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.

Event | Immune globulin utilization management and clinical considerations

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Join fellow SPA members for an evening of learning about immune globulin while enjoying an exceptional meal. As a trusted leader with a long heritage of developing immune globulin (IG) treatments for primary immunodeficiency (PI) patients, Shire introduces the IG Stewardship Series. These presentations are focused on educating healthcare professionals and stakeholders within various health systems on PI and various IG-related topics, including IG treatments, with the goal of helping to improve the patient experience of care. Through education, support, and trusted partnerships, Shire aims to improve the lives of patients living with Primary Immunodeficiency.

PRESENTER

Jerry Siegel, Pharm.D., FASHP
Clinical Associate Professor, The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
Sponsored by Shire US Inc. No CE is offered for this event.

DATE

Thursday, June 6, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION

Wild Sage Bistro
916 West 2nd Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201

REGISTRATION

Register online at http://www.programrsvp.com/2681-306
Or call toll-free at: 877-761-7925
Registration closes on June 4, 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.

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.