2018 Allen I. White Lecture

The WSU College of Pharmacy will be hosting its 2018 Allen I. White Lecture next Tuesday, March 13, from 12 – 1 p.m.

Keynote speaker: Richard Okita, Ph.D.
Program Director in the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology and Biological Chemistry, National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Click here to read about Dr. Okita in the college’s lecture announcement.

The lecture is open to the public. People planning to attend are asked to click on the following site link to RSVP: http://bit.ly/white-lecture-2018

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CE | Hepatitis C Virus

April 9-10, 2018

Hepatitis C Virus

Speaker: Monica Graybeal, Pharm.D.

Dr. Graybeal will be presenting an overview of the hepatitis C virus and treatment guidelines.


Option 1: Dinner Option 2: Breakfast
Mon, April 9, 2018
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tue, April 10, 2018
7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Dinner will be provided. Breakfast will be provided.
Washington State University Spokane*
Room: Clinical Research and Simulation (SCRS), Room 250
412 East Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99202
Washington State University Spokane*
Room: PBS 116
412 East Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99202
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SPA members – No charge
Non-members – $25

More 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, approved by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy and the Idaho State Board of Pharmacy.

CE | Tobacco Cessation

March 21, 2018

Tobacco Cessation

Presenter: Kawkab Shishani, PhD
associate professor, WSU-College of Nursing
Spokane, Washington

Kawkab will be discussing how to approach the topic of tobacco cessation with your patients and the resources available in the Spokane area.

Here is the link to the pre-course activities: https://nursing.wsu.edu/continuing-education/smoking

When and where

*Washington State University Spokane
Room TBD
Spokane, WA 99202

March 21, 2018
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

*Note: Pay for parking on the WSU Spokane campus at the blue parking kiosks. Limited one-hour street parking is available along Riverpoint Boulevard.


SPA members – No charge
Non-SPA members – $25

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


Part of the mission of the Spokane Pharmacy Association is to promote the competency of practitioners and maximize the profession’s contribution to patient care. One of the ways we do this is through providing high-quality continuing education opportunities for members and non-members of the local pharmacy community.

We hope you can join us for one of our recent and upcoming events:

Continuing Education Events

Social Events

Annual Meeting

The Spokane Pharmacy Association Annual Meeting & Continuing Education is an annual event celebrating the Inland Northwest Pharmacy Community.

What this event is

  • An annual meeting celebrating the Inland Northwest Pharmacy Community.
  • Features an excellent dinner, exhibitor showcase, auction, speaker, awards ceremony, and plenty of pharmacy community!
  • The SPA will present its awards: Pharmacist of the Year, Pharmacy Technician of the Year, Student Pharmacist/Pharmacy Resident of the Year, Speaker of the Year, and the Pharmacy of the Year.

Full event and registration details

CE | Thrombotic Microangiopathies in Your Clinical Practice

February 7, 2018

The Thrombotic Microangiopathies in Your Clinical Practice

A Discussion on Identifying Patients with Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

Presenter: Paul Eastvold, M.D., M.T. (ASCP)
chief medical officer, Inland Northwest Blood Center
Spokane, Washington

This event is hosted by Alexion.
Updated — Washington CE is being offered for this event.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018
6:30 PM


Milford’s Fish House
719 North Monroe Street
Spokane, WA


This is a hosted event.
Attendees may opt-out of the meal by indicating on their RSVP. Please note, per industry guidelines, Alexion is unable to accommodate spouses or guests at this event.


Limited seating is available. Please RSVP by January 29, 2018.

Registrations may still be accepted after this date pending availability.

International Pharmacy Focus

The Pharmacy Focus this quarter is on a special group of pharmacies who provided a memorable glimpse into U.S. pharmacy practices to a select group of Japanese pharmacy students who were attending Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute (MFWI) this last summer.  This unique exchange is a cooperative venture between Spokane pharmacies and the English language program at MFWI.

About 20-25 pharmacy students were curious and excited to practice their English skills as well as learn about the difference in pharmacy practices between the U.S. and Japan.
Continue reading “International Pharmacy Focus”

2017 Annual Meeting

Thank you for joining us!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Spokane Pharmacy Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting celebrating the Inland Northwest Pharmacy Community with keynote speaker Lisa Brown, former WSU Spokane chancellor.

We are proud to showcase our awards winners:
Pharmacist of the Year: Manpreet Chahal
Pharmacy Technician of the Year: Sandi Tshcritter
Student Pharmacist of the Year: Megan Reyholdson and Evan Sainsbury
Community Service Award: Luke Rice
Pharmacy of the Year: Medication Review

See the photos by Mark Nguyen on our Facebook page!

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: Continue reading “2017 Fall Newsletter”

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 Continue reading “Summer Newsletter”