Published November 17, 2023
The Student Pharmacists Association of Western New York (SPAWNY) hosted Pharmacy Legislative Advocacy Invitational Day (PLAID) on Nov. 14 to give our PharmD students the opportunity to discuss new legislation that affects health care with area legislators.
This year’s event welcomed Senator Sean Ryan, Assemblymembers Monica Wallace, William Conrad, John McDonald and Karen McMahon, along with Rick Rodgers, Legislative Director for Senator Tim Kennedy and Andrew Dugan, District Office Director for Senator Robert Ortt.
There were 120 students in attendance who took part in conversations on a variety of health care topics.
Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waived testing authorizes pharmacists to perform clinical laboratory tests on patients to expedite health assessment, diagnosis, or treatment of disease.
The Long-Acting Injectables for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) bill authorizes pharmacists to administer injectable medications to patients for substance use disorder and mental health.
The Collaborative Practice Medication Adherence Act authorizes physicians and pharmacists to enter into collaborative practice medication adherence protocols for their patients.
Other topics of discussion included Prohibition of Pharmacy Quotas to prohibit certain chain pharmacies from establishing quotas for duties performed by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
“This event is an incredible opportunity for us as students to not only learn what it takes to advance our profession but to also engage in discussion about legislation that supports better care for our patients,” says Sophia Osmond, PharmD’25, SPAWNY president. “We hope to inspire pharmacy students that we must advocate now and continue to do so throughout our careers to see changes that will impact us in the future as pharmacists.”