Pharmacy Times® Launches New Series, Legislative Focus, for Pharmacists

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New Series Inspired by Reader Requests Will Cover Proposed and Passed Legislation

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Pharmacists are increasingly recognizing the impact of legislative and legal issues on their daily practice, and they want to know how and when these issues might affect them.

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Pharmacy Times®, the leading media resource for pharmacists and the pharmacy industry, is launching a new monthly column series, Legislative Focus, in response to reader demand for more information on legislative issues affecting pharmacists.

Designed to educate retail pharmacists on the latest state and federal legislation that is affecting, or will affect, the practice of pharmacy, Legislative Focus will cover proposed and passed legislation, including legislative issues that affect only one state, as they could soon become issues in other states.

Launching in the present issue of Pharmacy Times, the first column covers recent federal draft legislation meant to restrict pharmaceutical direct-to-consumer advertising. Looking ahead, the July issue will present supporting and opposing viewpoints of proposed “Right to Try” laws that would give patients the opportunity to try an investigational drug when they have no other options and do not qualify for a clinical trial.

“Pharmacists are increasingly recognizing the impact of legislative and legal issues on their daily practice, and they want to know how and when these issues might affect them,” said Pharmacy Times executive editor Kirk McKay. “The Pharmacy Times staff is excited to provide this new series as a prompt response to our readers’ growing need for timely legislative information.”

To help recruit authors for the new series, Joseph L. Fink III, BSPharm, JD, Pharmacy Law series editor for Pharmacy Times, widely distributed an invitation to pharmacy schools, encouraging faculty and students to co-author articles. “Having a résumé entry listing a published article in a magazine with the national stature of Pharmacy Times will be more than a sufficient incentive for them,” said Dr. Fink, professor of pharmacy law and policy at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

McKay added, “As demonstrated by the launch of Legislative Focus, Pharmacy Times stays closely attuned to its readers’ needs and feedback through regular reader surveys and focus groups, all in order to provide them with timely and relevant news and information.”

For more information on Legislative Focus or to obtain author guidelines, contact Kirk McKay at kmckay(at)pharmacytimes(dot)com.

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Pharmacy Times is the leading media resource for pharmacists and the pharmacy industry, providing practical clinical and professional information pharmacists can use in their everyday practices when counseling patients and interacting with other health care providers. Each issue and the website contain articles and features covering industry trends, medication errors, drug interactions, patient education, disease state management, patient counseling, product news, pharmacy law and more. Additionally, Pharmacy Times Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Pharmacy Times is part of Michael J. Hennessy Associates Inc., a full-service health care communications company offering education, research and medical media.

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