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Ohio Society of Health-System PharmacY

Legislative Affairs Division

How is our division structured and how do we advocate?

Within our division we have two main committees which work in tandem to further our advocacy efforts, the OSHP Platform Committee and the OSHP Legislative Communication Committees. These committees are made up of various division members operating under the direction of the division director and director elect.

2023-2024 OSHP Legislative Affairs Division Leadership

Division Director: Daniel Arendt Pharm.D., BCPS

Division Director Elect: Joe Marchiano Pharm.D., BCPS, BCGP

Contact The Division Director(s):

Committee Information:

The OSHP Platform Committee works to establish our organizational positions on a variety of issues that impact the world of health-system pharmacy. When new legislation is introduced that isn't clearly aligned with or aligned against our position, the committee will work to update our organizational positions by working with our members and content experts and then gaining approval from the organizations board of directors.

The OSHP Legislative Communication Committees will be responsible for developing policy statements, providing comments on proposed rules overseeing the practice of pharmacy and providing written testimony in favor or in opposition to various bills in the House and Senate. When a bill is determined to be a legislative priority within the division, division directors will send out preliminary information to the organization, interested members can then join the legislative communication committee for that specific bill/policy help guide OSHP's advocacy efforts.

Members are always welcome to share their concerns and potential areas of legislative need that they would like our organization to address. Email to bring your concerns to our attention!

What are OSHP's Platform Positions?

Positions:  OSHP, in general, is supportive of legislative and regulatory issues that support the….
  • advancement of pharmacist’s scope of practice, in line with our full scope of licensure
  • advancement of technician’s scope of practice, in line with our full scope of licensure
  • recognition of pharmacists as medical providers
  • credentialing and privileging of pharmacists
  • increased accessibility / affordability of...

    • medication therapy
    • pharmacy services
    • harm reduction products and services
  • safe and effective use of medication
    • this includes medical marijuana in the State of Ohio
  • federal legalization of medical marijuana
  • advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our profession and beyond

Read some of our historical position statements here: Historical Position Statements

How can you get involved?

Enhancing your Advocacy

Resources and tools to help you advocate for yourself, your profession and your patients. We at OSHP believe that there is power in the individual, whether you want to advocate with all of OSHP or pursue an advocacy issue on your own, we want to give you the tools you need in order to be successful.

Current Legislative Issues

As pharmacists, we have many different responsibilities, keeping track of every new piece of legislation that can impact us however, is just not feasible. Let us do some of the work for you! Here at OSHP we have a variety of resources designed to keep you up to date with everything going on in the world of pharmacy legislation. Get updated here and if there is something we don't have here, let us know!

Calls for Advocacy Support

No one knows the issues impacting you and your patients more than you do. If there is an issue or a policy that you feel OSHP should be advocating for or against, let us know below. These calls will go directly to our legislative communication committee and they will work with our platform committee to determine the best course of action.

About the organization

"The mission of OSHP is to optimize patient health by advocating for the advancement of pharmacy practice to promote comprehensive, quality care across the health-care continuum