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Daniel E. Buffington, PharmD, MBA: Elected as Distinguished Practitioner to the National Academies of Practice, Pharmacy Academy


The following individuals have been approved by the Nominations Committee and elected by the National Academies of Practices' (NAP) Pharmacy Academy

Distinguished Practitioners -

John A. Bosso, PharmD, FCCP, FIDSA
Daniel E. Buffington, PharmD, MBA
Janet P. Engle, PharmD
Stephan L. Foster, PharmD, FAPhA
Peter Gal, Pharm.D, BCPS, FCCP, FASHP
Kimberly Galt, PharmD
Brian J. Isetts, BscPharm, PhD
Raymond C. Love, PharmD, BCPP
Scott M. Mark, PharmD, MSs, MEd, MBA, MPH
Michael D. Reed, PharmD, FCCP, FCP

Distinguished Scholar -

Leslie Hendeles, PharmD

Distinguished Fellow In Public Policy -

Susan C. Winckler, RPh, Esq



Healthcare Reform Legislation Deemed Unconstitutional In Florida

A federal judge on Monday struck down the health care reform bill President Obama signed into law last year, saying the federal government cannot force people to buy health care insurance. Simply put, the law threatens our individual liberties," U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., said in a statement.
"While courts in Virginia and Florida continue to validate our fight against an unconstitutional expansion of federal authority, Republicans will do our part to support further repeal efforts and focus on adopting patient-centered reforms that embrace the principles of access, affordability, quality, responsiveness, innovation, and choices," Price added.

Georgia joined 25 other states in challenging the health care law. No matter the outcome of the lawsuit, which was initially filed by Florida's attorney general, the action is likely to make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Today marks a major victory for Georgia taxpayers and for all Americans concerned about the unconstitutional mandates in the Obamacare legislation," Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, said in a statement. "...The federal government doesn't have the right to demand that Americans purchase a product. Today's ruling backs up that assertion. In fact, it goes even further by saying that the individual mandate is so inextricably linked to the overall bill that the entire law falls short of constitutional muster."
The U.S. House previously voted to repeal the legislation, but the measure has not advanced in the U.S. Senate.

The American people rejected the President's health care plan last November, the U.S. House of Representatives repealed it two weeks ago, and now the justice system has again ruled it unconstitutional," U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., said in a statement. "With this ruling, our nation is one step closer to reaffirming what Thomas Jefferson meant when he said 'the policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free.'"

Todd DeFeo / The Examiner


Project Yields Gains Against Infections: Study


Older patients have a lower likelihood of dying in Michigan intensive-care units as compared with ICU patients in surrounding states, according to new research. 

Statewide implementation of the Michigan Keystone ICU project, an initiative that successfully lowered the rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections by more than two-thirds in more than 100 Michigan ICUs, is also associated with significant reductions in hospital mortality, according to the study, published in the British Medical Journal.

The study is the first to link the Keystone intervention—which incorporates checklists, cultural change and evidence-based safety protocols—to reduced death rates, HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality said in a news release. 

“This study gives us assurance that investing in large-scale, evidence-based quality improvement programs can save lives—the most important outcome for patients and doctors,” said Dr. Carolyn Clancy, AHRQ director, in the release. “AHRQ and others have already initiated work to expand this project nationwide to other ICUs across the country.”

Researchers analyzed patient data from Michigan and 11 other Midwestern states and they determined that a Medicare patient's risk of death decreased roughly 24% in Michigan after the program was put in place. 

“These results are very exciting, and further research should be done to address other important issues impacting the safety and quality of patient care,” said Allison Lipitz-Snyderman, a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, and the study's lead author.

Modern Healthcare


Richard P. Manny, PharmD featured in "The Good Pharmacist"


Richard P. Manny, PharmD with the American Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Tampa, Florida was featured in the publication "The Good Pharmacist: Characteristics, Virtues, and Habits." Doctors William N. Kelly and Elliott M. Sogol surveyed physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and patients to determine what is meant when a practitioner is called a "good pharmacist". Additionally, the authors wanted to determine what impact this should have on a pharmacist's education and practice.

Based on a survey of fellow healthcare practitioners, Kelly and Sogol were able to identify characteristics, virtues, and habits that were commonly associated by respondents to "good pharmacists". The authors asked respondents to nominate a pharmacist and to provide an example of the qualities they displayed that made that person a "good pharmacist". Dr. Manny was one of 11 nominees interviewed and featured in the book.

During his interview, Dr. Manny stated that "I am a teacher and patient advocate...I always make myself available and take time with patients. I believe in patients and in the profession."

The American Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences believes in the ongoing work of Kelly and Sogol. "The Good Pharmacist: Characteristics, Virtues, and Habits" is available for purchase at the website at the end of this press release. You may also nominate a "good pharmacist" through this site.

The Good Pharmacist

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