Thursday, October 02, 2014

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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,

Jason Turner, Pharm.D.
News & Updates

Save the date - February 23, 2015 - and plan to attend "Pharmacy Day at the WV Legislature".  It is your opportunity to inform your elected officials of issues important to your profession and your pharmacy.  This annual event is hosted by WV Pharmacists Association.


University of Charleston School of Pharmacy Update:  here


Dani Dolin recipient of Excellence in Innovation pharmacy award

Excellence In Innovation is a national award coordinated by the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations and generously sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. to recognize and honor a qualified pharmacist who has demonstrated significant innovation in their respective practice, method or service directly or indirectly resulting in improved patient care and/or advancement of the profession of pharmacy.


Generation Rx Champion’s Award presented Jason Turner

Jason Turner, owner of Moundsville Pharmacy, and his staff were recognized by Cardinal Health for preventing prescription drug abuse and diversion.

Cardinal’s Generation Rx Champions Award was presented Turner during the Installation and Awards ceremonies at Stonewall Resort, August 23, while celebrating WVPA’s 107th Annual Convention at Stonewall Resort.

Turner developed protocol for him and his staff to follow prior to and during the dispensing of controlled substances.   When a prescription is dropped off at the drive-in window or at the prescription counter, the staff documents the patient’s date of birth and new patients are required to present a photo ID to confirm their identity.  

All new prescriptions are reviewed by a pharmacist to detect any signs of tampering.  The new patient is searched through the WV Board of Pharmacy Controlled Substance Monitoring Program for possible misuse or multiple purchases of controlled substances.

Refills of controlled substance prescriptions are reviewed by a pharmacist to determine if there have been any tampering with the renewal prescription.

If a patient or prescriber is outside the routine service area of the pharmacy, a pharmacist or staff person calls the prescriber to confirm the legitimacy of the prescription and the physician’s practice.

At their descretion and for good reason, a pharmacist may refuse to fill a controlled prescription since if there is no previous physician/pharmacy or patient/pharmacy relationship.  

And, in accordance with West Virginia law, any patient picking up a controlled substance prescription is required to present a government issued photo ID.

Jeremy Prunty receives Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award
Jeremy J. Prunty of Milton was presented the 2014 Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award by Tina White, field representative for Pharmacists Mutual Companies, sponsor of the award, during WVPA’s 107th Annual Convention, August 23, at Stonewall Resort.

The award is presented a pharmacist within 10 years of graduation from a school of pharmacy who is active in their state and national associations and actively practices pharmacy.  

Jeremy is a 2011 graduate of West Virginia University School of Pharmacy.  Following graduation he completed Pharmacy Practice Residency at the Huntington Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Huntington.   He is now Clinical Assistant Professor of WVU School of Pharmacy in Morgantown and Clinical Internal Medicine Specialist for Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington.  Prior to pursuing his Pharm.D. degree, he was a Pharmacy Intern at Giant Eagle Pharmacy in Chardon, Ohio, and at Prunty’s Pharmacy in Middlebourne, WV.

He currently serves as the Institutional Pharmacy Director on WVPA’s Board of Directors.  He is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacists, American Society of Health System Pharmacists, American Academy of Colleges of Pharmacy and American Pharmacists Association.        

He holds several certificates and license, including ACLS Provider, WV Immunization License and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer.



The coveted, long-standing Bowl of Hygeia recognizes a pharmacist for their community service, which apart from being a pharmacist, reflects well on the profession.   “This year’s recipient exemplifies the intent of this Award,” said Jason Turner, WVPA President when presenting her the Award during the 107th Annual Convention at Stonewall Resort, August 23, 2014. 

The Award is sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations with support from Boehringer Ingelheim.

The recipient graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky in 1997, after attaining a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy a year earlier.

An owner of Hurley Drug Company in Williamson, WV, for 15 years, she provides medication therapy, pharmaceutical care, immunizations and diabetes education to her patients, while managing a staff of 20 people.  She has completed the American Pharmacists Association Diabetes Certificate program.

The recipient served on the Williamson City Council from 1989 to 2007.  She worked with community leaders to acquire grant money to have a dilapidated grade school building in a residential area torn down.   She also worked with community support to place a playground at the city pool.  She also helped build the Mingo County Department of Health and Human Resources building in downtown Williamson.


Appreciation extended Representatives McKinley and Capito for support of legislation

August 7, 2014

The Honorable David McKinley                           and             The Honorable Shelley Moore-Capito

United States House of Representatives                                United States House of Representatives

412 Cannon House Office Building                                        2366 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D. C. 20515                                                     Washington, D. C. 20515

FAX: 202-225-7564                                                              FAX: 202-225-7856

Dear Congresswoman McKinley:                        and             Dear Congresswomen Moore-Capito:

On behalf of the more than 2,100 licensed West Virginia pharmacists, appreciation is extended you for cosponsoring H. R. 4577 - known as “Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies.”

This legislation will benefit many West Virginia seniors in under-served, rural areas of our State by giving them convenient access to pharmacies participating in Medicare Part D prescription drug plans.

Currently, because of local pharmacies being “locked out” of participation in some Part D plans Medicare beneficiaries have to travel 30 to 40 miles to a “preferred” pharmacy while passing their local pharmacies. 

When Congress enacted Part D it sought to preserve patient access and choice by permitting any willing pharmacy to participate in a network so long as it met the plan’s reasonable terms and conditions.  However, some plan sponsors have formed “preferred” pharmacy arrangements that are increasingly restrictive and not cost effective.

Although CMS found “preferred” pharmacies not to be cost effective and even said it was concerned to learn Medicare beneficiaries were traveling great distances to obtain prescription drugs, it did not proceed for now with the pharmacy choice protection for beneficiaries.

CMS’ decision not to move forward with its pharmacy choice proposal in March made plain the need for legislation contained in H.R. 4577.  To that end West Virginia pharmacists are encouraged by the introduction of this proposed legislation and commend you for your support for the passage of H. R. 4577.

Very truly yours,

Richard Stevens, Executive Director

West Virginia Pharmacists Association


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