HARRISBURG, PA – On Saturday, October 3, 2015, State Senator Tom McGarrigle accepted the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA) award for Legislator of the Year. This award is presented to an elected official who has pursued meaningful legislation which positively affects patient care and supports community pharmacy.
Pat Epple, CEO, and Don Smith, Government Relations Manager, presented the award to McGarrigle during PPA’s Annual Awards & Leadership dinner in Grantville, Pennsylvania. Epple said McGarrigle was honored with this award because of his commitment and support of pharmacy – especially for his support and sponsorship of a Senate version of legislation recently signed into law that expands pharmacist-provided immunizations.
“We were thrilled to present Senator Tom McGarrigle with our Legislator of the Year award for 2015,” Epple said. “He has demonstrated a determination to do what is right for the citizens of Pennsylvania by helping to open up accessibility for the flu vaccine. The law allows children, age nine and up, with parental consent, to obtain flu shots from licensed pharmacists at participating community pharmacies. A co-chair of the Pennsylvania Community Pharmacy Caucus, he continues to advocate for the important role of pharmacists in supporting the health and wellness of patients throughout the Commonwealth.”
“I was honored to accept PPA’s Legislator of the Year Award for 2015,” McGarrigle said. “Pharmacists play an integral role in healthcare. I will continue to be a strong advocate for the advancement of the pharmacy practice for the benefit of patients throughout the Commonwealth.”
Founded in 1878, the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association is a professional membership organization of more than 2,300 pharmacists and pharmacy students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, representing almost all facets of pharmacy practice. As the leading voice of pharmacy in Pennsylvania, it promotes the profession through advocacy, education, and communication to enhance patient care and public health.
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