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ACHC and American College of Apothecaries Promote Safety and Quality

2020-02-13T14:35:22-06:00February 13th, 2020|Categories: Administration/Management, News Release, Pharmacist Training|

Cary, NC – Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) announces the renewal of its partnership with American College of Apothecaries (ACA), an organization dedicated to advancing the entrepreneurial spirit of member pharmacists through education, innovation, mentoring, fellowship, and training.

“Both ACHC and ACA are committed to advancing safe practices and quality through education and collaboration,” said Jon Pritchett, ACHC Program Director. “ACA’s role in the original establishment of PCAB points to the visionary leadership for which they are recognized in serving their members and the industry as a whole. The renewed partnership between ACHC and ACA represents an ongoing expression of our organizations’ shared values.”

This partnership agreement also allows ACA members and Fellows to receive special pricing on ACHC’s Pharmacy Accreditation services, including services provided by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB), and discounts on ACHCU educational resources that can help prepare ACA member pharmacies for accreditation.

“ACA’s partnership with ACHC underscores our organizations’ commitment to quality and best practices in pharmacy,” said Susan Bartlemay, RPh, FACA, FACVP, FAPhA, Executive Vice President, American College of Apothecaries.

“We are thrilled to announce that ACHC is now offering a $500 discount on accreditation services to our members. We encourage our members to continually strive to deliver the highest standards of health care as demonstrated by the ACHC programs and support them in their efforts.”

ACHC offers a broad suite of pharmacy accreditation solutions, including accreditation for Community Retail, Specialty, Sterile/Non-Sterile Compounding (PCAB), Mail Order, Infusion, and Long-Term Care services. Companies seeking to distinguish themselves within the pharmacy market also can obtain distinctions in Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs, Oncology, Infectious Disease Specific to HIV, Nutrition Support, and Hazardous Drug Handling.

ACHC PCAB Accreditation offers programs for non-sterile (ref. USP <795>) and sterile (ref. USP <797>) compounding services. PCAB assesses the compounding process based on a specific set of standards that concentrate on the quality and consistency of compounded medications while incorporating performance improvement and ongoing compliance requirements.

ACHC is known for providing value, integrity, and the industry’s best customer service, and  is dedicated to helping providers address challenges as demand for healthcare services continues to grow.

ACHC’s flexible, educational approach makes it the provider’s choice for accreditation. ACHC assists providers throughout the accreditation process by offering access to personal account advisors, clinical and regulatory support, and program-specific educational resources. With no annual fees, ACHC offers cost-effective, competitive pricing to help providers achieve their accreditation goals.

For more information on ACHC Accreditation programs and services, or to download ACHC Accreditation Standards, visit www.achc.org, email customerservice@achc.org, or call (855) 937-2242.

For 80 years, the American College of Apothecaries (www.acainfo.org) has been dedicated to the advancement of professional practice in independent community pharmacy through education, entrepreneurship, and mentoring. The Fellows and members of ACA are committed to best practices in pharmacy and quality healthcare for their communities.

ACA offers a way for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, marketers, and students to connect with other pharmacy professionals to discuss areas of mutual interest and strengthen individual practice. This effort is supported through webinars, on-demand continuing education (CE), compounding classes, conferences and other events. ACA’s educational programming is available to all pharmacy professions, including non-members.

For more information on the American College of Apothecaries, visit www.acainfo.org.org, email info@acainfo.org, or call (901)383-8119.

Memories of 50 Years as a Woman Pharmacist…..

2019-10-10T17:05:16-05:00October 10th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News Release|

Women Pharmacist Day, October 12, 2019, is a wonderful opportunity to recognize those women who have made – and continue to make – contributions to pharmacy practice and our patients’ lives.

Fifty years ago, I became a registered pharmacist. I’ll be honest—some days it seems like yesterday; and other days, it seems like forever ago.  Oh, the changes I have seen through the years in equipment, practice, education, and gender of pharmacists.

Changes for women, as well as pharmacy practice, are enormous.  Women are now 50% of pharmacy students, computers are the norm, and pharmacists are counseling patients.  Pharmacy practice today is nothing like 50 years ago.

When I finished pharmacy school, there were only seven women in my graduating class of 77. We hung together and most of us joined Kappa Epsilon, the women’s professional pharmacy fraternity on our campus. Today, this organization still supports women in pharmacy but has evolved with the times and welcomes men as well as women.

Upon graduation, I took a staff pharmacist position with a small chain.  At this time, retail pharmacists made the most money and most retail pharmacies were owned and operated by individual pharmacists.  In many cases, the men were paid more than the women.

Because you were a young female, everyone would always ask to see the pharmacist and then tell you that you were too young to be a pharmacist and they wanted to talk to the “man” pharmacist.  Many customers would leave rather than have a female help them (that was usually because they wanted to buy condoms which were kept behind the counter!).

Since there were few women pharmacists older than me, most of my mentors were men.  However, I attended many pharmacy meetings which afforded me the opportunity to meet many women who were “firsts” and pioneers in pharmacy who then became my mentors.  To name a few: Marjorie Coghill, Metta Lou Henderson, Joy Donaldson, Gloria Francke (first female to receive the Remington Honor Medal), Mary Lou Andersen (first female Speaker of APhA House of Delegates among other firsts), Evelyn Timmons (first female president of ACA), Mary Munson Runge (first female president of APhA), Hazel Pipkin (first female president of Texas Pharmacy Association) and many others.  Without these women and the trails they blazed, many of us women would never have reached the leadership positions that we have enjoyed through the years.

So on behalf of the American College of Apothecaries and the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists, I want to say “Thank You” to the women pharmacists who came before me and helped pave the way, to the women pharmacists who supported me in pharmacy school and the early years of my practice, to the women pharmacists who work tirelessly everyday to help improve their patients’ health and the health of our communities, to the women pharmacists who serve on the board, committees, and faculty of the American College of Apothecaries and the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists, and to the pharmacy students who will be the women pharmacists of the future.

Sincerely,

Susan Bartlemay
Susan Bartlemay, RPh, FACA, FAPhA
Executive Vice President
American College of Apothecaries  |  American College of Veterinary Pharmacists

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Susan Bartlemay
Executive Vice-President
American College of Apothecaries
American College of Veterinary Pharmacists

ACA’s Response to the Update on USP Compounding Standards

2019-09-25T14:45:00-05:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: News Release, USP 795, USP 797|

On September 23, 2019, ACA received notification that due to ongoing appeals, implementation of proposed changes to USP Chapters 795 and 797 will not occur on December 1, 2019. This is good news for compounding pharmacy: the scope of the revisions to USP Chapters 795 and 797 – and the impact that the current revisions as written would have on maintaining patients’ access to compounded medications and on the preservation of local, independent community pharmacies’ ability to continue to compound—were too great.

ACA is committed to providing compounding training that reflects the USP Chapter Standards. We are in the process of updating the curricula for our 2020 live and online courses to reflect the proposed changes as they are currently written. Once USP makes a decision to deny or remand the ongoing appeals to Chapters 795 and 797, and communicates a new implementation schedule, we will adjust our revisions and training updates accordingly on our website.

If you have any questions about ACA compounding training or the inclusion of USP Chapter Standards in our curricula, please contact us at training@acainfo.org. Click here to read the notice from USP.

Sincerely,

 

Susan Bartlemay, RPh, FACA, FAPhA
Executive Director | CEO
American College of Apothecaries

Recognize & Celebrate Pharmacy With Recognition Days

2020-01-13T10:07:16-06:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: News Release|

Professional Awareness Days are a great opportunity to show your appreciation for the hard work that your staff does every day and market your pharmacy at the same time. There are several notable dates coming up, so start planning. For your convenience, we’ve compiled some links and ideas to get you started.

Throughout the Weeks Ahead:

  • Ahead of time: post signs around your pharmacy and on your website and social media alerting your patients about the upcoming recognition day and asking them to join you in showing their appreciation to your staff
  • Include information for your patients about the many services you and your staff provide and how the profession of pharmacy helps keep them healthy
  • Make each recognition fun & be creative — take photos of the events and post online
  • Use the official hashtags for each special day
  • Use the links below to discover more ways to promote each event!

Key Dates

September 25
World Pharmacists Day
#WPD2019 #WorldPharmacistsDay

Theme:  “Safe and effective medicines for all”

The theme for 2019 aims to promote pharmacists’ crucial role in safeguarding patient safety through improving medicine’s use and reducing medication errors. Show your support with graphics and a profile frame from the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).

October 1-31
American Pharmacists Month

Theme: “Pharmacists: Easy to Reach, Ready to Help”

Visit the APhM website for marketing and promotional materials to wear or display and for event ideas for your practice setting.

October 12
National Women Pharmacists Day
#WomenPharmacistDay

Celebrate the significant gains that women have made in pursuing careers in pharmacy. Honor the trailblazers who have made such progress possible and the women working in your pharmacy today. Download a toolkit of graphics and ideas from the WPD website.

October 15
Pharmacy Technicians Day
#RxTechDay

Show your appreciation to pharmacy technicians for the important role they play in your pharmacy. Recognize and celebrate their dedication and hard work.

The links above have been provided as informational resources and as tools for our members to use to promote pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

2019 ACA Member of the Year Awarded to Marisol Lopez

2019-02-27T10:16:07-06:00February 21st, 2019|Categories: News Release|Tags: |

ST. PETE BEACH, FL, February 8, 2019: The American College of Apothecaries presented the 2018 ACA Member of the Year Award to Marisol Lopez, RPh, MPH, FACA, FACVP, of f Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.

The award, established in 2013, recognizes an ACA Member for exceptional accomplishment and effort in serving his or her community and promoting community pharmacy through mentoring, entrepreneurship, and education, as well as support of the ACA.   The presentation was made during the Presidents’ Banquet Friday evening, at the College’s 2019 Annual Educational Conference hosted at the Don CeSar.

Marisol Lopez excels in the field of education and mentoring as she has dedicated herself to the promotion of community pharmacy and the continued development of pharmacy professionals.

As an ACA Fellow, Lopez has served the organization through roles on the ACA Board of Directors and as a compounding training class instructor. She has been instrumental in expanding ACA’s compounding training into the Caribbean and is an outstanding teacher and mentor to class participants.

A 1990 graduate of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) with a bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Lopez completed a Master’s degree in Public Health with a major in Public Health Administration in 2007.

Lopez works as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Pharmacy of Puerto Rico and has offered continuing education presentations for the Continuing Education Division of the School of Pharmacy, University of PR, and the Puerto Rico Pharmacists Association (Colegio de Farmaceuticos de PR). In addition, Lopez has collaborated in the development of the compounding sections of the Pharmacy Act of Puerto Rico.

In 2014, Lopez received the honor of being named the Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Excellence in Innovation Award by the Puerto Rico Pharmacist Association, sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories.

At the present, Lopez is the President of International Society of Pharmaceutical Compounding (ISPhC) based in Spain, a member of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) and a Fellow of the American College of Apothecaries (ACA) and the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists (ACVP).

ACA 2018 Member of the Year Marisol Lopez with 2018 Chairman of the Board Ryan Oftebro

ACA Exhibits at Puerto Rico Pharmacists Association Meeting

2018-10-11T13:05:36-05:00August 16th, 2018|Categories: News Release|Tags: |

ACA Regional Director Marisol Lopez, RPh, MPH, FACA, FACVP represents the American College of Apothecaries at the Puerto Rico Pharmacists Association (CFPR) Meeting August 16-19 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

ACA began teaching Fundamental and Dermatology compounding courses in Puerto Rico in January 2018 thanks to a special arrangement with Columbia Central University in Caguas.

For more information, visit: acainfo.org/puertorico

BE PREPARED. GET NALOXONE. SAVE A LIFE.

2018-04-05T10:49:34-05:00April 5th, 2018|Categories: News Release|

Today, the US Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, recommended that anybody using an opioid-based painkiller — for a medical condition or recreationally — have naloxone on hand, and that their friends and family should have it as well.  The American College of Apothecaries applauds the position of the Surgeon General and echo the use of naloxone to help save lives.  The Chairman of the Board of ACA, Dr. Ryan Oftebro, was one of the original pharmacist pioneers to champion the ability of the pharmacist to dispense naloxone without a prescription.  “This lifesaving drug can reverse the overdose effects of opioids and save lives,” said Donnie Calhoun, CEO and Executive Vice President of ACA, “and we encourage pharmacies to carry and follow their state law to dispense it.  We also encourage pharmacists to properly train the user on how to administer the drug so that the full benefit can be used to save lives.”

Surgeon General’s Advisory on Naloxone and Opioid Overdose

BE PREPARED. GET NALOXONE. SAVE A LIFE.

ACA Response to “Evaluation of Bulk Drug Substances Nominated for Use in Compounding Under Section 503B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act”

2018-03-23T11:33:45-05:00March 23rd, 2018|Categories: News Release|

We are reviewing the guidance document and we welcome the opportunity to provide comments. Public health and safety is paramount and ACA, as a best practice organization, is ready to assist our members with compliance with the new guidance. Compounding is a vital part of the treatment choices physicians have to treat disease. As with any drug, the benefit should always outweigh the risk. We want to help compounders lower that risk and improve outcomes for those thousands of patients that depend on compounded prescriptions.

Draft Guidance: “Evaluation of Bulk Drug Substances Nominated for Use in Compounding Under Section 503B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act”

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on a key step in advancing FDA’s oversight of drug compounding and implementing new laws governing outsourcing facilities

 

Donnie Calhoun, RPh, FACA, FACVP
Executive Director | CEO
American College of Apothecaries
American College of Veterinary Pharmacists

Dixie Leikach Named 2017 ACA Member of the Year

2019-02-21T10:08:57-06:00March 3rd, 2018|Categories: News Release|Tags: |

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL, March 2, 2018: The American College of Apothecaries presented the 2017 ACA Member of the Year Award to Dixie Leikach, RPh, MBA, FACA, of Finksburg, Maryland, Vice President of Operations for YOUR Community Pharmacy and President of PEER Rx.  The presentation was made during the Presidents’ Banquet Friday evening, at the College’s 2018 Annual Educational Conference hosted at the Ponte Vedra Beach Club Resort.  The award is presented to a member of the College for exceptional accomplishment and effort in promoting the College and community pharmacy.

Dixie and her husband, Neil, also a pharmacist, are committed to preserving independent pharmacy and are working to provide opportunities for other pharmacists to become owners of their own pharmacies. Dixie and Neil opened their first pharmacy, Catonsville Pharmacy, in February of 1999. Finksburg Pharmacy followed in 2003 and Paradise Professional Pharmacy opened in 2007. In June 2017, Dixie and Neil were honored with Excellence in Innovation Award by the Maryland Pharmacists Association, the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) and Upsher-Smith.

Recognizing the need for increased awareness of the role of ethics in pharmacy, Dixie founded Pharmacy Ethics, Education and Resources, Inc. (PEER), a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to educating health care professionals on ethics in order to improve patient safety. Dixie has also created the PEER Ethics Continuing Education Series and certificate program for individuals.

A 1992 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Dixie is a Past President of the Lambda Kappa Sigma International Pharmacy Fraternity, the Maryland Pharmacists Association, and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Alumni Association.

In 1998, Dixie was selected as the Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year for both the state of Maryland and LKS. In 2012, she received the LKS Distinguished Service Citation. In 2015, she received the LKS Merck Vanguard Leadership Award.

As an ACA Fellow, Dixie has served the College through roles on the ACA Board of Directors and on multiple committees, including admissions, membership and programs.

ACA 2017 Member of the Year Dixie Leikach

American College of Apothecaries Announces New Vice-President, Regional Directors

2017-12-19T16:47:12-06:00December 19th, 2017|Categories: News Release|

A new Vice-President and five new directors have been named to the American College of Apothecaries (ACA) Board of Directors. The ACA Board of Directors is made up of ACA Fellows representing 13 geographical regions of the United States and Canada and Executive Officers.

Elections for board Vice-President and Regional Directors for regions 6, 7, 9, and 13 were conducted in November among the Fellows. Regional Directors will serve three-year terms commencing in 2018.

Earlier this month, Elaine Ladd, RPh, FACA was appointed by the ACA Board of Directors to fulfill the remainder of the term left vacant by the resignation of Roland Lopez for Region 11.  Ladd will serve through 2019.

“On behalf of the Fellows and members of the American College of Apothecaries, we’re honored and grateful for the leadership and service of our new Vice-President and Regional Directors” said ACA CEO | Executive Vice-President Donnie Calhoun. “Their commitment to independent pharmacy and willingness to dedicate their time to our organization is crucial to the success of the ACA.”

Shara Rudner, RPh, FACA, FACVP, FIACP – Vice-President

Shara Rudner holds a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy and is currently Clinical Trials and Special Project Coordinator for Pharmacy Innovations. Shara is a Fellow of the American College of Apothecaries (ACA), the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists (ACVP), and the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP). Prior to her election as Vice-President, Shara has served ACA as the Director for region 2 since 2016.  Shara has received numerous professional awards, including ACVP’s Earl W. “Bill” Bradley Award for Outstanding Service to Veterinary Pharmacy 2008 and is a regular presenter at professional conferences. She is a founding Board Member of STOMP The Monster™.

Nancy Stoehr, PharmD, FACA, FIACP – Region 6 (Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin)

Nancy Stoehr earned her PharmD from the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Pharmacy in 2006 and is an Assistant Professor at Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy since 2012 where her teaching focus is pharmaceutical dosage forms and extemporaneous pharmaceutical compounding for the community patient. Her research focuses on stability and quality of compounded dosage forms and formulation development as well as scholarship of teaching and learning within the non-sterile compounding laboratory. Nancy is currently continuing her pharmacy practice as a compounding pharmacist with Skywalk Pharmacy in Milwaukee, WI which has a non-sterile pediatric community compounding focus. She enjoys incorporating practice and research into her education of technicians, pharmacists and future pharmacists.

Nicholas R. Smock, PharmD, MBA, FACA – Region 7 (Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska)

Nick Smock received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Missouri in 1983, his Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1990, and his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2002. He serves as the President and CEO of the Pharmacy Buying Association (PBA), a pharmacy member co-op, since 1998 and previously served as Vice President, COO, CFO and Director of Contracts. Nick spent several years as a practicing pharmacist prior to joining PBA/TrueCare.

Nathan D. Pope, PharmD, FACA, BCACP – Region 9 (Texas)

Nathan Pope is currently Clinical Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy (UT-Austin) since 2008. He received his B.S. and PharmD from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey in 2002, subsequently completed a Community Pharmacy Residency in Houston, Texas, and received Board Certification in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy (BCACP) in 2015. He has worked various community pharmacy settings and is Residency Program Director for the H-E-B Pharmacy which partnered with the College in 2008 to create an innovative post-graduate educational experience in the community pharmacy setting. He is the faculty advisor to the UT-Austin student chapter of NCPA which has been awarded Student Chapter of the Year for four of the last six years.  Nathan is a clinical instructor for ACA, teaching compounding courses at the National Training Laboratory and on-site compounding training.

Elaine Ladd, PharmD, ABAAHP, FAARFM, FACA – Region 11 (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington)

Elaine Ladd is a Client Manager with Pharmacy Development Services, bringing years of experience leading clinical development and directing enhanced pharmacy services. Previously, Elaine served as founder and pharmacist-in-charge of a hybrid community pharmacy. She is a former clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Idaho State University College of Pharmacy with over a decade of teaching experience.  She is an active member of numerous organizations and has served on national and state committees in the interest of pharmacy on important topics such as patient safety, infection control, leadership development, preventative health and compounding.  She is certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging Health Practitioners, and received a fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Ben Smith, RPh, FACA – Region 13 (Canada) 

Ben Smith is the owner of a dozen pharmacies scattered throughout small towns in central Ontario. He graduated from pharmacy school at the University of Toronto in 1966 and purchased his first pharmacy in 1979 in a small community in Ontario. He attributes his achievements to an old-fashioned recipe of hard work, long hours, ongoing continuing education, generously giving back to the communities his pharmacies serve, being as accessible as possible to patients, and cultivating strong personal relationships with local physicians. Ben served the ACA as President in 2013 and Chairman in 2014. He has served on the ACA Admission Committee for many years and on numerous ACA committees. He is also a member of the Ontario Pharmacists Association and the Canadian Pharmaceutical Association.