Opinion: A State Prescription Drug Affordability Board Puts Pharmacies, Access to Medication at Risk

Posted: April 15, 2021

Executive Director Emily Zadvorny shares an opinion piece in The Denver Post. Read an excerpt below and click on the button to read the whole article!

"Many Coloradans struggle to pay for their prescription drugs. Sixty-six percent of all adults in the United State use prescription drugs; use is higher for older adults and patients with chronic conditions. While medications are vital to improving health, medications may be extremely costly.

Advances in technology and new drug therapies have contributed to the increased cost of health care. As a pharmacist, I see the impact of drug costs on patients first-hand. While I applaud the Colorado legislature for taking on the issue of drug affordability, I have serious concerns about aspects of Senate Bill 175, which creates the Prescription Drug Affordability Review Board. This bill is intended to cap the price of certain high-cost drugs, but it may severely limit medication access for Coloradans."

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Pharmacists Experiencing Burnout During COVID Pandemic

Posted: April 12, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccinations ramp up, 9NEWS Reporter Jon Glasgow shows us how many pharmacists say they are overworked and understaffed.

 

Rural Americans in Pharmacy Deserts Hurting for COVID-19 Vaccines

Posted: March 3, 2021

"...In Colorado, pharmacies give over a million flu shots a year, said Emily Zadvorny, executive director of the Colorado Pharmacists Society, and, particularly in smaller towns, have a much closer relationship with their customers than larger health care providers do. She pointed to a pharmacist in Kiowa County, Colorado, who pulled a list of all his customers age 70 and up and called each of them to schedule their covid vaccinations."

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As HIV Infection Rates Rise in Colorado, Pharmacies Can Now Prescribe Preventative Pills

Posted: November 18, 2020

Colorado this month became one of the first states in the nation to let pharmacists prescribe HIV prevention drugs, part of a public health effort to curb rising infection rates nearly a decade after breakthroughs in medicine that can stop HIV’s spread. 

 

Starting this week, pharmacies can begin offering the daily preventative pill or an emergency version that works only if taken within 72 hours of an exposure to the virus. 

The goal is to provide greater access to the medication by allowing people who are at risk of HIV to simply walk into a pharmacy and get the medication after a short consultation with a trained pharmacist. 

While wide swaths of rural Colorado might have just two or three primary care doctors, they typically have about a dozen pharmacies. And 90% of people live within five miles of a pharmacy, according to the Colorado Pharmacists Society. 

 

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Colorado Patients Can Now Get Preventative HIV Medications From Pharmacists

Posted: November 12, 2020

On Saturday, a new statewide protocol will be officially enacted making Colorado one of the first states to allow pharmacists to prescribe PrEP and PEP, preventative HIV medications. 

PReP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is more than 90 percent effective in preventing an HIV infection, and PEP, post-exposure prophylaxis, can reduce the risk of getting HIV after exposure by more than 80 percent — and yet the drugs are underused

“It's pretty well known that these drugs just aren't being used as much as they should,” said Emily Zadvorny, executive director at Colorado Pharmacists Society. “We don't know all the reasons why, but opening up another avenue of access to clinical care and these medications within communities, within trusted relationships, within a more flexible setting, that's really important in these situations, which can be a very timely situation that you need to get the medications.”

 

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