Legislative Advocacy

OPA Advocacy Action Center & Current Issues

Check out the OPA Advocacy Action Center with its OPA Bill Tracker, to see the current bills that impact  pharmacists. We need your help to ensure that the profession of pharmacy is protected and enhanced!

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Political Action Committee

Help us grow the profession and fight back against the growing control of pharmacy & patient care by the government and insurance industry. 

Contribute to the Ohio Pharmacy PAC

What is the Pharmacy PAC?

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. That's right, your money is used to support political clout for Pharmacy … right here in Ohio!

Why do we need a Pharmacy PAC?

MCOs, MACs, AWP, PCMHs, Nurse Dispensing, Prescriptive Authority, Provider Status, Immunizations, Pharmacy Choice … just to name a few reasons why we need a strong Pharmacy PAC. The advancement of the pharmacy profession depends greatly on the political clout of our profession and the pharmacists' association. The stronger our PAC is, the louder our voice will be! Help pharmacists around the state establish prudent public policy in the interest of public health and the pharmacy profession.

How do I get involved?

Pharmacists,

I extend a cordial invitation to you to join the Pharmacy Political Action Committee. It is the Ohio pharmacist's way of promoting good government consistent with the public interest and contributing to professional and business growth in the pharmacy community. Take your stand today, and get involved! The following explains the contribution process of Pharmacy PAC. Learn how you can help make pharmacy prosperous in the years ahead.

Antonio Ciaccia
Director of Government and Public Affairs

How do I support the Pharmacy PAC?

The Ohio Pharmacy PAC needs your support now! With your support, OPA will continue to monitor and initiate the legislation that impacts your practice.

Contribute to the Ohio Pharmacy PAC

Legislative Defense Fund

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. In the words of that pharmacy owner, “Better for OPA to have it than Uncle Sam.”

OPA LDF IS YOUR GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS TEAM. Big companies have high-powered lobbyists working daily to protect their interests. Your small business, or you as an individual pharmacist, deserve the same representation.

WE HAVE YOU COVERED ON ALL FRONTS. As a pharmacist, there’s a lot that can impact your practice: State legislature, Board of Pharmacy, Medicaid, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, even federal issues… Funds for the OPA LDF help our ability to ensure that all bases are covered.

Why Support the OPA LDF?

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, increasing vaccination authority, expanding consult agreements with physicians… Ohio pharmacists are actively involved in these issues, and we must keep making progress. Other health care organizations have more resources and greater numbers. For too long, pharmacists have been in the passenger seat while other entities dictate how our practices operate. As a profession, we need to ensure that we are in the driver’s seat. Whether you are a staff pharmacist or pharmacy owner, your future employment will be determined by what we accomplish here and now. Protecting and enhancing the profession of pharmacy to make it more viable, ensures your job and the jobs of your colleagues. Consider this your “employment insurance.”

Complete the OPA Legislative Defense Fund Pledge Form to sign up to make a monthly contribution to our advocacy efforts. Choose the giving level that best suits you, and then fill in your billing information. OPA will bill your account in the middle of each month, and you will receive a receipt at the end of the year for reporting. Then it’s our job to put that money to good use.

Contribute to the LDF Online Here

Download the LDF Contribution Form Here

Join OPA's Rx Advocacy Team

The most effective way to protect and enhance the profession of pharmacy is at the local level, where crucial relationships with legislators are formed. To assist our legislative efforts, OPA would like to know which state and U.S. Representatives and Senators you are familiar with, or if you are interested in getting to know your legislators for the first time. 

Legislators like to hear from pharmacists from their districts, and you have a unique opportunity to serve as your legislator's pharmacy information source! 

Please fill out the form below to join OPA's Rx Advocacy Team:

Join OPA's Rx Advocacy Team

*If you know additional legislators, please submit an additional online form. 

OPA Ohio Board of Pharmacy Vacancy

To apply, submit your nomination on the form below to the OPA Legal & Regulatory Committee. For your convenience, the form is available to be submitted online through the link below. You may also print the form to complete and mail to: 

Legal & Regulatory Committee
Ohio Pharmacists Association
2674 Federated Blvd
Columbus, Ohio 43235

January 10, 2020 if the deadline to submit your nomination. 

Nomination Form for Ohio Board of Pharmacy Vacancy

For more information, contact the OPA office at (614)389-3236 or opa@ohiopharmacists.org.