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APA Advocate - February 8, 2018

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February 8, 2018


Pharmacy Tax Credit Bill Passes...

SB67/HB299 has passed both the Senate and House and is on its way to the Governor for signature. This provides for any pharmacy that hasn’t fully collected their tax credits for the supplemental pharmacy tax paid in 2015 and 2016 by September 20, 2018. It allows them to petition the State for a refund. Petitions can be made from October 1, 2018 - October 2, 2020. This will benefit any pharmacy provider that hasn’t been able to fully collect the additional tax paid due to tax ID closures, or other reasons. Please call APA if you have any questions.

Legislative Reception - This Tuesday, February 13...

The single most important legislative event for pharmacists and technicians will happen in just a few days…will you be there? APA is hosting its annual legislative reception on Tuesday, February 13th from 5-7pm at the RSA Plaza Tower and Grill. An overview of legislative issues will be held at 4:00pm.

We need YOU to make the time to be there and be a voice for pharmacy. Legislators have told us they’re coming and they want to see pharmacists and technicians from their districts. It’s FREE to attend but you must register.


Board of Pharmacy Bill on Outsourcing Facilities Passes...

SB32/HB61 passed both houses and is also on its way to Governor Ivey’s desk for her signature. This bill will require outsourcing facilities to annually register with the board of pharmacy by application for a permit. For these purposes, outsourcing facilities are defined as a facility at one geographic location or address that is engaged in the compounding of sterile drugs, which has elected to register with the FDA as an outsourcing facility and complies with the requirements of Section 503B(d)(A) of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

Student Pharmacists Take the Hill with APA...

Well over 400 future pharmacists from Auburn and Samford convened in Montgomery yesterday as part of APA’s Legislative Day event. Students met with legislators from across the state and discussed the important role pharmacists play on the healthcare team. A special thanks to our speakers for the day, Senator Billy Beasley, Senator Rusty Glover, Representative Elaine Beech and APA Government Affairs Director Bobby Giles. Following lunch, many students took to the Statehouse, visiting legislators’ offices and attending a meeting of the Senate Health Committee. APA appreciates the support of the schools in encouraging student participation in this event.

HB232 Referred To Subcommittee...

 The bill that would add “prescribing or dispensing” to the definition of the crime of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance has been heard in committee. Based on concerns raised by providers on this issue and it’s potential harmful impact on healthcare providers, members of the Judicial Committee have referred the bill to a subcommittee instead of giving it a favorable report. APA will continue to follow this bill and will keep you informed. Thank you to everyone who made contact on this piece of legislation.

SB259 Controlled Substances List Updates...

Senator Whatley recently introduced a bill that would provide that the CS list adopted by the State Board of Health is the official list of scheduled controlled substances. We have serious concerns about the unintentional consequences of this bill and have been working to get clarification language. This bill has now been carried over and is resolved for this year.

Important Dates to Remember...

Feb 9 - last day to qualify as a Democrat or Republican to run for state office
May 21 - last day to register to vote for primary election
May 31 - last day to apply for an absentee ballot
Jun 5 - statewide election primary
Jul 17 - primary runoff if necessary
Nov 6 - statewide general election

Help Us Grow Our Legislative Roots Deep with the APA Legislative Tree...

One of the most powerful tools in APA’s political toolbelt, is a member who either has a connection to a legislator, or a member who is willing to contact their legislator. It’s as simple as that. Elected officials don’t necessarily want to hear about pharmacy’s position on issues from APA staff – they want to hear from their constituents; from those in their district who can tell them how it will impact the citizens they serve.

To accomplish this, APA has a legislative tree – a listing of members who have key relationships with delegates. You may know them from church, or school, or maybe you are their pharmacist…or maybe you don’t know them at all, but you are willing to reach out if asked.

On the fence? Those who sign up to participate in the tree may be asked to contact their legislator either by email, phone call, or a visit if possible. Sometimes we ask members to meet with a legislator to deliver a campaign contribution from the APA PAC, and sometimes we just need a name to mention when lobbying them on an issue.

If you aren’t already part of our legislative tree, download this printable form, or call the office at 334-271-4222.

That’s all it takes and it can make all the difference.