March Newsletter

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

“Oh what a night…” is the first line in a song by The Four Seasons which was released way back in December, 1963.

I think we should come up with a song that starts “Oh what a year…”

I think we can all agree that the last year has been remarkable, and not in a good way. But we are finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. With three approved COVID vaccines being given (many by pharmacists, technicians and interns), fewer cases along with hospitalizations due to COVID rapidly declining, we are starting to see a new phase taking over.

The board is excited to make plans to return to in-person events. Although we’ve had some great continuing education events virtually this last year, many of us long to mingle with friends and colleagues at such events. And we have several social/networking events being planned, just waiting for venues to be open to larger groups. So watch your email and faxes for information on both interesting CE programs as well as exciting social events that will be coming in the next weeks.

And as you look at your calendars, be sure to INK IN our fabulous Centennial Bash which will include our annual awards and meeting. Because this is the CENTENNIAL year of our organization, we have big plans that will blow our usual annual meetings out of the water!!! It is going to be Friday, September 17th at the Centennial Hotel (for our centennial 😊). More information will be sent later this spring.

And for our technician members, you can also mark Saturday, October 2nd as our annual Technician Day event with continuing education on topics chosen by you!

I’m sure you’re as excited as we are to return to something close to “normal”. So watch your email and faxes in the next few weeks for more information.

And if you haven’t renewed your membership, there is no better time than now. You’ll enjoy our free CE and social events this year as well as a discount for our Centennial Bash and Technician Day. See our website for more details!

CE Webinar | Multiple Sclerosis and Pregnancy

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Presenter

Jesse Tegtmeyer, PharmD, PGY1 Anticoagulation Resident
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center

Jesse Tegtmeyer is a PGY1 resident currently at the Sacred Heart Anticoagulation Center. He is from the class of 2020 and hopes to continue as an ambulatory pharmacist in the future.

Register Online

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

CE INFORMATION

1 hour of ACPE accredited CE.

The Washington State Pharmacy Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

To Earn CE Credit
You will be required to log into the gotowebinar, attend the full presentation, and complete a post-activity evaluation form to receive credit. The evaluation form will be included as an attachment in the webinar. After the evaluation form is completed, you must return it to Maria Lieggi (maria@wsparx.org) at the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) to have your CE uploaded.

WSPA will upload the CE credit to the CPE Monitor. WSPA only has 60 days to upload the CE from the initial date of the training, so it is recommended that attendees check their CPE Monitor 1-2 weeks prior to the 60 day deadline in order to verify the status of their credit for presentations attended. After the 60 day deadline, the CE cannot be uploaded to the CPE Monitor.

January Newsletter

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

Happy New Year!

I’m sure almost all of us are happy to see 2020 fade away. There were some positive parts of last year, but COVID cast a shadow over most of it.

The board is excited to announce four new board members. They are Alex Hayfetz, Candice Boyd, David Kim and Nicole Rodin. Christeen Hancock was also re-elected to a 2nd two year term.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to those who are leaving the Board. They include Shurrie Morris, Peter Martsin and Andrew Yabusaki. We appreciate all their work and support. James Hendrix-Ward’s term also expired but he has agreed to help with the upcoming awards banquet.

2021 is an exciting year for our organization. Did you know that the association began 100 years ago? Hard to imagine, but we will celebrate our centennial this year! Our plans were to hold a Centennial Bash (our annual meeting and awards ceremony) in March of this year, but due to the lingering COVID epidemic, we are waiting until later in the year for the celebration.

The Centennial Bash will be a grander celebration than our usual banquet. It will be held at The Centennial Hotel (for our centennial) and will have a 1920’s theme. As a new date is picked, we will announce that information so you can reserve the date.

I received an email reminding me that my membership expired at the end of the year. If you received the same email, please follow my lead and renew yours as well. Thank you everyone for your continued support.

May 2021 be a fantastic year for all of us.

November Social Event

Need a cure to COVID confinement fever? Let’s try something new. Steven Webbenhurst invites anyone interested to join him on Thursday, November 12th at Lumberbeard Brewing at 6pm for a social hour. We will sit in smaller groups to socialize and possibly play some type of game. You’re welcome to wear masks for protection throughout the evening.

Interested? Text Steven at 509-499-2917 if you want to join him.

Lumberbeard serves craft beer and local cider and is located at 25 E. 3rd Avenue (across from Dick’s Hamburgers).

CE Webinar | HIV Life Cycle and Medication Updates

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Need some last minute CE before 2021? Have no fear! Please join us for our last ACPE accredited CE for the 2020 year. The topic will be presented by Dr. Jordan Smith, PharmD on the HIV life cycle and the newest information on treatment of the disease.

PRESENTER

Jordan Smith, PharmD, PGY1 Anticoagulation Resident
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center

Jordan is a PGY1 resident currently at the Providence Sacred Heart Anticoagulation Clinic. He’s originally from St. Louis, MI and hopes to eventually work within an established health system ambulatory program.

REGISTER ONLINE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

CE INFORMATION

1 hour of ACPE accredited CE.

The Washington State Pharmacy Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

To Earn CE Credit
You will be required to log into the gotowebinar, attend the full presentation, and complete a post-activity evaluation form to receive credit. The evaluation form will be included as an attachment in the webinar. After the evaluation form is completed, you must return it to Maria Lieggi (maria@wsparx.org) at the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) to have your CE uploaded.

WSPA will upload the CE credit to the CPE Monitor. WSPA only has 60 days to upload the CE from the initial date of the training, so it is recommended that attendees check their CPE Monitor 1-2 weeks prior to the 60 day deadline in order to verify the status of their credit for presentations attended. After the 60 day deadline, the CE cannot be uploaded to the CPE Monitor.

Event | Redefining Approaches in Frontline Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

In case you missed out on the Imbruvica presentation from earlier last month, do not fret as it is being held again. There will be another talk on Imbruvica by Dr. Javier Munoz, MD. Come learn about Imbruvica (ibrutinib), a medication approved for use in chronic lymphocytic leukemia and small lymphocytic lymphoma.

No CE is offered for this event. All are welcome!

Presenter

Javier Munoz, MD
Director, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

Date & Time

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
5:30 PM PST

Location

This event will be hosted online.

Cost

This event is free, but you must RSVP.

RSVP

RSVP can be done via the link https://bit.ly/pcy02729 or RSVP to Lauren Hemmings at lhemmings@sphase.com or at (770) 984-5907.

Board Nominations

This is an exciting time of year as we look ahead at the holidays, including the New Year. It is a chance to grow both personally and professionally. If you are looking for that next leadership opportunity or want to increase your network and interact with other health care professionals, now is the time to take action!

The Spokane Pharmacy Association (SPA) is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Board of Managers for the next term starting January 2021.

We are seeking pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to fill our Board.

The deadline to submit a nomination or application has been extended to Sunday, October 18th at noon. Please use the link below to submit a nomination or application TODAY!

Nominate Here

Thank you,
Brandon S. Arthur, Pharm.D., BCPS
Spokane Pharmacy Association President

Event | Imbruvica Drug Presentation by Dr. Arvind Chaudhry

SPA is excited to hold an educational talk with Dr. Arvind Chaudhry. Come learn about Imbruvica (ibrutinib), a medication approved for use in chronic lymphocytic leukemia and small lymphocytic lymphoma.

No CE is offered for this event. All are welcome!

Presenter

Arvind Chaudhry, MD, PhD
President, Medical Oncology Associates

Date & Time

Thursday, August 27, 2020
6:00 PM PST

Location

This event will be hosted online.

Cost

This event is free, but you must RSVP.

RSVP

RSVP can be done via the link https://bit.ly/pcy02717 or RSVP to James Gaskin at jgaskin@pcyc.com or (206) 595-1291.

June Newsletter

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

As I mentioned in my last message, 2020 has been different than any of us could have imagined. As COVID-19 becomes a more stable issue, other issues continue to arise. One thing that has been apparent is how quickly information changes. As COVID began to emerge, there were so many unknowns regarding the virus. We heard different things from different people or agencies. We were constantly bombarded with facts and theories.

For many of us, it was really information overload. That overload lead to stress and anxiety for most everyone, but especially for those of us in healthcare as well as for “essential” workers. If I checked news in the morning, by lunchtime there was something new. By dinnertime, there was still more new information. It was amazing to see the pace at which information came at us. The COVID topic was constantly in our faces. It was nearly impossible to avoid the topic. Whether you checked news sources or social media, it was the majority of what both covered.

As we worked our way thru the initial weeks of the epidemic, we were all amazed at how some information changed over time. We were told that masks weren’t necessary unless you had COVID or took care of someone with health issues. Then we were told to wear masks. Then not to wear masks. And then to wear masks as many people were asymptomatic carriers. And the mask controversy continues to evolve.

I think more importantly, we all realized that we got conflicting information depending on our sources of information. One official said one thing and another said something different. I hope that over time, most people were able to find a reliable and consistent source of information. And I’m sure it’s a shock, but not all the information on the internet (or Facebook) is true. 🙂

I have some information that has been verified. The Spokane Pharmacy Association is moving to a new membership platform this summer. You will receive information on how to create a profile along with other emails explaining this new platform. Like anything new, there may be a few hiccups along the way, but this will allow us to better serve all of you in the future with the added features this platform offers.

Stay well. Stay safe. We will be in contact regarding possible summer activities and we appreciate all you do for the community!