Legislative Day Summary
Mylan School of Pharmacy
More than 70 student pharmacists, residents, and faculty from Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy traveled to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, PA on Monday, April 13, 2015 to attend the Annual Pharmacy Legislative Day. Students met with state representatives and senators to discuss pending legislation relative to healthcare and pharmacy practice.
Joined by pharmacists and student pharmacists from across the state, attendees pushed for fair pharmacy audit practices, registration and transparency for pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), and the substitution of interchangeable biologic products without cumbersome notification requirements. Attendees also requested that legislators support the expansion of immunization opportunities in Pennsylvania, by lowering the age of patients to whom pharmacists can administer flu vaccine, and allowing properly trained pharmacist interns to provide immunizations under the direct supervision of licensed pharmacists. The vast majority of states, including neighboring states of West Virginia, Ohio, and Maryland, allow student pharmacists to administer immunizations under a pharmacist's supervision.
Rachael Richter from the Pharmacy Class of 2017 commented, "Legislative Day was such a great experience for both my fellow classmates and myself. Students could be seen all throughout the Capitol, representing Duquesne University and the profession of pharmacy. Overall, we were excited to advocate for the future of our profession and have a positive impact on our legislators."
In addition to advocacy efforts, students had the opportunity to demonstrate the types of patient care services that pharmacists can provide by offering skin analyses, carbon monoxide screenings, and tobacco cessation information. More than 50 individuals took advantage of the health screening services.
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