USciences Students Among Pharmacists Who Gathered at Capitol

PPA Day 2017Students from University of the Sciences’ Philadelphia College of Pharmacy were among the hundreds of pharmacists and student pharmacists who converged at the Capitol in Harrisburg for Pennsylvania Pharmacy Day on Wednesday, April 19.

The day focused on several key legislative issues including, most importantly, the opposition to the proposed cuts in the PACE (Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) program and asking that the revised Pharmacy Reimbursement in Medicaid be established at a fair level for pharmacies. Current proposals are citing $45 million in savings from the operating costs of pharmacists to be realized from the merger of four key state agencies. Pharmacists will also be seeking support for expanding pharmacist-provided immunization opportunities, medication synchronization and pharmacy technician registration. 

PPA Day 2017More than 400 pharmacists and student pharmacists held over 170 appointments with legislators throughout the day, along with a press conference and rally in the Main Rotunda at the Capitol. Approximately 45 pharmacy students, along with Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Elizabeth Harris, represented PCP. 

Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association’s CEO Patricia A. Epple said, “Pharmacies have been a strong advocate for and partner in the PACE program since its inception. Governor Wolf’s proposal cuts an additional 45 million dollars from pharmacy, basically attributing this drastic cut as a savings to pay for the merger of these agencies. As a businessman himself, we would have expected Governor Wolf to understand and appreciate the unfairness of this proposal. We’re opposing any action to cut the PACE professional dispensing fee as pharmacies were already cut in 2016.” 

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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