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Arkansas lawmakers learn about conditions squeezing state’s independent pharmacists

Arkansas pharmacists told a legislative panel Tuesday about a “perfect storm” of lower drug reimbursements, cash flow issues and the ripple effects of consolidation in their industry that threaten their existence. “The marketplace as a whole is dying by a hundred slashes,” pharmacy owner Blake Torres told the Legislature’s Joint Performance Review Committee. “We’re pleading…

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Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation kicks off Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation (APCF) and prostate cancer survivors will join together on August 29 in advance of September to kick off Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The September month-long effort includes a statewide awareness campaign and FREE screening events to help ensure that no man has to face prostate cancer alone. Prostate cancer is…

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Federal judge considers blocking Arkansas social media verification law

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Governor Sanders unveils ‘Safer, Stronger’ Arkansas legislative package and The Protect Arkansas Act

Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders unveiled the Safer, Stronger Arkansas Legislative Package and The Protect Arkansas Act on March 27 alongside Attorney General Tim Griffin, bill cosponsors Senator Ben Gilmore and Representative Jimmy Gazaway, Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Director of Arkansas State Police Mike Hagar, Secretary of Corrections Joe Profiri, and law enforcement officials. Sanders' communication team released a graphic…

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Arkansas Senator introduces bill to put marijuana legalization on the ballot again

Yesterday, Arkansas State Senator J. Bryant introduced a bill that would put legalization recreational marijuana sales and home grow on the ballot next general election if passed. In 2022, Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action (SAM Action) helped the group Safe and Secure Communities Arkansas defeat Issue 4, the Arkansas ballot initiative that would have legalized recreational…

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Arkansas report indicates action needed to secure future workforce

Arkansas hospitals are facing a critical staffing shortage that is only exacerbating the profound financial volatility they are facing. A new report issued by Global Data, commissioned by the Arkansas Hospital Association (AHA), reveals that the shortage of health care workers in many specialties is anticipated to continue or worsen over time, as increasing needs continue…

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