Although the title of this commentary is phrased as a question, judging by the number of different national pharmacy practice organizations holding legislative conferences in Washington, DC, the answer might be yes. The same is true in most states where the pharmacy association holds a "Pharmacy Day in the Legislature." Why is this done? You and I both know that the decisions made by state or national legislators have a direct impact on our profession's activities. Whether it is a state-level initiative to control the practices of pharmacy benefit managers or national legislation to pay for drugs for the elderly, how these efforts play out can have a dramatic influence on what we do as pharmacists. This would suggest a role for each pharmacist.
Here are some examples:
Yes, pharmacy practice is political. Let us take advantage of our positions in the community to strengthen our political resolve.
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.
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