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



April 5 and 6, 2016

Biosimilar Basics

Presented by: Bethany Withycombe, Pharm.D.
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Resident
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital
Spokane, WA

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

Session 1 – Dinner Session 2 – Breakfast
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Sign in and dinner 6:00 – 6:30pm
Presentation at 6:45pm
Breakfast will be provided
Luigi’s Italian Restaurant
Second Floor Meeting Room245 W Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
Perkins Restaurant Downtown
12 E. Olive Street
Spokane, WA 99202

SPA members – No charge
Non-members – $25

Spring President’s Message

Dear SPA Members,

We are off to an awesome start for 2016! We have already had a social networking event at Liberty Ciderworks, two C.E. events (Washington State Immunization Records System review in January and the dynamic, student organized, WSU-NCPA event on “Technology Innovations in Community Pharmacies”) and a third C.E. on the Washington State Pharmacy Review Process coming up on March 22nd and 23rd.

Before we continue on with 2016, I’d like to acknowledge two outstanding SPA Board members who left the Board at the end of 2015:

  • Jason Doss, your amazing source of great education opportunities for the last few years, has turned the C.E. duties over to Brett Haney
  • Past-President Manpreet Chahal has stepped off the SPA Board, but is still representing the Spokane area on the WSPA Board
  • Chris Greer is now the SPA past-president, but continues to provide leadership in many areas, especially with the Community Pharmacy Forum, and working with the Spokane Regional Health District on their immunization and tobacco education programs.

These three people have raised the quality of all of the SPA educational and community projects to a whole new level in the last few years. (more…)