MPA | Pharmacy News

Feb. 26, 2015
Contact: Leah Ball, director of communications
(517) 377-0232

Michigan Sens. Tonya Schuitmaker and David Knezek will be presented with the Michigan Pharmacy Political Action Council (PAC) Legislator of the Year Award at the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Annual Convention & Exposition, Feb. 27-March 1 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

The Legislator of the Year Award is presented annually by Pharmacy PAC to legislators who have introduced or supported good public policy and have been supportive of the profession of pharmacy.

Serving her second term, Sen. Schuitmaker was elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2010, following three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. During her first term, she was chosen by her Senate colleagues to serve as President Pro Tempore of the Senate, only the second woman in Michigan’s history to hold this position.

Sen. Schuitmaker has collaborated with pharmacists in her district to introduce pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) transparency legislation in 2014. This was part of a bill package that addresses a variety of community pharmacy concerns regarding business practices, including pharmacy audits, Maximum Allowable Cost pricing and mandatory mail-order/closed networks. These bills are the latest efforts to establish fair business practices between pharmacies and PBMs. The ultimate goal of these legislative efforts is to ensure that pharmacies can continue to provide high-quality services that are both accessible and affordable for their patients.

Sen. David Knezek has the distinct honor of being the first Iraq War Veteran elected to the Michigan Legislature. Since being elected to the Senate, Sen. Knezek was immediately tapped to join the Senate Democratic leadership team, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Sen. Knezek remains a strong advocate for Michigan students, seniors, working families and veterans.

Sen. Knezek has supported pharmacists and the pharmacy profession in a variety of ways. In addition to backing pharmacy issues moving through the Legislature such as MAC pricing, Any Willing Pharmacy and pharmacy technician licensure, he has collaborated with pharmacists in his district to understand issues and provide assistance. Sen. Knezek was also a pillar of strength for pharmacy during his previous service in the Michigan House of Representatives.

The Michigan Pharmacy Political Action Council (PAC) is a voluntary, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of pharmacy professionals that actively seek to promote good government and public health. Pharmacy PAC serves as the advocacy arm of Michigan Pharmacists Association, which advances the profession of pharmacy and patient care on behalf of the 9,000 pharmacists and 15,000 pharmacy technicians in the state.

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