LECOM pharmacy students meet with state lawmakers in Pennsylvania and Florida

LECOM School of Pharmacy students participated in Legislative Day in Harrisburg, Pa.

Students from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy recently participated in the Pharmacy Association Legislative Day at the Pennsylvania Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pa and the Florida Pharmacists Legislative Day in Tallahassee, Fla.

Legislative Day provides future pharmacists the opportunity to bring any matters occurring in the world of pharmacy to the attention of the legislators from their district. All pharmacy schools in Pennsylvania are invited to attend and bring posters or other materials to help discuss any issue future pharmacists would hope to improve. The LECOM students presented a posted which addressed current issues and barriers regarding smoking cessation.

LECOM students attended a session of the House of Representatives, and met with Rep. John Evans (R-5th), Rep. Florindo Fabrizio (D-2nd), and a staff member of Sen. Jane Earll (R-49).

Legislative Day attendees from LECOM included Jaime Caputo, Emily Wysocki, Megan Anderson, Michael Minor, Lauren Funwela, Lauren Hajdu, Ashley Hartley, Richard Jay, Nate Dahl, Dumavo Atsou-Dzini and Olga Kurdelchuk, along with faculty members Janene Madras, PharmD, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director of Admissions and Student Services, and Kim Burns, RPh, JD, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Bradenton Pharmacy Students Visit State Capitol

Students from LECOM School of Pharmacy Bradenton also attended a similar event as part of Florida Pharmacists Legislative Day in Tallahassee, Fla.

From left back row: LECOM School of Pharmacy Bradenton students Blake Mirsky, Olutola Ajanaku, Nathaly Grullon and Rep. Bill Galvano. Front row: Peris Mukundi, Pratima Patel, Amy Ferrol, Angel Yu, Vishva Gandhi and LECOM School of Pharmacy Bradenton faculty member Teresa Schweiger, PharmD.

Students met with state Reps. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) and Doug Holder (R-Sarasota) and state Sen. Mike Bennett (R-Bradenton) to discuss pharmacy legislation.

Pharmacy students from LECOM School of Pharmacy Bradenton, Nova Southeastern, University of Florida, Florida A&M University and Palm Beach Atlantic College gathered to promote the pharmacy profession.

The students spoke with legislators about stopping further cuts in Medicaid and promoting programs to help stop prescription drug abuse in Florida.

April 3, 2009
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