April Newsletter

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

We’ve all heard the phrase, “April showers bring May flowers.” And we all know the answer to, “What do Mayflowers bring?” Of course the answer is Pilgrims!

I think we are all happy that the showers we are having are rain showers and not snow showers. Spring is a time of rejuvenation outdoors. Trees bud, flowers bloom and our attitudes become sunnier as well. We are also familiar with the phrase “spring cleaning” which is sometimes long overdue. Maybe this spring we should all vow to rejuvenate our work routine and clean out our bad habits.

I know I fall into the habit of regurgitating patient consultation information on common drugs as if I were a robot. I have to watch myself to make sure I’m providing the information pertinent to that individual patient with each consultation. I have to ask myself, “What information would I want presented by a pharmacist if it was my family picking up a prescription?”

We can easily update or alter how we talk to patients. Perhaps you’ve read something new about a drug, share that with your staff and your patients if appropriate. Are we remembering to ask patients about new allergies, OTC drugs they might be taking and about issues they may be experiencing with their drug regimen?

I also find that I become complacent with how things are arranged in my pharmacy. I’ve been there for five years now, and just recently relocated some things in my pharmacy to improve workflow and rid our setting of unnecessary clutter. I guess that was my form of spring cleaning!

I think with the freshness of spring, we need to look at our work and see what we do with a fresh perspective. We all have the power to spruce up our work environment, weather it is cleaning dusty areas, rearranging things or as simple as looking at what we are wearing (ink stained white lab jackets, scrubs that are too big or small, tears or rips in our uniforms, dirty nametags, etc).

Let’s make spring a time for our professional renewal this year!

Event | Recognizing and responding to a bleed

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Join fellow SPA members for an evening of learning and fine dining. Bleeding episodes may be common in hemophilia. In this program, learn how a bleed impacts the body, how to recognize and respond to bleeds, and what patients can do to manage their health.

PRESENTER

Alisa Riedl, BSN, RN
Senior Clinical Specialist, Takeda
Sponsored by Shire US Inc. No CE is offered for this event.

Alisa Riedl is a senior clinical specialist, working with Takeda for nearly six years. Prior to her current role, she spent almost 10 years at The Oregon Hemophilia Center as a registered nurse, seeing both adult and pediatric patients. Riedl thoroughly enjoys working with patients and families and supporting them as she is able to by providing education about their disease state and overall health and wellness.

DATE

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
6:30 p.m.

LOCATION

Spencer’s for Steaks & Chops
322 North Spokane Falls Court
Spokane WA 99201 Spokane, WA 99201

REGISTRATION

Register online at http://www.programrsvp.com/HCP-HEM-1029
You will be required to provide the following:

  • Full name
  • Credential (PharmD, MD, DO, RN, NP, PA, etc.)
  • Practice site address
  • NPI or license number

Registration closes on Friday, May 3, 2019.

COST

This event is free but you must RSVP.
Open to pharmacists, technicians and students.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

This program is open to health care practitioners (HCPs) for whom the information presented is relevant to their practice. Spouses or guests cannot be accommodated.

*This is a non-CE program sponsored by Shire US Inc. Shire is prohibited from providing meals to prescribers that are licensed by the State of Minnesota and health care professionals that are licensed by the State of Vermont. Prescribers licensed by the State of New Jersey may not consume a Shire-offered meal in excess of $15.
Shire will collect and report health care professional information concerning meals and other transfers of value pursuant to the Federal Sunshine Act and state laws.

Event | HAE, a rare disease

April 17, 2019

Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) is a very rare and potentially life-threatening genetic condition that occurs in about 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 50,000 people. HAE symptoms include edema (swelling) in various parts of the body, including: hands, feet, face and airway (throat). Join fellow SPA members for an evening dinner and presentation about this rare disease state and how it is managed. Event sponsored by CSL Behring.

HAE, A Rare Disease

Speaker: Lawrence C. Adamovic, Pharm.D.
Medical Science Liason, CSL Behring

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

DATE

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
6:00 p.m.

LOCATION

Mizuna
214 North Howard
Spokane, WA 99201

COST

This event is free, but you must RSVP.

RSVP

To RSVP, send an e-mail to Dr. Larry Adamovic at larry.adamovic@cslbehring.com with following information:

  • Full name
  • Credential (PharmD, MD, DO, RN, NP, PA, etc.)
  • Practice site address
  • NPI or license number

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

This program is open to healthcare practitioners (HCPs) for whom the information presented is relevant to their practice.

Event | Introducing JYNARQUE

 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Introducing JYNARQUE: The Next Chapter For Adult Patients with ADPKD

Come enjoy food, drinks and networking with Otsuka Pharmaceuticals who are combining an exceptional learning opportunity with a sponsored dinner at Steam Plant.

Learn from an expert, Dr. Laura Frank, about a new medication, JYNARQUE. Spend a few moments with an expert to help reinforce best practices and treatment standards about ADPKD. JYNARQUE is indicated to slow kidney function decline in adults at risk of rapidly progressing autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). The event will be hosted at Steam Plant and sponsored by Otsuka.

PRESENTER

Dr. Laura Frank, PhD, MPH, RDN, CD
Medical Science Liaison (MSL)- Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization (OPDC)

DATE

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
5:00 p.m.

LOCATION

Steam Plant
159 S Lincoln St
Spokane, WA 99201

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED.

COST

This event is free but you must RSVP.
[UPDATED] Open to pharmacists and physicians only.

March Newsletter

March Madness
By: SPA Executive Vice President Steven Webbenhurst

It’s that time of year again as the days get longer, we “spring ahead” with our clocks, and March Madness overtakes the weather as the hot conversation topic. March Madness brings together some of the top college basketball teams in the country, showcasing superior athletic talent. Competition runs rampant and most people have a favorite team they cheer for. Some teams always seem to reach the “Sweet 16” and there are always a few underdogs that make it, and are the new kids on the block.

When I moved to Spokane in 1993, I was part of the new kids on the pharmacy block. Walgreens was new to Spokane and some of the regulars weren’t so happy to have us here. I remember calling to transfer prescriptions from competitors only to be told there were no refills remaining, yet the patient’s bottle showed something different. We were competition, and especially for independent pharmacies, we changed the pharmacy landscape in Spokane.

But just as that landscape has continued to change, so has the attitude of pharmacists and pharmacies. Every day I transfer prescriptions in from other pharmacies and transfer some out to others as well. My focus is that I want what is best for the patient. Sure I hate to lose business by transferring prescriptions out to other pharmacies, but in many cases it just makes sense. Perhaps the other pharmacy is more convenient for a patient, or is their “regular” pharmacy. Being located in a medical complex, I fill a lot of prescriptions for patients that are being dismissed from the hospital or from one of the providers in my building (so it’s convenient at the time for the patient).

But I think the mindset in pharmacies has changed in the last few years. As we perform MTM services, vaccinate patients, facilitate prior authorizations, coordinate patient care and other functions for them, I think we all have what is best for the patient at the forefront of our mind. I see this regularly in my IPPE and APPE student pharmacists as well. This is a focus for them in pharmacy school, and WSU does an outstanding job.

Although there will always be competition between pharmacies for business (so that we all stay in business), I think the real competition today is to provide the best service and care for our patients. That is the focus in pharmacy today: service and care for our patients.

Trivia Night at Liberty Ciderworks

April 15, 2019

Trivia Night!

Come join us for a fun night of trivia while you taste some great ciders!

Pharmacists, technicians and students welcome. First 10 student members to register are FREE!

When and Where

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Monday, April 15, 2019

Liberty Ciderworks
164 S Washington Street, Suite 300
(just north of Dutch Bros coffee)
Spokane, WA 99201

Cost

$10 per person.
First 10 student members are free!

Relax after a hard day at work or after a day of block testing with friends and future friends while playing trivia and enjoying some great ciders from Liberty Ciderworks (included with admission).

Register Now!

CE | Deprescribing pearls for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Do your patients complain about being on too many medications? Join SPA to learn the best strategies to reduce unnecessary medications!

Learn how to advocate for your patients and network with pharmacy peers.

Presenter:
Kelley Dunlop, Pharm.D.
Pharmacy Resident, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center

LOCATION

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

SESSIONS

Option 1: Breakfast Option 2: Dinner
Morning – 7:00 a.m. Evening – 7:00 p.m.
Sign in 7:00 a.m. Sign in 7:00 p.m.
Breakfast will be provided Dinner will be provided
Washington State University Spokane*
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences Building, Room 112
412 East Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99202
Washington State University Spokane*
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences Building, Room 112
412 East Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99202
Registration for this event has closed.
Registration for this event has closed.

COST

SPA member: free
Non-member: $25

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

*Note: 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.

Registration closes Apr. 10, 2019.

February Newsletter

By: SPA Executive Vice President Steven Webbenhurst

When I say February, what comes to mind first? For me, it is Valentine’s Day. As you walk through almost any retail store, from Home Depot to the Dollar Store, you see something reminding you that Valentine’s Day is approaching. Pink and red hearts surround you as you pass by the displays, reminding you to get something for those you love.

Love–a word we use often. We love people, places, pets, hobbies, foods, almost anything. But do we love our jobs? Pharmacy has changed significantly since I graduated in 1984. Back then, most of my classmates entered the job market with positions at independent pharmacies or retail chains. About a quarter of them went into hospital pharmacy with a small minority finding clinical positions that were relatively new at that point.

As I said, the pharmacy world has changed. There are far fewer independent pharmacies these days and most pharmacy chains are booming. But that’s not the only difference. The healthcare world has opened up so many new opportunities for pharmacists over the last decade or two. Long term care positions have expanded. We have pharmacists that specialize in so many areas including nuclear, ambulatory care, MTM, compounding, manufacturer clinical liaisons and specialized pharmacists in all the disease states. And as the size and number of pharmacy schools has increased, so has the need for pharmacy faculty.

I hope you love your job as much as I love mine. If you don’t, there are so many areas to explore. There may be an area you have never considered that might be perfect for you. A great way learn about other areas is by attending one of our events (CE talks, social/networking events, annual banquet) and talking with other pharmacy professionals.

A number of years ago, North Idaho College was looking for a pharmacist to help with their pharmacy technician program. I ended up teaching 8 credit hours at NIC for several years in addition to working 42 hours a week as a pharmacy manager for Walgreens. I am still on their Pharmacy Technician advisory committee. When I was a district pharmacy supervisor for Walgreens, I stumbled across an early training session to become an immunizer and later became a trainer for the APhA program. I currently work at the Walgreens located on the Deaconess campus and we specialize in HIV and HepC. Having been a pharmacist for nearly 35 years, I attribute my job satisfaction to the various roles I’ve had over the years including my time serving on the Spokane Pharmacy Association board.

So my words of advice to both young and experienced technicians and pharmacists is to love your job, or find one that matches your skills and interests. That job is out there! Find it and live it!

2019 Lasagna Dinner

March 20, 2019

Keynote: USP 797/800 Update

Presenter: Michael Brandt, Pharm.D., FASHP
Pharmacist, MultiCare Deaconess Cancer and Blood Specialty Centers

Come learn about the USP standards and changes! USP 797 helps ensure patients receive quality preparations that are free from contaminants and are consistent in intended identity, strength, and potency. USP 800 provides standards for safe handling of hazardous drugs to minimize the risk of exposure to healthcare personnel, patients, and the environments. Washinton State University’s National Community Pharmacists Association Student Chapter and the Spokane Pharmacy Association are collaborating to provide a an opportunity to learn about these important USP standards and connect with others while sharing a delicious lasagna dinner.

When and where

Luigi’s Restaurant
245 W Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cost

NCPA students – No charge
SPA members – No charge
Non-NCPA students – $25
Non-SPA members – $25

Registration closes on March 20, 2019.

Registration for this event is now closed.

Event | Type II diabetes and cardiovascular outcomes

March 6, 2019

Recently diabetes management has focused on making sure we are using medications that reduce the leading cause of death in diabetes: cardiovascular disease. Come learn about these medications from WSU graduate Mark Fillcetti.

Type II diabetes and cardiovascular outcomes

Speaker: Mark Fillcetti, RPh
Lead Clinical Research Pharmacist, St. Luke’s Health System, Boise, ID
Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
& Lilly USA, LLC

No CE is offered for this event.

Pharmacists, technicians and student pharmacists are welcome.

DATE

Wednesday, March 6 2019
6:30 p.m.

LOCATION

Scratch Restaurant
1005 W 1st Ave
Spokane, WA 99201

COST

This event is free, but you must RSVP by Monday, March 4, 2019.

RSVP

Registration for this event is now closed.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

This program is open to healthcare practitioners (HCPs) for whom the information presented is relevant to their practice. Spouses or guests cannot be accommodated.

BIPI and Lilly USA, LLC have adopted the PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America) Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals that went into effect on July 1, 2002. Pursuant to the Code, inclusion of healthcare professionals’ spouses or guests is not permitted. We appreciate your understanding and support of our commitment to following the highest ethical standards as related to interactions with healthcare professionals. To comply with federal regulations, attendance at the entire session is required and early departures are not permitted.