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Celebrating Independent Pharmacy Champion Pete Stern – Part One

With Currus CEO Pete Stern retiring this fall, we take a look back at what brought him to the world of pharmacy and some of the accomplishments the organization saw under his first decade of leadership (1990-99).    Where are you from? I was born in Houston, Texas. What brought you to Kansas? I came…

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Kansas Board of Pharmacy Moves Forward with 4:1 Ratio; 6:1 Waiver on Hold

During a meeting last Wednesday, the Kansas Board of Pharmacy voted to approve a 4:1 pharmacist-technician ratio in Kansas. The new change will now head to Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office for review. Earlier this year, the Board approved moving forward with a 4:1 ratio with an option for pharmacies to submit a waiver to…

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Kansas Students Must Now Receive Meningitis, Hepatitis A Vacccines

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has announced that students in Kansas must now receive both meningitis and hepatitis A vaccines prior to the 2019-20 school year this fall. KDHE proposed the changes to the state’s vaccine requirements earlier this year and recently held a public hearing in June that concluded a 60-day public…

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New Kansas Law Allows CBD Oil with THC for Certain Medical Conditions

On Monday, Governor Laura Kelly signed Senate Bill 28, also known as “Claire and Lola’s Law” into law. The bill allows people with “debilitating medical conditions” to use CBD oil that contains up to five percent THC. The bill was pushed by Gwen and Scott Hartley, who believe this could help their daughter Lola who…

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Kansas Pharmacy Legislation Signed Into Law

Yesterday, Governor Laura Kelly signed into law HB 2119. The committee report includes two pieces of pharmacy legislation that will take effect later this year. Currus lobbyist Travis Lowe sat down with us to briefly explain what the bills do and how they will impact your pharmacy.  

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President Trump Legalizes Hemp with Farm Bill Signing

On Thursday, Dec. 20, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bill passed out of the House last week with a vote of 369-47 and passed the Senate on Tuesday with an 87-13 vote. Among its many agricultural measures, the bill removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act – effectively legalizing hemp…

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NCOIL Approves Model State PBM Regulation

On Saturday, Dec. 10, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) approved model legislation for states looking to address unfair PBM practices. The model act, known as the Pharmacy Benefits Manager Licensure and Regulation Model Act, aims to address PBM regulation on the state level in a variety of ways. Kansas Rep. Willie Dove was…

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Kansas General Election Results

After several months of hard campaigning in state and national elections, the suspense is finally over. Laura Kelly will be the next governor of Kansas, the third person to serve as Governor in a ten-month span. The Kansas House will have many new faces next session, along with a handful of changes in the Senate,…

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