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2017 Fall Newsletter

By: SPA Past-President Linda Vierra

“Back to School” sales for new tools and more learning slowly but surely lead us all into becoming more aware that we are actually “always in school” in order to do our best.

Backpacks are a visible means of carrying one’s new tools needed for learning, as well as an indication that the person is anticipating and “leaning into” the task (joy?) of learning new and valuable information. Little did we know as children when we eagerly donned those backpacks that we were taking our first steps into being perpetual learners. This is particularly true of the pharmacy profession.

A colleague of mine told me that he tried to read a minimum of 15 minutes (after work!) and to learn one new thing every night. What amazed him was how often he needed to know that one piece of information shortly after he’d learned it.

As we head into the home stretch of the year, the Spokane Pharmacy Association will be offering you a virtual backpack – full of new tools and ideas to help you stay current, stay connected to your fellow pharmacy colleagues, and stay excited about your profession.

SPA has planned varied CE topics and social events for this fall, so look for more information to be up on the website soon, and watch your email for the dates and details: (more…)

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Summer Newsletter

It’s June and summer weather is officially here. Thank goodness! I do not know about you but I am excited for a few months of warm weather to help forget about the long winter and wet spring we have had here in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

The Board of Managers has been busy working on your behalf. We have coordinated a number of excellent continuing education presentations and are well above our goal for CE opportunities for this year. Have you enjoyed one yet? Keep a look out for future offerings. We had the opportunity to host an exhibitor booth (more…)

LOGO CONTEST

SPA is looking for a makeover!

Help us by submitting your idea for our new Spokane Pharmacy Association logo.

Elements to incorporate into your logo idea include:

  • Spokane
  • Pharmacy
  • Our key values of: Education, contribution, awareness
  • Our tagline: Advancing patient care since 1921

For more inspiration, read about the SPA mission and values here: About Us.

Please send your logo ideas to info@spokanepharmacy.org by Friday, March 24.

Winner gets a free membership for 2018! (more…)

2016 Wrap-Up

SPA Newsletter: 2016 Wrap-Up

We ended our year with a later-than-usual, but better-than-ever Annual Awards Meeting. We had great vendors representing many different companies and organizations, a WSU student poster, and fun raffles! We had some truly deserving people recognized for the work they are doing in the world of pharmacy, and of course, we had an exceptional group of people gathered to celebrate SPA.

The highlight of the evening was an engaging and energizing presentation by Dr. Tomkowiak, dean of the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, who encouraged all people in the pharmacy world to use innovation, imagination, and futuristic thinking to move OUR profession into a new era. Some of the current changes would have been unthinkable a few years ago, and his recommendation is to push past today’s limits and reach out to create new and different applications of pharmaceutical medicine that are “bold and audacious!” (more…)

January CE and social events

We have some great events planned for the new year! Check out the line-up and register today!
See full event details on our Continuing Education and Social Events page.

January 5, 2017

OVARIAN CANCER GENETICS AND TARGETED TREATMENT

Speaker: Lauren Blair, Ph.D.
Medical Science Liaison, Oncology at AstraZeneca
This program does not provide continuing education credits.
REGISTER ONLINE

January 17-18, 2017

Veterinary Pharmacy: Dispensing and Compounding for Pets

Speaker: Shelby Denney, WSU Pharm.D. Candidate 2017
One hour of CE will be provided (WA and ID).
January 17, 2017 — REGISTER ONLINE
January 18, 2017 — REGISTER ONLINE

January 24, 2017

TRIVIA NIGHT AT COUGAR CREST WINERY

REGISTER ONLINE

Summer 2016 President’s Message

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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…)

February Continuing Education

February 17, 2016

NCPA Lasagna Dinner

Hosted by the WSU Chapter of the National Community Pharmacy Assoc. and the Spokane Pharmacy Association

“Technology Innovations in Community Pharmacy”

Speaker:  Jeff Harrell, PharmD,  NCPA Vice President
One hour CE credit will be provided.
Reservation required: space is limited to 85

Time

February 17, 2016
Dinner – 6:00 p.m.
Presentation – 6:30 p.m.

Location

Luigi’s Restaurant
245 W Main Ave.

Cost

$0

online Registration is now closed

SPA Social and Networking Event

February 6, 2016

Spokane Pharmacy Association Social and Networking Event

“Getting your New Year’s Resolutions Back On Track and Stop Procrastinating”

Location: Liberty Ciderworks
Located at 164 S. Washington, Suite 300
(Located next to Dutch Bros Coffee downtown)
Time: Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 includes cider samples and snacks
Limited to 18 people.
Registration is now closed

January Pharmacy Focus

Hart and Dilatush Pharmacy

Spokane, Washington

Our featured pharmacy this month is Hart and Dilatush, in Spokane.

Hart and Dilatush Pharmacy first opened in 1918 and has been located in downtown Spokane within the Bank of America Financial Center for the last 5 years.  Historically, the pharmacy was open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, until 1969 when after 51 years of continuous operation they had to search for a key to lock the front door. (more…)