July Newsletter

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

Are you tired of getting bad news? Well we have THREE great things to share with you!

First, our annual award banquet/meeting is extra special this year. It will be the 100th anniversary for the organization. That’s right, it’s our centennial. We are celebrating at The Centennial Hotel (how appropriate) on Friday, September 17th. Tickets are on sale now, and you can save some money by taking advantage of our early-bird pricing. Members/guests are just $25 each and non-members are $35 each. Hurry, as early-bird pricing ends August 1st. If you’re not a member, it’s a great time to join or renew and save with our member rates. Click here to register! It’s a 1920’s themed party starting with social hour from 5-7pm with live music, then a plated dinner with dessert. We have a special entertainment surprise plus our keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Leid, Dean of the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. And don’t forget, it’s also award night. Nominations are now being accepted for Pharmacist of the Year, Pharmacy of the Year, Pharmacy Student of the Year and Pharmacy Technician of the Year. Who will you nominate?

We are also joining with WSPA and having a special night on August 10th. It’s a social event for members and non-members and the theme is S’mores (because it’s national S’mores Day). More details to follow and starts at 5pm.

We are also having a July CE event online for pharmacists and techs. It is on Wednesday, July 28th from 6-7pm. It’s on Antimicrobial Stewardship Strategies in Ambulatory Healthcare which is an under discussed topic. Hope you join us for 1 hour of CE credit. Click here for more details and the Zoom meeting link.


Part of the mission of the Spokane Pharmacy Association is to promote the competency of practitioners and maximize the profession’s contribution to patient care. One of the ways we do this is through providing high-quality continuing education opportunities for members and non-members of the local pharmacy community.

We hope you can join us for one of our recent and upcoming events:

Continuing Education Events

Social Events

About Us

Mission Statement

The Spokane Pharmacy Association was established in 1921 and is a voluntary association of pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. SPA’s purposes are 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.


To support our mission, we perform the following events and services for the local pharmacy community:

  • Annual Meeting
  • Monthly Continued Education offerings
  • Social events for the pharmacy community throughout the year
  • Fax Blast Program for rapid dissemination of local pharmacy concerns
  • Support of legislative efforts vital to the health and progress of pharmacy practice
  • This website with content concerning local and national pharmacy news and resources

APhA Foundation Vaccination Grant

Pharmacies are needed to participate in a grant supported APhA Foundation Demonstration project. They are seeking commitment from 8 community pharmacies in Washington State to participate in a 6-month pilot project during the 2015-2016 influenza season. The practice sites must already have an established immunization program in place but be willing to test an innovative practice model in their immunization practice during the upcoming influenza season.

Grant funding will support access to the bi-directional immunization information system for each participating pharmacy and each pilot site will receive a community implementation grant for participating in the project.

The initiation of the pilot project is time-sensitive in order to implement the innovative practice model for the 2015-2016 influenza season. Practice sites must be able to work with the APhA Foundation to finalize a contract on or before August 15, 2015. A representative from the pharmacy must attend a one-day training session in late August/early September which will provide training and education about the project and review how the project will be implemented within the sites.

Please reach out to Kelly Brock (kellyabrock@gmail.com)  regarding additional questions about the study.

And click the link below for the informative APhA flier:

IIS Actionable Data Demonstration Project – Community Expectations for C…

Vaccinator Skills Refresher Trainings

Spokane Regional Health District’s Immunization Outreach Program is hosting three vaccinator skills refresher trainings for licensed medical professionals. There is no cost to participate. Please feel free to distribute the attached flyer to your colleagues.

Wednesday, July 29th       ·   6-8 p.m.

Saturday, August 8th        · 9-11 a.m.

Wednesday, August 19th ·   6-8 p.m.

Location: 320/321, 1101 W. College Ave, Spokane, WA

Content includes:

  • Communicable disease and vaccine updates
  • Review of injectable, oral and nasal vaccines
  • Selecting and preparing vaccines
  • Vaccine administration to infants, children, adolescents, and adults
  • Documenting immunizations
  • Patient education and comfort
  • Hands-on practice with simulation infants

Maximum 18 participants per session- participants are required to register

Register here for the July 29 training
Register here for the August 8 training
Register here for the August 19 training

For more information, please contact Alexandra Hayes, Immunization Outreach Coordinator, 509-324-1480

Spokane Pharmacy Association Social Networking Event

Including a brief presentation on “What Your Banker Can Do For You”

Cost $10 per person

Includes up to 9 samples of local beer and a light snack.


Wednesday, July 1st, 7pm
in the Spokane Valley at the
English Setter Brewery

15310 E Marietta 99216
(Take I-90 to Sullivan Rd exit, then north on Sullivan to Marietta Ave on your left)

Limit of 30 people.

Come and have a relaxing evening while meeting others in the pharmacy world!

June 17th & 18th – Continuing Pharmacist Education – “Updates in Diabetes”

Presented by:

Heather Homchick, Pharm.D, CDE

of Community Health Association of Spokane

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
Dinner at – 6:45 pm
Presentation at 7:00 pm
WSU Spokane
Room 147 – Student Activities Council Building (SAC)


Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Breakfast at 6:45 am
presentation at 7:00 am
Perkins Restaurant
12 E Olive

1 hour of CE credit will be provided

—>>> Register at https://spokanepharmacy.org/continuing-education/

UW COPE Program

Learn more at COPE.

Every Mother, Every Baby Deserves a Great Start

Since 2004, the number of newborns treated for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)—and born dependent on prescription opioids—has increased nearly fourfold. At the same time, women are more likely than men to be prescribed opioid pain medicines, to use them long-term, and to be given higher doses. Your understanding of the safe treatment of chronic pain, including for millions of women of childbearing age, can make a difference.
What you can do to curb the NAS epidemic

  • Join the live TelePain session on June 3 with Dr. Alyssa Stephenson-Famy of the University of Washington as she discusses pain in pregnancy with clinicians around the country.
  • Take the free COPE REMS CME and learn how to safely treat patients dealing with chronic pain, including women of childbearing age.

1. (NAS…increased nearly fourfold) Veeral TN, Patrick SW, Bennett MM, Murthy K, Sousa JP, Smith B, Clark RH, Spitzer AR. Increasing Incidence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in U.S. Neonatal ICUs. New England Journal of Medicine. April 26, 2015. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsa1500439
2. (Women are more likely than men…) Vital Signs: Overdoses of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers and Other Drugs Among Women — United States, 1999–2010. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. July 5, 2013/ 62(26);537-542. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6226a3.htm