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From the President
B.S. Pharm, BCPS
Leslie Kenney, B.S. Pharm, BCPS
The hectic days of summer are turning to shorter and predictable days of autumn. Schools are back in session, and most of us are settling back into our routines. Likewise, KSHP charts a similar cycle. Each autumn, KSHP members rely on the fall meeting for relevant and informative programming as well as timely and easy networking and problem solving. The 2017 KSHP Fall Meeting, October 12-13, promises to deliver on the usual expectations and so much more.
This year, our Society is fortunate to have two guest attendees that make this meeting one of the most unique occasions in recent memory. First, Dr. Paul Abramowitz, CEO ASHP, will deliver the opening convocation and participate in several small group sessions. Second, Dr. Kelly Smith, newly elected ASHP President-elect, will install our new officers and Board of Directors at the Friday luncheon. The Programming Committee, chaired by Drs. Josh Elder and Melissa Nestor, deserves accolades for the topics and speakers that comprise our 2017 Fall Meeting. Other exciting features of the fall meeting include a Reverse Expo, the Martha Lou King Foundation Reception and Silent Auction, and the Awards Ceremony. On Friday afternoon, the Kentucky Pharmacy Residency Network (KPRN) will host the Residency Showcase. I encourage all members to reserve time to attend all or some portion of the KSHP 2017 Fall Meeting.
As my presidency hit full stride this summer, the majority of our Society’s work focused on collaborating with colleagues to assist the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy with two important regulations. 201 KAR 2:076 (Compounding) and 201 KAR 2:380 (Board Authorized Protocols) are being worked through the process toward codification. Both regulations required separate special hearings which were attended by Anne Policastri, Leslie Kenney, Scott Hayes, Mike Herald, Holly Byrnes, and Lindsay Villalobos as well as other pharmacists from across the state. Also, we delivered a letter to Governor Bevin discouraging the implementation of legislation that would have consolidated the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy with other professional boards into a new agency. Had this legislation been implemented, we would have lost our independent Board of Pharmacy consisting of pharmacy experts. On the horizon is the implementation of USP 800; KSHP is represented well on the Board of Pharmacy’s USP 800 task force. Your KSHP leadership and Public Policy Committee continue to thoughtfully represent the best interests of our patients and our opportunities to practice pharmacy fully within the scope of our training.
Considering the summer of legislative activities and strategic planning initiatives, as well as planning for an ambitious 2017 Fall Meeting, I am convinced more than ever of the unique value of KSHP. KSHP affords each of its members a variety of opportunities to participate in professional endeavors across a wide array of challenging and interesting projects that demonstrate a commitment to professional advocacy as well as grow a pharmacist’s knowledge and skill sets. Our Society’s collective knowledge and skills are impressive. Our members serve in an extensive collection of local, state and national initiatives whose work benefits our Society and its members. My hope is that all members will deepen their commitments to KSHP and recruit a new member into our Society.