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The two will be married shortly in a “long-term alliance.” (Prime Therapeutics, which is owned by 14 Blue Cross Blue Shield plan, is the U.S.’s fourth-largest PBM.) They’ll form a joint pharmacy services company and “combine their central specialty pharmacy and mail service businesses.”

If you’re a client of Prime, look for a new pharmacy network agreement, too.

—Aug. 29, 2016

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Teens claim they vape for the flavor, not for the addicting drug.

—Aug. 29, 2016

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It’s like this: If there’s a Georgia law you think should be changed (one related to pharmacy, of course), tell us about it. NOW.

This is our annual call for issues. We — Georgia pharmacists working together — have the power to change the law. We do it every year. (Think expanded immunization or MAC pricing transparency.)

But you have to tell us what needs to be changed.

Just e-mail a brief explanation of the issue to our VP of public policy, Greg Reybold, at greybold@gpha.org. Yes, it’s that simple.

Deadline: Friday, September 2 by 5:00 p.m.

Greg compiles all your ideas. Then the Legislative Policy Committee will meet in September to consider them and make a recommended legislative agenda for the board of directors to approve.

So tell us: What oughta be a law?

—Aug. 29, 2016

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Get out your kleenex: Mylan Pharmaceuticals has said it’s going to produce a generic version of its epi-pen for half the price. It will be identical to the brand-name version but with a different label.

This should be at least a band-aid for consumers who have been clobbered by the company’s price-gouging.

But… some states and municipalities have laws requiring schools to stock epi-pens. And some of those schools have a deal with Mylan to get a discount … but they are not allowed to “purchase any products that are competitive to EpiPen(R) Auto-Injectors.” (Note, though: Those agreements might end up in the dumpster because of anti-trust issues.)

—Aug. 29, 2016

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Updates to Georgia’s PDMP law mean new legal requirements – and the potential for new penalties. These revisions affect pharmacists and pharmacy technicians alike.

Pharmacists and technicians need to know how to stay compliant with the revised law. Above all, patients need knowledgeable pharmacy professionals who are looking out for their health and wellbeing.

We want to help you get ahead of the PDMP learning curve. That’s why we’re offering the webinar Complying with Georgia’s PDMP Updates: A Primer for Pharmacists and Technicians.

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It’s logical, right?

Georgia patients need leaders in the pharmacy profession. The right practice of pharmacy helps patient outcomes. Wherever and whenever we can advance the goal of pharmacists practicing to the full extent of their training, patient outcomes improve. That’s not just a theory.

Advancing the practice of pharmacy doesn’t just happen. We need leaders in the world of pharmacy who can advocate for the profession and for patients.

That’s where LeadershipGPhA comes in. (Read the rest….)

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Laws and medication therapies change every year. These changes can affect your pharmacy business and how you serve patients. They can even provide opportunities to deliver new clinical services. But are you up to speed on all that’s new?

New Laws, New Drugs, New Opportunities helps you answer with a confident yes to this question. It’s our latest three-part series in the popular CPEasy program.

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Bringing you the best, most relevant CPE out there in a variety of formats – at Georgia Pharmacy Convention, and through our CPEasy program – means that we have to hear from our members. It’s the only way we can know what CPE topics you consider most vital to your practice.

Help us keep offering the very best CPE we can. Take 10-15 minutes to complete the 2016-17 CPE Needs Survey. Tell us what you need to continue to grow your practice.

Your completed survey gives you the chance to win a $100 VISA gift card. To be eligible, you must complete your survey by noon on September 2, 2016. (Read the rest….)

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APhA’s popular immunization certification training is back online just in time for flu season.

This September 18, we’re offering the popular 20-hour course APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program, 13th Edition.

As always, it’s accredited by ACPE and it gives 20 hours of CPE that’s including the required home-study work and the live class.

Here are the important details: (Read the rest….)

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Carfentanil. It’s an elephant tranquilizer — an opioid 10,000 times more potent than morphine. And it’s on the streets.

—Aug. 26, 2016

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