Pharmacy students and professors from St. John’s University
joined regional practitioners and peers from other academic
institutions in Albany this spring to speak with lawmakers about
legislation affecting pharmacists throughout the state.
The St. John’s contingent—45 students and 4 professors from the
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences—traveled to the capitol on
April 16 as part of Pharmacy Lobby Day. The effort brought together
pharmacists from regional professional organizations as well as
students and faculty from New York’s other colleges of
They met with members of the state legislature’s Committee on
Higher Education. Discussions focused mainly on the expansion of
the Pharmacist as Immunizer and the Collaborative Drug Therapy
Management (CDTM) bills.
After meeting with Queens, NY, Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-40), Judith
Beizer, Pharm.D., Clinical Professor at St. John’s, and a group of
students were invited into the Assembly chambers. There, they were
welcomed by Assemblyman David Weprin (D-24), whose district
includes St. John’s Queens campus.
“Pharmacy Lobby Day provides an opportunity for our students to
express their views on legislation that will impact our profession
and affect their practice of pharmacy,” said Beizer.