"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."
As I write this I have just returned from a meeting with the leadership of the Missouri Pharmacy Association (MPA) and the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) in Jefferson City. Over the past several months these 2 groups along with MSHP have been working to update our state’s practice act and specific regulation in order to modernize pharmacy practice in the state of Missouri. Finding a
In other consensus forming news, the UMKC School of Pharmacy, St. Louis College of Pharmacy and MSHP all agree that if you are in attendance at the 2018 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Anaheim, CA, then you should join us at the annual Missouri Reception, to be held in the Marquis Northeast Ballroom at the Anaheim Marriot from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Monday, December 3rd. Come see who made the trek to the west coast, get updates from UMKC/StLCOP/MSHP, see the state’s representatives in the National Clinical Skills Competition, and enjoy food, drink, and socialization with friends and colleagues. consensus for these three groups to agree on seemed daunting. Surprising to all sides, there was much more common ground than expected. We worked together to understand each side’s perspective, goals, and concerns and were able to inch closer to finalized language surrounding prescriptive authority for Pharmacists in the state and within the hospital setting Technician/Technology check technician (Tech check tech) and remote supervision of technicians. Now, we still have to work with legislatures to sponsor and promote the initiatives and there is still a long road ahead, but we are certainly making significant progress. I hope our state capitol can find the consensus for these initiatives that our three organizations were able to find.
I will keep my message short this newsletter… stay warm and work hard to find common ground with those around you at home or at work.
Tony Huke, Pharm.D., BCPS
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