Students travel to Albany to advocate for the profession of pharmacy

SPPS Students in Albany.

By Kara Sweet

Published April 22, 2019

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 9 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. 

Students focused on three scope of practice bills:

  1. Authorize pharmacists to perform CLIA-waived tests
  2. Administer all CDC recommended vaccines for adults
  3. Authorize comprehensive medication management services in community pharmacies.   

The more than 50 SPPS students in attendance were joined by nearly 400 of their fellow New York State pharmacy students. SPPS faculty in attendance were Clinical Assistant Professors Christopher Daly, PharmD/MBA ’12, and Barbara Rogler.

For over 130 years, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has continually been a leader in the education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, renowned for innovation in clinical practice and research. The school is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and ranked as one of the top 25 schools of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences in the United States.