PCP Students Among Hundreds of Pharmacists Who Gathered in PA Capitol as “Now Is The Time...”

By Brian Kirschner

Group of PCP students

On Wednesday, April 6, hundreds of pharmacists and student pharmacists converged at the Capitol in Harrisburg for Pennsylvania Pharmacy Day to push the theme of "NOW is the time...” The theme specifically selected to mean the time for pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), for advancing the role of pharmacists' in healthcare, and for protecting patient care.  The event was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA).

Pharmacists and student pharmacists held over 160 appointments to meet with legislators throughout the day, along with a press conference and rally in the Main Rotunda at the Capitol.  The rally focused on key legislative issues of establishing PBM oversight and creating fair and uniform audit standards.  It also addressed the importance of advancing the role of pharmacists’ in healthcare.

Swana Thomas PharmD’18

Swana Thomas PharmD’18

“Thirty PCP students attended PPA's Legislative Day in Harrisburg. Students of all classes taught legislators and fellow pharmacy students about the importance of nutrition in diabetes management and provided free glucose screenings,” said Swana Thomas PharmD’18. “We encouraged legislators to support bills such as House Bill 947 (Senate Bill 669) which would require regulation of pharmacy benefit managers. This event allowed PCP to explore the world of pharmacy legislation and encouraged students to be active in their local organizations and support their profession. We hope to see more involvement from more students in the future and for PPA to thrive on our campus.”

PPA CEO, Patricia A. Epple said, “The bills we will be advocating for in this legislative session focus on business related issues that are needed to help keep Pennsylvania community pharmacies alive and vibrant; which in turn affords convenient patient access, can contain costs, while improving patient outcomes.”

Founded in 1878, the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association is a professional membership organization of more than 2,300 pharmacists and pharmacy students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, representing almost all facets of pharmacy practice.  As the leading voice of pharmacy in Pennsylvania, it promotes the profession through advocacy, education, and communication to enhance patient care and public health.

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