anyone, Anywhere Anyone can become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria anywhere and anytime. Most infections occur

in the community, like skin infections with MRSA and sexually transmitted diseases. However, most deaths related to antibiotic resistance occur from drug-resistant infections picked up in healthcare settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes. Protect Yourself Against DrugResistant Infections There are many ways you can help prevent the creation and spread of resistance. First, when you are sick, do not demand antibiotics from your doctor or take antibiotics that were not prescribed to you directly for your specific illness. When taking antibiotics, do not skip doses, and make sure to follow the directions about dose and duration from your doctor. Second, like all diseases, common safety and hygiene methods can prevent disease and spread. Make sure to: ■■ Get updated and regular vaccinations against drug-resistant bacteria ■■ Wash your hands before eating and after using the restroom to avoid putting drug-resistant bacteria into your body ■■ Wash your hands after handling uncooked food to prevent ingesting drug-resistant bacteria that can live on food ■■ Cook meat and poultry thoroughly to kill bacteria, including potential drug-resistant bacteria Protect Your Patients from Drug-Resistant Infections There are many ways to help provide the best care to your patients while protecting them against antibiotic-resistant infections. ■■ Follow all necessary infection control recommendations, including hand hygiene, standard precautions and contact precautions.








Diagnose and treat resistant infections quickly and efficiently. Treatment options change often because resistance is complex. Make sure to follow the latest recommendations to ensure you are prescribing appropriately. Only prescribe antibiotics when likely to benefit the patient, and be sure to prescribe the right dose and duration. Be sure to clearly label dose, duration, and indication for treatment, and include appropriate laboratory diagnostic tests when placing antibiotic orders. This will help other clinicians caring for the patient to change or stop therapy when appropriate. Take an antibiotic time-out, reassessing therapy after 48-72 hours. Once additional information is available — including microbiology, radiographic and clinical information — a decision can be made on whether to continue the same therapy. When transferring patients, ensure the other facilities are notified of any infection or known colonization. Keep tabs on resistance patterns in your facility and in the area around your facility. Finally, encourage prevention methods with your patients. Make sure they understand how to protect themselves with vaccines, treatment and infection control practices such as hand washing and safe food handling.





2014 Florida Pharmacy Scholarships Available

lorida Pharmacy Foundation scholarships are now available online. The application process is simple and scholarships will be awarded to P2, P3 and P4 students in all six pharmacy schools in the state. Just go to http:// and fill out the application by February 15, 2014. It is exciting to be able to offer 10 different scholarships between $1,000 and $1,500. Six of the scholarships are sponsored by Walgreens which generously made one scholarship available to each pharmacy school. Three of the scholarships are sponsored by individuals: Gary Koesten, Jim and Patsey Powers, and Bill and Cyndi Mincy. One scholarship is sponsored by a local pharmacy organization: the Volusia/Flagler County Pharmacy Association. We are deeply grateful to our individual, local-chapter and corporate sponsors, and wish to thank them for helping the Florida Pharmacy Foundation achieve its mission to support research, education and other activities that improve public health and the quality of life through the profession of pharmacy. Thank you all for helping make 2014 a banner year!

2013 Florida Pharmacy Scholarship Winners Many of the same generous sponsors also funded scholarships in 2013. ■■ The Walgreens Scholarship, in the amount of $1,500, was awarded to Vongai J. Majekwana. Vongai is a student at Nova Southeastern University. He is looking forward to practicing patient-centered care as a pharmacist. ■■ The James A. Mincy Independent Pharmacist Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, was awarded to Gina Gayed. Gina is a student at Florida A&M University. She was inspired to study pharmacy by her sister who also attended FAMU. ■■ The H. Gary G. and Carolyn S. Koesten Family Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, was awarded to Xavier Thompson. Xavier is a student at Nova Southeastern University. He is passionate about becoming a pharmacist because of the potential for helping patients. ■■ The James B. and Patsey Powers Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, was awarded to Danielle Padgett. Danielle is a student at Nova Southeastern University. She is also a member of the Florida Pharmacy Association and proud of the contributions it and the Foundation make to the practice of pharmacy. Congratulations everyone!

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Florida Pharmacy Association

2014 Summer Conferences

This year’s convention theme is UNITE PHARMACY! The profession of pharmacy is transforming and has grown from being dispensers of pills and capsules, to dispensers of knowledge and services. Pharmacists today do Medication Therapy Management, Chronic Disease Management, Diabetes Education, Prevention and Wellness Services, and other patient-education services. As a result, there has been better patient care! Continuing education courses will be offered for consultant and general licenses, as well as pharmacy technician registration. The convention will address current and emerging topics that will keep you abreast of the constant change in the practice of pharmacy. The following educational courses offered will

be offered: Immunology, Infectious Disease, Pulmonology, New Drugs, Med Errors, etc. In addition, there will be a preconvention program on Diabetes Management which will provide the most current information evolving in the world of diabetes. Let’s UNITE PHARMACY with your colleagues at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale for FPA’s 124th Annual Meeting & Convention. Get involved and become aware of the state and national issues facing the profession; expand your professional network; increase your knowledge from captivating speakers, especially the delivery of the keynote address by Dr. Daniel E. Buffington, PharmD, MBA. JANUARY 2014 |


Florida Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa Pharmacy Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Association July 9 – 13, 2014

124th Annual Meeting & Convention Room Rates

• $155 single/double occupancy for standard deluxe room. The room reservation deadline is Friday, June 20, 2014 or when room block is full. Thereafter, reservations may be taken on a space available or rate available basis. • Please be sure to ask for the Florida Pharmacy Association group rate. The check-in time is 4:00 PM and the checkout time is 11:00 AM. • Room reservations can be made by calling (888) 789-3090. • Guest self parking is $8 per day. Valet parking is $30 per day.

Dr. Daniel E. Buffington, PharmD, MBA

Keynote Speaker

Thursday thru Sunday



Originally from Clearwater, Florida, Dr. Buffington did his under graduate work in biochemistry at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. He also completed his Clinical Pharmacy Practice Residency and Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Buffington is nationally recognized for the development of a private “Clinical Pharmacology” specialty practice model that provides Medication Therapy Management (MTM) consult services, a clinical research trial center, a national drug information center, and forensic pharmacology service. The practice also services as an active training site for pharmacists, physicians and nurses and is affiliated with several different colleges of pharmacy and medicine. His practice focuses on patients who take chronic or high-risk medication therapy and provides a common resource point between patients and their various prescribers to optimize therapy and reduce risks of adverse effects and drug interactions. He has served on many different state and national committees, task forces, and organization panels in both medicine and pharmacy organizations. He currently serves on the national collaborative called the Pharmacists Services Technical Advisory Coalition (PSTAC) and the represents all pharmacists on the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel and helped to develop the national billing codes that describe pharmacists’ services.

GEnErAl EDucAtion trAck The general education track will offer courses designed to educate pharmacists on a wide variety of important topics pertaining to the profession of pharmacy practice. Specific courses being offered are Reducing Medication Errors, HIV/AIDS, and the always-popular offering of Florida Legislative Update. There will also be a New Drug Update course which focuses on the most recently FPA approved drugs introduced into the market.


Thursday thru Saturday

conSultAnt EDucAtion trAck The consultant education track will provide pharmacists with the most current information available on various topics that pharmacists encounter in the profession of pharmacy. The specific topics being offered include Immunology, Infectious Disease, and Pulmonary Disorders. There are 15 hours available for consultant pharmacists.

StuDEnt AnD tEcHniciAn trAck Thursday thru Sunday

Students and Technicians will benefit from interacting with practicing pharmacists and attending student and technician focused continuing education programs. The technician track offers several hours of continuing education on a variety of topics, including the required courses for Florida registration and PTCB renewal: Medication Errors, Pharmacy Law and HIV/AIDS for initial renewal. The student track consists of several hours of fun and exciting continuing education, such as The Career Forum and the NASPA/NMA Game Show. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in the Patient Counseling Competition and showcase their Poster Presentations.

PrE-conVEntion EDucAtion Wednesday Only

Special Events

Our traditional Wednesday program will focus on Diabetes Management. Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease associated with abnormally high levels of blood glucose. Pharmacists play a vital role in the management and patient education of diabetes. The program will focus on the most current information evolving in the world of diabetes. The diabetes program will offer 6 hours of live continuing education credit. Register for this outstanding program and walk away with valuable knowledge for you and your diabetic patients. A separate registration fee is required for the pre-convention program. Exhibits: Participate in our grand opening reception in the exhibit hall! Poster Presentations: Browse submissions from pharmacy students. Contact the FPA office for more information if you would like to submit a poster presentation. Awards ceremony reception: Honor outstanding practitioners during the awards presentation. President’s Breakfast: Attend the Sunday morning installation of new officers. receptions: Enjoy catching up with your colleagues as the Universities entertain their alumni and friends, and as the FPA Foundation hosts FAMILY NIGHT OUT. House of Delegates: Be a delegate or observer and see how important member participation is to the direction of the Association. Student Events: Participate in the Adopt-A-Student Mentor Social and Volleyball Tournament. Students will benefit from interacting with practicing pharmacists, attending student focused continuing education programs and learning first hand about the FPA and how involvement can improve their chosen profession. Call the FPA office and offer to mentor or sponsor a student. Florida Pharmacists Political committee (FPPc) luncheon: Purchase a ticket to this luncheon to support your Political Committee. FPA Golf Event: Join us Friday for the FPA Golf Event. Please register early to reserve your space.

FPA 124th ANNUAL MEETING & CONVENTION • JULY 9 – 13, 2014 • INFO (850) 222-2400 JANUARY 2014



FPA 124th Annual Meeting and Convention July 9-13, 2014  Ft. Lauderdale, FL



Participant Participant Information Information

Pre Convention Special: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 2014 DIABETES UPDATE

Name: _____________________________________________________ Badge Name: _______________________________________________ Mailing Address: ____________________________________________ City, State, Zip: _____________________________________________ Phone: (W)

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Fax: ______________________________________________________ Email: _____________________________________________________ License: PS______________ PS________________ PUPU_________ _____________RPT_______________ Other State___________ Email: e-profile#____________________DOB NABP ____________________________________________________ (MM/DD)____________


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Guest (no CE)







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(BEST Value includes Registration & Membership)


Please indicate below which functions you will attend. These functions are included in the Full Package. If no boxes are selected, we will assume you will not attend any of the events listed below. Full registration package includes one ticket to each of these events. Please see box 7 for additional tickets.  House of Delegates (Thursday) Exhibit Hall (Friday and/or Saturday)



Awards Reception (Saturday) Before After  President’s BreakfastJune (Sunday) 27 June 27  I will not attend any of these functions. FPA Member $140 $150 

Member $195 Education Registration 4NonDaily

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education of diabetes. The program will focus on the most current information evolving in the world of diabetes. Total Amount: $__________


Special Events Registration

The events listed below must be purchased individually and are not included in any other registration packages.




Golf Event


@ $150


Christian RPh Breakfast


@ $40


Luncheon _________ Special Events Registration 6FPPC

@ $60 $_______ The events listed below must be purchased individually and are not Student Luncheon _________ @ $45 $_______ included in any other registration packages. Quantity Amount House of Delegates _________ @Price $25 $_______ (Non-convention registrants) PharmPACCE Luncheon



@ $60



Total Amount: $_______


Additional Tickets

The following events ARE included in the Full Registration Package. However, you must purchase additional tickets for guests who are NOT registered. Quantity Price Amount

Additional Tickets 7Exhibit Hall

@ $30 $_______ The following events ARE included in the Full Registration Package. Awards Ceremony @ $80 $_______ However, you must purchase additional tickets for guests who are NOT registered. President’s Breakfast @ $50 $_______ Quantity Price A_______ Total Amount: $_______ _____


Contributions (Make check payable to FL Pharmacy Foundation).

Adopt-A-Student Program

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$225 $_______ Daily registration or$_______ handbooks. Member Technician does not include $40 admittance to functions $60 Handouts will be posted on our website, after July 7 Non Member Technician $55 $75 $_______ Before After June 13 June 13 Amount Handouts $30 N/A $_______ Please select the day(s) you will attend: FPA Member $140 $160 $_______ Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Non Member $195 $215 $_______

After June 13 $70 $135 $95 $185

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease associated with abnormally high levels of blood glucose. Pharmacists play a vital role in the management and patient

Full Package Registration—Excludes Box 5

Full package registration includes Educational Programs (Thurs-Sun), Exhibit Hall, Awards Reception and President’s Breakfast. Handbooks are not included in full package registration. Handouts will be available on our website,, the week of July 7, 2014. Before June 13 After June 13 Amount_

Before June 13 $50 $115 $75 $165

Total Amount: $_______

Convention Polo Shirt (Deadline is June 6, 2014) Quantity


Payment  Payment Check (To: FPA)



Price Male/Female Size

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Total Enclosed: $ TotalEnclosed:  AMEX  Discover MasterCard $  Visa

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SecurityAddress Code _________________ Expiration Date _______________ Billing _____________________________________________

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Please select the day(s) you will attend: Friday Saturday Thursday 14




Four Ways to Register:

Mail: FPA, 610 North Adams Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301 Call: 850-222-2400 Fax: 850-561-6758 Web:

Drowsy Driving: Asleep at the Wheel Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Prevent Drowsy Driving, Before Taking The Wheel ■■ Get enough sleep! According to the National Institutes of Health, adults need seven or eight hours of sleep a day, while adolescents need nine or 10 hours. ■■ If you have a sleep disorder, make sure to seek treatment. ■■ Refrain from drinking alcohol or taking sedating medications before driving.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians work long hours, work late shifts and are vulnerable to dozing off while driving home. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians work long hours, work late shifts and are vulnerable to dozing off while driving home. While falling asleep at the wheel is clearly dangerous, being sleepy affects your ability to drive safely even if you don’t fall asleep. Drowsiness: ■■ Makes drivers less attentive ■■ Slows reaction time ■■ Affects a driver’s ability to make decisions The Scope of the Problem Although it may be difficult to attribute a fatal vehicle crash to drowsy driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 2.5 percent of fatal crashes and 2 percent of injury crashes involve drowsy driving. These estimates are probably conservative, though, and up to 5,000 or 6,000 fatal crashes each year may be caused by drowsy drivers.

Who’s More Likely to Drive Drowsy? ■■ Commercial drivers ■■ Shift workers (work the night shift or long shifts) ■■ Drivers with untreated sleep disorders such as sleep apnea ■■ Drivers who use sedating medications ■■ Drivers who do not get adequate sleep How Often Do Americans Fall Asleep While Driving? Among nearly 150,000 adults aged at least 18 years or older in 19 states and the District of Columbia, 4.2 percent reported that they had fallen asleep while driving at least once in the previous 30 days. Individuals who snored or usually slept six or fewer hours per day were more likely to report this behavior.

Drowsy Driving and Alcohol Cognitive impairment after approximately 18 hours awake is similar to that of someone with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05 percent. After about 24 hours awake, impairment is equivalent to a BAC of 0.10 percent, higher than the legal limit in all states. In addition, lower levels of alcohol (below the legal limit) amplify the effects of inadequate sleep. The Warning Signs Of Drowsy Driving: ■■ Yawning or blinking frequently ■■ Difficulty remembering the past few miles driven ■■ Missing your exit ■■ Drifting from your lane ■■ Hitting a rumble strip If you experience any of these warning signs, pull over to rest or change drivers. Simply turning up the radio or opening the window are not effective ways to keep you alert.




General Overview of the Florida Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) Managed Medicaid Assistance (MMA) Program By John Lockwood, FPA General Counsel I n 2011, t he Florida Legislature created the Statewide Medicaid Managed C a r e (S M MC) p r o g r a m . Th e SMMC program is managed by the Florida Agenc y for Hea lt h Care Administration (AHCA) and includes the Managed Medical Assistance (MMA) program. The MMA program is an expansion of the original Medicaid pilot program, limited to five counties, and allows certain health care organizations to manage how plan participants receive health care services. In addition, the MMA program is unrelated to the Affordable Care Act. Beginning in 2012, AHCA solicited competitive bids from insurers for the statewide MMA program. On Sep-

tember 23, 2013, AHCA announced the award of multiple contracts to HMO’s, PSN’s and other health plan providers. These plan providers are specific to 11 regions throughout the state. It is anticipated that AHCA will finalize contracts with these plan providers, and individuals are tentatively scheduled to begin enrollment in April 2014. Once fully implemented, it is estimated that 2.9 million Medicaid recipients will enroll in the program. Individuals who must enroll in a health plan will be notified as such by letter, have 30 days to select a plan and then have another 90 days to change their selection if they so choose. If mandatory participants do not make a selection within 30 days, AHCA will choose a plan for them. Plan selections for mandatory enrollees are then set for a 12-month period. Medicaid recipients who have the option to enroll will also be informed by letter and can drop in

or out of the program at any time. All program enrollees can change their Primary Care Provider at anytime, so long as the provider is within their chosen plan. It is possible that some of the MMA program’s health plans will have closed provider networks. Thus, it is possible that certain individuals may be unable to continue using their current health care providers, including pharmacists, if those providers are not within the chosen plan. The Florida Pharmacy Association is currently reviewing what steps may be taken to reduce the potential negative impact upon pharmacists. It is imperative that Medicaid recipients are educated as to their rights to select a health plan providing the greatest flexibility and allows continued use of their existing health care providers.

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FPA Member Profile Kimberly Jones

THE STATS Hometown: Jupiter, Florida

What do you value most about your FPA Membership?

What do you wish everybody knew about pharmacy?

I appreciate the networking opportunities I have through the FPA and the assistance I get from FPA staff whenever I have pharmacy-related questions.

I am a believer that all should know that we are highly educated, ethical individuals who care about our patients. They also should take into account how accessible we are.

What are some thoughts you have on pharmacy as a profession right now?

Employers seem to be heading in the wrong direction with their “attitude� toward the pharmacist. Declining reimbursement, increased volume and additional administrative tasks that pharmacists perform these days could have an impact on quality of patient care. With the pending changes fostered by the Affordable Care Act, it is critical that there be an open and frank dialogue between pharmacy managers and administrators and front line pharmacist caregivers. As for the profession, we are at a turning point. We need more recognition and partnership in the health care arena.

What are you most excited about regarding the future of pharmacy?

I am excited about pharmacists potentially being recognized as health care providers. To me, this is recognition of our status as colleagues and equals among the other health care provider groups.




What got you interested in pharmacy in the first place?

As a teenager I worked for an independent pharmacy where I discovered that I loved helping and serving others.

What do you think your patients would say about you and your practice? My patients would comment that I give great service and I am very knowledgeable about healthcare. I personally receive comments on how they appreciate me taking the time to get to know them. They feel very comfortable talking to me.

CALL FOR RESOLUTIONS TO THE 2014 HOUSE OF DELEGATES The House of Delegates Board of Directors will meet in March 2014 to review and approve resolutions for the Annual Meeting. The deadline for submitting resolutions is March 15, 2014! PLEASE NOTE THIS DEADLINE. The following information will be needed when submitting resolutions: 1. Name of organization: The name of the organization submitting the resolution(s); 2. Name and telephone number of individuals: A contact in the event clarification or further information is needed; 3. Problem: A statement of the problem addressed by the resolution; 4. Intent: A statement of what passage of the resolution will accomplish; and 5. Resolution Format: Please type and use double spacing. TITLE OF RESOLUTION NAME OF ORGANIZATION WHEREAS , AND




Return this form to: Membership Coordinator, Florida Pharmacy Association, 610 North Adams Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301 or fax (850) 561-6758






APhA Foundation and NASPA Bowl of Hygeia Awarded to a pharmacist for outstanding community service above and beyond professional duties. The use of the following selection criteria is required: ■■ The recipient must be a Florida licensed pharmacist and a member of FPA. ■■           ■■ T recipient has not previously received the award. ■■               two  on its award committee or an officer of the association in other than an ex officio capacity. ■■   has compiled an outstanding record of community service, which, apart from his/her specific identification as a pharmacist, reflects well on the profession. James H. Beal Award Awarded to the "Pharmacist of the Year." Criteria: ■■   must be a Florida registered pharmacist and a member of the FPA. ■■   has rendered outstanding service to pharmacy within the past five years. Technician of the Year Award Awarded annually to a Florida pharmacy technician who is recognized for his/her outstanding performance and achievement during his/her career. Criteria: ■■ Candidate must be a member of the FPA for at least two years. ■■ Candidate must have demonstrated contributions and dedication to the advancement of pharmacy technician practice. ■■ Candidate must have demonstrated contributions to the FPA and/or other pharmacy organizations. ■■ Candidate must have demonstrated commitment to community service.




N O M I N A T I O N S ■■ Candidate is not a past recipient of

this award.

R.Q. Richards Award This award is based on outstanding achievement in the field of pharmaceutical public relations in Florida. Criteria: ■■  recipient must be a Florida registered pharmacist and a member of the FPA. ■■   has displayed outstanding achievement in the field of pharmaceutical public relations in Florida. Frank Toback/AZO Consultant Pharmacist Award Criteria: ■■ Candidate must be an FPA member and registered with the Florida Board of Pharmacy as a consultant pharmacist in good standing. ■■ Candidate should be selected based on their outstanding achievements in the field of consultant pharmacy. DCPA Sidney Simkowitz Pharmacy Involvement Award Presented annually to a Florida pharmacist who has been active at the local and state pharmacy association level in advancement of the profession of pharmacy in Florida. Criteria: ■■ A minimum of five years of active involvement in and contributions to the local association and FPA. ■■ Candidate must have held office at a local-level pharmacy association. ■■ Member in good standing for a period of at least five years in the FPA and must have served as a member or chairman of a committee of the association. ■■ Candidate must have been actively involved in a project that has or could potentially be of benefit to members of the profession. Pharmacists Mutual Companies Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award Awarded to a young pharmacist for their involvement and dedication to the practice of pharmacy.


Criteria: ■■ Licensed to practice for nine years or less. ■■ Licensed to practice in the state in which selected. ■■ Participation in national pharmacy association, professional programs and/or community service. IPA Roman Maximo Corrons Inspiration & Motivation Award Interamerican Pharmacists Association created this award to honor the memory of Roman M. Corrons who inspired and motivated countless pharmacists to participate actively and aspire to take on leadership roles in their profession. Roman was always there with guidance and support that motivated pharmacists and encouraged visionary leadership, approachable active membership and succession planning. This award recognizes the motivators among us who inspire others to continue to advance the profession. Criteria: ■■ The recipient must be a Florida Licensed Pharmacist and a member of the FPA. ■■ Candidate should motivate others to excel within the profession by encouraging them to be leaders. ■■ Candidate is not necessarily an association officer, but guides, supports and/or inspires others. A brief description on the candidate’s motivational/inspirational skills must accompany the nomination. The Jean Lamberti Mentorship Award The Jean Lamberti Mentorship Award was established in 1998 to honor those pharmacists who have taken time to share their knowledge and experience with pharmacist candidates. The award is named in honor of long time FPA member Jean Lamberti for her effort in working with pharmacy students. Criteria: ■■ The recipient must be an FPA member. ■■ The recipient must serve as a role model for the profession of pharmacy.


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Upsher Smith Excellence in Innovation Award Awarded to honor practicing pharmacists who have demonstrated innovation in pharmacy practice that has resulted in improved patient care. Criteria: ■■ The recipient must have demonstrated innovative pharmacy practice resulting in improved patient care. ■■ The recipient should be a practicing pharmacist within the geographic area represented by the presenting association. Cardinal Generation Rx Award The Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award recognizes a pharmacist who has demonstrated excellence in community-based prescription drug abuse prevention. The award is intended to recognize outstanding efforts with-

in the pharmacy community to raise awareness of this serious public health problem. It is also intended to encourage educational prevention efforts aimed at patients, youth and other members of the community. The nominee must be a pharmacist who is a member of the state association. Self-nominations are allowed. Applications will be evaluated based upon the following criteria: ■■ Commitment to community-based educational prevention efforts aimed at prescription drug abuse ■■ Involvement of other community groups in the planning and implementation of prevention programs ■■ Innovation and creativity in the creation and implementation of prevention activities

■■ Scope/magnitude of prescription

drug abuse efforts

■■ Demonstrated impact of prescription

drug abuse prevention efforts






Date Submitted: Signature:

FOR THE FOLLOWING AWARD: (Nomination Deadline February 28, 2014)  APhA Foundation and NASPA Bowl of Hygeia  James H. Beal Award

Please describe briefly below the nominee's accomplishments, indicating why you feel he or she should receive this award. (Attach additional sheets if necessary.)

 R.Q. Richards Award  Frank Toback/AZO Consultant Pharmacist Award  DCPA Sydney Simkowitz Award  Pharmacists Mutual Co. Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award  Academy of Pharmacy Practice Practitioner Merit Award  The Jean Lamberti Mentorship Award  IPA Roman Maximo Corrons Inspiration & Motivation Award  Upsher Smith Excellence in Innovation Award  Technician of the Year Award  Cardinal Generation Rx Award MAIL NOMINATONS TO: Annual Awards, Florida Pharmacy Association, 610 N. Adams St., Tallahassee, FL 32301 (850) 222-2400 FAX (850) 561-6758 DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS FEBRUARY 28, 2014





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