The Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) was formed September 2, 1879 in Columbus, Ohio under the name Ohio State Pharmaceutical Association (OSPA).
The purpose of the Association was to elevate the character of the pharmaceutical profession, by uniting the reputable druggists of the state in order to foster the education of those learning the art and thereby stimulate the talent of those engaged in pharmacy. In cooperation with its members and leaders, the present-day OPA continues to function by this purpose and act to positively impact the profession as these past extraordinary individuals did.
The mission of the Ohio Pharmacists Foundation (OPF) is to provide educational programs for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and consumers of health care that enhance the practice of pharmacy and patient outcomes, and to conduct research to support these efforts.
OPA Executive Fellowship in Leadership and Association Management
The Ohio Pharmacists Association Executive Fellowship in Leadership and Association Management is a postgraduate training program conducted at the Ohio Pharmacists Association headquarters under the direction of the staff of OPA. The fellowship is an excellent experience for those interested in learning all areas that are critical to any successful nonprofit organization and in developing leadership skills.
Impact the future of your profession through OPA advocacy and receive monthly legislative updates. Continue your professional growth with cutting-edge continuing pharmacy education (CPE) which is discounted for members. Keep up-to-date on industry developments via Ohio Pharmacy Newsline, OPA’s bi-weekly e-news brief, and the Ohio Pharmacist monthly journal. Stay connected with Ohio’s pharmacy community through networking opportunities such as OPA’s committees and special interest groups as well as OPA social media. Gain exclusive access to Members Only content including salary surveys, collaborative practice agreements, and more!
OPA, in conjunction with the ACPE-accredited provider Ohio Pharmacists Foundation, provides the quality Continuing Education Programs you need to ensure your professional and business development. We make it simple to obtain your credits toward relicensure and, as an OPA member, you receive substantial discounts on all CPE offerings including:
Live seminars with cutting edge topics and top-notch speakers
In-depth certificate programs on topics such as Immunization and Smoking Cessation
Jurisprudence Education, qualifying for Ohio's CE requirement and much more
The Entrepreneurship Center provides pharmacists and student pharmacists with the business skills needed to be successful in today’s economy. A valuable resource for Ohio’s new and existing entrepreneurs, it serves to foster the skills necessary to develop viable, sustainable business models and to create novel practices within pharmacy practice by providing resources and education to Ohio’s pharmacists.
Pharmacy is facing more legislative battles than ever before, and we know these fights will continue into the future. Obtaining provider status, opening restrictive networks, regulating PBMs, and increasing vaccination authority, expanding consult agreements with physicians. OPA and Ohio pharmacists are actively involved in these issues, and we must keep making progress.
The Pharmacy Political Action Committee is a voluntary, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of pharmacists who are interested in promoting good government and public health. Pharmacy PAC money contributed by pharmacists goes to help candidates who support pharmacy in Ohio.
The OPA LDF was created in 2014 at the request of an independent pharmacy owner seeking to help OPA boost its advocacy efforts for pharmacists. Unlike a Political Action Committee (PAC) fund, where personal funds are given directly to political campaigns, both personal and corporate funds are accepted by the LDF to enhance our government affairs endeavors, and there are no limits on the amount you can give. Contributions from corporate funds may be tax deductible as a business expense.
Impact the future of your profession through OPA advocacy and receive monthly legislative updates. Keep up-to-date on industry developments via Ohio Pharmacy Newsline, OPA’s bi-weekly e-news brief. Stay connected with Ohio’s pharmacy community through networking opportunities such as OPA’s committees and special interest groups. Gain exclusive access to Members Only content including salary surveys, collaborative practice agreements, and more. Student membership pays for itself by attending 2 OPA events!
OPA has created the Independent Special Interest Group (SIG) to help ensure not only independent pharmacy's survival in Ohio, but success. The Independent SIG is providing its members with important benefits, and is a key resource and activist in independent pharmacy matters. Members receive valuable assistance in pharmacy management, help with third-party issues (including audits), an information source on specific issues affecting independents, and an advocate/representative on pertinent committees.
Clinical services allow pharmacists to practice at the top of their license. And, as the most accessible healthcare professionals, pharmacists are well-positioned to take on expanded patient care roles. Whether the focus is to improve patient outcomes or reduce overall health costs, pharmacists are an important part of the healthcare.
First, HB 479, dubbed the "Prescription Drug Co-Pay Integrity Act," will prohibit the practice of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) requiring pharmacists to charge patients an amount greater than the pharmacy's cash price for a particular prescription drug. Second, the legislation would prohibit "gag clauses" that some PBMs place in pharmacy contracts that penalize pharmacists for disclosing a complete picture of the financials of a patient's prescription drug transaction.
This issue has received significant attention in the media recently, and it all started with a 2016 investigative report from a news station in New Orleans. Similar legislation has already been passed in more than a dozen states. The practice has resulted in more than 16 lawsuits across the country.
To mark the roll-out of HB 479, OPA stood alongside Reps. Lipps & West, and Holly Pendell, director of advocacy and activist engagement for the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, to announce the bill's introduction. To view that press conference in its entirety, see the Ohio Channel's video HERE.
It's no secret that OPA has been very outspoken about the problems with prescription drug pricing (see here, here, here, and here). We've spent a great deal of time working to reform a broken system that rewards big supply chain middlemen and results in higher drug costs for employers, taxpayers, and patients. HB 479 is just one attempt at ensuring that patients aren't paying any more than they have to for their needed medications.
"The clawback is just the latest example of PBM tactics that deceive patients, inflate the cost of prescription drugs, and line the pockets of administrative middlemen," said OPA Director of Government & Public Affairs Antonio Ciaccia. "It's time to reclaim the idea that a co-pay is a shared payment; not an imposed overpayment."
The legislation is already attracting supporters from across the industry, and our "Ohio Prescription Partnership" coalition continues to grow. Here is a list of the current supporters of the legislation: