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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 work
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 programs.

Medpin looks forward to continuing our work with the many dedicated faculty members of the USC School of Pharmacy.


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