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108th Annual Convention  |  October 17 & 18, 2015  |  Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV

 

 
Your Membership Matters
 
 
Dear Colleague: 

The resources WVPA invests in making sure your voice is heard and your interests represented are significant. Advocacy for your profession requires an ongoing commitment and stakeholder investment.
 
Advocacy is the major responsibility of WVPA.   If you ask yourself whether or not what you are doing is at risk for obsolescence...then you need advocacy. If someone attempts to control what professional services you provide and what you are permitted to do with your profession and business practice...then you need advocacy. If you cannot identify 100 consumers of your services willing to go to the wall to ensure that you remain their provider...then you need advocacy. If your perception of quality services and positive outcomes is considered overrated by others...then you need advocacy. If you do not know who your state legislators or U. S. Congressman are...then you need advocacy. If you are just beginning your professional career...then you need advocacy. 
 
WVPA staff and elected officers attend to their advocacy responsibilities with the interest of your profession foremost. The resource fueling WVPA’s advocacy efforts is dependent upon membership. 
 
WVPA needs your membership to help assure continue advocacy for your profession. While our efforts are not always successful, WVPA has made – and will continue to make with your membership – tremendous strides and accomplishments in being pharmacy’s advocate. WVPA secured legislative authority allowing pharmacists to expand their scope of practice by administering certain immunizations. This expansion offers an opportunity to you to provider more health care services to your patients. 
 
As late as the 2012 Legislature, WVPA issued a “call to action” to pharmacists/members to defeat legislation that would have allowed insurance companies and PBMs to dispense 90-day supplies of medication from out-of-state mail order operations. Similar advocacy action was taken to prohibit insurance companies to require mail order of chronic medications. 
 
Earlier this year WVPA influenced the Legislature to “modernize” our Pharmacy Practice Act allowing you to provide health care services with the skills you attained through from your education and training. 
 
This accomplishment did not come easy as we had opponents to our legislative efforts. But wit the help of our members who contacted Senators and Delegates, we were successful.
 
A major provision in the new Act advancing our profession is medication therapy management (MTM). This is a professional services you can provide Medicare beneficiaries to improve their health and be paid by Part D plans I am very excited about this new opportunity for our profession, as I’m sure you are. The provisions of this new law are contained in House Bill 2577. 
 
We trust you can conclude from the above that your membership matters. Your being a member is imperative to WVPA continuing to advocate for our profession. Please continue your membership...or become a member if you currently are not one... and participate in our advocacy efforts. 
 
Your membership matters!
 
Thank you,

Krista Capehart, Pharm.D., MSPharm
President
 
 
 
News & Updates
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Patients want access to medications with PSE

Direct and immediate access to medications containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) -- used to relieve common symptoms of cold, cough and allergy -- continue to be important to patients.  The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) announced, July 14, the results of a survey which highlights that cold, cough and allergy sufferers rely on and demand access to these medicines.

The survey found that among those using non-prescription medications to treat one or more condition:

>98% who experienced cold, cough and flu symptoms, and 88% of those living with nasal allergies, purchase non-prescription medications to treat their aliments.

>68% of those experiencing cold, cough flu symptoms or nasal allergies would choose a decongestant based on a trusted brand that has previously worked for them rather than the one wit the lower price.

>92% feel it is important that their full-service pharmacy offer all of the safe and effective medications available on the market, including 84% who say a full spectrum of medications available is important. 

>72% of those experiencing cold, cough, flu symptoms or nasal allergies say they somewhat or very unfavorably view pharmacies that remove medications containing PSE.

>80% with these symptoms said they would feel unfavorable if they had to travel to more than one retail location to purchase all of their medication needs.

"The survey results are evidence that patients who need access to these medicines feel very strongly about access," said Meryl Bloomrosen, AAFA's Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Policy and Research. 

 

 

FDA strengthens warnings for painkillers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strengthened the warning labels for widely used painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen last Thursday, saying they can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

The FDA is asking people to think carefully about their use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), particularly if they've already had a heart attack.  The agency said it is taking this action based on recent data that shows the risk of heart attack or stroke can increase even after using NSAIDS for a short time.

"They used to say they might cause risk of heart attack or stroke.  Now we are saying they do cause increased risk of heart attack and stroke," FDA spokesman Eric Pahon said.

In particular, people should avoid taking multiple products that contain NSAIDS, the revised FDA warning states. 

Common over-the-counter NSAIDS include ibuprofen (Motirn, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve), but NSAIDS can also show up in combination medicines like multi-symptom cold products.

Although aspirin is also an NSAID, the revised warning doesn't apply to aspirin, the FDA said. 

The agency will require drug manufacturers to include the updated warning on both prescription and OTC brands of NSAIDS.  Over-the-counter NSAIDS are generally used to treat pain, inflammation and fever, while the stronger prescription brands are reserved for chronic and debilitating conditions like arthritis. 

 

 

ANNUAL CONVENTION ANNOUNCED

WVPA's 2015 Annual Convention is scheduled for October 17 & 18 at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV located three miles off Exit 91 of Interstate 79.  The exit is 91 miles North of Charleston and 65 miles South of Morgantown.

Close to nature...far from ordinary describers this 1,900 acres of  picturesque, countryside resort that combines the rustic charm and accommodations of Adirondack style of lodges of the 1920s with all the amenities and recreational choices of today.  The resort is meticulously designed to blend in with the breathtaking natural surroundings. 

Each guestroom, suite and cottage has a view of Stonewall Jackson Lake or the Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course and adjacent woodlands, resulting in a memorable experience for pharmacists and their guests and exhibitors attending the meeting.  A great chance for the family to get-away for the weekend!

Dining at Stonewall...

STILLWATERS overlooks the Adler patio and Stonewall Jackson Lake where you'll experience excellent service and authentic cuisine. 

TJ MUSKIES LOUNGE is a favorite gathering place for those who appreciate great food, fine drink and a good time with colleagues and companions.

LIGHTBURN'S is located in the clubhouse atop the Arnold Palmer Signature Gold Course.  Enjoy an amazing view of the Resort and countryside while experiencing the delights of local, fresh ingredients, and traditional recipes

GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE SHOP offers freshly-brewed Green Mountain Coffee in the lobby along with scones, granola and breakfast sandwiches.

Shopping at Stonewall and nearby...

RESORT GIFT SHOP has a variety of jewelry, keepsakes, resort apparel and home decor items, and Stonewall's featured line of Vera Bradley products.

MTN. LAUREL SPA SHOP  Experienced spa professionals treat you to a naturally relaxing spa and salon experience with the best of organic products and services. 

GOLF PRO SHOP offers the latest golf equipment, apparel and club rentals.

LAMBERT'S VINTAGE WINES - APPALACHIAN GLASS PRODUCTS & McFLY OUTDOOR SPORTING GOODS - just 20 minutes from Stonewall.

Family Fun...

THE PALMER COURSE - 18-hole Signature Arnold Palmer design

MOUNTAIN LAUREL SPA - ultimate relaxation and revitalization

MARINA - boat launch and pontoon rentals

RECREATION CENTER - fitness area, family fun room, steam room, sauna, indoor/outdoor pool and hot tubs

LAWN GAMES - complimentary cornhole boards, frisbees, fishing poles, footballs and kickballs

RESORT RASCALS - for ages 5 to 12, this structured educational program offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities with personal attention

FIRE PIT & S'MORES - enjoy outdoor fire pit during the evening

MILES OF TRAILS - over 16 miles of trails to explore

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION EXHIBIT - self-guided tour designed to educate about the diverse wildlife populations 

CRUISES ON LITTLE SORREL - cruise the lake with family and friends

RENTAL EQUIPMENT - bikes, kayaks, canoes and paddle boats

Save the date and plan to attend...

Pharmacists can benefit from an outstanding education program while the family enjoys the amenities and facilities of Stonewall.  The Convention is a great opportunity for a mini-vacation for the family.  Call 888-278-8150 to reserve a room, suite or cabin on the lake.

   

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