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The Official Publication Of The Florida Pharmacy Association NOV. 2011

Happy Holidays from the Florida Pharmacy Association

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Malisandra Menendez expands her role by providing immunization services.

She wants to do more. If you’re also interested in doing more with your immunization certification, join us to advocate expanding your immunization authority in the state of Florida during Legislative Days in Tallahassee on Jan. 24 and Jan. 25.

Transforming community pharmacy – one patient at a time – with nearly 2,700 certified immunizers in Florida

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has trained over 100 pharmacists in immunization services and given more than 3,000 flu shots.

florida PHARMACY TODAY Departments 4 Calendar 4 Advertisers 5 President’s Viewpoint 7 Executive Insight 18 Pharmacy Foundation 26 Buyer’s Guide

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Official 2012 Ballot Election of the Florida Pharmacy Association Managing Diabetes During the Holidays Florida Pharmacy Foundation Introduces New Trustees




FPA Calendar 2011-2012


November 17-20 NASPA Fall Meeting


24-25 Thanksgiving FPA Offices Closed

FPA Office Closed for New Year’s Day


Legislative Session Begins



FPA Office Closed for Martin Luther King’s Birthday Journal Board Conference Call


PDMP Workshop Orlando, Florida



FPA Law Conference Sarasota, Florida

24-25 Pharmacy Days at the Florida Capitol

13-14 Florida Board of Pharmacy Meeting Gainesville, Florida 23 & 26 FPA Office Closed for Holidays


Florida Pharmacy Health Fair at the Florida Capitol

28 - 29 FPA Law and Consultant Conference Sandestin 31

Deadline for the submission of FPA Election Ballots

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.

For a complete calendar of events go to 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, 2011 or prior to licensure renewal. *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 CONTACTS FPA — Michael Jackson (850) 222-2400 FSHP — Michael McQuone (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 BOB PARRADO, FPA President


Enhancing the Image of Pharmacists

n the most recent Gallup Poll on honesty and ethics, pharmacists have once again been ranked in the top three of the highest-rated professions. You would think that that was quite an accomplishment, but once upon a time, we were rated at the top of this prestigious list. That was before nurses were included in the choices listed for the public to consider. Nurses have been rated No. 1 on this list for 11 consecutive years. Why have we dropped a little in the public’s perception of our honesty and ethical standards? Why have nurses been able to hold on to the top spot on this national survey? I would like to look at some of the recent news articles that addressed the actions of a very small percentage of pharmacists that may have had an impact on these lists. The case of a Texas pharmacist, who diluted thousands of doses of cancer medications to make a huge profit, touched off a series of articles both in the newspapers and on television programs such as 60 Minutes. The proliferation of pill mills in Florida and the oxycodone epidemic that followed was well documented on multiple prime time news programs. The many articles on pharmacists being arrested for diversion of controlled substances were all over the Internet. The high cost of prescription drugs and the advertisements from Canadian pharmacies offering medications at significantly lower prices than what our pharmacies could even purchase at wholesale caused our patients to question our business ethics. In spite of all this negative publicity, however, pharmacists are still ranked in the top three of all professions that

were included in this survey. We are ranked ahead of grade school teachers (No. 4) and medical doctors (No. 5). Police officers and clergy were rated Nos. 6 and 7. Needless to say, members of Congress, used car salespeople and lobbyists were at the bottom of the list. We are still thought of very positively by the majority of the public because of the work of the 99 percent (do I dare use that term?) of the pharmacists who do a great job every day taking care of their patients. But how do we climb back up to the No. 1 spot in the Gallup Poll? I believe that by improving our image we can make that climb. By exhibiting a high level of professionalism and showing the many positive outcomes that can be achieved through pharmacists’ services, we can once again enjoy the pride of being recognized as the most respected of all professionals. In my opinion, we as pharmacists do a great job of telling each other what a great group of professionals we are. We need to tell the public what we can do to improve patient outcomes through the proper monitoring of their medication therapy. We need to make sure that the other health-related professions understand our role in the care of the patient. We are often perceived by others as simply a provider of a product. Pharmacists’ involvement in Medication Therapy Management is rapidly growing. I have had many patients make the comment to me after an MTM session, “Wow, why hasn’t any other pharmacist sat down with me and explained my medications before?” These patients have a new appreciation of what their pharmacist can do for them. There are many other ways

Bob Parrado, 2011-2012 FPA President

we can show our patients the benefit of pharmaceutical services. Helping a patient with a new blood glucose monitor and explaining why they should not take certain over-the-counter medications with their prescribed medications are just a few of the services we offer every day. We will soon have the opportunity to show the public as well as legislators in Tallahassee what pharmacists can. The Florida Pharmacy Association will once again be hosting Legislative Days and the annual Health Fair in the rotunda of the Capitol on January 24 and 25, 2012. There will be an opportunity for visits with your legislator, and health screenings will be offered. These screenings will include cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, body composition analysis and risk assessment of colorectal, breast and ovarian cancers. NOVEMBER 2011



2011/2012 FPA Board of Directors The Florida Pharmacy Association gratefully acknowledges the hard work and dedication of the following members of the FPA leadership who work deligently all year long on behalf of our members.

Humberto Martinez............................................................. Chairman of the Board Robert Parrado .........................................................................................FPA President Goar Alvarez............................................................................................... President Elect Betty Harris ............................................................................................................Treasurer Suzanne Wise............................................Speaker of the House of Delegates Eric Alvarez.....................................Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates Preston McDonald, Director............................................................................ Region 1 Marcus Dodd-o, Director .................................................................................Region 2 Eva Sunell, Director ..............................................................................................Region 3 Raul N. Correa, Director ...................................................................................Region 4 Jeffrey Parrado, Director ...............................................................................Region 5 Chris Lent, Director...............................................................................................Region 6 Paul Rohrbaugh, Director.................................................................................. Region 7 Raul Gallo, Director.................................................................................................Region 8 Paul Elias, Director.................................................................................................Region 9 Venessa Price.......................................................................................... President FSHP Michael Jackson........................................Executive Vice President and CEO

Florida Pharmacy Today Journal Board Chair......................................................Jennifer Pytlarz, Vice Chair......................................................... Don Bergemann, Treasurer....................Stephen Grabowski, Secretary...................................................................Stuart Ulrich, Member.................................................Joseph Koptowsky, Member........................Rebecca Poston, Executive Editor................Michael Jackson, Managing Editor...................Dave Fiore,

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Medication reviews and bone-density screenings are two of the most popular health screenings that are utilized by the hundreds of people who come by and visit with us. This event is an excellent opportunity for pharmacists to interact with the citizens who utilize our services and the legislators who regulate us. Last year, we had over 200 pharmacists, pharmacy interns and pharmacy students participate. Our white coats were noticed by everyone, including the chair of a committee working on health care issues. You can volunteer to participate by calling the FPA office at (850) 222-2400. You can also advertise in the Health Journal that we distribute to all Health Fair participants. This journal has become very popular among those who attend because it has a place for them to track their screening results. Many people come back with their journals from the previous year. This journal will provide legislators, their staffers and members of the public who are in Tallahassee visiting, a way to contact you for these services when they are back in their respective districts. Please contact the FPA office for advertising rates, which will be very affordable. Please consider participating today. The deadline for advertising is December 31, 2011. This upcoming legislative session is shaping up to be another challenge to our profession and our business interests. We should take this opportunity to show the public and the legislators the many services that pharmacists offer and the positive health outcomes that are available through pharmaceutical interventions. This is just one small step in gaining the trust of our patients and improving the image of pharmacy in Florida. The biggest steps we will take in this journey are the contributions you make every day acting in the best interests of your patients. n

Executive Insight By Michael Jackson, FPA Executive by michael jackson,Vice RPhPresident/CEO


Addressing the Special Needs of Hospice Patients

y fellow practitioners, please allow me to share some issues of interest with you. In over 30 years of service to the profession of pharmacy (the past 15 to the members of the Florida Pharmacy Association), I have learned many things about patient care. One area that I think may be of benefit to health care providers is a good understanding of the unique needs of hospice patients. None of us are immortal, and at some point in time we will have to come to grips with end-of-life decisions. Some of these decisions have to be made for you as declining health could compromise critical cognitive skills needed to determine the best course of action to manage terminal diseases. Hospice organizations were created to help family members and caregivers navigate through highly emotional and stressful issues. As pharmacy health care providers, we are part of that hospice network of patient care providers. Sometimes the medications prescribed and the treatment plans for these patients may seem considerably outside the norm. Hospice is a philosophy of care that focuses on quality of life rather than length of life. These programs provide family-centered care and involve both the patient and family in making decisions. A patient is considered suitable for hospice care when they are expected to live for six months or less. It is interesting to note that even some state and federal laws are written specifically to address the challenges that end-of-life caregivers and patients admitted to hospice may face. Pharmacists should take comfort in knowing

that these laws are purposefully designed to minimize barriers to hospice care providers. Consider the following: Title 21 of the Code or Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 1306 addresses prescriptions: A prescription prepared in accordance with 1306.05 written for a Schedule II narcotic substance for a patient

None of us are immortal, and at some point in time we will have to come to grips with end-of-life decisions. enrolled in a hospice care program certified and/or paid for by Medicare under Title XVIII or a hospice program which is licensed by the state may be transmitted by the practitioner or the practitioner’s agent to the dispensing pharmacy by facsimile. The practitioner or the practitioner’s agent will note on the prescription that the patient is a hospice patient. The facsimile serves as the original written prescription for purposes of this paragraph (g) and it shall be maintained in accordance with 1304.04(h). NOTE: Section 1304.04(h)

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describes the federal manual and electronic prescription recordkeeping requirements that pharmacies must be compliant with. 1306.13 - Partial filling of prescriptions: A prescription for a Schedule II controlled substance written for a patient in a Long Term Care Facility (LTCF) or for a patient with a medical diagnosis documenting a terminal illness may be filled in partial quantities to include individual dosage units. If there is any question whether a patient may be classified as having a terminal illness, the pharmacist must contact the practitioner prior to partially filling the prescription. Both the pharmacist and the prescribing practitioner have a corresponding responsibility to assure that the controlled substance is for a terminally ill patient. The pharmacist must record on the prescription whether the patient is “terminally ill” or an “LTCF NOVEMBER 2011 |


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 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 Executive Editor.........Michael Jackson, Tallahassee Managing Editor.........................Dave Fiore, Tallahassee

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patient.” A prescription that is partially filled and does not contain the notation “terminally ill” or “LTCF patient” shall be deemed to have been filled in violation of the Act. For each partial filling, the dispensing pharmacist shall record on the back of the prescription (or on another appropriate record, uniformly maintained, and readily retrievable) the date of the partial filling, quantity dispensed, remaining quantity authorized to be dispensed, and the identification of the dispensing pharmacist. The total quantity of Schedule II controlled substances dispensed in all partial fillings must not exceed the total quantity prescribed. Schedule II prescriptions for patients in a LTCF or patients with a medical diagnosis documenting a terminal illness shall be valid for a period not to exceed 60 days from the issue date unless sooner terminated by the discontinuance of medication. On occasions, pharmacists may ask what their obligations are when receiving prescriptions for controlled substances used to treat patients who are in pain. This is not an uncommon thing to see with patients who are enrolled in hospice programs. The Board of Pharmacy does have rules related to the standards of practice to assist pharmacists in their efforts to determine what to do if a prescription received is not for a legitimate medical purpose. It is very rare that a pharmacist would have to rely upon these standards if it is clear that a patient is enrolled in a hospice. These standards are as follows: 64B16-27.831 Standards of Practice for the Dispensing of Controlled Substances for Treatment of Pain. (1) An order purporting to be a prescription that is not issued for a legitimate medical purpose is not a prescription and the pharmacist knowingly filling such a purported prescription shall be subject to penalties for violations of the law. (2) The following criteria shall cause a pharmacist to question whether a prescription was issued for a legitimate medical purpose:

(a) Frequent loss of controlled substance medications, (b) Only controlled substance medications are prescribed for a patient, (c) One person presents controlled substance prescriptions with different patient names, (d) Same or similar controlled substance medication is prescribed by two or more prescribers at same time, (e) Patient always pays cash and always insists on brand name product. (3) If any of the criteria in (2) is met, the pharmacist shall: (a) Require that the person to whom the medication is dispensed provide picture identification and the pharmacist should photocopy such picture identification for the pharmacist’s records. If a photocopier is not available, the pharmacist should document on the back of the prescription complete descriptive information from the picture identification. If the person to whom medication is dispensed has no picture identification, the pharmacist should confirm the person’s identity and document on the back of the prescription complete information on which the confirmation is based. (b) Verify the prescription with the prescriber. A pharmacist who believes a prescription for a controlled substance medication to be valid, but who has not been able to verify it with the prescriber, may determine not to supply the full quantity and may dispense a partial supply, not to exceed a 72 hour supply. After verification by the prescriber, the pharmacist may dispense the balance of the prescription within a 72 hour time period following the initial partial filling, unless otherwise prohibited by law. (4) Every pharmacy permit holder shall maintain a computerized record of controlled substance prescriptions dispensed. A hard copy printout summary of such record, covering the previous 60 day period, shall be made available within 72 hours following a request for it by any law enforcement personnel entitled to request such summary under authority of Section 465.017(2), F.S. Such summary shall include information from which it is possible to determine the volume and

identity of controlled substance medications being dispensed under the prescription of a specific prescriber, and the volume and identity of controlled substance medications being dispensed to a specific patient. (5) Any pharmacist who has reason to believe that a prescriber of controlled substances is involved in the diversion of controlled substances shall report such prescriber to the Department of Health. (6) Any pharmacist that dispenses a controlled substance subject to the requirements of this rule when dispensed by mail shall be exempt from the requirements to obtain suitable identification. The above standards can be used as a guide when being presented with a prescription that a pharmacist suspects may not be issued for a legitimate medical purpose. If the pharmacist knows that a patient is admitted to a hospice, many of the above dispensing standards may act as a barrier to end-of-life care. Pharmacists should be empathet-

ic to the needs of the patient and also those who care for them. Be reminded that there is an exemption from reporting to the prescription drug monitoring program for practitioners who “administer” controlled substances to patients receiving care in a hospice. If you are dispensing controlled substances to patients in a hospice you will still have to report that data, however there is a special code for hospice patient prescriptions as described in the E-forcse dispenser implementation guide. Counterfeit Resistant Prescription Blanks Of course, not all laws have made it easy to assist hospice patients. Recent changes in Florida laws have created some new challenges from within the provider community. House Bill 7095, passed during the 2011 legislative session, included language that requires written prescriptions for controlled substances to be on Department of Health (DOH) approved prescrip-

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tion blanks. Inserted in Florida statutes 456.42 was the following: F. S. 456.42 (2)  A written prescription for a controlled substance listed in chapter 893 must have the quantity of the drug prescribed in both textual and numerical formats, must be dated with the abbreviated month written out on the face of the prescription, and must be either written on a standardized counterfeit-proof prescription pad produced by a vendor approved by the department or electronically prescribed as that term is used in s. 408.0611. As a condition of being an approved vendor, a prescription pad vendor must submit a monthly report to the department which, at a minimum, documents the number of prescription pads sold and identifies the purchasers. The department may, by rule, require the reporting of additional information. Of interest to FPA members is the effect that this may have on hospice patients. Currently, hospice prescribers, like all others, must use these Department approved blanks. As mentioned

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above, a faxed prescription can be used as the original document for patients of hospices, long-term care facilities and for terminally ill patients. Of issue is whether or not a faxed prescription should be written on a tamper resistant prescription blank. The FPA believes that such a prescription, while written by the practitioner, may not necessarily be required to be on a tamper resistant prescription blank as it is transmitted to the pharmacy rather than issued to the patient. Also, a faxed image will pick up any watermark on the counterfeit blank and therefore obscure critical information that the pharmacy may need to process the prescription. It is for this reason that the FPA believes that the faxed prescription can be prepared on standard paper. There is extensive guidance published on the Florida Department of Health website that defines what must be on these blanks (http://www.doh. While the rule language has yet to be released by the Department, pharma-

cists have no choice but to rely upon the published guidelines when determining whether a controlled substance prescription is written on a proper blank. Our Association is working with the Department of Health to clarify many of the emerging issues related to this so that hospice patients and others with critical needs do not face barriers to care. We have seen inconsistencies among prescription pad vendor compliance with the published DOH counterfeit prescription blank pad standards. While 456.42 specifically permits the electronic prescribing of controlled substances in Florida, there continues to be some challenges at the Federal level with extensive credentialing and security requirements that must first be met by e-prescribing software systems. At press time, we are aware of no systems in Florida that have been certified. Compassion and caring are critical in the management of hospice patients. Their needs are unique from patients who are experiencing pain that is

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FPA Official 2012 Election Ballot CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT Alex Pytlarz ■■ Earned his PharmD from the University of Pittsburgh. ■■ He is currently a pharmacist at Bill’s Prescription Center in Brandon, FL. ■■ In addition to his current practice in community pharmacy, Alexander has experience in long-term care and compounding pharmacy.

It would be an honor and privilege to serve as your FPA President, and I ask for your vote. FPA Member Since: 2002 State Association Activities:


Position Statement:

Greetings fellow Floridians who share a passion for the pharmacy profession! It is with great honor to serve as a candidate for President-Elect of the Florida Pharmacy Association. Having served on various committees and elected positions for the FPA, I feel my past involvements within the Association have prepared me for the great challenge and reward of representing the pharmacists and pharmacy technicians of Florida. Just like you, I love pharmacy and what the profession stands for. As members of this continuously evolving profession, we sometimes encounter challenges. To me, representing the pharmacists and pharmacy technicians of Florida means understanding and advocating to help overcome these challenges. As your FPA President, I will listen closely to you to learn about your professional challenges and then work with you and FPA leadership to identify strategies to overcome them. I want you to find value in the Association through involvement, and I want to bridge the gap between members and leadership. I believe I can be that bridge. I want you to know your voice is heard. As each member of the FPA encounters points in his/her career that may be challenging, I want you to know that the FPA is always striving to move the profession forward with your help. Common challenges reported by fellow colleagues include: pharmacist workload, working with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), getting proper and timely reimbursement, managing third-party audits, and getting proper representation with the representative. As the FPA President I want the membership to recognize that the Association is prepared and willing to act on behalf of its members. Although some of these challenging issues may be beyond our influence, I will make it a priority to identify and work to overcome these and other issues of the Florida pharmacists and technicians.

Florida Pharmacy Association, member, House of Delegates, Board Chair 2010 – 2011, House of Delegates, Speaker 2009 – 2010, President’s Committee, member 2008 – 2010, Board of Directors, member 2008 – 2010, House of Delegates, Speaker-elect, 2008 – 2009, Budget & Finance Committee, member 2008 – 2010, Legislative Committee, chair, 2006 – 2009, PACCE Board of Directors, member 2006 – 2010, Organization Affairs, chair, 2007 – 2008, Organizational Affairs Committee, member, 2005 – 2007, Ad Hoc Committee on FPA Constitution & ByLaws, member 2005 – 2006, House of Delegates Board of Directors House, Director, 2005 – 2008, Budget & Finance Committee, member, 2004 – 2006, Legislative Committee, member, 2004 – 2006, Ad Hoc Committee on APP Structure, member, 2004, Academy of Pharmacy Practice, Clinical Committee Chair, 2003 – 2004, Ad Hoc Committee on Organizational Structure, member 2003

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Pharmacy Related Activities: 2005 – 2008 Hickory Woods Homeowners Association Board of Directors Treasurer ACC Chair, 2004 – 2008 Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Inc., Bradenton, FL Big Brother Volunteer, 1998 – 2000 University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Alumni Weekend Seven Springs, PA Assisted staff, 2000 Frick School Pittsburgh, PA Educated elementary students about drug awareness, 1999 Operation Immunization Pittsburgh, PA Promoted and supported APhA-ASP Operation Immunization program, 1998 University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Web Page Pittsburgh, PA , Assisted in the creation and update of the school of pharmacy virtual museum 1998 University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association Pittsburgh, PA, Retrieved extensive history of Jonas Salk for Salk



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Terry Gubbins ■■ A pharmacist for 29 years for Walgreens. Currently Market Pharmacy Director of the Tampa and Orlando Markets, B.S. in Pharmacy from Purdue University, M.S. in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Texas at Austin

Michael Hebb ■■ earned his BPharm and then became a floater, and has been a Staff Pharmacist at Walgreens Pharmacy since July of 2004.   

Position Statement:


I would like to become the next President-Elect of the Florida Pharmacy Association so that I can lead the Association during a very changing time period for our profession. Our current healthcare system in Florida will be changing along with our country’s healthcare system. We have to make sure the pharmacist is recognized as a very valuable part of the solution, and our pharmacists are prepared for new roles in the healthcare system. We have to be able to perform Medication Therapy Management, Healthcare Screenings, and immunizations. We need to improve patient compliance, and we need to collaborate with the entire healthcare team. We need to be heard loud and clear in Tallahassee. We need to encourage membership growth in the Florida Pharmacy Association, not only by pharmacists, but with pharmacy technicians and student pharmacists. My vision: A strong Florida Pharmacy Association, representing all fields of pharmacy, leading the transformation of our profession in Florida.

FPA Member Since: 2006 State Association Activities:


Member of Florida Pharmacy Association for 5 years, Member of the Number One Club, Served on Professional Affairs Committee, Currently on the Organizational Affairs Committee

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Pharmacy Related Activities: Founding Member of the Gregory Leadership Council for Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Member of the American Pharmacists Association, Florida Pharmacy Foundation Trustee

FPA Member Since: 2009 Local Association Activities:

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Duval County Pharmacy Association Member ‘77 to present Board Member, 2004-2005 Vice President,  2005-2008 President  2008-2010 Chairman of Board, 2010- present

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Florida Pharmacy Assoc elected member ‘77 American Pharmacy Assoc. elected member ‘78 Florida Pharmacist License PS15984 10’77 Florida Nuclear Pharmacist License NP56 7’84

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CANDIDATES FOR REGION 4 Raul Correa ■■ practiced for 25 years in various settings including retail, managed care and institutional environments which have provided me with the knowledge and credibility to succeed in disseminating information emanating from the association. FPA Member Since: 2009 State Association Activities:


Board of Director for region 4 for the Florida Pharmacy Association from 2010 to present.

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Been past president of the Central Florida Pharmacy Association in the 1993-1994 year, 2009-2010 year and continue in that office presently

Gaurang Gandhi ■■ Express Script Company Sr. Director of Pharmacy Compliance / Pharmacist In-Charge, Tenet Healthcare, Clinical Coordinator – Pediatric Critical Care Management, Clinical Coordinator, Adjunct Faculty, and Consultant Position Statement: I believe the two below initiatives are critical to the success of the pharmacy profession: Advocacy: More than ever it is essential to educate all stakeholders of the roles of pharmacists. Today pharmacists are involved in numerous decisions in designing the delivery of healthcare; however, very few stakeholders including the healthcare professional community, regulators, or the patients recognize the role of pharmacists as well as they should. Generating enthusiasm in pharmacy community about advocacy is also very critical. I would like to commend the FPA for developing channels to participate in public and political debates. The FPA has advanced the practice of pharmacy by effectively using electronic media and out-



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reaching to greater membership. I believe stronger advocacy requires stronger membership. I have been successful in convincing the senior management of my company to sponsor the membership fees for over thirty to forty pharmacists for the FPA. I would like to share my experience with the fellow FPA members so the FPA could expand its membership beyond the community setting professionals to the pharmacy professionals of ALL backgrounds and generate greater enthusiasm in the community. I would further like to educate the current and upcoming legislators of the role of pharmacists in providing safe and cost-effective healthcare. Leadership: The profession of pharmacy is going through another phase of dynamic changes driven by weak job market and innovative technology changing the pharmacy practice model. I strongly believe the colleges are preparing fine pharmacists; however, the profession continues to struggle to develop more leaders. The FPA has done an excellent job in providing platform for many to develop the pharmacists, technicians, and interns. I would like to further assist FPA in developing more grass-root level programs to entice more members. Such leadership development will allow our profession to be more engaged in the pursuit of our mission and also be more aligned with other stakeholders in healthcare. In summary, my energy, passion, and zeal for volunteerism will greatly benefit the FPA. It would be an honor to serve the FPA in any capacity. FPA Member Since: 2011 State Association Activities:


FPA – Member - Mar 2011- Present

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Delaware Pharmacists Society: Board of Directors - Jan 2008- Dec2009, AMCP – Special Project Committee Apr 2010- Present, ASHP- Advisory Committee- Pharmacy Informatics - May 2010- Present, FSHP - Delegate - May 2011- Present, FPA - Member Mar 2011- Present, “Risk Evaluation & Mitigation Strategy Programs: Current Trend & Opportunities for Pharmacy Practice” Presented at AMCP’s 23 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, April 2011, “Role of Managed Care Pharmacist”- AMCP Concept Series, Sept 2010, “ Specialty Pharmacy- A New Frontier in Pharmacy Practice that Continues to Grow” – The Delaware Pharmacists Vol. 43 No 4. Nov-Dec 2008.

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CANDIDATES FOR REGION 6 Steve Nelson ■■ A 1975 graduate of Columbia University’s College of Pharmacy. As a consultant pharmacist Steven set out to open an independent community pharmacy. In 1982, the native New Yorker and his wife Andrea opened the doors of Okeechobee Discount Drugs in Okeechobee, Florida.

Scott Tomerlin ■■ Pharmacy Manager FPA Member Since: 2005 State Association Activities:


FPA Member Since: 1982 Pharmacy Related Activities:


Chief pharmacist and CEO of Okeechobee Discount Drugs he is a member of the APHA and the Okeechobee Utility Authority. In an effort to be a full service organization Mr. Nelson is a certified immunologist, PCCA certified in pharmacy compounding and certified in hazardous materials. With over 40 years of experience in the pharmacy industry Mr. Nelson has expanded the reaches of Okeechobee Discount Drugs by offering consulting services to several correctional facilities throughout the state of Florida. Mr. Nelson has created a working relationship with local law enforcement as well as public schools in Okeechobee. As Mr. Nelson’s aspirations of creating an independent community pharmacy have come to fruition his goal of adapting and expanding to the changing landscape will always endure.

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Member of the Florida Pharmacy Association, American Pharmaceutical Association, North Florida Pharmacy Association, Professional Compounding Centers of America, National Institute for Pharmacist Care Outcomes

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Okeechobee County Senior Services, Okeechobee City Police Pension Board, Captain Okeechobee County Sheriff Department at “Ground Zero”, Chairman and Chief fund raiser for the current and past 12 years for the Okeechobee County Sheriffs Dept. Bass Tournament for Public Safety, Original member, Chairman(twice), Vice-Chairman(twice) and still a current member of the Okeechobee Utility Authority.

Council of Students President, Mercer University SSP (2003-05), Class President, Mercer University SSP (200203), Community Involvement Chairman, NCPA, Mercer University SSP (2003-04), Honor Council President, Mercer University SSP (2003-04), Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America Troop #1 – Louisville KY, President, Brevard County Pharmacy Association, 2009-2011, Pharmacy Manager of the Year 2010 - Walgreens Melbourne District.

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Good Samaritan Clinic, Atlanta GA., Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America, American Cancer Society, Louisville KY.


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American Pharmacists Association, Brevard County Pharmacy Association, Florida Pharmacy Association, National Community Pharmacists Association, Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Phi Lambda Sigma

Raul Gallo ■■ Currently pharmacy manager at Walgreens store # 2416 in Miami, FL FPA Member Since: 2001 State Association Activities:


FPA member, FPA House of Delegates representative, FPA Director of Region 8,

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Interamerican Pharmacist Association past president, IPA CE Coordinator

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Member of FPA's Annual Convention House of Delegates; Past-president of Interamerican Pharmacist's Association




Managing Diabetes During the Holidays Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Having diabetes shouldn’t stop you from enjoying holiday celebrations and travel. With some planning and a little work, you can stay healthy on the road and at holiday gatherings with friends and family.

Preparation is the key to managing diabetes during holiday travel and festivities. Know what you’ll be eating, how to enjoy a few traditional favorites while sticking with a healthy meal plan, and how to pack necessary supplies for a trip, and you’re all set to celebrate!



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Feasts and Parties Before you go, take these steps to make sure you stick to your healthy meal plan. ■■ Eat a healthy snack to avoid overeating at the party. ■■ Ask what food will be served, so you can see how it fits into your meal plan. ■■ Bring a nutritious snack or dish for yourself and others.

You don’t have to give up all of your holiday favorites if you make healthy choices and limit portion sizes. At a party or holiday gathering, follow these tips to avoid overeating and to choose healthy foods. ■■ If you’re at a buffet, fix your plate and move to another room away from the food, if possible. ■■ Choose smaller portions. ■■ Choose low-calorie drinks such as






sparkling water, unsweetened tea or diet beverages. If you select an alcoholic beverage, limit it to one drink a day for women, two for men, and drink only with a meal. Watch out for heavy holiday favorites such as hams coated with a honey glaze, turkey swimming in gravy and side dishes loaded with butter, sour cream, cheese or mayonnaise. Instead, choose turkey without gravy and trim off the skin, or other lean meats. Look for side dishes and vegetables that are light on butter, dressing and other extra fats and sugars, such as marshmallows or fried vegetable toppings. Watch the salt. Some holiday favorites are made with prepared foods high in sodium. Choose fresh or frozen vegetables that are low in sodium. Select fruit instead of pies, cakes and other desserts high in fat, cholesterol and sugar. Focus on friends, family and activities instead of food. Take a walk after a meal, or join in the dancing at a party.

Traveling for the Holidays Leaving home to visit friends and family means changing routines. Make sure you remember to take care of your diabetes while traveling. Check blood glucose (sugar) more often than usual, because a changing schedule can affect levels. Remember Your Medication ■■ Pack twice the amount of diabetes supplies you expect to need, in case of travel delays. ■■ Keep snacks, glucose gel, or tablets with you in case your blood glucose drops. ■■ Make sure you keep your medical insurance card and emergency phone numbers handy, includ-

Leaving home to visit friends and family means changing routines. Make sure you remember to take care of your diabetes while traveling. ■■ ■■

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ing your doctor’s name and phone number. Carry medical identification that says you have diabetes. Keep time zone changes in mind so you’ll know when to take medication. If you use insulin, make sure you also pack a glucagon emergency kit. Keep your insulin cool by packing it in an insulated bag with refrigerated gel packs.

On the Road and in the Air ■■ Get an influenza vaccination before traveling, unless your medical provider instructs otherwise. Get the flu shot, not the nasal spray. ■■ Wash hands often with soap and water. Try to avoid contact with sick people. ■■ Reduce your risk for blood clots by moving around every hour or two. ■■ Pack a small cooler of foods that may be difficult to find while traveling, such as fresh fruit, sliced raw vegetables, and fat-free or low-fat yogurt. ■■ Bring a few bottles of water instead of sweetened soda or juice. ■■ Pack dried fruit, nuts, and seeds as snacks. Since these foods can be high in calories, measure out small portions (¼ cup) in advance. ■■ If you’re flying and do not want to walk through the metal detector with your insulin pump, tell a security officer that you are wearing an insulin pump and ask them to visually inspect the pump and do a fullbody pat-down. ■■ Place all diabetes supplies in carryon luggage. Keep medications and






snacks at your seat for easy access. Don’t store them in overhead bins. Have all syringes and insulin delivery systems (including vials of insulin) clearly marked with the pharmaceutical preprinted label that identifies the medications. Keep it in the original pharmacy labeled packaging. If a meal will be served during your flight, call ahead for a diabetic, low fat, or low cholesterol meal. Wait until your food is about to be served before you take your insulin. If the airline doesn’t offer a meal, bring a nutritious meal yourself. Make sure to pack snacks in case of flight delays. When drawing up your dose of insulin, don’t inject air into the bottle (the air on your plane will probably be pressurized). Stick with your routine for staying active. Make sure to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity, five days a week.




Florida Pharmacy Foundation Demonstration Projects Grants Program The Florida Pharmacy Association Foundation conducts a grants program to provide financial support for demonstration projects relevant to pharmacy practice. This program is supported by proceeds of invested funds provided by “Friends of the Foundation.” Individual grants up to $1,000 are awarded to pharmacy practitioners to help initiate demonstration projects. Individual grants are provided for projects selected by a panel of practitioners on the basis of a proposal submitted to Florida Pharmacy Foundation Board of Trustees. CRITERIA FOR SELECTION Proposals will be selected using the following criteria: ■■ Relevance to and potential impact on the practice of pharmacy in Florida. ■■ Originality, clarity and methodology of the project. ■■ Potential for successful completion of the project within nine (9) months from the awarding of the grant and subsequent preparation of a manuscript suitable for publication in a referred professional journal. ■■ Completed project must be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Florida Pharmacy Association.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS The Foundation does not require the completion of an official form. Four copies of the written proposal of the project must be submitted to the Foundation. The proposal must not be more than five single-spaced typewritten pages and should contain the following: ■■ Title of the proposed project and the name(s), title(s) and affiliation(s) of the investigator(s). (A project director must be named if there is more than one investigator.) ■■ A concise statement of the project and its significance to the practice of pharmacy. ■■ A statement of the objectives of the project. ■■ A description of the study design and methodology. ■■ A description of the methods of data analysis. ■■ A budget for the project. ■■ A timetable for the completion of the project.

RESTRICTIONS: ■■ Demonstration project grants will be awarded to individuals unless otherwise requested by the applicant and approved by the Board of Trustees. ■■ The project should be completed within 9 months from the awarding of the grant and a final report must be received by the Foundation Board of Trustees within 30 days of the completion date of the project unless otherwise approved of by the Foundation Board. ■■ In any publication of the project, permission must first be granted by the Board of Trustees, and, if granted, acknowledgement of the source of the grant must be stated. ■■ Expenditures for equipment and/or facilities must not exceed 20% of the total budget of the project.

. Recipients will be notified by return mail of the selection of the project. Funding will begin on the date stipulated in the request for proposal. Mail four copies of the proposal to:

Florida Pharmacy Foundation Demonstration Projects Grants Committee Patsey Powers Executive Vice President 610 North Adams Street Tallahassee, Florida 32301

Email: Website: Phone: (850) 222-2400

Assistant Professor/Associate Professor

(Position Professor/Associate Numbers 22940, 229410, 229420, and 229530) Assistant Professor

(Position Numbers 22940, 229410, 229420, and 229530)

The Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is accepting applications for four (4) assistant professor/associate professor positions. The individuals in these positions will be responsible for developing a training site in the patient care area (i.e. hospital, clinic or other health-system setting) in Florida order to provide APPECollege trainingoffor 4th yearand professional pharmacy students; to serve as an advisor The A&M University Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences is accepting applications and conduct patient-related research assigned to students during the 4th professional year; and assist in for four (4) assistant professor/associate professor positions. The individuals in these positions willtobe didactic instruction and assist students in community outreach projects. The individuals in these positions responsible forscholarly developingactivity a training site in publications the patient care (i.e. hospital, must demonstrate through in area refereed journalsclinic andorinother the healthsubmission of system setting) in order to provide APPE training for 4th year professional pharmacy students; to serve research proposals for extramural funding. as an advisor and conduct patient-related research assigned to students during the 4th professional MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: PharmD. Preference willstudents be given to the applicant completion of an year; and to assist in didactic instruction and assist in community outreachwith projects. The ASHP PGY1 or PGY2 accredited Pharmacy Practice residency program or equivalent experience. Candidate is individuals in these positions must demonstrate scholarly activity through publications in refereed expected to establish a model Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) training site for APPE students journals and in the submission of research proposals for extramural funding. at an affiliated institution. Practice site development should be in the areas of General Medicine, Ambulatory Care/Managed Care or recognized specialty commensurate with appropriate clinical experience. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: PharmD. Preference will be given to the applicant with completion of an ASHP PGY1 for or PGY2 accredited Pharmacy Practice residency program equivalent experience. SALARY: The salary this position is competitive and commensurate withor educational qualifications, work experience, andisknowledge, and aabilities. Candidate expected toskills establish model Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) training site for APPE students at an affiliated institution. Practice site development should be in the areas of General TO APPLY: Submit (1) a letter of interest, (2) an application for employment (go to, (3) Medicine, Ambulatory Care/Managed Care or recognized specialty commensurate with appropriate a current curriculum vitae, (4) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three clinicaland experience. references, (5) unofficial copies of graduate transcripts by June 30, 2011 to:

SALARY: The salary for this position is Equal competitive and commensurate FAMU Opportunity Programs with educational qualifications, 674abilities. Gamble Street work experience, and knowledge, skills and Tallahassee, FL 32307 E-mail:(2) TO APPLY: Submit (1) a letter of interest, an application for employment (go to, (3) screenings are conditions of e-mail employment. a currentReference curriculumchecks vitae, (4)and thebackground names, addresses, telephone numbers and addresses of three references, and (5) unofficial copies ofisgraduate by June 30,Access 2011 to: Florida A&M University an Equaltranscripts Opportunity/Equal Employer.

FAMU Equal Opportunity Programs 674 Gamble Street Tallahassee, FL 32307 E-mail:

Reference checks and background screenings are conditions of employment. Florida A&M University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer.





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Donna Wartski, BPharm, MS

My introduction to pharmacy began in my hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, where at the age of 15 I was hired as a front end cashier in the retail pharmacy chain. What was meant to be a summer job quickly grew into a passion. Upon completion of high school, I chose to further my education in Tallahassee at Florida State University. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, I continued on to pharmacy school in Bradenton, Florida at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). During my first three years at LECOM, I held many leadership positions and was actively involved in numerous organizations, both at the local and state level. These experiences lead me to my current position as Student Trustee for the Florida Pharmacy Foundation. It is an honor to have the opportunity to work alongside some of the most influential leaders in pharmacy.

Donna is an Associate Director in the Medical Outcomes Specialist Division of Pfizer. Medical Outcomes Specialists (MOS) are responsible for data analysis, clinical/medical presentations, timely overall medical support, and in-depth understanding of market and account dynamics within their assigned geographies. Donna received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy at Long Island University, and a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining Pfizer, Donna held pharmacy positions in a community pharmacy, a hospital pharmacy, a mail order pharmacy, and in the PBM industry. She has served as Member and Chair of the Board of Directors of Pathways to Care, non-profit respite center for homeless adults who need to recuperate after illness, injury or hospitalization. Donna is a recipient of the Janet P. Hunter Award for excellence in Army pharmacy and is a member of the Rho Chi Honor Society. During her tenure at Pfizer, she has been the recipient of the Pfizer, Vice President’s Management Cabinet Award, 2006; Pfizer, TACU Team Award, 2004; and the Bill Pelton Customer Recognition Award, 2003. On a personal note, Donna enjoys running and cycling and has competed in multiple marathons, half marathons and triathlons. She enjoys spending time with her husband,

Student Trustee, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine College of Pharmacy





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Medical Outcomes Specialist Division of Pfizer

Bob Miller, BPharm, CPh

Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

Bob Miller is a 1976 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. As a practicing pharmacist for 12 years, he decided to utilize his ability and knack for filling in the gaps on being short staffed in retail pharmacy. In 1989, his company, Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing, was established, which today has become one of the largest staffing providers in the Southeast, offering temporary and permanent placement for pharmacist and registered technicians. Over the years of being in this industry, Bob has also taken a very active role in the mentoring and intervention services offered by the Recovery Pharmacists Network of Florida for pharmacists who have the disease of alcohol and drug addiction. Recently, Bob was awarded the Cardinal Health Generation Rx Award for his involvement and dedication in this capacity. Bob has also been the past recipient of the James H. Beal Award as well as the President’s Award of Excellence. He is currently serving as President of the Florida Pharmacy Foundation.

Terry Gubbins

Market Pharmacy Director of the Tampa and Orlando Markets, Walgreens Terry has been a Pharmacist for 29 years for Walgreens and currently is Market Pharmacy Director of the Tampa and Orlando Markets. He earned a B.S. in Pharmacy from Purdue University and an M.S. in Pharmacy Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. He has been a member of the Florida Pharmacy Association for five years, is a member of the No. 1 Club, served on Professional Affairs Committee and currently is on the Organizational Affairs Committee. Terry is a founding member of the Gregory Leadership Council for Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy at Palm Beach Atlantic University and is a member of the American Pharmacists Association.

Peggyann Zaenger, BS Pharm, PharmD Halliday’s and Koivisto’s Pharmacy, Southeast Gynecologic Oncology Associates

Peggyann is a native of Toledo, Ohio. She graduated from The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy with a Bachelor’s in Pharmacy degree. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan in 1975. Dr. Zaenger joined the faculty of her alma mater, The University of Toledo, in 1975 as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and Director of Externship Programs. In 1980 she joined the faculty of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy as an Associate Professor and Director of Pharmacy for the Jacksonville Health Educational Programs (JHELP). Dr. Zaenger was promoted to Professor in 1990; she left the university in 1992. Combining teaching, service and research, Dr. Zaenger was in clinical practice at St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Center and Family Practice Residency Program in Jacksonville from 19802007. She is the author of more than 25 papers and book chapters, is the recipient of more than 30 grants and has delivered more than 300 presentations. She retired from The Family Medicine Center in 2007. Currently, Dr Zaenger works part time as a community and immunizing pharmacist at Halliday’s and Koivisto’s Pharmacy in Jacksonville and part time as the director of research for Southeast Gynecologic Oncology Associates in Jacksonville. NOVEMBER 2011



Proposed Change to FPA Constitution The FPA Constitution may be altered or amended provided that such proposal to alter or amend same shall be submitted to the Chair of the Organizational Affairs Council in writing. The proposed alteration or amendment to the Constitution shall be read at the annual meeting of the Association. Upon majority approval of the membership voting, the proposed amendment shall then be referred to the Board of Directors who shall cause the Executive Vice President to publish such proposed amendment in the Florida Pharmacy Today, which is placed in circulation at least thirty (30) days prior to the ballot being mailed to the membership. Upon the vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the voting members returning the ballot by the specified deadline, in favor of adoption of the amendment, it shall become a part of this Constitution. This shall serve as notice to the FPA membership an intent to revise the FPA constitution by ballot initiative.  This has been reviewed by the membership attending the annual meeting and convention this summer at the Turnberry Isle Resort as well as the FPA Board of Directors.  Ballots will be mailed to the membership in December.  The proposed changes are as follows: Article V, Section 2 - Duties. The Board of Directors is the only body that can establish and implement policy for the Association. The Board of Directors shall approve the Executive Vice President, approve his salary and other terms of his appointment; the term of office; prescribe his duties and direct his activities where such duties and activities are not specifically provided in the Constitution or Bylaws. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for arranging and expediting business during meetings of the Association. The Board of Directors shall expend the funds of the Association for such matters and things as, in the judgment of the Board of Directors, shall be for the betterment of pharmacy in the State of Florida and of value to the members of the Association, the profession of pharmacy, and the health and welfare of the citizens of the State of Florida. The Board of Directors shall audit charges against the Association. The Board of Directors shall, in their usual order of business, review the report of the President’s Committee and approve or correct actions the President’s Committee has taken on behalf of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall perform such other duties as are normally incident to such a committee. Any member of a Florida Pharmacy Association Councilor Committee is not authorized to speak on behalf of the Association, either verbally or in writing, without the approval of the Board of Directors.

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CALL FOR RESOLUTIONS TO THE 2012 HOUSE OF DELEGATES The House of Delegates Board of Directors will meet in March 2012 to review and approve resolutions for the Annual Meeting. The deadline for submitting resolutions is March 15, 2012! PLEASE NOTE THIS DEADLINE. The following information will be needed when submitting resolutions: 1. Name of organization: The name of the organization submitting the resolutions(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; 5. Resolution Format: (please type and use double spacing) Title of Resolution Name of Organization Whereas

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Therefore be it Resolved (that the FPA or Subdivision of FPA)

Contact name and phone #: Problem: Intent:

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




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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. ■■                 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." The criteria established for this award is that the recipient be a Florida registered pharmacist and a member of FPA, who has rendered outstanding service to pharmacy within the past five years. 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 Florida Pharmacy Association for at least 2 years. ■■ Candidate must have demonstrated contributions and dedication to the advancement of pharmacy technician practice.



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N om i n a t i on s ■■ Candidate must have demonstrated

contributions to the Florida Pharmacy Association and/or other pharmacy organizations. ■■ Candidate must have demonstrated commitment to community service. ■■ 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, 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 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 (9) 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.


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Criteria: ■■ The recipient must be an FPA member. ■■ The recipient must serve as a role model for the profession of pharmacy. 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 has 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. Qualified Nominee: A pharmacist practicing 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 within 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

Deadline FOR NOMINATIONS: February 28, 2012 F P A A W ARDS N O MI N ATI O N F O RM I am pleased to submit the following nomination:

Nominated by:




Date Submitted: Signature:

For the following Award: (Nomination Deadline February 28, 2012)  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, 2012




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ADVERTISERS: This is a special section designed to give your company more exposure and to act as an easy reference for the pharmacist.

PHARMACY RESOURCES Abbott Diabetes Care Michael J. Forker (239) 839-3313 Cerner Etreby Pharmacy Management Systems (800) 292-5590 PPSC Retail Pharmacy Purchasing Program (888) 778-9909

PHARMACY CONSULTANTS HCC Pharmacy Business Solutions Dean Pedalino (800) 642-1652 Mobile: (727) 460-1855 Empire Pharmacy Consultants Michael Chen PharmD., CPh President/CEO (786) 556-7825 Mobile (305) 374-1029 Office

PHarmaceutical WHOLESALER McKesson Drug Company Jim Springer (800) 804-4590 FAX: (863) 616-2953

TEMPORARY PHARMACISTs – STAFFING HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing Bob Miller (800) 642-1652 Empire Pharmacy Consultants Michael Chen PharmD., CPh President/CEO (305) 374-1029 Office Rx Relief (800) RXRELIEF

LEGAL ASSISTANCE Kahan ◆ Shir, P.L. Brian A. Kahan, R.Ph., and Attorney at Law (561) 999-5999

Advertising in Florida Pharmacy Today Display Advertising: please call (850) 264-5111 for a media kit and rate sheet. Buyers’ Guide: A signed insertion of at least 3X per year, 1/3 page or larger display ad, earns a placement in the Buyers’ Guide. A screened ad is furnished at additional cost to the advertiser. Professional Referral Ads: FPA Members: $50 per 50 words; Non‑members: $100 per 50 words; No discounts for advertising agencies. All Professional Referral ads must be paid in advance, at the time of ad receipt.



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FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS AHCA MEDICAID PHARMACY SERVICES 2727 Mahan Drive Tallahassee, FL 32308 (850) 487-4441 pharmacy AMERICAN PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION (APhA) Washington, D.C. (800) 237-2742 AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HEALTH SYSTEM PHARMACISTS Bethesda, MD (301) 657-3000 Drug Information Center Palm Beach Atlantic University (561) 803-2728 FLORIDA BOARD OF PHARMACY 4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin #C04 Tallahassee, FL 32399-3254 (850) 245-4292 FLORIDA POISON INFORMATION CENTER NETWORK (800) 222-1222 National Community Pharmacists Association 100 Daingerfield Road Alexandria, VA 22314 703.683.8200 703.683.3619 fax Recovering Pharmacists Network of Florida (407) 257-6606 “Pharmacists Helping Pharmacists”

Buying, Selling or Starting a Pharmacy? We can help you practice pharmacy your way. Our dedicated and experienced ownership consultants can help you achieve your goals. From planning and financing to site selection and product mix, we deliver answers you can trust. Set your pharmacy-ownership goals and point your future in the right direction with the help of RxOwnership. Visit or call 800.266.6781 today! NOVEMBER 2011



FreeStyle Lite & Precision Xtra Formulary Coverage ®

Florida Health Plan

FreeStyle Lite®

Precision Xtra™







Health First Health Plans



Sole Preferred

Sole Preferred

WellCare - Medicare Advantage Plan



Staywell Health Plan



Healthease Health Plan



Childrens Medical Services



Florida Medicaid



Medicare Part B



Preferred Care Partners, Inc. -Medicare Advantage Plan

Source: Formulary Compass Database as of April 2011.

Copyright ©2011 MediMedia USA, Inc. All rights reserved.

The FreeStyle Promise Program is a FREE benefit that provides patients with the knowledge and support they need to better manage their diabetes ®

Save up to

For In Vitro Diagnostic Use.

$ per 600 year*

Blood Glucose & Ketone Monitoring System

8 out of 10 FreeStyle Promise program members with private insurance pay only $15 per month for program-eligible test strips, even if their plan changes* ®

Sole Preferred – Preferred brand covered at the lowest co-pay. Preferred – Where products are physically listed on a formulary, searchable site or PDL at an approved, tier 2 or on PDL designation, including where competitors may be listed at the same level (T2/A/PDL) or higher. Covered – Status is less favorable than a competitor, unless competitors require additional restrictions such as PA, SE, etc. Prior Authorization – Covered after plan authorization; actual co-pay may vary by plan benefit. Open – Test strips are at the same reimbursement level as all other test strips offered by the plan. Customer is ultimately responsible for determining the appropriate codes and payment policies for individual patients. Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. does not guarantee third-party coverage or payment for Abbott Diabetes Care products or reimburse customers for claims that are denied by third-party payers.

FreeStyle Lite Blood Glucose Test Strips are intended to be used with FreeStyle Lite and FreeStyle Freedom Lite meters only. ®



* You are responsible for the first $15 of each co-pay under your insurance coverage. Persons on high co-pay plans may have additional responsibility, but 8 out of 10 eligible patients pay just $15 co-pay per month for test strips through the FreeStyle Promise program. Void where prohibited. Co-pay assistance is not valid for prescriptions covered under Federal (e.g., Medicare) or similar State programs, and is not available for residents of the State of Massachusetts. Abbott can modify or rescind this offer without notice. ®

©2011 Abbott. ART21532 Rev. A 01/11



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November 2011 Florida Pharmacy Journal