Incoming President’s Message, or “Sandy: The Sequel”

Happy New Year!

Like all good Vermonters, the VPA diligently recycles, so here I am again, back as president. In case

you’ve forgotten, I was president during COVID so you are forgiven if you’ve forgotten there even was a

VPA during that year!

We were lucky to have had Amy Yanicak Stoll to lead us out of the pandemic and breathe new life into

the VPA. Under her leadership, VPA was able to work with the Board of Pharmacy to provide protocols

that allow pharmacists to use their expertise in an enlarged scope of practice to better serve our

patients. In addition to enabling better patient outcomes, this also helps relieve the burden of other

health care professional at a time where stress and burnout are impacting the ability of ALL health care

professional to provide the best possible care. Kudos to all you frontline pharmacists and technicians

who, through their ability to “step up” to pandemic challenges, have shone a light on the value of the

pharmacy profession.

The theme for this year is MOVING FORxWARD. I am excited about our future. The VT Board of

Pharmacy is rewriting the administrative rules to reflect “standard of practice” rather than the

micromanagement of pharmacy operations (mandating 200 sq. ft. of space for each pharmacist-

really!?!) VPA is attending BOP meetings and we will let you all know what the changes are and when

the comment period is. Your input is vital so the rules can reflect true practice experience. Do not

hesitate to let us (or the BOP) know your thoughts.

This is especially needed as they rewrite technician responsibilities. They provide the support that allows

pharmacists to take care of patients. Due to the unfortunate closing of the Vermont campus of ACPHS,

there are no more interns available to work in pharmacies around the state. Interns have had (and still

have) expanded responsibilities that ease the workload in the pharmacy. Now that being a pharmacy

technician is no longer “just a job’ but a career choice with opportunities for advancement, we need to

advocate for an enhanced scope of practice for techs. Encourage your technicians to join us so that we

can present a united front for pharmacy. We are pleased to have Amber Cooper, a technician at UVM,

on our Board. We look forward to hearing how we can advocate for ALL members!

To achieve all of this we have embarked on an impressive education program. Our Fall meeting in

October was our best yet, offering timely information on topics needed to meet the state licensing

requirements and provide up to the minute information on the challenges facing pharmacy. (Loved the

Monkey pox, or now Mpoxx CE!) Rest assured that future programs will maintain the same high quality

as past-president Amy Stoll is at the helm of the Education Committee! Our Spring Meeting is March 19 th

at the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden; be there or be square! (OK, so I am a little older than I appear!)

Look for more information in your e-mail, on our website (, and on our Facebook and

Instagram pages.

As always, we are in this together and I encourage you to contact us at, or my

personal e-mail:


Sandy Rosa, President

"Vermont Pharmacists Association" is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

Vermont Pharmacists Association 2019.

P.O. Box 267, St. Albans, VT, 05478

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