Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy Students Participate in Pharmacy Legislative Day
Twelve student pharmacists from the Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy participated in the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association annual Pharmacy Legislative Day on April 16. Held at the Capital Complex, over 250 students attended to help fight for fair reimbursement.
Students visited with over 152 legislators to discuss prescription reimbursement policies that may be unnecessarily driving up Medicaid costs, eliminating “gag-order” clauses which prevent pharmacists from advising patients on how to reduce their out-of-pocket costs and expanding the potential for pharmacists to deliver immunizations to patients in convenient and assessable locations. Students also participated in a rally in the main Capitol Rotunda to bring awareness to the general public on these issues that have and will continue to affect the profession. Attendees set up health screenings informational posters on asthma, body composition, carbon monoxide, drug take back programs, “Get Smart” outreach projects, hypertension, naloxone training kits, operation immunization and script your future.
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.
Pictured from left to right: top row, Courtney Keyasko, Cody Morcom, Kevin Kachurak, Dylan Fox, Rachel Wood and Kendall Kramer. Bottom row, Katelyn Jimison, Nicole Hughes, Vienna Jones, Danielle Distefano, Erica Chambers, Kayla Bardzel, Nicole Pezzino, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and Thomas Franko, assistant professor of pharmacy practice.