When the annual Hesston Health Fair was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, community members began asking how they would be able to get their seasonal flu shots. Many Harvey County residents were expressing hesitancy to visit health care facilities with the pandemic going on, and with the health fair not taking place, options…

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After more than 34 years of mentoring young pharmacy students, Senior Associate Dean Gene Hotchkiss has announced his retirement from the KU School of Pharmacy. Gene graduated from the KU School of Pharmacy in 1969, before working at an independent pharmacy in Topeka. He joined the KU School of Pharmacy as a faculty member in 1986 and…

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This month’s pharmacist spotlight features Lori Murdock. Lori has been the owner of Cedar Creek Pharmacy in De Soto, Kan. since 2004. She shared with us why she decided to become a pharmacy owner and what makes the job so rewarding.    When did you realize that you wanted to become a pharmacist? My original…

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today that pharmacists and pharmacy interns would be authorized to administer COVID-19 vaccines when they become available. The new guidance issued under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) allows state-licensed pharmacists to order FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccinations and administer them to any individual ages…

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Governor Laura Kelly announced today that various state health agencies have collaborated to create the Essential Worker Health Care Fund. The $8 million in funds received courtesy of the CARES Act will be designated to cover health care costs for essential workers in Kansas who have contracted COVID-19. Health care workers are one of the…

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This month’s spotlight features Greg and Lisa Flax. Greg and Lisa are the pharmacists and owners of G&L Health Mart Pharmacy in Ness City, Kan. and Rush County Health Mart Pharmacy in La Crosse, Kan. They shared why they decided to become pharmacy owners and how that has resulted in numerous relationships being formed over…

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This month’s spotlight features William Anderson of Orchards Drug in Lawrence, Kan. Will shares why he decided to become an independent pharmacy owner and some of the goals that he has for his new patients in the Lawrence community.    When did you realize that you wanted to become a pharmacist? Growing up, I always…

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This month’s spotlight features Doug Hynek of D.C. Drug in Troy, Kan. Doug shares some thoughtful insight into why being an independent pharmacist is so rewarding and offers some strong advice to students considering the pharmacy profession.   When did you realize that you wanted to become a pharmacist? I started aiming towards pharmacy after…

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President Trump signed legislation today that adds an additional $310 billion in funding to the depleted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses. The PPP – established by the CARES Act that was signed into law on March 27 – is designed to help small businesses hurt by the coronavirus. However, the initial $349 billion…

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