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The Official Publication of the Georgia Pharmacy Association

March 2012

GPhA Executive Vice President expresses gratitude to:

2012 GPhA Legislator of the Year Representative Tom Weldon “Thank you for fighting for better healthcare for all Georgians” VIP Day 2012

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feature articles 6

Letter to Secretary of State Kemp

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Polling Results Regarding Healthcare Benefits

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VIP Day at the Capitol

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Speaking the Legislative Lingo

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Hewitt W. Matthews Receives APhA-ASP Outstanding Dean Award

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Smurfs and Pharmacists

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Recognizing Pharmacists as Healthcare Providers

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Timeline for GPhA 2012 Elections:

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GPhA News VIP at the Capitol Photos GPhA 2012 Annual Conference VIP Day Attendees Photo 2012 Spring CPE Conference GPhA Member News Pharm PAC Members GPhA Website News Pharm PAC Contribution Form GPhA Board of Directors

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President’s Message

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Executive Vice President’s Editorial

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President’s message L. Jack Dunn, Jr., R.Ph. President Georgia Pharmacy Association

Learning to Love the Political Process

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ife is not about waiting for the storm to pass .......it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

At the conclusion of the Attorney General’s talk, our GPhA Governmental Affair Director, Andy Freeman, presented the 2012 GPhA Legislator of the Year Award to Representative Tom Weldon for his outstanding work to make healthcare better for all Georgians. Representative Weldon from Ringgold, sponsored and carried our drug monitoring bill last year throughout the legislative process. He gave an inspirational talk on the importance of our profession to society. He further stated pharmacists across this state are dealing with a lot of problems due to narcotic pain drugs. He said that the drug monitor device, upon its introduction next year, will provide pharmacists with a big advantage in helping with the misusage of pain killers.

I make this statement to illustrate that pharmacists should become involved in the political process for the development of their profession. Let me explain. Several weeks ago some 350 pharmacists came to the Georgia Capital to be a part of Georgia Pharmacy Association’s (GPhA) VIP Day at the Capitol event. The day began with electricity in the air and a Dixieland band performing for the pharmacy crowd. It was a pleasure to look out over the hall of the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot to see many colleagues, pharmacy students, and Legislative Representatives. Seeing the Depot so full and knowing that pharmacists had driven from all over the state to see their senators and representatives in order to voice their opinions about their profession, was unbelievable. Even more impressive were the pharmacy students, who at such an early stage in their pharmacy career, were taking charge of their profession by becoming involved in the political process.

Please take time to look at the pictures of VIP Day on the following pages of this Journal to see the pharmacists, pharmacy students, and legislators who took time to participate in VIP Day. We hope to see you at and even bigger VIP Day next year. In the meantime if your Association asks you to respond to legislation which is detrimental to your profession, please do not hesitate to call your representative or senator. Your profession demands your help in legislative issues—please be responsive.

VIP Day showed us how the political process works, beginning with our Insurance Commissioner, Ralph Hudgens, talking about changes in the insurance industry. Commissioner Hudgens made a firm commitment to the pharmacists of this state by saying that he would take care of the unlawful practices of the Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM). Next, Attorney General Sam Owen spoke to pharmacists, saying that he was very supportive of the pharmacist’s role within the healthcare system.

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E X E C UTI V E V I C E P RESIDENT ’ S EDITORIAL Jim Bracewell Executive Vice President / CEO Georgia Pharmacy Association

Advocacy & VIP DAY

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eorgia Pharmacy Association’s VIP Day this year raised the bar of success several notches. In large measure this increased success is attributable to the enthusiastic leadership of the Chairman of GPhA Government Affairs and Chairman of GPhA Pharm PAC (two positions held by GPhA Past President Eddie Madden). If you were impressed by the success of VIP Day and if you would like to become more involved in these two successful Association programs, contract Eddie Madden or GPhA Director of Government Affairs, Andy Freeman, at (404) 419-8118 or afreeman@gpha.org.

did come, to thank them for caring about your profession. How successful do you want to be in your pharmacy career? How willing are you to invest some of your time and resources to make that success real. GPhA is all about improving the practice of pharmacy for the profession and your patients. Will I see you at the 2012 Georgia Pharmacy Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, on July 7-11, 2012? I hope so, because that is where the future of pharmacy is being discussed.

In this Journal, please read our letter to Secretary of State Brian Kemp on page 6. See our strong expression of opposition to the plan by the Secretary of State to restructure the Board of Pharmacy under a “super-board” with no pharmacists. We believe the regulation of the pharmacy profession is best performed by members of the profession. We believe the inspection and regulation of pharmacy is best performed by pharmacists and not by general law enforcement or state trained inspectors. On page 7 you will find a most important news release from Georgia Pharmacy Association addressing the public perception of Pharmacy Benefit Managers and their unregulated practices. Tear this page out and make some copies to share with your legislators and employers that you know locally. You can make a difference by educating your local employers and state representatives about these issues. The public is on your side. GPhA member Whitney Dean of The Mercer University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences embraces the politcal pressess with fellow pharmacists.

Where were you on Thursday February 8, 2012? If you were not at VIP Day in Atlanta with other involved and concerned pharmacists who were making the profession better, then take time to call the pharmacists you know that

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GPHA Member News

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GPHA Member News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Georgians Speak Decisively About Their Pharmacy Benefits Overwhelmingly They Want Benefits Free of Conflicts of Interest and Greater Control Over Their Health Decisions February 9, 2012, Atlanta, GA – The Georgia Pharmacy Association (GPhA), recently commissioned Rosetta Stone Communications to conduct a survey to a group exceeding 600 likely Georgia voters who are currently covered by health insurance. The survey was designed to better understand how Georgians think about their pharmacy benefits, particularly as it relates to access to and choice of services and providers. The results of the survey are compelling. The overarching messages are that Georgians: 1) want more control over benefit decisions that affect their health - the majority surveyed (64%) were not aware that middlemen, known as Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), controlled which prescription drugs are covered by their insurance and the amounts charged for them; and 2) want benefits free of conflicts - when asked whether middlemen should be allowed to charge a different rate at locations in which they have a financial interest, a resounding 72% said no, agreeing it should not be a legal practice in Georgia. Other key findings include:  82.5% disapproved of middlemen requiring patients to fill their prescriptions out of state through mail order facilities the middlemen own. 

61.2% support legislation in the General Assembly allowing pharmacists to administer commonly needed vaccines to adults without a doctor’s prescription (with 20.3% having no opinion). This is in addition to flu shots, which have been allowed since 2008.

83.2% agree that the Insurance Commissioner of Georgia should explore solutions to protect patients who have been charged by middlemen for prescriptions that are damaged, stolen, or delayed during the shipping process.

Jim Bracewell, Executive Vice President of GPhA said, “Our pharmacists care for thousands of Georgians every day, and they are always tuned in to the needs of their patients. These survey results are even more compelling than we first thought.” For more information, please contact Andy Freeman at afreeman@gpha.org ###

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G P hA V I P D a y 2 0 1 2 Andy Freeman Director of Government Affairs Georgia Pharmacy Association

GPhA’s VIP Day at the Capitol

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n Thursday, February 9, Georgia Pharmacy Association (GPhA) made history. We hosted the largest turnout ever for our event “VIP Day at the Georgia Capitol”. More than 350 pharmacists, pharmacy students, and legislators gathered to eat breakfast and discuss legislative issues that are important to pharmacy.

We were pleased to have Attorney General Sam Olens and Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens take time out of their busy schedules to come speak with us. Attorney General Olens spoke about the ongoing fight against the Federal Healthcare Bill passed by the President and what it means to Georgians. Commissioner Hudgens reminded everyone of the PBM complaint form that his staff and GPhA had worked on together.

More than 30 students from all four pharmacy schools acted as Student Ambassadors for the event. This was the first time we used students to greet our special guests as they came in and to escort them to their appropriate tables. A week before VIP Day, many of the Ambassadors came to the Capitol to learn more about GPhA’s legislative agenda and how legislation becomes a reality.

Representative Tom Weldon of Ringgold won the coveted GPhA Legislator of the Year Award for his dedicated work last year in passing the Prescription Drug Monitoring legislation. Representative Weldon was touched by the award and thanked GPhA for our help in getting that important legislation passed. VIP Day was a huge success thanks to our GPhA members, students, and friends and it is only the beginning. Please keep up the connections you made with your elected officials. It is important that you continue building relationships with them so that they will rely on you when they need information about pharmacy related legislation. I hope to see you at VIP Day 2013!

Representative Buddy Harden of Cordele & Andy Freeman, GPhA Director of Government Affairs at VIP Day.

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G P hA V I P D a y 2 0 1 2 Kenric B. Ware, PharmD Pharmacy Intern Georgia Pharmacy Association

Speaking the Legislative Lingo: Appreciation Cultivated The profession of pharmacy is regulated by an assortment of laws designed to protect the public while detailing acceptable conduct of pharmacy personnel. These governing principles typically originate from opportunities to perform certain tasks more efficiently coupled with avenues for fostering greater public safety. Admittedly, I lacked appreciation for the pharmacy legislative deliberations that translate tentative ideas into touted initiatives. Therefore, I am particularly grateful to the Georgia Pharmacy Association (GPhA) for providing me with the chance to learn about the legislative process and the role that the legislature plays in shaping the parameters of pharmacy practice.

by this body. Their upbeat personalities and incredible resolve proved to be the necessary ingredients for a productive session. The 2012 VIP Day at the Capitol captured a mixture of pharmacists, student pharmacists, legislators, and other interested parties throughout the state of Georgia united by vision. I was fortunate to assist with the coordination of the student ambassadors and the roles that they played in making this event a success. The period of time I spent working with GPhA is solidified as a pivotal moment in my life that has left a lasting impression upon my personal and professional development. I am indebted to all of the staff members who collectively worked to ensure that my experience was an excellent one. I look forward to working with the Association in various capacities throughout my career as I truly feel a part of the GPhA family. My departing sentiments are those of gratitude for both an enhanced understanding of pharmacy legislation and the tireless work that goes into maintaining GPhA Executive Vice President Jim the respect Bracewell shares a story with Georgia and integrity Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens housed within & Andy Freeman, GPhA Director of the pharmacy Government Affairs. community.

Being able to learn under the tutelage of Andy Freeman, Director of Government Affairs for GPhA, helped to broaden my perspective of the profession of advocating and the influential role it plays in agendas moving forward. Having the privilege to accompany Mr. Freeman to the Capitol and observe his advocacy for the profession of pharmacy was just as much refreshing as it was rewarding. Mr. Freeman’s keen ability to develop and sustain relationships with fellow lobbyists and legislative officials is revered. From this experience, I am reminded that the connections we make with people in our lives far outweigh any credentials or clout that we may accumulate over the years. Additional benefits of my time spent with the Association include attendance at the GPhA Board of Directors meeting and my involvement with the 2012 VIP Day at the Capitol. While attending the Board of Directors meeting, I found myself in awe of the large responsibilities entrusted to the individuals present. The well-being and future aspirations of the constituents of Georgia and abroad, rested with the remedies offered

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Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Mercer University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

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Whiteny Dean of The Mercer University of Health & Sciences enjoys breakfast with Rep. Chad Nimmer of Disrict 108.

Representative Thomas Weldon, of Ringgold, holds high the GPhA 2012 Legislator of the Year Award

Senator Buddy Carter of Pooler listens to the presenters.

Rep. Buddy Harden of Cordele talks to GPhA member Drew Miller & Bruce L. Broadrick, Sr., R.Ph. of Dalton

Rep. Amy Carter of Valdosta takes a moment with GPhA Board member Hugh Chancy.

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GPhA President Jack Dunn presents to the group.

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Rep. David Ralston of Blue Ridge, GPhA Region 7 President Amanda R. Paisley, Pharm.D. & Rep. Christian Coomer of Cartersville take a picture next to the State Seal.

Senator Emanuel Jones of Decatur with GPhA member Joel A. Maddox, R.Ph. of McDonough, and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle tour the Capitol.

Rep. Ron Stephens of Savannah with GPhA member Stetson F. Bennett, III, R.Ph. Rep. Bruce Williamson of Monroe spends a moment with two intrigued pharmacy school students.

Rep. Gene Maddox of Cairo with GPhA member Joel A. Maddox, R.Ph. of McDonough before returning to General Assembly.

Senator Charlie Bethel of Dalton speaks with GPhA member Bruce L. Broadrick, Sr., R.Ph. of Dalton, and a South University School of Pharmacy student.

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G P hA M e m b e r n e w s

Save the Date! July 7-11, 2012 We are thrilled to announce that the 2012 Convention will be this July, 7-11, at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa at Hilton Head Island. With this year’s theme of Many Practices, One Profession, our extensive membership will provide our pharmacy professionals with a unique opportunity to play leading roles within our six pharmacy practice setting academies: • Academy of Clinical Pharmacists • Academy of Employee Pharmacists • Academy of Health-System Pharmacists • Academy of Independent Pharmacists • Academy of Pharmacy School Students & Academicians • Academy of Pharmacy Technicians

Professional registration opens in early March. Book your hotel room today by calling (888) 511-5086 and requesting the “Georgia Pharmacy Association” rate. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to be amongst the largest gathering of Georgia Pharmacy Association members of the year. If you have any questions regarding the convention, contact Sarah Bigorowski at sbigorowski@gpha.org or (404) 419-8126. Wonderful exhibitor opportunities are still available. If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor, contact Tei Muhammad at tmuhammad@gpha.org or (404) 419-8100.

Mark Your Calendars!

Georgia Pharmacy Association 137th Annual Convention

Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa Hilton Head Island, SC July 7 - 11, 2012

Call (800) 228-9290 today to make your reservation! Be sure to mention that you are part of the Georgia Pharmacy Association Room Block to receive our special room rates.

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Hewitt W. Matthews Receives APhA-ASP Outstanding Dean Award

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Hewitt W. Matthews, Dean, Mercer University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

he American Pharmacists Association (APhA) announced that Hewitt W. Matthews, Dean, Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, is the recipient of the 2012 APhA-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Outstanding Dean Award. He was selected in recognition of his active promotion of student pharmacist welfare and professional development, strong advocacy for student pharmacists, and marked contributions to the APhA-ASP Chapter.

University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He earned a BS in Chemistry from Clark College, BSPharm from Mercer University and MS in Pharmaceutical Biochemistry and PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin. The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, represents more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA is dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care. It is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States.

Melvin M. Goldstein, P.C. A T T O R N E___ Y AT

248 Roswell Street Marietta, Georgia 30060

Dean Matthews is a long standing member of the Georgia Pharmacy Association (GPhA). “Our pharmacy student members are an important part of our membership and we greatly value the work of Dean Matthews as he sets the highest standards of professionalism in today students,” says Jim Bracewell, Executive Vice President of GPhA. “We are pleased that Dean Matthews has received this well-deserved honor.”

Telephone 770/427-7004 Fax 770/426-9584 www.melvinmgoldstein.com

n Private practitioner with an emphasis on representing healthcare professionals in administrative cases as well as other legal matters

APhA’s awards series is pharmacy’s most comprehensive recognition program. Established in 2004, the APhAASP Outstanding Dean Award recognizes the Dean of a school or college of pharmacy who has made significant contributions to the APhA-ASP Chapter and promoted the welfare of student pharmacists through various community service, leadership and professional activities. Matthews will be presented with the award during APhA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans in March 2012.

n Former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia and Counsel for professional licensing boards including the Georgia Board of Pharmacy and the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency n Former Administrative Law Judge for the Office of State Administrative Hearings

Matthews is Dean and Vice President for the Health Sciences and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mercer

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Smurfs and Pharmacists

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murfs are not just the cute little blue cartoon characters that live in an enchanted forest gathering things. The smurfs of our world gather pills containing pseudoephedrine. The trade of purchasing pseudoephedrine for illegal use is called smurfing. The increase seizure of meth labs around the country is a real indicator that there has been an increase in smurfing or illegal purchases of pseudoephedrine (PSE). The federal government and most states have recognized the problem of smurfing and the hazards that result from improper sales of pseudoephedrine. This has resulted in the creation of laws to control PSE sales. These federal and state laws and regulations are amended at times, so it is important to keep up with the changes being made. A direct result of increased smurfing is pharmacists having to deal with more smurfs at their pharmacies. This article will look at how pseudoephedrine is used in the meth trade and how it affects pharmacists. It will also look at the Federal Combat Epidemic Meth Act of 2005 and its impact on pharmacists. Finally, the article will look at why pharmacists and law enforcement should work together to deal with the problems created by smurfs. Pseudoephedrine has medical benefits and the sale of it results in millions of dollars of profit for the pharmacy industry, so it is an important portion of the pharmaceutical trade. But there is an unknown percentage of the PSE sold that is diverted to the manufacturing of meth. As PSE is the best precursor to use in the manufacturing of meth it is highly sought after by smurfs. What is clear is one of the main methods of obtaining PSE, for use in the meth trade, is through smurfing. This means smurfs will be buying as much PSE as they can obtain from pharmacists. With

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increased sales there is a need to be able to distinguish the legitimate sales from those to smurfs while minimizing disruption of customer service. A pharmacist needs to be able to use some indicators to determine if the person is a smurf or not. There is not a single indicator that all smurfs have, so it is important to know many indicators. Being familiar with as many indicators as possible will allow the pharmacist to use them as a means for confidently determining if the sale should or shouldn’t be made. Most smurfs are addicts themselves and since meth use can create physical problems, it will be one indicator used for identifying a smurf. One physical characteristic to look for is crank bugs (markings that have the appearance of bad acne). Meth mouth or deterioration of the teeth and gums is also common. A second indicator to use is the behavior of the person making the purchase. Smurfs will have many of the same behavior traits of a shoplifter, including nervous behavior and looking around as though someone is watching them. The smurf knows he/she is doing something illegal and will have a hard time controlling his/her paranoia. A third indicator can be if the person only wants a specific brand and milligram regardless of the recommendations of a pharmacist regarding which would work better. Smurfs have been told what to purchase without fully understanding the reason behind it so they won’t want to vary from their marching orders. Finally, when making a sale of PSE the pharmacist is required to obtain certain information from the customer, so a conversation with the costumer is necessary. A concerned pharmacist will want to make sure the customer is getting the best medicine for their needs. By asking what their medical problems are, the pharmacist can gather more clues for use in determining if the person is a smurf or not. If

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P h a r m a cy N e w s the costumer doesn’t know what PSE is for or doesn’t have any of the signs of needing PSE this should be a red flag. Most people don’t think ahead and buy PSE for the upcoming hay fever season but rather wait unit they need it. So look and see if the person has signs of allergies or other medical conditions, which PSE would treat. It is important to make sure all the sales of PSE are done in accordance with state and federal laws. As investigations are completed on the increased number of meth lab busts, more scrutiny on the sales of PSE by pharmacists will occur so care is necessary. Law enforcement will be utilizing the PSE purchase logbooks required under the Combat Meth Epidemic Act and state laws to identify smurfs, but they will also look at pharmacists who are making illegal sales. It is not just the illegal sales which can create problems with a pharmacist but also not keeping the proper record of the sales. An example of this would be the case of a pharmacist in Oklahoma who was charged with four felony counts of “recklessly” selling a meth precursor (PSE) and three misdemeanor counts of failure to report sales information to Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. The pharmacist pleaded guilty and his sentence included loss of his pharmaceutical and business licenses. The Oklahoma pharmacist case is an example of why it is so important for pharmacists to know the regulations of the Combat Meth Act and their state regulations; ignorance will not excuse the pharmacist in legal cases. The primary requirements of the Combat Meth Act that apply to retailers are the quantities of PSE which can be purchased and specific information that must be collected. Under the Combat Meth Act a person cannot purchase more than 3.6 grams of PSE daily or more than 9 grams in thirty days. This includes solid and liquid forms of PSE. The other major requirement is the record or logbook, which must be kept. The information which must be recorded is the purchaser’s name and address, the product name and quantity of PSE sold must be listed along with date and time of sale. The pharmacist must make sure the purchaser’s information corresponds with the purchaser’s government photo identification or other acceptable form of identification. The purchaser must sign the

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log indicating they understand that entering a false statement or misrepresentation is illegal (the Combat Meth Act dictates how the notice must be worded). The logbook for PSE sales must be maintained for at least two years. (Combat Meth Epidemic Act 2005, Section 701: Logbook Requirement.) If there is a difference between the Combat Meth Act and a state’s law the one which is most stringent is followed. Therefore, if a state law only allows for purchase of 7 grams of PSE in a thirty day time frame then that would take precedent over the federal law which allows 9 grams to be purchased in thirty days. The length of time a logbook must be maintained can also be longer under a state law. For example, New Mexico requires the logbook be maintained for three years. Pharmacists are involved in the retail sale of medicines to help people. Law enforcement officers are in the business of enforcing the laws of the land. When it comes to PSE distribution, the two groups need to work together to make sure the distribution of PSE is done legally and for the proper medicinal purpose. If the two groups work together, they can have a much stronger impact on the misuse of PSE; especially its use to manufacture meth. A pharmacist can assist in making criminal cases on smurfs by keeping good records of purchases and purchasers. Something as simple as photo copying the identification used by the costumer can be a major assistance to law enforcement. This will help make sure law enforcement targets the right person and not a victim of identity theft. This will also make sure the pharmacists are checking to make sure the identification is legitimate. Being diligent about keeping required records will make sure the pharmacist is within the regulations of the Combat Meth Act and makes it so law enforcement has good records to determine if a person has purchased an excessive amount of PSE. Under the Combat Meth Act any law enforcement officer may go through a pharmacy’s logbook. The Combat Meth Act states that a seller who, in good faith, releases logbook information to a federal, state or local law enforcement authority is immune from civil liability for such release

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P H ARMA C Y NEWS (continued from page 19) unless the release constitutes gross negligence or intentional, wanton or willful misconduct (Section 711: Good Faith Protection). This shows that the Combat Meth Act was designed for pharmacists and law enforcement to work together to fight the illegal misuse of pseudoephedrine in the meth trade. While having to knowing the law, keeping up with amendments, and the additional paperwork required might seem to add excessive work for the pharmacist when selling PSE, it is worth the effort in order to prevent the illegal use of PSE to create the very dangerous drug, meth. A pharmacist’s job is to help people by making sure they provide the best medicine for each customer. If a pharmacist makes illegal sales of PSE they are not doing their job and are putting the company and themselves in legal jeopardy. Working

with law enforcement can help eliminate the presence of smurfs at a retail store, which is good for business and the community. It’s just another example showing that everyone benefits from cooperation. Author: Brian Sallee has been a police officer for 31 years and has worked narcotics related units for over 22 years. Brian started and is currently assigned to the Meth Unit with the Albuquerque Police Department. Brian has co-authored two text books one titled The Methamphetamine Handbook; What You Need to Know. He provides training around the country on narcotics classes including the class: Smurfs and Pharmacist. He has several other classes for pharmacists. Brian can be contacted at email: brian@bbsnarctraining. com, website: www.bbsnarctraining.com or via phone at (505) 459-5554.

Recognizing Pharmacists as Healthcare Providers

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or many years, pharmacy has sought “provider status” under Medicare Part B, which would allow pharmacists to bill for their services directly. Some enterprising pharmacists are taking the dream closer to reality. On November 15, an Arizona pharmacist launched an online petition for provider status that already has garnered more than 15,000 signatures. On January 9, the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Office of the Chief Pharmacist issued a report advocating for provider status that the U.S. Surgeon General backed in a letter of support. “Pharmacists are an essential part of the health care team,” VADM Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, the U.S. Surgeon General, told Pharmacy Today in an interview on January 10. “They are a profession of their own. They have unique things that they bring to the table. And I hope that it will be recognized that pharmacy is that essential part of the health care team.” Provider status is the recognition of pharmacists as Medicare Part B health care providers under the Social Security Act. In their present form, the Part B provisions of the Social Security Act recognize physicians and certain other health professionals as health care providers, including physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, certified nurse–midwives, clinical social workers, clinical psychologists, and registered dietitians or nutrition

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professionals. Changing the law to include pharmacists would literally take an act of Congress. While the goal is clear and unambiguous, accomplishing it is not. The chief impediment is the potential cost to the government. During the health care reform debate, pharmacy was told that policy makers wouldn’t grant provider status because that would cost too much. Other obstacles are that Congress is moving away from the Part B paradigm of fee for service, that other professions may be concerned about competition from pharmacy, and that credentialing of pharmacists may be part of the picture. “APhA knows the importance of pharmacists getting compensated for providing patient care services,” said Brian Gallagher, BSPharm, JD, APhA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. “Even if one wanted to provide these services for free, one can’t stay in operation without income. We recognize the importance of pursuing multiple avenues for payment, one of which is Part B provider status. … We’re going to pursue payment on a number of different fronts and from a variety of sources.” Gallagher explained that pharmacy has to resolve certain issues to the satisfaction of Congress. “Even though others have [provider status], and it’s not right that pharmacists don’t have it, we still have a very difficult battle. This is a

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P H ARMA C Y NEWS different day and time than when others received provider status,” Gallagher said. “We’ve got to deal with the present Congress and the present challenging financial situation that the country finds itself in. Congress, right now, is not prepared to grant provider status to pharmacists or anyone else until some questions can be answered, like how much will it cost or how much money will it save? “Pharmacists can save the system a lot of money,” Gallagher continued, “but we’ve got to make a compelling enough case to convince Congress that provider status is the right thing to do.” With other pharmacy organizations, and within APhA, the discussions are now about getting consensus about how to put together a workable strategy with some chance to be successful. A petition on Change.org (http:// apha.us/zZLHeO) is circulating to recognize pharmacists as health care providers under the Social Security Act. Calling provider status a “critical safety issue,” the petition amassed 15,000 signatures on January 18, firing up battle-scarred pharmacists with its momentum and hope. The petition also is receiving signatures from physicians, nurses, and most important, patients. The organizer of the petition is Sandra Leal, PharmD, CDE, Director of Clinical Pharmacy at El Rio Health Center in Tucson, AZ. Leal built buzz for her petition at national pharmacy meetings, passing out buttons and business cards with QR codes. She will continue to promote the petition at the 2012 APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in March in New Orleans. “People are surprised that pharmacists are not health care providers under the Social Security Act,” Leal said. “What I have learned from this process is that a basic media campaign to inform and educate people is key to making this happen.”

petition to meet with their policy makers at the state and national levels to “get the discussion going”. In an e-mail sent January 19, to all the signers, Leal also suggested that people could supply their representatives with a copy of the Surgeon General’s letter of support for the USPHS report. “I’ll keep [the petition] open until we get enough signatures to make a difference,” Leal told Today. The USPHS report, Improving Patient and Health System Outcomes through Advanced Pharmacy Practice: A Report to the U.S. Surgeon General 2011, counted among its objectives that of obtaining advocacy from the Surgeon General to recognize pharmacists as health care providers. Years in development, this new update to a previously submitted report built a 95-page case with “evidencebased data that objectively illustrate improved health care delivery through the use of pharmacist-delivered patient care” and “a substantial amount of published literature from peer-reviewed journals,” in the words of the report. In response, Benjamin, the Surgeon General, released a letter supporting the report’s discussion of patient care services that pharmacists are currently providing through collaborative practice agreements in 43 states and in federal health care settings. Benjamin wrote that, based on the report, “recognition of pharmacists as health care providers, clinicians, and an essential part of the health care team is appropriate given the level of care they provide in many health care settings. “Compensation models, reflective of the range of care provided by pharmacists, are needed to sustain these patient oriented, quality improvement services,” Benjamin’s letter continued. “This may require further evolution of legislative or policy language and additional payment reform considerations.” The USPHS report and Surgeon General’s letter are available on pharmacist.com at http://apha.us/yK3TVC.

The petition addresses President Barack Obama, the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CMS Administrator, Arizona governor, Arizona State Senate, and Arizona State House.

Lead author RADM Scott Giberson, BSPharm, PhC, NCPS-PP, MPH, USPHS, hopes pharmacy will take the thorough report and the Surgeon General’s positive response to Congress. He is Chief Professional Officer, Pharmacy; Director, Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness; and U.S. Assistant Surgeon General.

After surpassing her original plan of reaching 10,000 signatures, Leal now wants to continue to bring awareness. She wants to continue gathering letters of support from administrators, patients, physicians, and other health professionals. And she wants to encourage signers of the

“I believe the pharmacy community can utilize this as the final consolidated document, which demonstrates an already existing and successful health care delivery model, to adjust legislation on provider status,” Giberson told (Continued on next page.)

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ph a r m a cy N e w s (continued from page 21) Today . He added that collaborative practice agreements that remain less detailed allow pharmacists to deliver better patient care that is needed. “I am confident the profession is ready to move forward,” Giberson said.

Reprinted with permission from the Hub on Policy and Advocacy column in the February 2012 issue of Pharmacy Today (www.pharmacytoday.org). For more information about the Affordable Care Act and pharmacy’s role in shaping the outcomes of this law,

access the Government Affairs section of APhA’s website, www.pharmacist. com. Copyright © 2011, American Pharmacists Association. All rights reserved.

Timeline for GPhA 2012 Elections:

First Vice President & Second Vice President March 9, 2012 (No later than.) Nominating Committee must meet no later than this date. April 10, 2012 The First Vice President (at least one person) and Second Vice President (at least two people) nominations must be made. May 10, 2012 The petitions from additional nominees must be submitted to the Executive Vice President. May 14, 2012 – The following data to be sent to the election service: 1) member last names/member ids/email addresses; and 2) candidate pictures/ bios. May 14, 2012 Paper Ballot to be sent to the printer. May 18, 2012 Email sent to notify GPhA members of the log-in information that will be arriving in their email box on May 23, 2012 from the Association online Voting with a reminder to unblock GPhA’s email address from SPAM. May 23, 2012 Log-in information to be emailed to GPhA members from the Association Online Voting.

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May 23, 2012 Paper ballots to be sent in the mail May 25, 2012 The election opens. Association Online Voting will email GPhA members the link to the voting site. Once each member has voted, he/ she will receive no further reminder emails. July 4, 2012 Reminder emails will be sent to GPhA members who have not voted on a weekly basis. June 25, 2012 Deadline for all mail-in ballots. (All mailed ballots must be post-marked by this date.) July 5, 2012 Mailed ballots to be retrieved and secured. July 10, 2012 Polls close at Noon. July 10, 2012 Conduct Tellers Committee Meeting. July 10, 2012 Installation of new officers.

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GPHA Member News

2012 Spring CPE Conference April 21, 2012 Mark your calendar for our upcoming 2012 Spring CPE Conference to be held Saturday, April 21, 2012. The conference will be at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center in Atlanta. This unique educational opportunity offers attendees six CPE hours in one single day.

Consider bringing the family and take advantage of the many special discounts for Atlanta area attractions that are available only to our conference attendees. Registration opens in early March. Watch for our official announcement coming to your e-mail inbox soon!

If you have questions about the conference, Registration includes breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks throughout the day. A contact Sarah Bigorowski at sbigorowski@ gpha.org or (404) 419-8126. limited number of hotel rooms will also be available for those attending from out-of-town.

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GPHA Member News

Welcome New GPhA Members! GPhA is pleased to welcome the following new GPhA members:

Individual Pharmacist Members:

Marisa A. Nolan, Pharm.D. - Columbus Shawn E. Hodges, Pharm.D. - Kennesaw Chidozie Onyemelukme, Pharm.D. - Atlanta Bill Mincy, R.Ph. – Tallahassee, FL David York – Valdosta Lindy McFarlin, Pharm.D. - Royston Steven A. Nichols, R.Ph. - Clayton Teri S. Crosby, R.Ph. - Wrightsville Jason Pattillo, R.Ph. - Buford Jacob C. Mgbemena, Pharm.D. - Riverdale Stella Onyinyechi Kamalu, Pharm.D. – Fayetteville Emily Peace Heruska, Pharm.D. – Hahira Ronald J. Hogland, Sr., R.Ph. – Martinez Robyn Anderson Lorys, Pharm.D. – Atlanta Doreen J. Elston, Pharm.D. – Stuart, FL Kalen B. Manasco, Pharm.D. – Augusta

Pharmacy School-Student Members: Melissa Cheung - Evans Mary Margaret Reid - Hull Jessica Nicole Shirley - Jefferson Deizenmai N. Geh - Bradenton, FL Cary Anne Smith - Athens Jerry John Mathew - Dublin Erin Massarello - Athens Moon Hee Cho - Lawrenceville Sungwook Park - Suwan

Associate Members:

Joseph Coyne, R.Ph. – Zion, IL

Pharmacy Technician Members: Chasity L. Hatcher, C.Ph.T. - Appling

Retired Members:

Harmon G. Pye, Jr. - Macon

If you, or someone you know, would like to join GPhA, Georgia’s premier professional pharmacy association, go to www.gpha.org and click “Join” under the GPhA logo. Dear Members, We have opted to print a series of photos from the VIP Day at the Capitol instead of our standard Educational Credit Opportunity. You will find the Educational Credit Opportunity again in next month’s Journal. Thank you for your understanding. Sincerely, The Georgia Pharmacy Association

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Pharm PAC Members

GPhA is leading the way in influencing pharmacy-related legislation in Georgia Titanium Level

($2400 minimum pledge) T.M. Bridges, R.Ph. Ben Cravey, R.Ph. Michael E. Farmer, R.Ph. David B. Graves, R.Ph. Raymond G Hickman, R.Ph. Robert A. Ledbetter, R.Ph. Jeffrey L. Lurey, R.Ph. Marvin O. McCord, R.Ph. Scott Meeks, R.Ph. Judson Mullican, R.Ph. Mark Parris, Pharm.D. Fred F. Sharpe, R.Ph. Jeff Sikes, R.Ph. Dean Stone, R.Ph., CDM

Platinum Level

($1200 minimum pledge) Barry M. Bilbro, R.Ph. Robert Bowles, Jr., R.Ph., CDM, Cfts Jim R. Bracewell Larry L. Braden, R.Ph. Thomas E. Bryan Jr., R.Ph. William G. Cagle, R.Ph. Hugh M. Chancy, R.Ph. Keith E. Chapman, R.Ph. Dale M. Coker, R.Ph., FIACP Jack Dunn, Jr. R.Ph. Neal Florence, R.Ph. Andy Freeman Martin T. Grizzard, R.Ph. Robert M. Hatton, Pharm.D. Ted Hunt, R.Ph. Alan M. Jones, R.Ph. Ira Katz, R.Ph. Hal M. Kemp, Pharm.D. J. Thomas Lindsey, R.Ph. Brandall S. Lovvorn, Pharm.D. Eddie M. Madden, R.Ph.

Jonathan Marquess, Pharm.D., CDE, CPT

Pam Marquess, Pharm.D. Kenneth A. McCarthy, R.Ph. Drew Miller, R.Ph., CDM Laird Miller, R.Ph. Cynthia K. Moon Jay Mosley, R.Ph. Allen Partridge, R.Ph.

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Houston Lee Rogers, Pharm.D., CDM Tim Short, R.Ph. Danny Toth, R.Ph. Christopher Thurmond, Pharm.D. Tommy Whitworth, R.Ph., CDM

Alex S, Tucker, Pharm.D. William H. Turner, R.Ph. Flynn W. Warren, M.S., R.Ph. William T. Wolfe, R.Ph.

Gold Level

($150 minimum pledge) Monica M. Ali-Warren, R.Ph. Fred W. Barber, R.Ph. John R. Bowen, R.Ph. Michael A. Crooks, Pharm.D. William Crowley, R.Ph. Charles Alan Earnest, R.Ph. Randall W. Ellison, R.Ph. Mary Ashley Faulk, Pharm.D. Amanda R. Gaddy, R.Ph. Ed Kalvelage John D. Kalvelage Steve D. Kalvelage Marsha C. Kapiloff, R.Ph. Joshua D. Kinsey, Pharm.D. Brenton Lake, R.Ph. Allison L. Layne, C.Ph.T. William E. Lee, R.Ph. Michael Lewis, Pharm.D. Ashley Sherwood London Charles Robert Lott, R.Ph. Max A. Mason, R.Ph. Amanda McCall, Pharm.D. Susan W. McLeer, R.Ph. Mary P. Meredith, R.Ph. Rose Pinkstaff, R.Ph. Leslie Ernest Ponder, R.Ph. Kristy Lanford Pucylowski, Pharm.D.

($600 minimum pledge) James Bartling, Pharm.D., ADC, CACII Larry Batten, R.Ph. William F. Brewster, R.Ph. Bruce L. Broadrick, Sr., R.Ph. Liza G. Chapman, Pharm.D. J. Ernie Culpepper, R.Ph. Mahlon Davidson, R.Ph., CDM Kevin M. Florence, Pharm.D. Kerry A. Griffin, R.Ph. Robert B. Moody, R.Ph. Sherri S. Moody, Pharm.D. William A. Moye, R.Ph. Jeffrey Grady Richardson, R.Ph. Andy Rogers, R.Ph. Daniel C. Royal, Jr., R.Ph. Michael T. Tarrant

Silver Level

($300 minimum pledge) Renee D. Adamson, Pharm.D. Ed Stevens Dozier, R.Ph. Terry Dunn, R.Ph. Marshall L. Frost, Pharm.D. Johnathan Wyndell Hamrick, Pharm.D. Michael O. Iteogu, Pharm.D. Willie O. Latch, R.Ph. W. Lon Lewis, R.Ph. Kalen Porter Manasco, Pharm.D. Michael L. McGee, R.Ph. William J. McLeer, R.Ph. Albert B. Nichols, R.Ph. Richard Noell, R.Ph. Leslie Ernest Ponder, R.Ph. William Lee Prather, R.Ph.

Sara W. Reece, Pharm.D., BC-ADM, CDE Ola Reffell, R.Ph.

Edward Franklin Reynolds, R.Ph. Sukhmani Kaur Sarao, Pharm.D. David J. Simpson, R.Ph. James N. Thomas, R.Ph.

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Bronze Level

Sara W. Reece Pharm.D., BC-ADM, CDE

Leonard Franklin Reynolds, R.Ph. Laurence Neil Ryan, Pharm.D. Richard Brian Smith, R.Ph. Charles Storey, III, R.Ph. Archie Thompson, Jr., R.Ph. Marion J. Wainright, R.Ph. Jackie White Carrie-Anne Wilson Steve Wilson, Pharm.D. Sharon B. Zerillo, R.Ph.

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Pharm PAC Members Continued from previous page Members

(No minimum pledge) John J. Anderson, Sr., R.Ph. Mark T. Barnes, R.Ph. Henry Cobb, III, R.Ph., CDM Carleton C. Crabill, R.Ph. Wendy A. Dorminey, Pharm.D., CDM Benjamin Keith Dupree, Sr., R.Ph David M. Eldridge, Pharm.D. James Fetterman, Jr., Pharm.D. Charles C. Gass, R.Ph. Christina Gonzalez Christopher Gurley, Pharm.D.

Ann R. Hansford, R.Ph.

Keith Herist, Pharm.D., AAHIVE, CPA

Joel Andrew Hill, R.Ph. Carey B. Jones, R.Ph. Susan M Kane, R.Ph. Emily Kraus Carroll Mack Lowrey, R.Ph. Tracie Lunde, Pharm.D. Roy W. McClendon, R.Ph.

Tom E. Menighan, R.Ph., MBA, ScD, FAPhA

Darby R. Norman, R.Ph. Christopher Brown Painter, R.Ph. Steve Gordon Perry, R.Ph.

Victor Serafy, R.Ph. Negin Sovaidi James E. Stowe, R.Ph. James R. Strickland, R.Ph. Celia M. Taylor, Pharm.D. Leonard E. Templeton, R.Ph. Heatwole C. Thomas, R.Ph. William D. Whitaker, R.Ph. Elizabeth Williams, R.Ph. Jonathon Williams, Pharm.D. Rogers W. Wood, R.Ph.

Thank you to all of our generous Pharm PAC supporters. To join Pharm PAC, see the form on the next page.

If you made a gift or pledge to Pharm PAC in the last 12 months and your name does not appear on this list, contact Andy Freeman at afreeman@gpha.org or (404) 419-8118. Pharm PAC donations are not charitable donations and are not tax deductible.

GPHA Website News

GPhA Website Tutorial Not everyone has the same level of comfort on the Internet - so GPhA has an online tutorial to guide you through our website. This tutorial gives several “how-to” features as well as other helpful tools. To view the GPhA Website Tutorial go to www.gpha.org and click on “GPhA Website Orientation Video.” Note: it may have a moment’s delay, but will start automatically.

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Join Pharm PAC Today!

GPhA is leading the way in influencing pharmacy-related legislation in Georgia

Pharm PAC is Georgia Pharmacy Association’s Political Action Committee. Your generous donations help GPhA to be able to lobby and advocate on the behalf of Georgia pharmacy professionals.

You have two Pharm PAC membership options: 1) A Monthly Contribution: (Please complete the following.) Name: _________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________ Phone#: ________________________________________________________________________ Email Address: __________________________________________________________________

*You will be contacted for additional information to set up your monthly contribution.

Circle the level of monthly support you would like to provide: Titanium ($200/month) Platinum ($100/month) Gold ($50/month) Silver ($25/month)

Bronze ($12.50/month)

2) A One-Time Gift: To make a one-time contribution, simply write the amount you wish to contribute here: $_________ and mail your check with this completed form. To finalize your membership, complete and mail this form to: Pharm PAC, Georgia Pharmacy Association, 50 Lenox Pointe, NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Thank you for supporting Pharm PAC. Your gift allows GPhA to continue to advocate for improvements within the pharmacy profession.

Welcome our new Pharm PAC members!

William F. Brewster, R.Ph. J. Ernie Culpepper, R.Ph. Benjamin Keith Dupree, Sr., R.Ph. Leslie Ernest Ponder, R.Ph. Ola Reffell, R.Ph. Negin Sovaidi Christopher Thurmond, Pharm.D.

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AIP Spring Meeting Sunday, March 18, 2012 — Macon Marriott & Centreplex

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2011 Recipients of the “Bowl of Hygeia” Award

David Darby Alabama

Romie Deschamps III Alaska

Roger Morris Arizona

Thomas Warmack Arkansas

R Pete Vanderveen California

Harry A Egazarian Connecticut

John Yeager Delaware

Robert H Wilson Florida

Robert A Rogers Georgia

Carolyn Ma Hawaii

Ron Lavigne Idaho

Sabah Hussein Illinois

Cynthia P Koh-Knox Indiana

Robert Greenwood Iowa

Julie Perkins Kansas

William McMakin III Kentucky

Nolton W Causey Jr Louisiana

Robin Brittelli Maine

Murhl L Flowers Maryland

Brian Ambrefe Massachusetts

Sandra Chase Michigan

John Hoeschen Minnesota

Sharon R Dickey Mississippi

Benjamin M Bluml Missouri

Mary B Mchugh Montana

Donna Soflin Nebraska

Katie K Johnson Nevada

Paula Troie New Hampshire

Robert F Kocsardy New Jersey

Michel Disco New Mexico

Peter Lau New York

John M Johnson North Carolina

Gary Boehler North Dakota

Mark S Dominik Ohio

Dorothy Gourley Oklahoma

Paige Clark Oregon

Robert Schreiber Pennsylvania

Roy Eckloff Rhode Island

Walter M Hughes Jr South Carolina

Kirk S Wilson South Dakota

Terry W Cost Tennessee

Leonard Lynskey Texas

Kathryn A Goodfellow Utah

Nelson Showalter Virginia

Charles Lawrence Sr Washington DC

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Robert Slagle Washington

Patricia C Johnson West Virginia

John K Johnson Wisconsin

Donald A Porter Wyoming

The Bowl of Hygeia award program was originally developed by the A. H. Robins Company to recognize pharmacists across the nation for outstanding service to their communities. Selected through their respective professional pharmacy associations, each of these dedicated individuals has made uniquely personal contributions to a strong, healthy community. We offer our congratulations and thanks for their high example. The American Pharmacists Association Foundation, the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations and the state pharmacy associations have assumed responsibility for continuing this prestigious recognition program. All former recipients are encouraged to maintain their linkage to the Bowl of Hygeia by emailing current contact information to awards@naspa.us. The Bowl of Hygeia is on display in the APhA Awards Gallery located in Washington, DC.

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2011 - 2012 GPhA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Name Position

Editor: Jim Bracewell jbracewell@gpha.org

Dale Coker Chairman of the Board Jack Dunn President Robert Hatton President-Elect Pam Marquess First Vice President Bobby Moody Second Vice President Robert Bowles State At Large Hugh Chancy State At Large Keith Herist State At Large Eddie Madden State At Large Jonathan Marquess State At Large Tim Short State At Large Richard Smith State At Large Christine Somers 1st Region President Fred Sharpe 2nd Region President Renee Adamson 3rd Region President Amanda Gaddy 4th Region President Julie Bierster 5th Region President Ashley Faulk 6th Region President Amanda McCall 7th Region President Larry Batten 8th Region President Kristy Pucylowski 9th Region President Christopher Thurmond 10th Region President Ashley London 11th Region President Ken Eiland 12th Region President Thomas Jeter ACP Chairman Josh Kinsey AEP Chairman Sonny Rader AHP Chairman Ira Katz AIP Chairman Gail Lowney APT Chairman Christina Gonzalez ASA Chairman John T. Sherrer Foundation Chairman Michael Farmer Insurance Trust Chairman Bill Prather Georgia State Board of Pharmacy Representative Patricia Knowles Georgia Society of Health Systems Pharmacists Amy Grimsley Mercer Faculty Representative Rusty Fetterman South Faculty Representative Sukh Sarao UGA Faculty Rep. Negin Sovaidi ASP Mercer University Rep. Annie Tran ASP South University Rep. David Bray ASP UGA Rep. Jim Bracewell Executive Vice President

Managing Editor Kelly McLendon

kmclendon@gpha.org

Writer & Designer: Mary Larkin mlarkin@gpha.org The Georgia Pharmacy Journal® (GPJ) is the official publication of the Georgia Pharmacy Association, Inc. (GPhA). Copyright © 2012, Georgia Pharmacy Association, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical including by photocopy, recording or information storage retrieval systems, without prior written permission from the publisher and managing editor. All views expressed in bylined articles are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily express the views or policies of the editors, officers or members of the Georgia Pharmacy Association.

Articles and Artwork

Those interested in writing for this publication are encouraged to request the official “GPJ Guidelines for Writers.” Artists or photographers wishing to submit artwork for use on the cover should call, write or e-mail kmclendon@gpha.org.

Subscriptions and Change of Address

The Georgia Pharmacy Journal® (GPJ) (ISSN 1075-6965) is distributed as a regular membership service, paid for through allocation of membership dues. Subscription rate for non-members is $50.00 per year domestic and $10.00 per single copy; international rates $65.00 per year and $20.00 single copy. Subscriptions are not available for non-GPhA member pharmacists licensed and practicing in Georgia. The Georgia Pharmacy Journal® (GPJ) (ISSN 1075-6965) is published monthly by the GPhA, 50 Lenox Pointe NE, Atlanta, GA 30324. Periodicals postage paid at Atlanta, GA and additional offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Georgia Pharmacy Journal®, 50 Lenox Pointe, NE, Atlanta, GA 30324.

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