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9/5/2000
Press Release

Eleven National Organizations Collaborate to Bring Pharmaceutical Care Message to State Legislators

Eleven national organizations are collaborating to demonstrate ways pharmacists can help improve healthcare quality and decrease costs by reducing drug morbidity and mortality associated with medication use problems. The collaboration, known as the "Alliance for Pharmaceutical Care" consists of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA), American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), National Council of State Pharmacy Association Executives (NCSPAE), National Wholesale Druggists’ Association (NWDA), and USP (U.S. Pharmacopeia).

The Alliance for Pharmaceutical Care will exhibit at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) meeting, July 17-19, 2000, in Chicago, Illinois. The exhibit will demonstrate how pharmacists are providing patient-care services designed to improve medication use and reduce much of the costs associated with the estimated $100 billion spent each year by the healthcare system on drug related problems. It is estimated, if these services were universally available, that the health care system would save over $70 billion. The exhibit will also emphasize collaboration among pharmacists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals to improve health outcomes.

Meeting attendees will be able to participate in screenings in the areas of cholesterol, diabetes, respiratory cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, H.pylori and body fat analysis. Practicing pharmacists will be on hand to counsel attendees on test results and to discuss how they are serving the healthcare needs of patients in their communities. The exhibit will feature pharmacists managing drug therapy in various practice settings and will demonstrate how pharmacists work collaboratively with other health care professionals to serve the best interests of the patient. In addition to live demonstrations of pharmacists providing patient-care services; the exhibit will provide legislators with the opportunity to talk to innovative pharmacy practitioners.

Contact Information:

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)

Richard N. Fry: phone: 703/683-8416

e-mail: rfry@amcp.org

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)

C. Edwin Webb: phone: 703/739-2330 ext. 1030

e-mail: ewebb@aacp.org

American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)

Peggy G. Kuehl: phone: 816/531-2177

e-mail: pkuehl@accp.com

American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA)

Mitchel Rothholz: phone: 202/429-7549

e-mail: mcr@mail.aphanet.org

American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)

Brad Kile: phone: 703/739-1300 ext. 127

e-mail: bkile@ascp.com

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS)

Raith T. Erickson: phone: 703/549-3001

e-mail: rerickson@nacds.org

National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)

B. Douglas Hoey: phone: 703/683-8200

e-mail: Doug.Hoey@ncpanet.org

National Council of State Pharmacy Association Executives (NCSPAE)

Rod Shafer: phone: 425/228-7171

e-mail: rshafer@u.washington.edu

National Wholesale Druggists’ Association (NWDA)

Marsha Millonig: phone: 703/787-0000

e-mail: marshaf@nwda.org

U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP)

Nancy Best Mabie: phone: 301/816-8226

e-mail: nbm@usp.org

Cara Woodson Welch: phone: 301/657-3000

e-mail: cwelch@ashp.org

December 30, 1999 NCSL#00- Coalition Announcement