HHS Expands Access to Childhood Vaccines During COVID-19 Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a third amendment to the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to increase access to lifesaving childhood vaccines and decrease the risk of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks as children across the United States return to daycare, preschool and school. “Today’s action means easier […]

Pharmacist Advocacy Groups Call for New Action to Enhance COVID-19 Patient Care

Pharmacy organizations representing the interests of all pharmacists in the United States have released a joint set of policy recommendations critical to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.   The COVID-19 pandemic continues to put an enormous strain on our nation’s healthcare system and the supply of qualified healthcare providers is increasingly limited. With 90% of Americans living within 5 miles of a community pharmacy, pharmacists are positioned to […]

Oregon Board of Pharmacy Positions Available

The Oregon Board of Pharmacy will have at least one pharmacist member position available beginning July 1, 2020.  Applicants should apply for these positions through the Governor’s Office of Executive Appointment.  More information can be found here.  As part of this process,  OSPA has the opportunity to provide recommendations to the Governor. If you would […]

Join Us for Young Professional’s Night!

Calling all young professionals and new practitioners (students and seasoned practitioners are welcome too)! Join us in an epic bowling challenge on Friday night, October 4 from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at Portland’s Punch Bowl Social.  We’ll enjoy bowling, corn hole, darts, ping-pong and delicious food.  This event is free of charge and will […]

OSPA Applauds Governor Brown and Legislators for Passage of PBM Regulation Bill

On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, Governor Kate Brown signed Oregon HB 2185, relating to pharmacy benefit managers, into law: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/HB2185 The bill, supported by the Oregon State Pharmacy Association (OSPA), establishes some basic fair practices: Allows patients the option to use a local pharmacy instead of mandating use of a mail order pharmacy; Allows local […]

OSPA PIC Rules Position Statement

OSPA Position Statement on the Oregon Board of Pharmacy proposed changes to rules regarding PICs The Oregon State Pharmacy Association supports proposed OAR 855-041-2105 rule changes. Specifically (2)(a) which ensures that a person directing the professional activities of a PIC is an Oregon licensed pharmacist. Comments in support: Supervision of PICs by licensed pharmacists is […]

Announcing the new Public Health and Pharmacy Formulary Advisory Committee

OSHP and OSPA would like to congratulate and thank the appointees selected by Oregon governor Kate Brown for the Public Health and Pharmacy Formulary Advisory Committee. Appointed 12/1/17 – 11/30/19 Evon Anukam, Pharmacist – Clackamas Amy Burns, Pharmacist – Grants Pass Amy Valdez, Pharmacist – Portland Mark Helm, Physician – Salem Sean Jones, Physician – […]

Pharmacist Prescribed Birth Control General Information and FAQs

General Information Oregon pharmacists have been afforded the opportunity to increase safe access to hormonal birth control in a bill recently signed by Governor Brown. Rep. Knute Buhler, a physician in Bend, Oregon, working with colleagues in the legislature envisioned a process through which patient access to prescriptions for self-administered hormonal birth control could be […]