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Pharmacy Students to Visit Capitol Hill

Patrick O. Acheampong, a fifth-year pharmacy student from Columbus, Ohio, William (BJ) Gaddis III, a fifth-year pharmacy student from Hudson, Ohio, Todd Sega, a fifth-year pharmacy student from Edinboro, Pa., and Chris Westrick, a fifth-year pharmacy student from Defiance, Ohio, will take part in the NACDS (National Association of Chain Drug Stores) RxIMPACT Day, March 10-11, in Washington, D.C.

The event will bring more than 200 advocates from across the country to Washington, D.C., to talk with members of Congress about pro-patient, pro-pharmacy policy and issues related to health care reform.

During the inaugural Sebok Pharmacy Lecture in January, speaker Steven C. Anderson, CEO of NACDS, invited ONU pharmacy students to join him on Capitol Hill because with a changing health care system that is in "dire need of accessible care," they had the opportunity to help change it. "Pharmacy will become whatever people like you envision it, and its advancement will reflect the energy with which you engage it," he told them.

The ONU students will join pharmacy industry administrators, pharmacy operators, pharmacists and pharmacy college deans in meeting with members of Congress and their staff to discuss issues impacting their profession.

After participating in a morning legislative briefing attended by lawmakers supportive of the pharmacy industry, advocates will be paired with others from their state to attend RxIMPACT-scheduled meetings with members of Congress and their staff.

The event began in 2009 with 68 representatives from 25 states visiting Capitol Hill.