Wilkes University Students Participated in Pharmacy Legislative Day
HARRISBURG, PA – Approximately 45 student pharmacists from the Wilkes University Nesbitt College of Pharmacy converged on the Capitol for the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA) Pharmacy Legislative Day on Monday, April 13, 2015. The students and their faculty advisors helped to "paint" the Capitol white, wearing their identifying lab coats and pushing the importance of "Pharmacists: Your Medication Experts!" Over 275 pharmacy students from the seven Schools of Pharmacy across the Commonwealth and more than 80 pharmacists, walked the halls of the Capitol, participated in the Pharmacy Rally and made legislative visits. Pharmacy Legislative Day attendees met with a significant number of legislators or their staff and delivered packets of information to any legislative offices for which visits were not able to be scheduled. The visits covered important issues of the profession focusing on PBM regulation and transparency, fair pharmacy audits and expanded immunization opportunities. This valuable opportunity for PPA members to have their voices heard and to stress the importance of issues facing pharmacy today was an important and crucial step in educating legislators about pharmacists and their concerns. Each of the seven Pennsylvania Schools of Pharmacy also had displays showcasing information on the value pharmacists provide and performed various health related screenings. Information on DermaView, carbon monoxide, poison prevention, asthma, allergic rhinitis, blood pressure, Script Your Future, collaborative practices, medication review, blood glucose, and immunization awareness was displayed in the East Wing Rotunda throughout Pharmacy Legislative Day. Wilkes University's table focused on immunization awareness. The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association also arranged for group tours of the Capitol and some special legislative meetings for students. Founded in 1878, the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association is a professional membership organization of more than 2,000 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.