The AAPA and its Executive Board have spent the last few months working hard to bring independent pharmacy issues to the forefront of the political discussion.
We recently retained the services of Chase & Porter, a well known political strategy firm with the background, experience and expertise required to advise the AAPA on the action steps needed to make moves in Lansing and on the federal level.
Michigan is one of only 11 states that offers zero regulation on Pharmacy Benefit Managers, and at this time our team is researching legislation in states like Arkansas, that have managed to pass legislation that is supportive of community pharmacies.
Our legislative committee has interviewed lobby firms in Lansing and will make a final decision in coming weeks and our goals are clear, we want a firm that will help lobby legislators to pass legislation that will introduce fair audit practices and place regulations and transparency laws on PBMs.
Our political arm has contributed to many successful candidates. That will be champions for independent pharmacy. In the coming weeks we will call on our members to join us at the table and be a part of these very important conversations.