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School Of Pharmacy Students Preparing For Annual Advocacy Trip To Washington, D.C.

As part of an inter-professional event, 175 students and faculty from Duquesne University School of Pharmacy and Duquesne University School of Law will travel to Washington, DC to meet with their senators and representatives on October 21st to advocate on behalf of legislation that would grant provider status to pharmacists under the Social Security Act. The student pharmacists represent the Weekday Pathway class of 2019 and the Weekend Pathway class of 2018.

If enacted, this legislation would recognize and compensate pharmacists for their role as health care providers in working with medically underserved areas, underserved populations, and areas with health professional shortages. Students will meet with 41 legislative office staff, representing eight different states, to explain how pharmacists can promote positive health outcomes and reduce overall healthcare expenditures across the Medicare population.

Students will also address the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which was signed into law this past July. According to Dr. Janet Astle, Assistant Dean for Student Services in the School of Pharmacy, pharmacists play a critical role in assisting patients with addiction and recovery, particularly as the front line point of contact for the acquisition of the life-saving overdose rescue drug Naloxone.

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