ULM Student Chapter

 

LIPA has expanded educational and professional opportunities with the support of its student chapter launched in the Fall of 2009 at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. By encouraging and promoting an interest in independent pharmacies, LIPA hopes to provide future leaders of the profession with tools for success.

About the LIPA Collegiate Chapter

The LIPA collegiate chapter is designed to provide pharmacy students with an in-depth look at independent pharmacies, ownership, and its privileges. Student members receive, and are able to contribute to a weekly newsletter distributed across the state that provides the latest news concerning independent pharmacies and the profession at large. They also have the opportunity to interact with local pharmacists from across the state, as well as nationally, by attending national conventions hosted by the National Community Pharmacists Association.

Pharmacy Education Support Fee

Passed during the 2015 Louisiana Legislative Session, RS 37:1184 created the "Pharmacy Education Support Fee" giving Louisiana pharmacists and pharmacy owners the option to contribute $100 to a public university school of pharmacy with their annual license or permit renewal.

The “Pharmacy Education Support Fee” is designed to help fund higher education in pharmacy. Each year, Louisiana pharmacists and pharmacy owners renew their permits and licenses. Due to the state's current fiscal crisis, Louisiana’s colleges and universities are projected to sustain anywhere from $200 million to $300 million in cuts in the 2015-2016 school year. While many pharmacists already give back to their pharmacy school each year, this optional fee provides a quick and convenient way for them to donate $100 while completing their annual license and permit renewal.

Placing the fee on these forms expands the donation pool to all Louisiana pharmacists and pharmacy owners, many of whom might not have considered donating otherwise. The $100 fee is optional; the pharmacist may elect not to pay this additional fee.

Proceeds from the fee are collected by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy. Annually by April 1, the Board must disburse all proceeds from the fee to an accredited public university school of pharmacy in Louisiana to be used solely for the benefit of their pharmacy education program (ULM is the only accredited public university school of pharmacy in Louisiana). The funds are supplemental in nature; they are not intended to replace, displace, or supplant any other funds received by the university to operate the pharmacy school.