Independent Pharmacy Academy Welcomes TIPA Members as Groups Unite with Texas Pharmacy Association

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The Texas Pharmacy Association’s Independent Pharmacy Academy is pleased to welcome members of the Texas Independent Pharmacies Association as its newest members. Independent pharmacists in Texas continue to join forces under one banner to improve pharmacy’s ability to advocate for critical issues ahead of the 2021 Texas legislative session.

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Pharmacists achieve more when we work together to achieve common goals. Independent pharmacy faces many challenges, and we are working hard to keep these small businesses alive to care for our patients across the state.

Independent pharmacists in Texas are continuing to join forces under one banner as they plan for the 2021 Texas legislative session. Today the Texas Pharmacy Association’s (TPA) Independent Pharmacy Academy is pleased to welcome members of the Texas Independent Pharmacies Association (TIPA) as its newest members. TIPA is the second independent pharmacy organization in Texas to unite with TPA and join the Academy, following a similar decision earlier this summer by the Alliance of Independent Pharmacists of Texas.

In June, TPA announced the launch of its Independent Pharmacy Academy in a bold move to strengthen and unite the voice of independent pharmacy in the Lone Star State. The Academy will improve pharmacy’s ability to advocate for critical issues in Texas, such as meaningful Pharmacy Benefit Manager reform legislation, that are especially important to the sustainability of independent pharmacies.

In choosing to join the Academy, TIPA leaders recognized that for the profession to be most effective with its public policy agenda, pharmacy must speak with one voice. The Independent Pharmacy Academy is designed to advance independent pharmacy’s legislative priorities in Texas in a more robust and effective manner, with the resources and brand necessary to influence state officials.

“Joining with TPA ensures that our voice will be heard at the state Capitol,” said TIPA President J.D. Fain, Pharm.D., who was appointed in July to serve on the Academy’s inaugural Board of Directors. “The Academy has already had robust and insightful conversations about our legislative priorities, and I’m excited to see what we can accomplish this coming year.”

In addition to providing a more unified voice for effective pharmacy advocacy in Texas, the Academy aims to advance independent community pharmacy practice by creating a forum to share innovative and entrepreneurial practices, discuss business challenges, and identify solutions.

“Pharmacists achieve more when we work together to achieve common goals,” said Academy Chair Aaron Gibson, Pharm.D. “Independent pharmacy faces many challenges, and we are working hard to keep these small businesses alive to care for our patients across the state.”

Academy membership is open to all independent pharmacy owners and staff pharmacists. Academy members must be active members of TPA and must pay applicable dues to the Academy as an owner, pharmacist, or associate. Learn more and join online at texaspharmacy.org/ipa.

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