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  • Can you feel that BURNING SENSATION? That's because pharmacy advocacy is RED HOT!!!Have an idea how to improve the pharmacy profession?  Here is your chance to voice that idea to the APhA-ASP membership nationwide.  It starts with the first Red Hot Policy Committee Meeting onWednesday, October 3, from 4:30-5:30pm.  Open to all APhA members, join our committee to brainstorm on the policy proposal that the UIC chapter will submit for consideration at the APhA-ASP Midyear Regional Meeting in Madison (November 2-4), and ultimately at the national APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Los Angeles (March 1-4, 2013).  Meeting rooms to be announced next week.  FEED THE FIRE!!!
    Posted Sep 23, 2012, 3:01 PM by Samuel Paik
  • Governor Quinn Signs a Law to Keep Children Healthy On August 21st Governor Quinn signed a law to keep children in our state healthy.  Senate Bill 3513 allows pharmacists to administer influenza and TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) vaccines to children ages 10 to 13, with a valid prescription from a licensed physician. Previous law had allowed children only as young as 14 to receive these shots from pharmacists.  By signing this bill, Governor Quinn is hoping more families will have easier, more convenient access to vaccines as children head back to school this year.  Illinois Department of Public Health also supports this law since it is now required that all 6th and 9th graders show proof of receiving the TDAP vaccine before being allowed to ...
    Posted Sep 22, 2012, 3:46 PM by Jessica Rawlings
  • Urge Governor Quinn to appropriately fund one of Illinois’ most valuable resources, the Illinois Poison Center. As the only poison center in the state, the Illinois Poison Center helps maintain and enhance access to health care in Illinois. Last year the Illinois Poison Center (IPC):Handled more than 90,000 calls - 51% of those calls concerned children under the age of 6.Provided over 19,000 telemedicine consultations to doctors and nurses seeking recommendations on treating poisoned patients in their care.Saved Illinois taxpayers more than $50 million dollars in unnecessary health care costs.Ensuring the funding for the IPC is not only essential to protecting and saving lives in Illinois, but it is also a sound and important investment ...
    Posted Sep 23, 2012, 2:47 PM by Samuel Paik
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Can you feel that BURNING SENSATION?

posted Sep 23, 2012, 2:46 PM by Samuel Paik   [ updated Sep 23, 2012, 3:01 PM ]

That's because pharmacy advocacy is RED HOT!!!

Have an idea how to improve the pharmacy profession?  Here is your chance to voice that idea to the APhA-ASP membership nationwide.  It starts with the first Red Hot Policy Committee Meeting onWednesday, October 3, from 4:30-5:30pm.  Open to all APhA members, join our committee to brainstorm on the policy proposal that the UIC chapter will submit for consideration at the APhA-ASP Midyear Regional Meeting in Madison (November 2-4), and ultimately at the national APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Los Angeles (March 1-4, 2013).  Meeting rooms to be announced next week.  FEED THE FIRE!!!

Governor Quinn Signs a Law to Keep Children Healthy

posted Sep 22, 2012, 3:45 PM by Jessica Rawlings   [ updated Sep 22, 2012, 3:46 PM ]

On August 21st Governor Quinn signed a law to keep children in our state healthy.  Senate Bill 3513 allows pharmacists to administer influenza and TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) vaccines to children ages 10 to 13, with a valid prescription from a licensed physician. Previous law had allowed children only as young as 14 to receive these shots from pharmacists.  By signing this bill, Governor Quinn is hoping more families will have easier, more convenient access to vaccines as children head back to school this year.  Illinois Department of Public Health also supports this law since it is now required that all 6th and 9th graders show proof of receiving the TDAP vaccine before being allowed to attend school. 

They are stressing the importance of this vaccine because it includes protection against pertussis (commonly known as whooping cough) which has been on the rise in Illinois. In 2011, health care providers reported 1,509 pertussis cases to IDPH for the entire year. With five months still to go in 2012, providers have already reported more than 1,300 cases of pertussis. 

posted Sep 20, 2012, 7:49 PM by Samuel Paik   [ updated Sep 23, 2012, 2:47 PM ]





Urge Governor Quinn to appropriately fund one of Illinois’ most valuable resources, the Illinois Poison Center.
 
As the only poison center in the state, the Illinois Poison Center helps maintain and enhance access to health care in Illinois. Last year the Illinois Poison Center (IPC):
  • Handled more than 90,000 calls - 51% of those calls concerned children under the age of 6.
  • Provided over 19,000 telemedicine consultations to doctors and nurses seeking recommendations on treating poisoned patients in their care.
  • Saved Illinois taxpayers more than $50 million dollars in unnecessary health care costs.
Ensuring the funding for the IPC is not only essential to protecting and saving lives in Illinois, but it is also a sound and important investment. The IPC’s state funding was cut by 30% in the 2010 and 2011 state budget, as result poison center services have greatly decreased, and this undoubtedly affects everyone in Illinois.
 
This year we find ourselves in a very tumultuous and uncertain economic climate in Illinois.  As costs continue to rise, the IPC may be unable to continue providing Illinois residents access to vital poison control, treatment and education services, if appropriate funding is not restoredWe need your help and your voiceto ensure that the IPC can continue to provide its valuable services to all Illinoisans. Please click on the link below to urge Governor Pat Quinn to appropriately fund the IPC in the 2012 state budget.

CLICK HERE TODAY!

Thank you for your continued support and please encourage your family and friends to also voice their support for the Illinois Poison Center! To learn more about the Illinois Poison Center, please visit our new website, www.illinoispoisoncenter.org.



Action Needed: Support the Pharmacist Loan Repayment Eligibility Act of 2011 (S.48) 

On January 25, 2011 Sens. Inouye (D-HI), Begich (D-AK), and Reed (D-RI) introduced the Pharmacist Student Loan Repayment Eligibility Act of 2011 (S. 48).  This bill would provide for the participation of pharmacists in the Nation Health Services Corps (NHSC) loan repayment program.  The purpose of the legislation is to increase patient access to patient-centered, team-based health care services for underserved populations. Specifically, this bill recognizes the vital role that pharmacists can play on the health care team by providing incentives for pharmacists to participate in the NHSC. APhA supports this important pharmacy legislation and now we need your help. 
We strongly encourage you to contact your Senators today and urge them to cosponsor S.48.Click here to customize your letter.


New Activity on Senate 
MTM Bill

As reported in the previous Legislative and Regulatory Update, Sens. Hagan (D-MN) and Franken (D-MN) introduced, theMedication Therapy Management (MTM) Expanded Benefits Act of 2010 (S. 3543), which would expand Medicare beneficiary access to MTM services. APhA supports this legislation and strongly encourages members to contact their Senators to co-sponsor this important legislation. To send your Senators a message on S. 3543, visit APhA's Legislative Action. Additionally, Sens. Hagan and Franken sent a Senate Dear Colleague Letter to help generate additional co-sponsors for the bill by highlighting the importance of medication therapy management and pharmacist clinical services. Read the Dear Colleague letter
  

Senate Passes Prescription Drug Disposal Bill

On August 3, 2010 the Senate passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act (S. 3397) introduced by Sen. Klobuchar (D-MN), a bill that would amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for take-back disposal of controlled substances in certain instances. Specifically, the bill would allow the ultimate user (the patient) of a controlled substance to deliver that substance to a non-DEA registered person for disposal if the person is authorized to engage in such activities and the disposal takes place in accordance with regulations to prevent drug diversion. The bill would also authorize long-term care facilities to dispose of a controlled substance on behalf of an ultimate user who resides in the facility. Lastly, the bill would direct the U.S. Sentencing Commission to review and, if necessary, amend its guidelines and policy statements to ensure an appropriate penalty increase for persons convicted of a drug offense involving receipt of a controlled substance for disposal. APhA will provide additional updates as they become available. Read more about S. 3397.   


Health Care Reform and the Interprofessional Team

On July 26, 2010 7 non-pharmacy organizations sent a letter to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in support of the medication therapy management (MTM) grant program established in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The cosigning groups included the American Medical Student Association, Easter Seals, National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Family Caregivers Association, National Kidney Foundation, National Consumers League, and the Society for Women's Health Research. The letter requests that AHRQ work with stakeholders to successfully implement the MTM grant program. APhA continues to work with Congress to secure appropriations for the MTM Grant program, while also working with AHRQ to collaborate in other areas that may provide opportunities to test how best to deliver MTM.







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