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2010 GPhA Convention, June 26-30, 2010 Embassy Suites & Conference Center at Kingston Plantation Myrtle Beach, SC Outcomes Announces Top Pharmacies

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An Innovative View into the Growth of Electronic Prescribing VIP Day 2010: Pharmacists Show Their Strength in Numbers

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A Deserving Georgia Pharmacist Brings Home the Gold: Eddie Madden Receives Hubert H. Humphrey Award


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President’s Message

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GPhA President Eddie Madden, GPhA First VP Jack Dunn, GPhA EVP Jim Bracewell, Linda Madden, GPhA Second VP Robert Hatton, GPhA President-Elect Dale Coker and Senator Buddy Carter gather on VIP Day at the Capitol to celebrate Eddie Madden’s Award from APhA.

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Eddie M. Madden, R.Ph. GPhA President

The APhA’s Hubert H. Humphrey Award would like to thank the American Pharmacists Association for this prestigious award. It is an honor to be chosen for this recognition by an organization representing America’s largest group of my peers.

I also recognized the importance of having pharmacists in political office. There they can serve as the voice for pharmacy to their other elected peers and are in a position to represent and influence for our profession in the process. Public service takes quite a commitment. Those who choose to go into public service have an altruistic feeling that motivates them to go forward giving their time and their finances. Pharmacists are excellent candidates for political office. They are highly respected by the public and have a natural talent for communicating with people. They have an inner motivation of caring for their patients that can transcend to a need to do more beyond the doors of their practice. I believe it is vital that we seek and offer support to pharmacists considering elected office at all levels and encourage those at lower levels to seek higher office. We especially need pharmacists in the United States Congress where our presence is so sparse.


One of the most frequent questions I am asked is “Why did you choose to run for political office?” It seems to be a simple question, which should dictate a simple answer, but in reality it is much more. President Hamilton, you did not realize that when you selected me for this award, you were picking a cheerleader for your Political Action Committee! Prior to my legislative career, I was selected to be a member of a class in Leadership Georgia. The Leadership Georgia Program is an educational experience rather than a program of advocacy. It deals with issues confronting our state. This program is quite inspiring and encourages development of future leaders for our state. It was after completing this yearlong program that I was motivated to do more for my community.

My political experience made me realize the importance of politics in our way of life. I understand the significance of being elected and the importance to the candidate of those who have been supportive to accomplish the election. To reach the voters, financial resources are required. The monetary requirement becomes larger as the level of representation moves up. As candidates strive to become elected or re-elected, they must seek support from constituents and from those who represent a constituency, their lobbyist. Candidates quickly recognize that they must begin a process they come to know as “dialing for dollars!” This effort becomes more and more frantic as the campaign moves toward the finish. Associations represent an important support base for candidates. The

I had never been in or sought a political office but an opportunity arose to run for the state Senate. The campaign and election was very challenging. The resulting four terms of eight years in the Georgia Senate was one of the greatest experiences of my life. It was a position of influence where I was able to engage and affect change for those in my district and for opportunities to enhance my profession.

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Hubert Humphrey, “Oh, my friend, it is not what they take away from you that counts. It is what you do with what you have left.� I believe that I owe a lot to my profession, and it has been a great experience and reward to invest my time and efforts in giving back. Since I left the Senate, my service on the Board of Pharmacy and through the Executive Committee of the Georgia Pharmacy Association has given me many opportunities. In the words of Dr. J. W. Fanning, founder of Leadership Georgia, “The greatest use of life is to invest in something that will outlast it.�

contributions from their lobbyist not only represent support of a group of people but also votes from those in the group that are in the candidate’s district. This financial reality for candidates has given me an increased impetus to support our pharmacy political action committees. Our state association recently completed a strategic plan listing Government Advocacy as one of our two objectives. This is and should be one of the primary reasons all pharmacists have for becoming a member of our Associations. As GPhA president, I am committed to establishing a strong state PAC to increase our effectiveness in government advocacy. I am also a member of our national associations and contributor to their PACs because they advocate for our profession on the national level. I commend the American Pharmacists Association in its efforts to grow and increase its PAC strength. Our profession is blessed with members with an affluent income. While many cannot seek to serve in public office, they can and should commit financially to our associations and their PACs as they strive to enhance the profession.

In closing, I would like to pay tribute to my wife and best friend, Linda. As with every marriage, it takes the support of your spouse. When I asked her about taking on the commitment of five years on the Executive Committee of the GPhA after just completing five years on the State Board of Pharmacy, she said whatever you want to do I’ll support you and she has. Thanks, Linda, I love you. Again, I would like to thank the American Pharmacists Association for this great award. It is one that I will always cherish. As I strive to work for my profession, I believe that “To whom much is given, much is expected.�

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Time to Sharpen Your Ax: 2010 GPhA Annual Convention I love to tell this story because it so well illustrates the value of our annual meeting and convention. So for you that have heard me tell it before you may skip to the next section.

continuing education for you to choose from to improve your knowledge. Most of all, there will a few hundred of your colleagues from across Georgia ready to network with you about what is happening in their practice and what you can learn from each other.

A mid-thirties Wall Street stockbroker bought a few acre farm in upstate New Hampshire and was there on a weekend chopping wood when his neighbor, a seasoned old farmer, stopped by at his fence to get acquainted. The young stockbroker did not look up from his work as his efforts produced more sweat. He took his shirt off for more freedom to cut the wood. The bemused farmer offered some advice and said, “Son, you might want to pause and sharpen that ax,” to which the furious young man said, “Old man, can’t you see how much wood I have to chop? I have no time to sharpen my ax!”

Maybe you think your ax is sharp enough. Maybe you feel you know all you need to know to practice in today’s fastpaced delivery of pharmacy care, but likely neither of those statements is true. The TV show “Are You As Smart as a Fifth Grader?” has humbled many a bright individual. Our OTC Bowl at convention has challenged all attendees about what they thought they knew about OTC facts, which can often be considerably different and humbling to even a seasoned professional. I hope you realize that in these challenging days of this economic downturn it is more important than ever to invest in keeping your professional ax sharp and honed on the latest skills, knowledge and practice in pharmacy. Register online today and plan to come to Myrtle Beach, bring the family, enjoy the beach, the sun, the pool and the opportunity to sharpen your pharmacy practice AX.

Would you want to have open heart surgery from a surgeon who did not take the time to attend their profession’s meeting each year to learn the latest development in their field, or would you prefer to use a surgeon that had invested time and resources in staying up with their profession over the last several years? I am betting that like me, you would want the surgeon who was involved in their profession and staying on top of the latest education and developments. In your career as a professional pharmacist, when is the last time you invested in your abilities and your knowledge on the latest and best practices of your profession? Some will say a year or two and some will have to think about it to remember when they exposed themselves to the new procedures and new ideas in pharmacy. There will be eighty vendors exhibiting in Myrtle Beach. There will be many hours of quality

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GPhA Convention, June 26-30, 2010 Embassy Suites & Conference Center at Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Register Now at GPhA’s 2010 Convention will be held at the Kingston Plantation in June. This is a favorite venue of GPhA members. With direct access to the to the beach and beautiful accommodations, we are assured a relaxing and educational convention. GPhA early bird registration will be $295 for a GPhA member until May 9, 2010. Hotel rooms fill quickly so make your reservations now and plan to attend the 2010 Convention. Register online now at or call Kelly McLendon at 404-419-8116.

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Change in Convention Format: Due to comments on the 2009 Convention Survey and input from the Convention Planning Committee and GPhA Executive Committee, it was decided from this input that attendees would welcome a change to the convention format to include an evening of free time. Taking these suggestions into consideration, there will be a change in the Sunday evening format. To allow this change, plans now are to have a heavy hors d’oeuvres reception in the Exhibit Hall on both Saturday and Sunday and not a dinner on Sunday evening. Then we have planned a coffee and dessert reception at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Sunday with plans for the return of Kevin Lepine the Hypnotist that has been such a hit at our convention on several occasions. That show is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.. Registrants will have an evening free to spend with family and friends plus get time to socialize. The Georgia Pharmacy Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. For details regarding the continuing education programs please go to

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Outcomes Announces Top Pharmacies: Network providers recognized for 2009 MTM performance Kerr Drug has retained its title as the top pharmacy chain in Outcomes Pharmaceutical Health Care’s National MTM Network. With this most recent recognition, Kerr Drug has now been named the top pharmacy chain by Outcomes for three consecutive years. In 2009, Kerr Drug pharmacists provided thousands of Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services to Outcomes-covered patients. In providing the services, company pharmacists documented over $5 million in Estimated Cost Avoidance (ECA), $2 million more than they had documented in 2008. “Not only has Kerr Drug continued to lead the way in pharmacist-delivered MTM services, but they have also significantly improved their performance over previous years,” said Brand Newland, PharmD, Outcomes Vice President. “While Kerr Drug has been recognized again in 2009, great opportunity exists in 2010. With 30-plus participating health plans utilizing the Outcomes unified MTM platform, the opportunity exists for other pharmacy chain organizations to improve their Questioning the wisdom performance and challenge Kerr Drug this year.”

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Outcomes also named eleven top individual MTM Centers. Big C Pharmacy in Thomaston, GA, has been named the top MTM Center in Region 8, representing Georgia and South Carolina. As a group, the eleven top pharmacies documented, on average, over $1,300 in Estimated Cost Avoidance per patient. To be eligible for selection, a pharmacy must have achieved a “Best in Class” designation from Outcomes while providing a wide range of covered services.


Welcome to GPhA! The following is a list of new members who have joined Georgia’s premier professional pharmacy association! Sally Len Hostetter, Lawrenceville Laura E. Litzenberger, Newnan Vimal Dinesh Parag, Kennesaw Genevieve Martine Reid, Carrollton Herman Salmenson, Dunwoody If you or someone you know wishes to join GPhA you need only visit and click “Join” at the top of the page. You can pay by credit card and your membership begins immediately. The Georgia Pharmacy Journal


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Pharmacy-Based Immunization Program Friday, June 25, 2010 (8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.) Embassy Suites & Conference Center at Kingston Plantation 9800 Queensway Blvd Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Further details and registration online at or you can register by calling Kelly McLendon at 404-419-8116. For questions regarding this program please call Mary Ellen Chapman at 404-419-8126 or email her at Member Type GPhA Non-Member GPhA Members Pharmacy School Student

Cost $495 $400 $175

Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery is an innovative and interactive training program that teaches pharmacists the skills necessary to become a primary source for vaccine information and administration. The program teaches the basics of immunology and focuses on practice implementation and legal/regulatory issues. Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program is a Practice-based activity conducted in two parts – a self-study learning component and a live training seminar. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to participants who successfully complete all program components. Key learning objectives for the live training seminar: • Identify opportunities for pharmacists to become involved in immunization delivery. • Describe how vaccines evoke an immune response and provide immunity. • Identify the vaccines available on the U.S. market for each vaccine-preventable disease and classify each vaccine as live attenuated or inactivated. • Outline the target groups for vaccination based on the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices recommendations. • Review patients’ medical and immunization histories and determine vaccine recommendations based on current immunization schedules. • Outline the steps involved in establishing a pharmacy-based immunization delivery program. • Discuss the legal, regulatory, and liability issues involved with pharmacy-based immunization programs. • Describe the signs and symptoms of adverse reactions that can occur after vaccination and the emergency procedures for management of patients with adverse reactions to vaccination. • Describe the appropriate technique for administration of the live attenuated influenza vaccine. • Demonstrate appropriate intramuscular and subcutaneous injection technique for adult immunization. For a more complete list of program learning objectives, please go to APhA’s website, This is a Practice Based CPE Activity. The target audience for this Activity is Pharmacists. Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) Credit CPN: 202-0014: Expiration Date: 12/31/10 Successful completion of the live seminar component involves passing the final exam with a grade of 70% or higher and demonstrating competency in 2 intramuscular and 1 subcutaneous injection. Successful completion of this component will result in 8.0 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit (0.80 CEU). ACPE UAN: Live-202-999-09-001-L01-P Successful completion of the self-study component involves passing the self-study assessment questions with a grade of 70% or higher and will result in 12.0 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credits (1.2 CEU). ACPE UAN: SS-202-999-09-002-H01-P The American Pharmacists Association and the Georgia Pharmacy Association are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery: A Certificate Program for Pharmacists was developed by the American Pharmacists Association, and is supported in-part by an educational grant from VaxServe.

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GPhA Government Affairs Legislative Update Information current as of March 19, 2010. If you have any questions please email Stuart Griffin at Although the bill only pertains to pharmacists in an institutional setting, the bill is very important for the practice of pharmacy as a whole as it recognizes pharmacists as highly trained medication therapy experts and as vital components in the welfare of their patients.

B194 – Brand and Generic Information on


Label Sponsors: Millar, Cooper, Rice & Hugley Senate Rules Committee Position: Neutral

Please contact your Representative and let them know you are in support of HB361!

HB194 requires the pharmacist to print on the prescription label the name of the brand when a brand is prescribed and substituted with a generic. The bill allows exemptions for inpatient hospital dispensing and specialty packaging as defined by the Board of Pharmacy.

HB504 – Sharps Waste Sponsors: Wilkinson, Cooper, Mitchell, Mayo & Henson House Health & Human Services Position: Compromise without legislation HB504 requires the pharmacist to supply the patient with a sharps waste container to dispose of their sharps waste after use. GPhA is trying to find a non-legislative solution to this problem. We are hoping to meet with the sponsor of this bill to solve the issue next week.

SB195 – Secretary of State’s Modernization Bill Sponsors: Chance, Staton, Shafer & Pearson Passed Senate and Amended in House in 2009 – Senate Disagree – House Insisted Position: Support

SB310 – Pharmacy Benefits Manager Regulation Sponsors: Hawkins, Murphy, Goggans, Carter, Williams & Hudgens Passed Senate 53-0 on March 8, 2010 Passed House Insurance Sub-Committee on March 17, 2010 Position: Support

SB195 is similar to our Drug Update bill that we pass each year but SB195 comes from the Secretary of State and codifies in law what is consistent with present-day technology for licensing requirements and other items that fall under the purview of the Secretary of State’s office. We are using SB195 as a vehicle to carry language that makes digital signatures, used in an eprescribing fax, legal prescriptions. We are also using SB195 as a vehicle to carry language that allows the digital print out of the phrase ‘Brand Necessary’ legal.

SB310 is the same bill we passed in 2009 that was vetoed by the Governor. SB310 requires any Pharmacy Benefit Manger operating in the state of Georgia to be licensed with the Georgia Department of Insurance. The bill also requires PBMs to adhere to the ‘Pharmacy Audit Bill of Rights’ along with other purposes.

HB361 – Safe Medications Practice Act Sponsors: Stephens House Rules Calendar Position: Support

Please begin to contact your House of Representatives member and let them know how important PBM regulation is to your profession!

HB361 was introduced during the 2009 Legislative Session by Rep. Ron Stephens. HB361 specifically focuses on pharmacy practiced in an institutional setting. The bill codifies the importance of the pharmacist’s involvement in medication therapy management. HB361 also codifies the importance of the collaboration between the pharmacist, physician and other clinical practitioners.

SB56 & SB49 – Vehicles for Immunosuppressant and Epilepsy Carve-Out Sponsors: SB56 – Butler, Seay, Adelman, Brown, Reed & Tate; SB49 – Hawkins, Thomas, Hudgens, Cowsert, Butterworth & Harp Waiting for Agree/Disagree in Senate Continued on page 16

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Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Monday, June 28, 2010, at the Pirate’s Cove 205 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582-3020 7:30 p.m.

I will attend the Alumni Dinner for alumni spouses and friends of Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Please make ______ reservations at $35.00 per person. _______ Yes, I would like to sponsor ______ student(s) for the alumni dinner at $35.00 each. Name: ______________________________________________ Name of spouse and/or guest(s): Address: City:





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Work Phone: _________________________ Home Phone: __________________________ Mail registration form with check, payable to Mercer University to Sharon Lim Harle, Office of Alumni Services, Mercer University, 3001 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta, GA 30341. For more information please call (678) 547-6420 or e-mail to

University of Georgia College of Pharmacy Monday, June 28, 2010, at the Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse 2920 Hollywood Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 7:30 p.m. I will attend the Alumni Dinner for alumni spouses and friends of University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Please make ______ reservations at $35.00 per person. _______ Yes, I would like to sponsor ______ student(s) for the alumni dinner at $35.00 each. Name: ______________________________________________ Name of spouse and/or guest(s): Address: City:





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Work Phone: _________________________ Home Phone: __________________________ Mail registration form with check, payable to UGA Foundation, by Friday, June 25, 2010, to Sheila Roberson, College of Pharmacy Alumni Director, University of Georgia, College of Pharmacy, Athens, GA 30602. For more information please call 706.542.5303. The Georgia Pharmacy Journal


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SB353 is our annual drug update bill that updates Schedule I, II, IV and V controlled substances.

Position: Oppose with Current Language SB56 and SB49 were both bills with subject matter not related to carve-out legislation until immunosuppressant and epilepsy carve-out language were added to the bill during the end of the 2009 legislative session. With the current carve-out language, we are opposing and observing any movement of SB56 & SB49.

SB418 – Patient Safety Act Sponsors: Carter, Hawkins, Harp, Thomas, Goggans Passed Senate Health and Human Services 3/18/2010 Position: Support

SB367 – Flu-Mist Sponsors: Balfour, Henson, Goggans, Hawkins & Tate Passed Senate February 2, 2010 House Health and Human Services Committee Position: Support

SB418 establishes a program for the monitoring of prescribing and dispensing Schedule II, III, IV, or V controlled substances by the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency. SB418 requires dispensers to submit certain information regarding the dispensing of such controlled substances.

SB367 amends our legislation from last year that passed allowing pharmacist to administer influenza vaccine. SB367 allows intra-nasal-administered influenza vaccine under protocol.

Please contact your Senator and let them know the severity of fraudulent prescriptions in Georgia and let them know how important a controlled substance monitoring system is to keeping your patients safe.

SB353 – Drug Update Sponsors: Carter & Thomas Passed Senate on February 17, 2010 House Health and Human Services Committee Position: Support

If you would like to receive the weekly email updates to this information please call Kelly McLendon at 404-419-8116 and give her your email address.

“We implemented PQC in our pharmacy four months ago – it was easy. I have noticed an enhanced effort from the staff to work together to avoid and eliminate quality-related events.” Pharmacy Quality Commitment® (PQC) is what you need! PQC is a continuous quality improvement (CQI) program that supports you in responding to issues with provider network contracts, Medicare Part D requirements under federal law, and mandates for CQI programs under state law. When PQC is implemented in your pharmacy, you will immediately improve your ability to assure quality and increase patient safety. Do you have a CQI program in place?

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Pharmaceutical Care for Patients With Diabetes A Certificate Program for Pharmacists Hosted by GPhA Friday, June 25, 2010 12:30 - 6:30 p.m. Embassy Suites Conference Center Kingston Plantation 9800 Queensway Blvd Myrtle Beach, SC 29572 To learn more about this program go to For questions regarding registration, call Kelly McLendon at 404-419-8116. If there are questions about this program contact Mary Ellen Chapman at 404-419-8126 or Pharmaceutical Care for Patients with Diabetes is an innovative and intensive practice-based activity that focuses on the pharmacist's role in the area of diabetes management. The program, which emphasizes a health care team approach, seeks to foster the implementation of pharmaceutical care interventions that will promote disease self-management. Goals of the program: • Provide comprehensive instruction in the pathophysiology of diabetes • Teach current approaches to the medical management of diabetic patients • Introduce pharmacists to their role as a diabetes educator • Provide pharmacists with information about becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator, and about other diabetes management-related credentialing opportunities Pharmaceutical Care for Patients with Diabetes certificate training program is conducted in three parts - a self-study learning component, web-based case studies and key concepts, and a live training seminar. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to participants who successfully complete all program components. Key learning objectives for the live training seminar are: • Discuss medications used to treat diabetes • Conduct a comprehensive patient self-management assessment • Describe the elements of a diabetes self-management education program • Develop a documentation and record-keeping system • Provide diabetes self-care instruction, including use of devices, products, and equipment • Design and implement a pharmacy-based diabetes education program For additional event and CPE details visit The American Pharmacists Association and the Georgia Pharmacy Association are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Program Materials: The American Pharmacists Association will provide online access to the self-study materials by issuing a voucher code. Voucher code will be provided within 30 days of the scheduled program. Seminar binders, which include all handouts and case studies will be provided at the live seminar.

No refunds will be issued; however, timely notification of cancellation may allow another pharmacist to participate in this program. The Georgia Pharmacy Journal


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An Innovative View into the Growth of Electronic Ken Whittemore, R.Ph., MBA Prescribing Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Surescripts ith cost, safety and efficiency of health care constantly on the minds of our profession and the public, Surescripts, the Nation’s E-prescription Network™, is proud to give health care providers who are connected to our network secure, electronic access to prescription and health information that can save their patients’ lives, improve efficiency and reduce the cost of health care for everyone.


With that in mind, we’ve recently released our third annual National Progress Report on EPrescribing. This report, titled “Advancing Healthcare in America,” chronicles the growth of electronic prescribing from 2007 through 2009 across a variety of key categories. The report offers a striking look at how prepared the United States is to move forward with digitized health care. Our research shows that there are more than 150,000 prescribers currently benefiting from e-prescribing, more than double the number just one year ago. Furthermore, approximately 18 percent of eligible prescriptions were prescribed electronically by the end of 2009, compared to just 6.6 percent at the end of 2008. This level of growth is remarkable on its own, yet it stands out even more so in a year that saw significant challenges to our economy, tied in with an ongoing debate about the future of healthcare in this country. Additional highlights from this report focus on: Prescription Benefit Information: The number of electronic requests from physicians for prescription benefit information more than tripled, from 79 million in 2008 to 303 million in 2009. Prescription History information: The number of prescription histories delivered to prescribers grew more than fivefold, from 16 million in 2008 to 81 million in 2009. Prescriptions: By the end of 2009, the number of prescriptions routed electronically grew from 68 million in 2008 to 191 million in 2009. Prescribers: As is mentioned above, the number of prescribers routing prescriptions electronically grew from 74,000 at the end of 2008 to 156,000 by the end of 2009—this figure represents 25 percent of all office-based prescribers at the time. Pharmacies: At the end of 2009, approximately 85 percent of community pharmacies and six of the largest mail-order pharmacies in the United States were able to receive prescriptions electronically. I’m also happy to share information about some remarkable growth in adoption of e-prescribing in the state of Georgia. At the close of 2009, the state saw 2,737 active e-prescribers, a 143 percent increase from the 2008 figure of 1,127. In addition, there was a 12 percent increase in the number of activated pharmacies in the state—an increase to 1,842 in 2009 from 2008’s figure of 1,644. To put this another way, as of December 2009, 90 percent of all pharmacies in Georgia were enabled for electronic prescribing. We are certainly pleased with this growth, and you folks should be The Georgia Pharmacy Journal


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proud of your accomplishment. This annual jump in e-prescription use on both a national and a state level indicates several things. First, the federal government’s leadership and incentive programs are working. Second, the benefits of e-prescribing—including increased safety, lower costs and increased efficiency—are widely understood. And last, the nation’s experience with eprescribing—in building the network and the infrastructure to support it—provides a definitive road map for how to drive adoption of a broader electronic health record for all Americans. The release of the 2009 National Progress Report on E-Prescribing comes on the heels of another Surescripts announcement that we made a few months ago about lowered prices on three of our core e-prescribing services used by physicians, pharmacists and consumers. We’re pleased to report that you can look forward to further price reductions in the future as our economies of scale allow. Both of these efforts represent major steps in fulfilling Surescripts’ promise to enhance the delivery of healthcare by giving providers secure, electronic access to prescription information that can save their patients’ lives, improve efficiency and reduce the cost of healthcare. Our efforts, and the efforts of all the organizations within the e-prescribing industry, are fervently dedicated to reinventing an outdated prescribing process that is hundreds of years old. Together we are making the prescription process more accessible, accurate, secure, efficient and convenient. The significant growth in the adoption and use of this technology is a testament both to the benefits of e-prescribing and to successful collaboration across the healthcare community. All told, ours is an excellent model to draw from as our nation looks to build interoperable health information exchanges of this type. Please visit to access our 2009 National Progress Report in its entirety, as well as to learn how you can enable your pharmacy for e-prescribing and encourage physicians in your community to start e-prescribing.


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APhA Resource for You With spring in the air and pollen counts on the rise, mom, actress and allergy sufferer Alison Sweeney has teamed with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNeil-PPC, Inc. to launch the Behind the Counter Counts campaign. This educational initiative is designed to inform allergy and nasal congestion sufferers about treatment options that may be right for them to keep their symptoms at bay.

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GPhA 2010 Spring Region Meetings New State Laws That Impact the Practice of Pharmacy 2010 Update Robert Bowles, R.Ph., CDM, CFts, Chairman of the Board Eddie Madden, R.Ph., President Dale Coker, R.Ph., President-Elect Jack Dunn, R.Ph., First Vice President Robert Hatton, Pharm.D., Second Vice President Jim Bracewell, Executive Vice President/CEO

Schedule of Spring 2010 Region Meetings For additional information and to RSVP go to Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Region 5 Region 6 Region 7 Region 8 Region 9 Region 10 Region 11 Region 12

April 20, 2010, 6:30-9:00 p.m. April 15, 2010, 7:00-9:30 p.m. April 13, 2010, 6:00-8:30 p.m. April 15, 2010, 6:00-9:30 p.m. April 20, 2010, 6:00-8:30 p.m. April 27, 2010, 6:30-9:15 p.m. April 15, 2010, 6:00-9:00 p.m. April 13, 2010, 7:00-9:30 p.m. April 27, 2010, 6:30-9:00 p.m. April 13, 2010, 7:00-9:30 p.m. April 20, 2010, 6:30-9:00 p.m. April 27, 2010, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

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If you are not sure which region you are supposed to be in, the new region webpages list the counties in each region and show a map. Just visit and click on Region Webpages on the right

For details about the Continuing Education Program at the Spring Region Meetings and to RSVP for this event visit or call GPhA at 404.231.5074. The Georgia Pharmacy Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy eduction as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The Georgia Pharmacy Journal


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VIP Day 2010 Pharmacists Show There is Strength in Numbers very year pharmacists turn out in large numbers to show their legislators that they are interested in Georgia politics and their profession. This year was no different. With 306 pharmacists, technicians and pharmacy school students, this was one of the largest groups ever to have gathered for this event.


This is the day GPhA chose to honor a few people who have done their part for pharmacists in the political arena. The first award, the 2009 GPhA Good Government Award was given to Neal Florence, R.Ph., of LaFayette. He is the owner of Medi-Thrift Pharmacy and the mayor of LaFayette. He is also the chairman of the GPhA Government Affairs Committee. Next GPhA honored Representative Ron Stephens, R.Ph., of Savannah, with the 2009 GPhA Larry Braden Meritorious Service Award. Ron is serving his sixth term in the Georgia House of Representatives and has spent countless hours fighting for the profession of pharmacy. Senator Tommie Williams was honored next as GPhAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Legislator of the Year for the role he has played in the fight to regulate PBMs and mail-order in Georgia.

Representative Ron Stephens, R.Ph., receiving the 2009 GPhA Larry Braden Meritorious Service Award from GPhA President Eddie Madden, R.Ph.

Eddie Madden, R.Ph., presenting Neal Florence, R.Ph., with the 2009 GPhA Good Government Award.

After the awards were distributed, Senator Buddy Carter, R.Ph., addressed the audience on the challenges of health care in the state and in the practice of pharmacy, and lastly Stuart Griffin, GPhA Director of Government Affairs, addressed the audience about the pharmacy legislation that GPhA is tracking. This VIP day was one for the record books and GPhA hopes you will enjoy the photos from the day and join us next year!

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University of Georgia College of Pharmacy students who attended VIP Day 2010.

South University School of Pharmacy students who attended VIP Day 2010.

Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students who attended VIP Day 2010. The Georgia Pharmacy Journal


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GPhA Members who attended VIP Day with Governor Sonny Perdue on the steps of the Capitol.

Senator Tommie Williams receiving the GPhA Legislator of the Year Award for his role in the fight for PBM regulation and mail order in the State of Georgia from Eddie Madden, R.Ph. The Georgia Pharmacy Journal


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A Deserving Georgia Pharmacist Brings Home the Gold: APhA Presents the Hubert H. Humphrey Award to GPhA President Eddie Madden the Senate Interstate Cooperation Committee. From 1997-1998, he served as chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, and from 1998-2000 Eddie served as chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee. He also provided invaluable service on the Health and Human Services Committee from 1993-2000. In addition, Eddie chaired the Environmental Subcommittee of the Natural Resources Committee, 1993-2000. He also chaired the State Facilities Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, 1994-2000. In addition to these Senate duties, Eddie was also appointed to the Governor’s Education Reform Commission, where he served from 1998-2000.

here are many awards presented in the pharmacy world, beginning in pharmacy school and continuing throughout the professional years. Each state pharmacy association presents annual awards to members who have distinguished themselves in one way or another. Each national association also presents awards. One of the most highly regarded awards in pharmacy is the Hubert H. Humphrey Award, presented annually by the American Pharmacists Association to a pharmacist who has made major contributions in government and legislative service at the local, state, or national level – in other words, to a pharmacist who has dedicated him or herself not only to practicing pharmacy, but also to serving pharmacy and the community. Eddie Madden, R.Ph., is only the second Georgia pharmacist ever to receive the award, and has dedicated much of his professional life to serving pharmacy: seven years in the Georgia Senate, followed by five years on the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy, capped off by another five years on the GPhA Executive Committee where he serves currently as GPhA president.


Eddie has always been an active participant in MIP Day at the Capitol (now known as VIP Day), and is fondly remembered by students whom he influenced, including former GPhA President Dean Stone. “As a pharmacy student attending University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, I frequently took part in GPhA’s MIP Day at the Georgia state capitol, and it is from that venue I first met Senator Madden. Not only did I see his passion for pharmacy, but the passion for the people he served. It sparked my interest in the political side of pharmacy and for me to give more to my profession,” said Dean. “I then had the pleasure of serving with Eddie on the Georgia

During his four terms in the Georgia Senate, Eddie chaired some rather important committees and served as a member on several others. In 1995, after just two years in the Senate, Eddie was appointed to serve as Chairman of The Georgia Pharmacy Journal


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Pharmacy Association Executive Committee. By that time, not only had he served as a state Senator but also on the Board of Pharmacy. He was one that I wanted to learn as much from as I could. As a student, I thought he had a passion for pharmacy, but after serving on the EC with Eddie I realized how great that passion really was. It was a tremendous honor to work with him in that capacity.” During his tenure in the Senate, Eddie was instrumental in helping to pass the Pharmacy Practice Act, groundbreaking legislation that was heralded around the country for its innovative measures and pro-pharmacy stance. Wayne Oliver, J.D., former Director of Governmental Affairs for GPhA, worked closely with Eddie during those years. “Eddie was, and still is, a quiet but extremely effective legislator. Whether it was the most ambitious rewrite of the Pharmacy Practice Act or regulating the PBM industry or creating new innovative opportunities for pharmacists to provide patient care, Eddie helped shape every significant piece of pharmacy legislation in Georgia for over a decade,” Wayne said. “Eddie has always focused on the patient. He wanted to know how legislation or regulation was going to impact the patient. As a state senator, as a member of the Board of Pharmacy and as a pharmacist, the patient always came first.” The Georgia Pharmacy Journal interviewed Eddie the year after he left the Senate (2001), and he talked about his time and his reasons for running in the first place. He wanted to help his community, a “Tier One” county, which is one of the poorest in north Georgia. Eddie initially became active in the local Chamber of Commerce, serving as its president for two years. The next step naturally seemed to be state government, and when an opportunity opened up in the Senate, he decided, “…having never been involved in politics, just to go ahead and run for it.” Eddie recalls one of his most satisfying pieces of legislation was the bill in 2002 for standardized prescription cards. He said, “One of the things I enjoyed about being there was being able to understand the system and make it work…one of the things I particularly liked was the ability last year [2000] to pass the standardized prescription card. It was an issue that the insurance companies were really not happy about—they would rather not have had it—and by holding it over from one year to the next, and me being in charge of the committee, I pulled it out before Rules so they didn’t have any opportunity to stop it; the only way they could have stopped it was a floor fight. By using those tactics, we were able to get that passed despite the fact that major insurance companies had serious objections.” The Georgia Pharmacy Journal


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After leaving the Senate, Eddie was appointed by Governor Roy Barnes to serve on the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy, a position he held for five years. Long-time GPhA member Jeff Lurey, R.Ph., served on the board with Eddie and recalls that time fondly. “Eddie Madden has been one of the strongest advocates for the profession of pharmacy for as long as I have known him. While Eddie was serving in the Senate, we always relied upon him to carry our legislation in the Senate and he did a great job,” Jeff said. “I also served with Eddie on the Board of Pharmacy. His judgment and integrity were always outstanding. And his work on the Executive Committee of GPhA has also been top notch. In addition, we’ve also played a few rounds of golf together and he always out-drives me. No one deserves this award any more than Eddie. As always, I wish him the best.” Not one to sit around and twiddle his thumbs, after his stint on the Board of Pharmacy, Eddie decided he should serve in a way that was always important to him—the leadership of the Georgia Pharmacy Association. After working so closely with GPhA leaders in his capacity as a senator and a member of the state board, Eddie was familiar with the problems inherent in the profession and with the need for dedicated pharmacy servants to help turn things around. He was elected as second vice president in 2006, and is completing his term as president this year. He is well respected by his pharmacy colleagues. “Eddie has demonstrated tremendous leadership in his community, the state and within GPhA throughout his pharmacy career,” said GPhA Chairman of the Board Robert Bowles, R.Ph. “He has great insight and vision and is truly a deserving recipient of the APhA’s Hubert H. Humphrey award. It has been an honor to serve with him.” Jim Bracewell, GPhA’s Executive Vice President and CEO, said, “From Eddie’s unique public service experiences on the Board of Pharmacy, in the state Senate, the leadership of GPhA and the years of community practice, he has developed strong leadership skills— tested in the real world and honed by the challenges to the profession. He is perhaps the most deserving of all recipients of the APhA Hubert H. Humphrey Award.” The Georgia Pharmacy Association is fortunate to have at its helm such a dedicated public servant, someone who has dedicated his professional life to improving his profession and his community. From the members of GPhA — Thank you, Senator Madden, Mr. President and friend of pharmacy for all that you have done and continue to do.

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Continuing Education Update nfortunately, just prior to publication of this month’s Journal the continuing education home study ran into an accreditation problem. We are sorry for the inconvenience, and we will have an article for you in the next issue of the Journal. If you have any question please feel free to call 404231-5074.


On a different note, GPhA has now uploaded all of your statements of credit for continuing education activities received from GPhA in the last 2 years to the GPhA website. You may access them and print them by logging on to our website and clicking on “Professional Development”. If you have any questions or concerns please call Kelly McLendon at 404-419-8116.

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