October is a curious month – outside the fall foliage and garden produce is present in wild abandon, and yet we all know that we’re about to enter the winter season. All around us, activities at work, school or play of all kinds proceed at a feverish pace, and yet we’re all aware that we’re nearing the end of the calendar year. So if we “start with the end in mind,” let’s look at the SPA events and activities for the remainder of 2016.

Everything always looks better if we can look forward to a party at the end, so let’s do that…

 picture1 Please plan on attending our
Spokane Pharmacy Association Annual Awards Meeting December 1, 2016!

We are planning a fabulous event at the Grand Hotel. The pre-dinner networking features vendor interaction, no-host bar, hors d’oeuvres, and the winning WSU student poster. After the elegant buffet dinner, our keynote speaker is Dr. Tomkowiak, dean of the new WSU medical school. The focal point of the evening then follows with the announcement of the awards for Pharmacist and Pharmacy of the Year, Technician of the Year, Speaker of the Year, Student/Resident of the Year. You’ll be getting more details soon, or you can see the information on www.spokanepharmacy.org. Register early and gather up a table of friends! (Buy tickets now!) (more…)

October Continuing Education

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Medications in Pregnancy and Lactation

Presented by: Alyson K. Blum, Pharm.D.
Clinical Pharmacist in Obstetrics
Washington State University College of Pharmacy

One hour of CE credit will be provided, approved by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy and the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy

SESSIONS — Both sessions are on the on Same Day
Option 1: Breakfast Option 2: Dinner
October 19, 2016, 7:00 a.m. October 19, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Sign in 7:00 a.m. Sign in and dinner 6:00 p.m.
Breakfast will be provided Presentation at 6:45pm
Perkins Restaurant
12 E. Olive Street
Spokane, WA
Washington State University
Student Academic Center, Room 20
Spokane, WA

SPA members – No charge
Non-members – $25


2016 Pharmacy Technician Day

Registration for Technician Day is now closed.
The CE’s earned at Tech Day will be reported to CPE monitor and NABP. Be sure to have your NABP e-profile number as you will need it to register for this event.


Spokane Community College
N. 1810 Greene St.  MS 2090
Spokane, WA 99217
Bldg. 9, Room 003
WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 2016
TIME: 8:30am to 4:00pm


ACPE logoThe Washington State Pharmacy Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.


SPA or WSPA members $65
Non members $100

Fee includes light breakfast, lunch and six hours of ACPE accredited CE.

We tried to keep the cost as minimal possible. If you are not a member of either SPA or WSPA, we recommend you become a member first. Then sign up for the Tech Day. Listed below are the websites to join either Association.  JOIN SPA | JOIN WSPA


September Continuing Education

September 14, 2016

Addressing Treatment in Real World GT1 Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Patients

Presented by: Anne Croghan, MN, ARNP
Seattle Gastroenterology Associates

Please join us for an exciting, peer-led education event.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016
6:00 PM


Milford’s Fish House
719 N. Monroe Street Spokane, Washington 99201


Dinner provided by Abbive. Please RSVP by September 12, 2016, to:
Richard Wells (509) 220-2567, abbvie.meintl.com/HBB03-BH01-16

Summer 2016 President’s Message


As the Olympics end, I noticed that there are some parallels to having a professional career:

  • Integrity matters, even in the smallest of details. Enough said.
  • Personal excellence is something that requires daily effort in order to grow and to show small but continuous improvement.
  • Recognizing achievements of team members and being an advocate for your team can make a difference, both in the moment and in the long term.

The first two are givens for pharmacy professionals, but we could do better at the third one. I’m sure you each thank your co-workers when they provide exceptional service, do innovative problem-solving, or lend their expertise to make a situation better for someone, but have you considered nominating a co-worker for one of SPA’s annual awards? Sure, it won’t get them a gold medal or a spot on a sports commercial, but it does provide an opportunity to let them know that their hard work is noticed. Remember that anyone can nominate in any category – pharmacist, technician, student preceptor, and across all practice sectors. We’ll be asking soon for nominations for our annual awards, so please consider nominating at least one person as a thank you for their efforts. (more…)


A New Long Acting Injectable Treatment Option for Patients with Schizophrenia

June 22, 2016

Presented by:
Paul Thompson, PharmD
Navos Mental Health

Sponsored by by Alkermes

This is an educational program only–no CE will be offered

Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students are welcome–no personal guests please.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
6:30pm dinner
7:00pm presentation (more…)


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Update For Pharmacists on the Treatment of Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration

Presented by:
Casey D. Claypool, DO
Optometrist, Chief of Optometry
Empire Eye Physicians
Spokane Valley, Washington

One hour of CE credit will be provided, approved by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy and the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Sign in and dinner, 6:30 – 7:00pm
Presentation at 7:00pm

The Links Golf Course, Meeting Room
10623 N Chase Road
Post Falls, Idaho


SPA members – No charge
Non-members – $25