Fruth Pharmacy Participates in Rx Day at State Capitol and Washington, D.C.
In an effort to support better health care for all West Virginians, Fruth Pharmacy participated in Pharmacy Day at the West Virginia legislature on March 1, 2011. Lynne Fruth, President, and other Fruth representatives, C.K. Babcock, R.Ph, Don Gatewood, Director of Personnel, and Holly Bumgardner , Fruth Pharmacy intern met with state Senators and Representatives to support an update of the Pharmacy Practice Act and educate legislators about services that pharmacists can provide through community pharmacies. In addition to dispensing medication, pharmacists can provide flu and pneumococcal vaccines and counsel patients with a chronic disease states like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol through the MTM (Medication Therapy Management) Program and Face-to-Face Diabetes counseling. Studies show that patients who meet regularly with their pharmacists are more adherent to medication and experience a better quality of life. Non-adherence to medication for chronic conditions can result in more frequent hospital stays. Patients who are counseled through MTM or Diabetes Face to Face programs are educated about the importance of staying on maintenance medication even when they are feeling better. The Fruth team had an opportunity to meet with eight local legislators and observe part of the Senate session. There were over 100 pharmacists at the capitol that day, many of whom were West Virginia University and University of Charleston pharmacy students and faculty.
On March 9, Lynne Fruth traveled to Washington, D.C. for the Rx Impact Day on Capitol Hill sponsored by NACDS (National Association of Chain Drug Stores). Over 350 pharmacists and retail owners attended. The attendees were placed on teams and had opportunities to meet with Senators and Congressmen and Congresswomen to advocate the passage of the MTM bill, Medication Therapy Management. This bill would provide for more opportunities for patents to participate in counseling with their local community pharmacists. Fruth and her team of Diane Darvey, of NACDS, and University of Charleston Pharmacy students, Britt Howden and Nikki Epperly met with Senator Manchin’s staff, Congressman Bill Gibbs and Congresswomen Jean Schmidt of Ohio and Congresswomen Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia. As a result of their meeting Shelly Moore Capito came alongside the NACDS to co-sponsor the MTM bill.