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Students Address Health Care, Pharmacy Practice at Legislative Day in Harrisburg

More than 70 Mylan School of Pharmacy students, residents and faculty members traveled to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., on April 13 to attend 2015 Pharmacy Legislative Day. 

Hosted by the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, the event allowed Duquesne pharmacy students the opportunity to meet with state representatives and senators to discuss pending legislation relative to health care 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, and the substitution of interchangeable biologic products without cumbersome notification requirements.

In addition, legislators were asked to support expanded immunization opportunities in Pennsylvania by lowering the age that pharmacists can administer flu vaccine and allowing properly trained pharmacist interns to provide immunizations under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist. The vast majority of states, including neighboring states of West Virignia, Ohio and Maryland, allow student pharmacists to administer immunizations under pharmacist supervision.

"Legislative Day was such a great experience for both my fellow classmates and me. Students could be seen all throughout the Capitol, representing Duquesne University and the profession of pharmacy," said Rachael Richter, a member of the Pharmacy Class of 2017 who attended the event. "Overall, we were excited to advocate for our future profession and have a positive impact on our legislators."

Duquesne 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.

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