Pharmacy in Peril: What’s Really Happening Behind the Counter

Community pharmacy practice has been in the news quite a bit lately due to walkouts happening across the nation. Tensions are also rising about the decade long flawed payment scheme in our nation, initiated by drug insurance companies, which is paying pharmacies less than what it costs pharmacies to dispense the medication. This backward business takes away significant dollars from pharmacies and has already led to many pharmacy closures over the years… putting patient safety and your individual health at risk! Today we bring in the current Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Pharmacists Association, Dr. Michael Hogue, as part of special two part series sharing  perspectives and expertise on the status of community practice today and how these fees and payment structures from PBMs are causing serious side effects to pharmacies near you which will affect all of us if the problem is not fixed in time.  

Michael D. Hogue, PharmD, FAPhA, FNA

Michael D. Hogue is the 15th Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

Hogue is a native of southern Illinois where he got his start in pharmacy at Humma’s Drugs in Metropolis as a pharmacy technician. He is a graduate of Samford University with his BS in Pharmacy and PharmD degrees. He completed a one-year executive residency in association management with APhA and the National Council for State Pharmacy Association Executives (NCSPAE; now NASPA).

Hogue has more than 25 years of experience in community practice as both a pharmacy owner and a staff pharmacist, as well as an ambulatory care provider in family and preventive medicine. He is an accomplished academician, having served on the faculty at Samford University and Loma Linda University. Prior to becoming CEO of APhA in 2023, Hogue was the Dean of Pharmacy at Loma Linda University with faculty appointments in both the schools of pharmacy and medicine. In addition, he was the Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice and was responsible for launching a comprehensive pharmacotherapy clinic in collaboration with Loma Linda University Health’s Faculty Medical Group practice.

Hogue served on the original staff development team for APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery national certificate program for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, which has now trained over 500,000 pharmacy professionals in the United States. His work in collaboration with state pharmacy associations over many years has resulted in all 50 states authorizing pharmacists to administer vaccines. Hogue was the first pharmacist appointed by CDC to serve on its COVID-19 vaccine workgroup in April 2020, and he served as APhA’s liaison representative to ACIP from 2020 through 2023. He also served on the Adult RSV Vaccine Workgroup for ACIP.

He is married to pharmacist Heather Hogue, PharmD, a faculty member in physician assistant studies at California Baptist University. Michael and Heather are parents to two adult daughters who are both in the health care industry.

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