It looked like a sea of white coats as more than 400 students from Georgia Campus
– Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM), Mercer University, South
University and the University of Georgia joined forces for Pharmacy Day at the Dome,
the Georgia Pharmacy Association’s (GPhA) annual rally for students pharmacists. This
year’s advocacy focus is House Bill 900 which proposes changes to Georgia’s Prescription
Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to help curtail prescription drug abuse in the state.
The intent of the proposed changes to the bill is to shore up funding for the program
and to allow healthcare professionals to more effectively communicate with one another.
This message carries with it the GPhA’s passion for the well-being of Georgia patients.
Student pharmacists were armed with talking points and encouragement from Georgia
representatives Bruce Broadrick, Buddy Harden, and Ron Stephens, all pharmacists.
Broadrick spoke to the gathering saying, “As a pharmacist, you’re trusted and respected.
Be involved with your community.” Harden encouraged the students to “Keep in contact
with your legislators throughout your career…It means a lot to your profession and
your future.” “Don’t wait on us to decide on your future…Your future depends on you
having a voice,” said Stephens.
The student pharmacists had their photo taken on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol
with Governor Nathan Deal. Then, some watched the session from the gallery, while
others met with their representatives to press for PDMP reform. Based on Tuesday’s
gathering, it appears that the voice for pharmacy in Georgia is unified and effective.
About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500.
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