In a measure intended to increase patient access to opioid antagonists, pharmacists will soon be allowed to dispense them through a state-wide Collaborative Pharmacy Practice Agreement (CPPA) to be implemented by the Tennessee Department of Health. The law is expected to significantly reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths, saving the lives of many Tennesseans. Last night, Nashville’s News Channel 5 aired an excellent news segment about this important legislation and the role pharmacists play in preventing prescription drug overdose deaths. You can watch the segment here, or click the image above.
TPA specifically thanks Senator Doug Overbey, Representative Bryan Terry, numerous House and Senate cosponsors, and the many TPA members who responded to our call to action regarding this and TPA’s other legislative initiatives. We’re happy to report a significant increase in the number of TPA members actively engaged in contacting their legislators, and the increase can be traced to our new web-based advocacy tool, the Tennessee Pharmacists Legislative Action Network (T‑PLAN) . T-PLAN simplifies the legislative contact process by 1) identifying your elected officials using your zip code, then 2) generating an email message to them asking for support, using a pre-written (but editable) sample letter specific to the legislative issue being considered.
UP NEXT WEEK:
There’s still plenty of work to be done this legislative session, and TPA needs your help. With today’s victory, we focus now on the following two initiatives included in the TPA Advocacy Alert issued February 23. Please click the links below to read brief synopses of the bills. Click the “Take Action” button below each synopsis, and see for yourself how easy T-PLAN makes it to contact your legislators regarding these specific campaigns!
- Medication Therapy Management (MTM) in Medicaid State-Wide
- Authorization of Pharmacy Services Administrative Organizations (PSAOs) to File MAC Appeals on Behalf of Contracted Pharmacies
Also, be on the lookout for Advocacy Alerts about the following pharmacy-related issues being considered this session:
- Pharmacist-Provided Contraceptive Therapy
- Restoration of Proposed AWP-Based Cuts to the TennCare Pharmacy Program
- Renewal of the Prescription Safety Act
Learn much more about these and other campaigns during TPA’s Winter Meeting and Legislative Reception in Nashville this Monday and Tuesday. Attendees will visit the legislature in session and are invited to the TPA Legislative Reception Monday night, where you can discuss the issues with your legislators one-on-one in a relaxed, social setting. If you’re not registered for the TPA Winter Meetings, you can still register once you arrive!
TPA will continue to keep members informed about our legislative advocacy efforts. Thank you very much for your participation!