Published December 1, 2016
Pharmacy Legislative Advocacy Invitational Day (PLAID) took place on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Kapoor Hall on the University at Buffalo South Campus. This annual event is an opportunity for pharmacy students to discuss new legislation that affects health care with area legislators.
Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, Senator Timothy Kennedy, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, Assemblyman Raymond Walter, Assemblyman Michael Kearns and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes conversed with nearly 150 pharmacy students on a variety of current topics:
Although all 50 states allow pharmacists to immunize, only 45 states allow certified students to give vaccinations. New York State is one of the five states that do not allow students to immunize. SPPS students explained to legislators that having the knowledge, training and certification should qualify students to give immunizations that will protect patients against preventable diseases, and will increase overall immunization rates.
Governor Cuomo signed an executive order banning non-essential travel to North Carolina in March 2016. The order prevents students at SUNY schools to complete rotations in North Carolina while in school. North Carolina is one of the most progressive states for pharmacists, and would allow students to gain essential experiences prior to graduation. SPPS students asked legislators about their stance on the issue and for ways students could potentially work around the mandate.
Collaborative Drug Therapy Management (CDTM) is an agreement that allows pharmacists to work in conjunction with other providers to manage chronic conditions for patients in teaching hospitals by adjusting dosages, changing medications and ordering laboratory tests. Signed into law last September, CDTM will continue as a demonstration program for four years in all hospitals, hospital-affiliated clinics and nursing homes with on-site pharmacies. The implementation of CDTM in New York State has decreased health care costs and improved patient care. SPPS students asked legislators if they support the continued progression of CDTM and the movement for the agreement to be implemented in all practice settings.