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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

June Newsletter

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

Time is flying and the longest day of the year (sunrise to sunset) is just around the corner on June 21st!

Did you know that on that day, we have 15 hours, 59 minutes and 33 seconds between sunrise and sunset in Spokane? We miss having 16 hours of sunlight by a mere 27 seconds! That is more than 7.5 more hours of sunlight than our shortest day in December.

Think of those people that live further north in the world. The difference is even more dramatic. A few years ago I was fortunate to travel to Alaska for work twice during that summer. Daylight lasted forever it seemed. I was in Anchorage for a total of about 5 weeks and loved that it was still dusk at midnight, but the long days really messed up my mind’s perception of when I should go to bed. We would be out eating dinner and enjoying the city and suddenly realize it was 11pm!

Of course the opposite is true in the winter when they have less than 5.5 hours of sunlight in Anchorage. Residents there told me that people force themselves to be active in the winter so that they don’t go crazy. There are lots of evening activities planned so that people don’t hibernate for the winter.

Our summer days are shorter here in Spokane than they are in Anchorage, but we still enjoy the late sunsets. It seems easy here to be active during those evenings. Summer can be a busy time with trips planned and active kids to watch over, but summer for most of us is an enjoyable time. For those in the education world, it is a break from the stresses of school.

The Spokane Pharmacy Association also takes a bit of a break during the summer. We typically don’t have continuing education programs or promote drug-company sponsored dinners during July and August. Social/networking events don’t start again until fall.

The board hopes that all of our members enjoy their summer, but hope you also look forward to those events starting again in the fall. We will be in touch again before summer is over, alerting you to what great things we have planned for the fall.

Have a great summer!

CE | Managing Hyponatremia

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Come learn about the complex management of patients with sodium imbalances.

Presenter:

Boris K. Zhang, Pharm.D.
Pharmacist, WSU COPPS

LOCATION

WSU Health Sciences Spokane
405 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 and Biomedical Sciences Building, Room 116
405 East Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99202
Washington State University Spokane*
Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building, Room 116
405 E. Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99202
Register online
Register online

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 June 25, 2019.

May Newsletter

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

Last month I referenced the phrase, “April showers bring May flowers.” Spring is a great time because many things come back to life or bloom. As students graduate, it really is their time to bloom. All of the hard work that went in to this event (including being exposed to much fertilizer I’m sure the students would say) has finally paid off.

Pharmacy techs are in high demand in the area and can easily find jobs. But the same isn’t true for soon-to-be pharmacists. The increased number of pharmacy schools and greater enrollment numbers at each institution have taken us from a shortage of pharmacists a few years ago, to a surplus in many locations this year.

Those entering the job market are finding employers aren’t looking for additional pharmacists. It seems to me that for those looking for traditional positions in retail or hospital, are finding more success if they were interns for those employers. I think that there are two reasons for that. Most importantly, while working as an intern, employers see it as a great way to observe if that intern is a right fit for their organization. It’s similar to IPPE and APPE rotations. Employers and preceptors evaluate students and determine if they would be good hires. And secondly, I think employers are more likely to create positions or make part-time positions into full(er) time positions if they are familiar with candidates.

But as the pharmacy world changes, I think we as pharmacists (and technicians and students) need to help drive the future of pharmacy. Who better to steer our profession than those of us in practice? When I graduated pharmacy school, clinical pharmacist jobs were new. Think how far we’ve taken that concept. And when you consider jobs involving MTM (medication therapy management), immunizations, third party, specialized disease state management, anti-coagulation clinics and so many other areas, we’ve made huge progress in making our profession broader.

As the supply of pharmacists exceeds demand, it is a perfect time to expand our profession further. What ideas do you have? Are there untapped opportunities that need the attention of pharmacists? I think there are. It’s up to us to be creative and use our knowledge to become an even more important piece in healthcare.

CE | VTE in cancer: treatment and prevention

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Cancer and malignancies are becoming more common as our population ages. Join SPA to learn about important updates in prevention and treatment of blood clots for patients with cancer.

Presenter:
Paula Sayegh, 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 114
412 East Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99202
Washington State University Spokane*
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences Building, Room 114
412 East Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99202
Register online
Register online

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 May 29, 2019.