Published April 19, 2018
University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences student representatives from the Student Pharmacists' Society of the State of New York (SPSSNY) and the Student Pharmacists' Association of Western New York (SPAWNY) traveled to Albany on April 17 to advocate for the profession of pharmacy.
Albany Day gives students the opportunity to meet face-to-face with their respective assemblymen/ assemblywomen and senators to educate them on issues hindering their practice as future pharmacists and tangibly impact the direction in which the profession is headed.
“The passing of laws today will affect how students practice in the future,” says Lukas Brightman, ’19, president, SPSSNY. “By driving to the capital to meet with the assemblymen and senators, the students are able to educate our legislators on how these laws will benefit pharmacy and the general public.”
Legislators SPPS students met with included Senator Christopher Jacobs, Senator Mike Ranzenhofer, Senator Patrick Gallivan, Assemblyman Ray Walter, and Paul Nickson (representing Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples Stokes).
Students focused on three bills: A2857-C (pharmacy interns as immunizers), A4611-B (pharmacy technician registration) and A8664-A (comprehensive medication management).
The more than 50 SPPS students were joined by nearly 400 of their fellow New York State pharmacy students. "The amount of students in attendance also serves as a showcase to highlight all of the future pharmacists that are fighting for these bills to be enacted," Brightman says.