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  • 02/11/2024 16:08 | Anonymous

    By now you will be aware that the Vermont Board of Pharmacy has settled their suit with Walgreens for $275,000. The suit alleged that Walgreens had endangered the public health by failing to adequately staff their pharmacies to provide safe care and failing to follow rules around unplanned closings, forcing patients to travel miles out of their way to obtain necessary medications only to find that Walgreens had already adjudicated them and could not reverse the claims, thereby forcing patients to pay cash or go without. This also affected the nearby pharmacies who tried to help these patients. It was a frustrating and dangerous experience for all concerned. Thank you to the numerous complainants, both patients and pharmacists, who reported their concerns to the Board of Pharmacy. We are similarly grateful to the Office of Professional Regulation for recognizing that workplace conditions for pharmacy staff are a matter of patient safety and that pharmacy operators are responsible for ensuring there are adequate resources to provide safe care.

    After much discussion, with Walgreens denying any wrongdoing, the state and Walgreens reached an agreement where Walgreens would institute several remediation policies, such as adhering to existing rules around timely notice of closures, hiring more pharmacists and support staff to avoid closures, and providing training on how to deal with adjudicating electronic prescriptions and reversal of claims.

    We recognize that many people may have mixed feelings on the outcome of this settlement. We can celebrate that this was the largest fine ever levied by the Vermont Board of Pharmacy, representing the extent of the need for change, and that no other state has had such a far-reaching investigation into workplace conditions in a large chain pharmacy. At the same time, we also know that $13,750 per store is just a drop in the bucket for a company this large, even with similar charges being recently settled in nearby states. We are hopeful that nevertheless these fines represent the gravity with which Vermonters regard our community pharmacy practice and act as a deterrent to future negligent behavior. We are additionally hopeful that the settlement is entered into in good faith with a true desire effect necessary change to protect the health and wellbeing of pharmacy staff and patients alike.

    The VPA stands with all Vermont pharmacy staff, especially those working without a strong voice or necessary support. We will be diligent about making sure that Walgreens lives up to the promises they made to their staff and their patients as a part of this agreement.

    To that end, we would like to note that any complaints on conduct after January 24, 2024 will be considered “new” and subject to investigation, much like the one made in this particular case. If you have any concerns about the working conditions of a pharmacy in Vermont, these should be reported to . The health and welfare of our patients is our primary concern and any situation that endangers that (understaffing, improper billing practices, unrealistic metrics, corporate harassment, and other dangerous working conditions) requires that we honor our oath to protect our patients, and report to the Board of Pharmacy.

    Thank you,

    Vermont Pharmacists Association Board of Directors

    Melanie McAtee, PharmD, President

    Sandra Rosa, BS, RPh, Vice President

    Kenneth Kausch, PharmD, Secretary

    Caroline Kirkpatrick, PharmD, Treasurer

    Martin Irons, BS, RPh, CDCES, Member at Large

    Lauren Bode, PharmD, CDCES, Executive Director

  • 08/26/2022 09:23 | Amy Stoll (Administrator)

    On September 23rd, there will be an online continuing education opportunity on Pharmacy and MOUD, sponsored by the Vermont Department of Health. 

    Content includes review and facilitated discussion of: 

    • Strategies for pharmacist-MOUD team information-sharing: 
    • Lines of Communication – modalities, barriers, and strategies
    • Pharmacist-MOUD team prescription collaboration
    • Unifying Patient-Pharmacist-MOUD team Interactions
    • This interactive program also plans to facilitate discussion of current levels of pharmacist engagement with MOUD teams at Vermont settings and potential for increased coordination. 

    Learn more:

    Sign up today at: Webinar Registration - Zoom

    Looking for more Continuing education as well as time with the Vermont pharmacist community? Register for our Fall Meeting here: 

    Vermont Pharmacists Association - VPA Fall 2022 Meeting: Refresh | Reset (


    Your VPA President,

    Amy Yanicak Stoll

  • 01/12/2022 08:53 | Anonymous

    Guidance for Vermont Pharmacists

    Voucher for Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

    Pursuant to Vermont State statute Title 13 § 3256, the Voucher for Post Exposure Prophylaxis is provided to victims of sexual assault who present to a medical facility for treatment and are subsequently prescribed medications to treat sexually transmitted infections. Including HIVPEP, antibiotics and antiemetics prescribed with HIV PEP.

    (g) Upon request of the victim at any time after the commission of a crime involving a sexual act under subsection (b) of this section, the State shall provide any of the following services to the victim:

    (1) counseling regarding human immunodeficiency virus (HIV);

    (2) testing, which shall remain confidential unless otherwise provided by law, for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, including gonorrhea, herpes, chlamydia, and syphilis;

    (3) counseling by a medically trained professional on the accuracy of the testing, and the risk of transmitting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases to the victim as a result of the crime involving a sexual act; and

    (4) prophylaxis treatment, crisis counseling, and support services.

    (13 V.S.A. § 3256)

    Processing the Voucher for Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

    1. Accept the voucher from the patient; verify the provider section is completed.

    2. Submit charges to insurance ONLY if the patient agrees. There may be a safety or confidentiality concern related to billing insurance. Reassure the patient that the voucher will cover any patient portion due after insurance. If the patient DOES NOT want insurance billed, Center for Crime Victim Services will be the primary payor.

    3. Complete the pharmacy section on the Voucher.

    4. Fill the prescription(s) and give it to the patient without a charge.

    5. Mail or Fax the original or copy of voucher and medication receipt showing patient name, cost, and any insurance remittance advice to State of Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services.

    6. Center for Crime Victim Services will process payment and the state will issue payment to the remittance address you provide on the voucher.

    7. State of Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services Attn: SA Program, 58 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05676

    Sexual Assault Program Phone: (802) 241-1250 x104 Fax (802) 241-1253

    8. Do not send payment to the clinic addresses at the bottom of the Voucher. Clinic contact information is for patient information only.

    You can access the voucher here.

    If a patient discloses SA, how can the pharmacist best share information about the sexual assault nurse examiner(SANE) or Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services(VCCCVS)? If a patient discloses SA to the pharmacist, the pharmacist can recommend any or all of the following:

    a. Advise the patient to contact the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. An advocate will speak to the patient and advise them of their options. Vermont Network P.O. Box 405 Montpelier, VT 05601 phone 802-223-1302

    b. Advise the patient to go to the emergency department and ask for a SANE. A SANE will meet with the patient and do as little or as much as the patient chooses. Anything from simply giving options to a full sexual assault forensic exam.

    c. Report the assault to law enforcement. Law enforcement will take a report and inform the victim about a forensic exam at the hospital and the Victim Compensation Program at the VCCVS.

    4. IMPORTANT- We are not a direct service provider. Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services does not come into play until the patient presents for care or reports to law enforcement. Once the patient does one of those two things, they are informed about VCCVS and we are able to open a claim for the victim. The victim is not eligible for payment of medications unless we have an open claim.  If the pharmacist is receiving a voucher for the victim, that means the victim already presented for care and we would have an open claim. 

    5. Subsequent RX for HIV PEP- A scenario that came up recently was the patient presented the voucher to a pharmacy for 7 days of PEP. Insurance paid and we paid the copay due. Once the patient followed up with infectious disease they were given a prescription for the remaining PEP. This time they did not have a voucher and they were charged the copay. I’m working on making sure a voucher is given with subsequent prescriptions but I also wonder if there is a way for the pharmacists to flag a patient that was given HIV PEP so when they present with the remaining prescription the patient isn’t charged but instead the bill comes to VCCVS? Something to think about.

  • 12/06/2021 13:17 | Anonymous

    CPS is hiring for a Director of Pharmacy for North Country Hospital in Newport, VT

    About CPS®:  Founded nearly 50 years ago and employing over 2,500 clinical, regulatory, and operational pharmacy professionals, CPS Solutions, LLC, is one of the nation’s largest providers of pharmacy services to more than 800 hospitals and healthcare facilities nationwide. CPS® helps clients tackle a variety of complex issues, such as operational efficiency, rising drug costs, regulatory & compliance, 340B, and specialty pharmacy strategy. CPS® helps healthcare leaders drive best in class pharmacy operations through skill, expertise and proprietary technologies. For more information, visit

    About the Position: As a CPS® Director of Pharmacy, you will oversee all pharmacy operations including planning, organizing, controlling, and supervising activities, according to hospital policies, standards of practice of the profession, and state and federal laws. You will recommend innovations in the practice and function of the pharmacy to hospital administration and carry out mutually agreed upon programs with assistance from a full support CPS team. This role includes oversight and management of 3 FTE Pharmacists and 3.5 FTE Pharmacy Technicians.

    About the Facility: North Country Hospital is a 25-bed DNV accredited, acute care facility that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services including 340B services. In its 100 years, the medical campus has grown to include a surgical suite, obstetrics and gynecology division, 24-hour emergency department, pediatrics ward, an intensive care unit, Medical/Surgical floor and branches for dialysis, orthopedics and sleep disorders, as well as areas for radiology, laboratory and physical therapy. In addition, services are provided at four rural health clinics as well as a full service outpatient infusion center. North Country Hospital is where compassionate professionals, sophisticated technology and quality care come together for your well-being, in all stages of life. It is located on 30 acres near an international lake and some of Vermont’s green mountains. It offers convenient care to the 27,000 residents in Orleans and North Essex County, as well as visitors who travel to enjoy the area’s recreational resources. CPS® has partnered with the hospital to manage the day to day operations of this pharmacy. This position is an employee of CPS®.

    About the Pharmacy: The Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 7:00am – 4:30pm with remote order entry services when closed. Pyxis, Omnicell and Athena EMR are utilized in the pharmacy. Employee prescription program is serviced by the central pharmacy. In the spring of 2022, there will be a conversion from Athena EMR to Cerner.


    • BS or PharmD from an accredited School of Pharmacy
    • Vermont Pharmacist licensure in good standing
    • 3 to 5 years management experience in a healthcare/hospital environment.
    • Successful completion of a Pharmacy Practice Residency program strongly preferred
    • Ability to solve problems, establish trust and credibility.
    • Demonstrated teaching, relevant professional publications and involvement with Professional organizations.
    • ·Demonstrated ability to work independently, set priorities, make critical decisions, respond to client concerns and work cooperatively with other staff

    Hospital Requirements:

    • (PPD) TB Skin Test - Proof of negative TB skin test within the last 12 months
    • (MMR) Measles, Mumps and Rubella or A Blood Titer proving immunity
    • Varicella - (2) documented doses or A Blood Titer proving immunity
    • Hepatitis B3 Series or declination
    • (Flu) Influenza-required for hire between Oct 1st-April 30th

    If you are interested in this position, or if you know anyone who would be a good fit for this opportunity, please use the following link below. This link will take you directly to the job posting.

    If you cannot click on the link, please copy and paste it into your URL.

    If you have any questions in regard to this position, please feel free to contact Chris Teal at

    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any qualified employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, mental or physical disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

  • 08/10/2021 20:21 | Anonymous




    The Pollard general store, operated in Proctorsville for approximately 100 years, selling a wide variety of products, including window shades, glazed windows, tobacco, sugar, medicines, footwear, shawls, rope, carpets, petroleum products, and food products.

    Serving both humans and animals, Pollards provided a “compounding” pharmacy service, which made customized medications.

    Dan Churchill, the owner of “Commercial Radio,” wanted to be a pharmacist as a kid. Around the age of 12-13, he started hanging out at Pollard’s Store and it wasn’t long before he was employed in the pharmacy department. The longer Dan worked for Park Pollard, the more he turned over the day to day operations to him.

    The same year Dan headed off to college, 1955, Park Pollard died, and with it the pharmacy service.

    While Park was able to become a pharmacist under the apprentice system, by 1948, the American Council on Education declared that the pharmacy degree should be a 6-year program. Without the funds for such an education, Dan had to opt for “plan B” and went into electrical engineering.

    However, Dan never lost his interest in pharmacy and when given the opportunity by the Pollard family, he took part of the store’s apothecary section along with the books of prescriptions.

    On Sunday, August 15 at 2 pm, Dan will be speaking at the Cavendish Historical Society Museum, 1958 Main St (Route 131) in Cavendish about his experience being a teenage pharmacist at Pollard’s store. This program is free and open to the public. FMI: or 802-226-7807

  • 07/19/2021 20:24 | Anonymous

    The NOTCH (Northern Tier Center for Health) has an open per diem pharmacist position open at their Richford, VT pharmacy location. Please send any questions to our VPA Board Member Sandra Rosa at 

  • 01/15/2021 17:35 | Anonymous

    On January 15, 2021, Governor Phil Scott signed a proclamation naming February 2021 Pharmacists' Month!

    The Proclamation reads:

    State of Vermont

    Executive Department

    A Proclamation

    WHEREAS,  2020 brought an unprecedented pandemic upon the world; and

    WHEREAS, thousands of Vermonters have contracted COVID-19 and we've lost neighbors, friends, and patients; and

    WHEREAS, a State of Emergency was declared on March 13, 2020 to respond to COVID-19 public health emergency; and

    WHEREAS, the Vermont Pharmacist Association and other allied groups, both professional and governmental, quickly coordinated to maintain high levels of patient access to medication, counseling and immunizations; and

    WHEREAS, Vermont's pharmacists have served on the front lines as immunizers for over a decade; and

    WHEREAS, Vermont's pharmacists are integral for COVID-19 testing and vaccination efforts.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I Philip B. Scott, Governor, hereby proclaim February 2021 as PHARMACISTS' MONTH in Vermont.

    Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the State of Vermont on this 15th day of January, A.D. 2021. 

    Philip B. Scott, Governor

    Brittney L. Wilson, Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs

    You can see the official proclamation here


  • 01/15/2021 15:18 | Lauren Bode (Administrator)

    Looking for multilingual COVID-19 resources? Check out the YouTube channel from the Vermont Multilingual Corona Virus Taskforce:  

  • 10/21/2020 15:19 | Amy Stoll (Administrator)

    Behind the scenes (and computer screens), VPA has been hard at work this year! We recently sent out our yearly membership letter with many details about our social events, CE, and amazing legislative efforts.

    We are sending out a monthly email newsletter with timely updates, national and local opportunities, free CE sessions, social networking events, member-only resources and more. 

    Our board is very proud to serve members in the state, and the next big event is our Vermont Pharmacists Week starting 10/25/2020. Follow us on facebook and Instagram or renew your membership to stay informed! Without YOU - pharmacists, technicians, and students - then we have no purpose! We are here to serve pharmacists and advance our profession in VT, so let us know what we should be thinking about next. Thank you ALL for your hard work in 2020!

  • 07/14/2020 21:21 | Anonymous

    We mourn the loss of a great man and a friend of the profession, Anthony Otis. Anthony was the VPA lobbyist for many, many years as part of Otis & Brooks, LLC, and later Otis & Kennedy, LLC. Our sympathies go out to his widow, Trudy. Those that knew him will never forget him.

    Executive Director Jim Marmar presents Anthony Otis (right) with a framed piece of art as a token of our esteem, Oct. 25, 2015.

    Anthony Edward Riva Otis, 'Outstanding' Lawyer and Community LeaderYou can read the full obituary here.

    Anthony Edward Riva Otis of Montpelier, VT, died peacefully from dementia on July 13, 2020 at the age of 71.

    Anthony is survived by his wife Trudy McBride Otis of Montpelier, children Janell Otis Niebuhr (Colin) and Brandon Allen Otis (Nicole) of Charlotte, NC; and grandchildren, Martin Niebuhr and Scarlett Niebuhr. He is also survived by his older sister, Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Ducoff (Duke), and half-sisters Mary Ellen Dunn, Rebecca Riva, Susanne Guttenberg and Peggy Festini. He is preceded in death by his parents, Antonio Riva, Ruth Ann Merrill Otis, David Otis, maternal grandparents Anne Novak Merrill and Perry H. Merrill.

    Anthony was born December 24, 1948 in New York City. He grew up in Vermont graduating from Montpelier High School in 1966, the University of Vermont in 1970 and Willamette University College of Law in 1976. He returned to Montpelier as a clerk and administrator of the VT Supreme Court. In 1982 Anthony opened his first law office and practiced law until 2016. He represented local and national businesses and organizations with legislative matters and public policy. He was often found at the Statehouse in Montpelier with his office a few doors down. He had a very diverse legal career culminating with Concurrent Resolution #401 from Vermont House of Representatives honoring him for “outstanding legal career and his community leadership.”

    Anthony was accomplished as a 1st Dan Taekwondo Black belt and often could be found stretching. He loved music, dancing, nature photography and doing artwork with colored pencils. Anthony was passionate about buying local and supporting the arts including Lost Nation Theater. He enjoyed spending time at his family camp on Ricker Pond and motorcycle rides. He was an active and dedicated member of the Montpelier Heritage Group, Montpelier Historical Society, Montpelier Historic Preservation Commission, and Trash Tramps.

    Special thanks to his care givers including Tom and Rich, Central VT Council on Aging, Project Independence, Mayo staff, and CVMC for compassionate care and walking miles with Anthony.

    A reception and celebration of life will be scheduled for 2021. Contributions to Bethany Church in Montpelier ( or Lost Nation Theater ( would be appreciated.

    Condolences c/o 171 Westview Meadows Rd. Montpelier VT 05602

    The family is being assisted in arrangments by Guare & Sons Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at

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