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COVID-19 Information & Resources

2020-04-09T16:27:39-05:00March 10th, 2020|Categories: News Release, Public/Community Health|

The ACA has cancelled training classes through May 31. At this time, registration for courses scheduled after June 1 remains open. We are working to reschedule cancelled courses for June and July so that we will be able to continue to provide needed compounding training for pharmacy professionals. We are also working to provide additional online training materials and accredited CE for pharmaceutical compounding and other topics on the ACA | ACVP | PPSI Online Education CEnter Portal.

Calendar of Educational Resources

ORIGINALLY AIRED : Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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In an unprecedented public-private partnership, PPP Loans will be funded through SBA-Approved lenders. The U.S. Treasury has released guidance on the PPP loan program, but some business owners may be wondering how staffing decisions can impact loan forgiveness.  Hear from Frier Levitt’s, Co-Founding Partner, Daniel B Frier, Esq. who provides the most current information on:

  • Understanding the concept of how the loan is forgiven under the CARES Act
  • How staffing changes may impact loan forgiveness
  • How compensation changes may impact loan forgiveness

Evidence on potential transmission and treatment of COVID-19 is evolving rapidly.

Join the American Public Health Association and the National Academy of Medicine for a free webinar to hear from experts on emerging data.

FREE Webinar #3: Emerging Evidence on COVID-19 Spread and Treatment

Thursday, April 9, 12:30-2 p.m. ET

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Hydroxychloroquine & Its Potential Role in COVID-19 Treatment: A Review for Pharmacists
Thursday, April 9, 2020
1:00 ET

This webinar will educate pharmacists on information about hydroxychloroquine (including ADRs, DIs), as well as provide a brief review of information from trials so that pharmacists feel more confident in understanding and answering questions about its current place in therapy.

This program is approved for 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs) of continuing education credit for pharmacists and technicians.

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Effective March 25, 2020, our office building will be closed; all staff will be working from home during our regular business hours, Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm and 8:00 am-noon on Friday. We will not be answering the phones, but will be responding to emails using the contact form.

COVID-19 Resources

US Department of Health & Human Services

As the most accessible and frequently visited members of the healthcare team, pharmacists will play a vital role in America’s COVID-19 publc health response with the ability to order and administer testing for their patients.

The ACA supports the work done by pharmacy organizations to remove the barriers to Pharmacists so that we can provide our communities with needed COVID-19 tests and referrals when necessary.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC recently released additional guidance documents of interest to pharmacists. Note as circumstances change this information will be updated by CDC:

Note:  recommendation to postpone immunizations with certain exceptions, taking into account benefit vs risk.

2020 CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)

COCA prepares clinicians to respond to emerging health threats and public health emergencies by communicating relevant, timely information related to disease outbreaks, disasters, terrorism events, and other health alerts.

Calls/Webinars Information, Summaries, & Slide Sets

Click on the titles below for more information.

Title: Underlying Medical Conditions and People at Higher Risk for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Date: Friday, March 27, 2020


Title: COVID-19 Update: Optimization Strategies for Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

From USP Healthcare Quality & Safety Team

UPDATED: March 18, 2020

In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for garbing and personal protective equipment (PPE) and alcohol-based hand sanitizer is expected to outpace available supply. During this pandemic, USP supports State Boards and other regulators using risk-based enforcement discretion related to the implementation of USP compounding standards and the compounding of alcohol-based hand sanitizers for consumer use.

The USP Compounding Expert Committee developed the following informational resources that may be of assistance during this public health emergency:

From the FDA: Policy for Temporary Compounding of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency

UPDATED: March 14, 2020

Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) has received a number of queries concerning compounding of alcohol-based hand sanitizers.   Read or download the guidance here: https://www.fda.gov/media/136118/download

Joint ACA | ACVP | PPSI Statement on COVID-19

UPDATED: March 12, 2020

We understand and support the difficult decision made yesterday by the American Pharmacists Association to cancel their upcoming Annual Meeting and Expo. This cancellation includes all related conference activites, including the PPSI Public Health Town Hall Breakfast scheduled for Sunday, March 22. We are currently evaluating our options for rescheduling this event at a later date. 

Registration for the ACVP Veterinary Pharmacy Conference, June 25-27, in Raleigh, North Carolina is still open. We are monitoring the situation and exploring other options. We anticipate making a decision regarding the feasibility of hosting a live conference by mid-April.

March 10, 2020

At the American College of Apothecaries, American College of Veterinary Pharmacists, and Pharmacists Planning Services, Inc., public health and safety is our top priority.

While we are operating as usual, we are also working on contingency plans to be prepared for changing circumstances. We are actively following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local state departments of health as well as local public health authorities so we can respond quickly to any shifts in their recommendations.

What are ACA , ACVP, and PPSI doing in response to COVID-19?
Our organizations are monitoring the situation closely.

As of today, our plan is to still hold our upcoming events as scheduled, including compounding training courses at the National Training Laboratory in Bartlett, Tennessee and the ACVP Veterinary Pharmacy Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Due to the evolving nature of this situation, cancellations may have to be made with short notice, for instance in the case of a public health directive. We will do our best to contact all those affected as quickly as possible.

What steps can pharmacists take to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Recommend to your patients and staff to follow all of the steps recommended by the CDC. The same simple steps that prevent the spread of ordinary flu viruses work against COVID-19 and other illnesses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand). Then throw the tissue away and wash hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, with a temperature above 100.0 F (38.7 C) or do not feel well, appear weak or ill.
  • Consult your health care provider if you have special health conditions that put you at increased risk.

Be a Source of Comfort and Calm for the Public
The CDC has developed a helpful resource for Healthcare Professionals that covers clinical features, infection control, and guidances for evaluating and reporting persons under investigation (PUI).

Additional information and resources about the Covid-19:

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