May 5, 2017

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85th Texas Legislative Session
Get the latest on Physician Dispensing, NADAC, PBM Legislation and Medicaid Formulary! To learn more, please watch a brief video below of Justin Hudman, TPA’s Division Director of Public Affairs TPA’s legislative priorities.

The Mother's Day Massacre, a looming special session, and much more in this week's legislative update!

You can view all of the bills on our radar here. Remember that it is very important for TPA and you, our members, to work together to advance the pharmacy profession during this legislative session!

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State News

Telepharmacy pilot project
At the TSBP quarterly meeting in May, the Board approved a pilot project based on the safety and feasibility of remote pharmacies. The purpose of this pilot is to study the effects of a telepharmacy on patient/community satisfaction and pharmacist services. Telepharmacy is using technology to enable community pharmacists to deliver patient care services across the state of Texas. The telepharmacy model has allowed for patient access to a pharmacist services in areas not able to support a pharmacy under the traditional model. This project proposes to set a future potential study of the impact which an easily accessible pharmacy has on patient levels of adherence, and in turn its potential to increase outcomes from therapy.

This project involves one – with a maximum of two – pilot pharmacies in West Texas. These pharmacies would be staffed by a technician who would fill and dispense the medications, including controlled substances. Oversight would be by telepharmacy by a pharmacist in the “mother ship” pharmacy who would also do all of the counseling. The technician in the pilot pharmacy would be included in the tech:RPh ratio of the main Class A pharmacy and would be required to have at least one years’ experience as a technician. The oversight pharmacist would be required to make inspections at least once a month.

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Association News

Featured Member

Ben J. Sims, BBA, CPhT
Pharmacy Compliance Analyst
Brookshire Grocery Company

I’ve had the privilege to work in many facets of pharmacy throughout my twenty plus year career. Currently, I enjoy working as the Pharmacy Compliance Analyst for Brookshire Grocery Company in Tyler, TX. BGC is an excellent company with great leadership and core values. My goal is to continue to grow professionally within the organization and eventually retire from BGC. I also love being active with the Texas Pharmacy Association. I have comfort in knowing that through TPA, I have a voice in what happens in my profession and my career. More

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Monthly CE Free to Members
Are You Prepared for the New Recommendations for HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)?
This program will provide pharmacists an overview of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis including indications for prophylaxis, evidence for prophylaxis based on results from recent trials, and important counseling points associated with HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis.

TPA Educational Opportunities
TPA offers other education programs on a wide range of topics. For information on all of TPA’s upcoming educational events, visit the TPA Event Calendar & Online CE Calendar

Texas Pharmacy Today
Lisa Goerlitz, CAE, Division Director,Member Services, TPA

Texas Pharmacy Association
Carol Reagan, Interim Executive Director, TPA • 512.615.9170