By Frank Zaran, pharmacist, Public Affairs Committee co-chair
The Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacist/Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Public Affairs Committee has been working on updating the “Pharmacists as Providers” brochure. The updates include informing the public as well as other healthcare providers and the legislature on the value that pharmacists and technicians provide to the quality of patient care. In addition to ensuring the information in current, new sections were added for the following topics: addiction and abuse, antimicrobial stewardship, specialty pharmacies and transitions of care.
The Committee is working on promoting the public awareness of the role of pharmacy technicians via the creation of a video to be shared in such venues as, YouTube and Facebook. The video would feature brief statements by pharmacy technicians. The Committee also reviewed suggested updates to the “That’s My Pharmacist” marketing, including increased focus on services pharmacists provide on an everyday basis. A video, similar to the pharmacy technician one which addresses the roles of pharmacists, is planned for next year.
Other projects the Committee is working on includes reviewing and updating the Patient Safety section of the MPA website as well as the Opioid Toolkit for pharmacists.
Julie Schmidt, my fellow co-chair, and I would like to recognize the following Committee members for their contributions: Curtis Smith, Sam McNerney, Meridith Davison, Joseph Fava, Tisha Lewis, Carol Moore, Emily Olgaard, Vitaliy Perets, Heather Schalk, Michael Toscano, Sheila Wilhelm, Mark Bomia, Allison Liao, Sara Ogrin, and Mike Ruffing.