Larry M. Simonsmeier Writing Award
The American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL) is a nationwide organization with the purposes of: (i) furthering knowledge in the law related to pharmacists, pharmacies, the provision of pharmaceutical care, the manufacturing and distribution of drugs, and other food, drug, and medical device policy issues ("Pharmacy Law"); (ii) communicating accurate legal educational information; and (iii) providing education opportunities for pharmacists, attorneys, and others who are interested in Pharmacy Law.
ASPL recognizes outstanding scholarship related to Pharmacy Law with the Simonsmeier Award. The Award recognizes an outstanding paper relating to the interests of ASPL published during the prior two years (2014-2016). The 2017 Award includes an honorarium plus support for travel to the ASPL Developments in Pharmacy Law Seminar XXVIII in Scottsdale, AZ, November 2-5, 2017.
The Award is named in honor of the late Larry Simonsmeier (1944-2009), who was a pharmacist and attorney, professor and dean of Washington State University College of Pharmacy, president of ASPL, and editor of the Rx Ipsa Loquitur for more than twenty years.
Papers related to Pharmacy Law, as defined above, published in or accepted for publication in any English-language peer-reviewed journal (including law reviews) during the period from January 2014 through December 2016 are eligible. Interested parties are invited to nominate published papers written by themselves or other authors. Authors may submit manuscripts that are in press.
Submission of Nominations
Nominations should provide the name, address, daytime telephone number, and e-mail address of the nominator, a reprint of the full paper, and a complete journal citation for the paper being nominated. If an author is submitting a manuscript that is in press, the copy of the manuscript should be accompanied by documentation from the journal editor of the status of the paper, and should include contact information for the journal editor. The deadline for submission of nominations for the Larry M. Simonsmeier Award is June 30, 2017.
Nominations should be addressed to:
Education & Scholarship Committee
Questions may be directed to ASPL at:
February 27, 2017
Lawsuit against Kroeger in Cincinnati generates in-depth reporting by local news media; Ohio Board of Pharmacy to gain mandatory error reporting authority
A negligence suit first filed in the Hamilton County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas in 2014 alleges that a Kroeger pharmacy misfilled a prescription refill intended to contain labetalol with lamotrigine, resulting in severe injury to the patient, including permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis. The suit has resulted in recent in-depth reporting by the local television station (WXIX – Fox19) including a complete copy of the plaintiff's deposition of the pharmacist who was responsible for final check on the prescription.
The report included a review of the 2016 minutes of the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, which revealed that 41 pharmacists paid a total of $39,700 in fines related to dispensing errors, and that 4 of those 41 pharmacists were Kroeger pharmacists who were charged with 9 separate dispensing errors. None of the pharmacists were involved in the instant action. The report also has links to 4 prior cases in Hamilton County against Kroeger: 1 in 1997 (Neosporin dispensed instead of Polysporin), 2 in 2014 (Seroquel instead of Nexium; and the instant case), and 1 in 2015 (clomipramine instead of clomiphene).
But the gravamen of the report was a concern that pharmacists are not required to report dispensing errors to the Board of Pharmacy in Ohio, Indiana, or Kentucky. An interview with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy executive director Steven Schierholt revealed that the Board will gain the authority to require error reporting by licensees beginning in April 2017, but that will not happen until the Board promulgates rules requiring the reports. The report concludes with an interview with University of Cincinnati pharmacy Dean Neal MacKinnon, and with a discussion of 6 years of required error reporting in Nova Scotia which generated nearly 20,000 error reports and "near misses" per year. [Barr J. Pharmacy loophole: Law allows pharmacists secrecy in prescription mistakes. Fox19 NOW 2017 Feb 22; http://bit.ly/2l5aDVK]
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2017 DPLXXVIII Seminar
November 2-5, 2017