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  • 26 Jan 2010 6:32 PM | Sam Hoagland

    January 25, 2010.   A new "conscience clause" bill was introduced in the Idaho legislature again this year.  It is quite different than last year's version.  It applies to all health care professionals licensed in Idaho (not just pharmacists), but is limited mostly to abortion and assisted suicide kind of issues.   

    What do you think about this controversial legislation? 


  • 01 Jun 2009 10:30 AM | Sam Hoagland

    (AP 05/29/09)  OKLAHOMA CITY — Confronted by two holdup men, pharmacist Jerome Ersland pulled a gun, shot one of them in the head and chased the other away. Then, in a scene recorded by the drugstore's security camera, he went behind the counter, got another gun, and pumped five more bullets into the wounded teenager as he lay on the floor.  Read more here.  What woud you do? 

  • 16 Jan 2009 7:07 AM | Sam Hoagland

    A USA TODAY examination shows employees of major drugstore chains or supermarket pharmacies accounted for nearly one in four of the 295 pharmacists on the panels this year.  Read the full story:  USA Today (12/31/08).

  • 30 Dec 2008 10:16 AM | Sam Hoagland

    An evaluation of studies published from 2001 through 2005 for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) found a median savings of $4.81 for every dollar spent on clinical pharmacy services. The savings ranged from $1 to $34.60 per dollar spent.  Read the full report here.

  • 09 Oct 2008 12:47 PM | Sam Hoagland

    Groups Endorse Guidelines for Hospital Infection Control

    Leading hospital and epidemiological groups issued a list of guidelines Wednesday they hope will help prevent six deadly but preventable infections that commonly develop in hospital patients. The list, by The Joint Commission, the American Hospital Association, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and others, is intended to clarify and expand on existing infection control guidelines. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1.7 million patients a year contract infections during hospital stays, resulting in nearly 100,000 deaths.  Kevin Sack, The New York Times  10/08/2008

  • 19 Sep 2008 2:51 PM | Sam Hoagland

     ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers Election Results

    The Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers (SPPM) has elected two new members to the Section’s Executive Committee. Kathleen Pawlicki, M.S., FASHP, Director of the Department of Pharmacy at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI, was selected as Chair-elect. Section members also elected Patricia Killingsworth, R.Ph., BS Pharm. as Director-at-large-elect.  Ms. Killingsworth is the National Pharmacy Services Manager at Catholic Health Initiatives in Denver, CO. For more information on ASHP election results, please go to:

  • 16 Sep 2008 1:17 PM | Sam Hoagland

    Case to Affect Prescription Drug Liability

    The Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in Wyeth v. Levine is expected to have widely felt consequences for those seeking to recover damages from pharmaceutical companies. The drug industry argues that the federal regulation should pre-empt lawsuits claiming that pharmaceutical companies sold defective or unsafe drugs. Consumer advocates and others, including the New England Journal of Medicine, contend that such pre-emption would drastically reduce the safety of prescription drugs.  Jill U. Adams, LA Times  09/15/2008


    Drugstore Chain Fights San Francisco's Upcoming Tobacco-Sales Ban

    Walgreen Co. last week filed a lawsuit claiming that San Francisco's upcoming ban on tobacco sales by pharmacies is unfair because it does not apply to grocery stores and so-called big-box stores that contain pharmacies.

  • 10 Sep 2008 11:33 AM | Sam Hoagland

       A new code of conduct will change how companies market drugs.
         You'll see fewer pens, mugs, notepads, and other giveaways...and more limits on restaurant meals and promotional events.
         The new code is VOLUNTARY...self-imposed by the drug companies' own association, PhRMA. But most big drug companies will head off MANDATORY regulation.
         Interestingly, most physicians think they aren't influenced by these gifts. Only 16% think reps influence their OWN prescribing...but 61% say it influences their colleagues.
         Expect your reps to follow these new rules:
         Gifts. Only educational items...textbooks, subscriptions, patient education materials, etc...worth up to $100...are okay.
         Meals. Modest meals along with education in the pharmacy, office, or facility will replace restaurant outings with reps.
         Educational talks. Drug companies can still sponsor CE and educational programs at restaurants, but the CE provider or organizer will make the arrangements...not the drug company.
         Drug samples. These are still okay. No new restrictions.
         Literature. Reps still CAN'T talk about off-label uses...but they CAN hand you reprints of scientifically valid articles in many situations.
         Even some experts who are antimarketing see value in reps distributing good published literature about off-label uses.
         But beware. Literature might be cherry-picked to emphasize desirable outcomes and omit studies that show no benefit or even harm.
         Expect to see more direct-to-consumer ads. They work. About a third of adults ask for an advertised drug...and nearly half get it.
    ,, and others are pushing legislation to rein in drug company influence. You'll also hear more about paying PharmDs to detail doctors to improve prescribing.

  • 23 May 2008 8:40 PM | Sam Hoagland

    ISHP Board member, Dr. Elaine Ladd was recently appointed by the ASHP President-Elect to the ASHP New Practitioner Executive Committee (NPEC).   She is one of only five members, all of whom were selected based on geographic location and practical experience.  Her appointment will begin on June 10, 2008 at the ASHP Annual House of Delegates Session in Seattle, WA. 


    The NPEC will work very closely with the ASHP Board of Directors, and will represent all the members with less than 5 years of experience.  They will guide the council's and forum's direction to ensure the needs of the NP members are met.  The NPEC will also be a liaison to each of the advisory forums and groups. 


    In this new position, Elaine will be required to attend the ASHP Summer meeting in Seattle in June, the “Great Expectations” in New York in August, and Bethesda, MD in January.  In addition to those meetings, Elaine will also have a one hour conference call every 4-6 weeks. 


    Elaine is very excited about this new role, and ISHP is very proud of her.  This is a very prestigious position with a lot of exposure.  We know that Elaine will represent the new practitioners and ISHP with dedication and honor. 


    Congratulations, Elaine!!


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