Medpin offers activities and written materials
for safety net providers and community pharmacists to learn more
about pharmaceutical cost and value management for vulnerable populations.
340B Coalition Conference in Washington D.C.
You can join people from the hospitals, community clinics, and other safety
net provider organizations across the U.S. whose patients benefit from 340B
discounts on July 23-25 at the 11th annual 340B Coalition conference in
Washington D.C. Legislative and executive branch officials, and people from
pharmaceutical companies also attend this conference to learn about 340B and
to be updated on the latest "hot topics."
University of Southern California School of Pharmacy honored for community
Medpin congratulates the USC School of Pharmacy, Community Pharmacy Group of
Los Angeles, recipient of a 2007 Pinnacle Award from the American
Pharmacists Association Foundation. Mel Baron, PharmD, has received more
than one community service award from Medpin for his ongoing work with
Medpin and the community clinic community. Steven Chen, PharmD, and Kathleen
Johnson, PharmD, have actively contributed to Medpin activities and
materials development during the past year. A May 31, 2007 article on the
Medical News Today website describes
the award, and comments that
Los Angeles County is home to more than 2.7 million uninsured people, many
relying on a safety net of community clinics for health care. In 2002, Dr.
Melvin Baron identified the need for these safety net clinics to enhance
their clinical services and to improve their organization of dispensaries
and utilization of drug formularies. He recognized the potential for
improved outcomes among clinic patients by providing increased access to
quality health care and enhanced medication use. Baron, along with Drs.
Kathleen Johnson, Steven Chen, Jeff Goad, and Edith Mirzaian, developed a
pilot program designed to (1) provide disease management clinical pharmacist
services to targeted high-risk safety net clinic patients, (2) assist
clinics in purchasing drugs through lower cost 340B programs, and (3)
organize dispensary formularies to take advantage of patient assistance
Medpin looks forward to continuing our work with the many dedicated faculty
members of the USC School of Pharmacy.
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