In the News

As with birth control, Colorado makes anti-smoking drugs available at pharmacies — no doctor visit required

It’s about to get easier to quit smoking in Colorado.

People now can skip the doctor’s office and go straight to a pharmacy to get prescription medication — pills, nasal sprays and inhalers — to help them quit smoking. The new statewide prescription protocol is the second in Colorado, following approval last year for pharmacists to prescribe birth-control pills and patches.

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CPS President-Elect Gina Moore featured in the May bulletin of APhA Pharmacy Today’s speaking about Colorado’s landmark pharmacist reimbursement legislation, HB 18-1112. 

“In health professional shortage areas (HPSA), there are pharmacies and community pharmacies that are readily accessible to those patients for services that are within the pharmacist’s scope of practice.”

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CPS to hire an executive director

At the start of the Annual Meeting, the Colorado Pharmacists Society announced their intention to hire Emily Zadvorny, PharmD, BCPS as Executive Director effective October 2018. Read the full story


Congratulations to the 2018 Award Recipients!

The Awards and Installation Dinner took place during the 2018 CPS Annual Meeting on June 21. Congratulations to the award recipients and thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination!

Distinguished Young Pharmacist (presented by Pharmacists Mutual)
Presented to: Jeremy W. Vandiver

GenerationRX Champions Award (presented by Cardinal Health)
Presented to: Jennifer Davis

NASPA Excellence in Innovation Award
Presented to: Amber Cizmic

Pharmacist of the Year Award
Presented to: Joel Marrs

Student Pharmacist of the Year Award
Presented to: Julia Cahill

Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award
Presented to: Angela Fullerton

Bowl of Hygeia
Presented to: Cathy Jarvis

Friends of Pharmacy Legislative Award
Presented to: Rep. Daneya Esgar; Representative Jon Becker

NCPA Leadership Award and McKesson Leadership Award
Presented to: Michelle Anderson, CPS President, 2018-2019


Governor signs five bills to address Colorado opioid crisis

On Monday, May 21st, Governor John Hickenlooper signed five bills into law aimed to combat the opioid crisis in Colorado through prescriber education, substance use disorder treatment and coverage, and prescribing limits.

SB18-22, SB18-24, SB18-270, HB18-1003, and HB18-1007 were all signed at a ceremony hosted by Lutheran Hospital with Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, and many bill sponsors and supporters (including CPS members) in attendance.  

CPS had a seat at the table for the Opioid Task Force and helped craft and develop these groundbreaking bills.For more information, visit the CPS live legislative link and join us at the CPS Annual Meeting June 21-22nd for a Legislative Update by CPS Lobbyist, Katie Wolf.


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