December Newsletter

Message from the Board
By: SPA Executive Vice President Steven Webbenhurst

As the final days of 2019 are upon us, on behalf of the Spokane Pharmacy Association Board, best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!

For many of us, there will be time spent with family, attending parties and exchanging gifts. I have the perfect idea for a gift. It’s a gift you give yourself. One size fits all. You don’t even have to wrap it. It is membership for 2020 in the Spokane Pharmacy Association.

The board welcomes six new board members for 2020 and will continue to offer you many opportunities to learn, socialize and contribute to the community. As always, we will continue to offer outstanding continuing education events (and will be ACPE approved). Social/networking events will consist of either physical events (we did hatchet throwing this last fall) or mental events (such as trivia which always seems to be popular with our members). And we plan to do more activities with the community in 2020 as well.

And don’t forget that we have our Annual Awards Banquet and Meeting on February 20th! This year we are offering an early bird discount when buying tickets to this great evening.

So renew your membership NOW and give yourself a gift that will last all of 2020.

Happy Holidays!

Call for Award Nominations | 2020 Annual Meeting

Annually the Spokane Pharmacy Association (SPA) honors outstanding pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, students, and pharmacies for their accomplishments and service to the pharmacy profession and to our community.

Submit nominations for the following categories by Thursday, February 6, 2020.

  • Pharmacist of the Year
  • Pharmacy Technician of the Year
  • Pharmacy Student/Resident of the Year
  • Pharmacy of the Year

The award winners will be recognized at the SPA Annual Meeting on February 20, 2020 at the McGinnity Room.

Rules/Stipulations:

  • You do not have to be an SPA member to nominate or receive the award.
  • Nominees can come from any area of pharmacy practice.
  • Current SPA board members are not eligible to receive awards.
  • Please provide a short statement explaining why you think the nominee deserves the award.

How to submit your nomination:

November Newsletter

Message from the Board
By: SPA Executive Vice President Steven Webbenhurst

November is here and it seems like the days go by even faster than ever. I read an interesting story online today about a woman and her kids that ran in to a Target store to grab a few things. They were in a hurry, something I think we can all relate to. The woman was happy to find a check-out lane that only had one customer ahead of her, and that customer was already being rung out. But soon the mother realized that the customer was paying for each of her items separately and with cash and coins. The clerk was being very kind and helping the customer find the correct change for each purchase. The mother was like many of us, wondering how she had picked a slow check-out lane. But the mother then realized her kids were watching the kindness of the clerk. Suddenly the mother realized that this was one of those “teachable moments” with her kids. After the customer was finished, the mother paid for her things and commented to the cashier how patient he had been with the previous customer.

As the hours of daylight shorten this time of year, and we all start to feel the added pressures of the upcoming holidays, I think that for most of us, we become more hurried in everything we do. Do we know what’s going on in the personal lives of those we work with? Do we REALLY know? And how about with our friends and family? Do we REALLY know what is going on with them? Do we know what stresses they might be feeling? Students feel the pressure of deadlines and finals. I think we all know what that is/was like.

I’ve decided that I’m going to concentrate on avoiding some of the stresses that come this time of year. I’m going to be more patient with all those around me. That includes my family of course, but also those I work with and those I interact with each day. So for me, that includes my fellow pharmacists, technicians and interns, doctors, nurses, medical assistants, and especially patients. I try to be compassionate to all those people, but I know there are times when I’m rushed, and don’t give them the time they deserve. I hope that this year, I’ll take a deep breath when interacting with others, and try to better understand their needs. I urge you to do the same thing, for your sake as well as those around you!

CE | Treatment of Depression in Perimenopausal Women

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Learn about treatment approaches to depression in this special patient population.

Presenter: Sorosh Kherghehpoush, PharmD
PGY-1 Research Fellow, Washington State University College of Pharmacy

LOCATION

WSU Health Sciences Spokane, PBS 116
412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99202

SESSIONS

Option 1 – Morning Option 2 – Evening
Sign in 7:00 a.m. Sign in 7:00 p.m.
Breakfast will be provided. Dinner will be provided.
Register online
Register online

COST

SPA member: free
Non-member: $35

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Pay for parking on the WSU Spokane campus at the blue parking kiosks. Limited one-hour street parking is available along Riverpoint Boulevard.

One hour of CE credit will be provided, Washington State Board of Pharmacy.

CE | Orphan Drugs Approved in 2019

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Learn about orphan drugs approved in 2019 and their indications/places in therapy.

Presenter: Sara Puchalla, PharmD
PGY-1 Resident at Sacred Heart Medical Center

LOCATION

WSU Health Sciences Spokane, PBS 116
412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99202

SESSIONS

Option 1 – Morning Option 2 – Evening
Sign in 7:00 a.m. Sign in 7:00 p.m.
Breakfast will be provided. Dinner will be provided.
Register online
Register online

COST

SPA member: free
Non-member: $25

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Pay for parking on the WSU Spokane campus at the blue parking kiosks. Limited one-hour street parking is available along Riverpoint Boulevard.

One hour of CE credit will be provided, Washington State Board of Pharmacy.

SPA Board Nominations

We invite you to submit your name and information for a Spokane Pharmacy Association Board of Managers position.

SPA has served the Spokane Community since 1921. Our Board of Managers is made up of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students.

We work together to meet our mission, which is to assure the viability of the profession of Pharmacy by supporting the education of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and students; promote the competency of practitioners and maximize the profession’s contribution to patient care; and increase an awareness of these contributions and capabilities and their value not only to the profession, but also to other health-care practitioners and, in particular, the patient.

Please use the button below to submit your information or a nomination.

Nominate Here!

Candidate submissions have been extended to Wednesday, October 9th at midnight.

Notification of finalists will follow elections on Sunday, October 13, 2019.

Please contact Shurrie Morris or Jennifer Miller with any questions at board@spokanepharmacy.org.

September Newsletter

Message from the Board
By: SPA Executive Vice President Steven Webbenhurst

As many parents sigh with relief that summer vacation is over, all of us return to a sense of normalcy. For students, they are back in class. For pharmacists and technicians, work changes slightly as fewer employees take vacation, prescription volume returns to a steady flow, and there are fewer phone calls to insurance companies for vacation overrides at retail sites.

As we all return to our routines, it’s a great time to make efforts to fix issues in the work or home environment and make our lives less stressful.

Have you heard of the 21/90 rule? It’s simple enough. If we commit to a goal or change for 21 days, it becomes a habit. If you continue for another 90 days, it will be a permanent lifestyle change.

So I challenge all of you to pick one or two things that you want to change. It can be something like workflow, your interactions with patients, your attitude toward others, or something personal.

Focus on the change until October 1st, and you stand a good chance of making that change a new habit.

Something that I did was to alter my morning routine. I am scheduled to start work at 7:45 and have about a 30 minute commute. But I leave home almost an hour early, so I feel relaxed in case there are traffic issues or if I want to run an errand prior to work. I find that doing this, creates a less stressful morning for me. I get a jump start on work and it makes for a good start to my work day.

So, what one or two habits do you want to alter? Get others around you to commit to making the change too if it’s a work related change. Remember, just 21 days and you’re on your way to making a new and better habit.

Good luck!

CE | Treating and Preventing Disease with Hormone Replacement Therapy

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Learn about exciting areas in hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Presenter:
Shawn Needham, RPh
CEO/President Moses Lake Professional Pharmacy

LOCATION

WSU Health Sciences Spokane
SAC 45
412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99202

SESSIONS

Option 1 – Morning Option 2 – Evening
Sign in 7:00 a.m. Sign in 7:00 p.m.
Breakfast will be provided. Dinner will be provided.
Register online
Register online

COST

SPA member: free

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Pay for parking on the WSU Spokane campus at the blue parking kiosks. Limited one-hour street parking is available along Riverpoint Boulevard.

One hour of CE credit will be provided, Washington State Board of Pharmacy.

Fall Social Event: Heber Hatchets followed by pizza

September 30, 2019

Come have some fun and learn how to throw hatchets! A great way to enjoy an evening with fellow pharmacists, techs and students. This rugged sport tests your lumberjack skills and brings out your inner warrior in an age-old method of proving your skill with an axe! Afterwards we will head nearby for some pizza to nourish your body.

When and Where

7:00 p.m.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Heber Hatchets
2015 N Division St, Suite B
Spokane, WA

Cost

$10 per person
First 10 student members are free

Includes an hour of hatchet throwing followed by pizza. Limited to 20 people.

Register Now!

Event | Chronic Graft vs Host Disease

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Come and enjoy a delicious dinner while learning about the nuances of Graft vs Host Disease (GVHD).

No CE is offered for this event. Pharmacists, technicians and student pharmacists are welcome.

PRESENTER

Renee Curtis, Pharm.D., BCOP
MSL, Pharmacyclics

DATE

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
6:00 p.m.

LOCATION

Scratch Restaurant
1007 W. 1st Ave.
Spokane, WA

COST

This event is free, but you must RSVP.

RSVP

To RSVP, send an e-mail to rcurtis@pcyc.com with the following information:

  • Full name
  • Credentials (Pharm.D., pharmacy tech, intern, RN, MD, LPN, MA, etc.)
  • State license number