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Essential Hospitals Applaud Selection of New OPA Director


Statement attributable to:
Beth Feldpush, DrPH
Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy
America’s Essential Hospitals

WASHINGTON — We congratulate Emeka Egwim, PharmD, for his selection as director of the Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA), in the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Egwim brings extensive experience to the position and a background that includes association member Howard University, where he earned his doctorate in 2011 from the school’s College of Pharmacy. His work on the 340B Drug Pricing Program, as well as with the Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative, to improve the quality of care and address costs for patients with complex conditions makes him ideally suited to his new role.

We look forward to working with Egwim to protect the access to affordable drugs the 340B program creates for low-income patients, including through pharmacies that contract with hospitals. These pharmacies extend the reach of the program and help marginalized patients overcome transportation and other barriers to care. We offer our support to OPA to resist the pharmaceutical industry’s attempts to undermine these important relationships.

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About America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals dedicated to equitable, high-quality care for all, including those who face social and financial barriers to care. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has advanced policies and programs that promote health, health care access, and equity. We support our more than 300 members with advocacy, policy development, research, education, and leadership development. Communities depend on essential hospitals for care across the continuum, health care workforce training, research, public health and health equity, and other services. Essential hospitals innovate and adapt to lead all of health care toward better outcomes and value. Learn more at

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