#Mentoring Monday

2018-11-07T09:50:53-06:00October 10th, 2016|Categories: Blog|


ACA Regional Director Steve Anderson of Perry Pharmacy shared this month’s Mentoring Monday tip — a great reminder of the benefits of building relationships with our patients!

CDC Releases Flu Vaccine Recommendations for 2016-17

2016-10-04T11:57:51-05:00October 4th, 2016|Categories: Blog, News Release|

Recognizing that nearly one in four flu vaccinations occurs in a community or retail pharmacy, the US Centers for Disease Control recently distributed a “Dear Pharmacist” letter outlining Flu Vaccine recommendations for 2016-17.

“We are proud that the CDC recognizes the important role that independent pharmacy plays in ensuring the public health,” said Donnie Calhoun, CEO/ Executive Vice-President of the American College of Apothecaries. “Educating our patients and communities on the necessity of annual flu vaccines is more than providing a convenient service, it’s saving lives.”

For the 2016-2017 season, ACIP has made several updates and clarifications to its seasonal influenza vaccination recommendations:

  • Only injectable influenza vaccines are recommended this flu season.
  • The composition of 2016-2017 flu vaccines has been updated to better match circulating viruses.
  • An influenza vaccine with MF59 adjuvant (FLUADTM) is available for adults 65 years and older. People 65 years of age and older may receive this vaccine, highdose inactivated influenza vaccine (Fluzone High-Dose), or standard-dose inactivated vaccine.
  • The recommendations for flu vaccination of people with egg allergies have been modified.
  • Children 6 months through 8 years of age who have previously received two or more total doses of any trivalent or quadrivalent influenza vaccine before July 1, 2016, only need one dose of 2016-2017 seasonal influenza vaccine. Children 6 months through 8 years of age who have not previously received two or more total doses of any trivalent or quadrivalent influenza vaccine before July 1, 2016 will need two doses of 2016-2017 seasonal influenza vaccine. Children 9 years of age and older need only one dose.

The CDC also recommends that patients receive the vaccination before the end of October, although pharmacists should continue to offer the influenza vaccine throughout the flu season. Read the complete document from the CDC here.

ACA Welcomes New Fellows and Members

2018-10-11T13:26:08-05:00March 16th, 2016|Categories: Blog, News Release|

The American College of Apothecaries recently inducted 25 pharmacists into Fellowship at its annual Educational Conference in Coronado, California. In order to receive designation from the ACA as a Full Fellow, pharmacists are evaluated through a personal interview, a pharmacy inspection, and adherence to the ACA Standards of Practice. Pharmacists awarded Full Fellow status are eligible to use the credentials FACA after their name.

“The American College of Apothecaries is proud to receive our new Fellows into membership,” said ACA President Tom Hunt, RPh, FACA, FACVP. “Being an ACA Fellow shows a pharmacist’s commitment to the profession of pharmacy and to providing the highest-quality independent pharmaceutical services to both patients and community.”

New ACA Fellows February 2016

New ACA Fellows inducted at the Educational Conference, February 2016.

New ACA Fellows present at the induction ceremony in California were:
  • Omar Allibhai, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Leonard Arteaga, Doral, Florida
  • Richard Dilzer, Long Valley, New Jersey
  • Dawn Ipsen, Snohomish, Washington
  • Linda Garrelts MacLean, Spokane, Washington
  • Joseph Lee, Houston, Texas
  • Ken Markakis, Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jacquelyn May, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Kathryn Oard, Enid, Oklahoma
  • Nancy Smigal, San Diego, California
  • Nancy Stoehr, Mequon, Wisconsin
The following pharmacists were inducted in absentia:
  • Justin Brock, Tucson, Arizona
  • Raymond Jajeh, South San Francisco, California
  • Thomas Magnifico, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Amanda Meister, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Nicole Mourning, Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Erik Nelson, Spokane, Washington
  • Tom O’Shea, Elburn, Illinois
  • Anthony Pudlo, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Kathryn Richards, Clarksville, Tennessee
  • Sohal Shah, New Port Richey, Florida
  • Michelle Sherman, Dana Point, California
  • Rodney Skinner, Elk City, Oklahoma
  • Sahar Swidan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Evan Vickers, Cedar City, Utah
Also recognized at the meeting were new Affiliate, Pharmacy Technician, and Pharmacy Marketer Members in attendance:
  • Sherri Hack, Canton, South Dakota, Pharmacy Marketer
  • Terri Hall-Klouda, Anchorage, Alaska, Affiliate
  • Kerrie James, San Diego, California, Pharmacy Technician
  • Brenda Jensen, Canton, South Dakota, Pharmacy Technician
  • Mary May Saldana, San Diego, California, Pharmacy Technician
  • Lyssarae Soriano, San Diego, California, Pharmacy Technician
  • Jesus Zavala, San Diego, California, Pharmacy Technician
  • Amanda Zuniga, San Diego, California, Pharmacy Technician
About the American College of Apothecaries

Founded in 1940, the American College of Apothecaries is a professional pharmacy organization dedicated to advancing the entrepreneurial spirit of member pharmacists through education, innovation, mentoring, fellowship, and training.

Deirdre Myers, RPh, FACA, Honored for Service to Pharmacy Education

2018-10-11T13:09:35-05:00August 22nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, News Release|

2015 Albert E. Rosica, Jr., Memorial Award Recipient

Deirdre Myers, RPh, FACA, 2015 Albert E. Rosica, Jr., Memorial Award Recipient and ACA Executive Vice President Ed Hesterlee, PharmD, FACA.

The American College of Apothecaries presented the 2014-2014 Albert E. Rosica, Jr. Memorial Award to Dee Dee Myers of Carey, Ohio at the College’s 2015 Fall Pharmacy Conference at Denver Marriott Tech Center Hotel in Denver, Colorado. The award, established in memory of Albert E. Rosica, Jr., a Past President of ACA, is presented each year to a pharmacy practitioner for his or her contributions to pharmacy education through participation in pharmacy clerkship programs, serving on various college committees, teaching, working with the alumni association, and making other contributions to academic programs.

Deirdre Myers, RPh, FACA is a pharmacist and a 1983 graduate of the Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University. She has worked in many different pharmacy settings including hospital pharmacy, retail pharmacy, nursing home consulting, and teaching pharmacy students.


When life gives you lemons you get generosity?

2014-07-08T14:09:50-05:00July 8th, 2014|Categories: Blog|

Proust found deep memories in the aroma of a madeleine (a small sponge cake with a distinctive shell-like shape), but the journal Psychological Science recently reported that the right scent may stimulate fairness and generosity.

In an experiment, groups of subjects were placed in two different rooms, one of which had been sprayed with a citrus-scented cleaner. In the first part of the test, subjects were given cash and asked to share some of it with an anonymous person in another room. In the citrus-scented room, participants gave away twice as much money. (more…)

Filling your Pipeline

2014-04-25T20:42:51-05:00April 25th, 2014|Categories: Blog|

Filling-the-Pipeline-Part-IWelcome to this three part series on how to fill your pipeline with new customer leads.

Growing your business is important and the best way to do that is to have a plan to keep your pipeline filled with new leads. There are six ways to fill your pipeline.

Five Principles for Coaching Employees

2014-03-08T17:55:15-06:00March 8th, 2014|Categories: Blog|

Coaching calls for a sharp focus on employees—and on your own communication and management skills. To be an effective coach to your workforce, remember this elemental advice:

1. Observe. Coaches need to be adept at getting information from employees without making people feel as if they’re being interrogated or spied on. Talk to your people and observe them at work to identify skill deficiencies and any other areas of their job they might be confused about. (more…)

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