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Directly Speaking - Do Something!

I’m writing this month’s column the day after the 2014 Annual Meeting, and I’m still a little tired. Okay, I’m a lot tired! But I’m also kind of fired up! I saw a lot of things at this meeting that have given me a new ener... Read More

President's Message - A Better Formulary

Often it is easy to predict that a newly approved drug will end up a best seller. Sometimes the new medication fills a vacant niche in the marketplace, or is easier to use, or safer, or, once in a while, has better efficacy. Deep pockets in the marketi... Read More

The GAS From Springfield - This Time the GAS is from DC

Springfield has been quiet this summer and that’s always a good thing! But Washington, through the auspices of the DEA, has not. Coming on October 6th, that’s just a few days away from this issue’s release, all Hydrocodone Containing ... Read More

PTCB To Change Continuing Education Requirements in 2015

Beginning in 2015, PTCB will implement two changes in recertification requirements. First, PTCB will require CPhTs to submit 20 hours of pharmacy technician-specific (‘T-specific’) continuing education (CE) to qualify for recertification. I... Read More

Auction With A Twist Is Back!

Whether you have supported the ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund before or not, it might be worth your while to consider it today!  The “bidding” has begun for the Auction With A Twist to support ICHP’s political action committee and you... Read More

Directly Speaking - Medical Marijuana: It’s Time for the Federal Government to Step Up!

The federal government has failed to act on so many important and life-changing issues over the past couple of decades. Issues like health care reform (yes, we have the ACA, but even many of the initial proponents are now abandoning critical elements),... Read More

President's Message - Are you an Engaging Speaker?

Most of us appreciate a presentation that includes audience participation questions. Your questions provide a break in the routine, help the audience to maintain focus, and when properly written and presented, can help our members to go beyond fact rec... Read More

The GAS From Springfield - It’s Summer - It’s Time for Fun, but Don’t Forget Your Connections!

With the Spring Session of the Illinois General Assembly in the books and the veto session months away, there’s not a lot we can report this month. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to sit back and relax. While we don’t expect any... Read More

Directly Speaking - Transition of Care: A View From the Other Side

Transition of care is not a new term – it’s been around for many years. It’s not a catch phrase, buzzwords or marketing term. It is something we’ve been talking about for a long time and unfortunately that’s about all. I t... Read More

President's Message - Your First Job as a Pharmacist

Whether you are fresh out of school or have just completed your residency, your first job as a pharmacist will have a major impact on the type of career you have. What should you look for? Your first step is to take a few moments to reflect on your ... Read More

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