2019 Annual Meeting

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars to join us on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

Join us for the Spokane Pharmacy Association’s Annual Meeting celebrating the Inland Northwest Pharmacy Community. The event will feature an excellent dinner, exhibitor showcase, auction, keynote speaker, awards ceremony, and plenty of pharmacy community!


5:00-6:30pm – Cocktail reception and networking
6:30pm – Dinner
7:00pm – Introduction of Guests & Recognition of Sponsor, Exhibitors
7:15pm – Keynote Speaker – Details to come
8:15pm – Presentation of Awards
Closing Remarks
View complete event details here: SPA 2019 Annual Meeting


SPA Member: $25
SPA Member and guest: $55
General Admission: $40
Admission and SPA Membership ($50 pharmacist): $75
Table (8 tickets): $200
Online registration is open!

About the Speaker

Matt Layton, M.D., Ph.D.. Dr. Layton will be discussing “The Opioid Epidemic: From Prevention to Treatment.”
Dr. Layton is a clinical associate professor at Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in Spokane. He earned his MD and Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Kansas. He completed residency training in psychiatry at the University of Washington. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has obtained certification from the United States Drug Enforcement Agency as a buprenorphine provider for the treatment of opioid dependence. Dr. Layton teaches the resident doctors in the Psychiatry Residency Spokane at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. He also works with third-year medical students in their six-week psychiatry clerkships. He is involved in training rural primary care doctors, physician assistants and nurses to work with patients who have psychiatric disorders and drug addictions. He also serves as medical director for the Spokane Regional Health District Opioid Treatment Program.

Sponsorships and Exhibitors

Exhibitor display table cost is: $950– includes recognition at the annual meeting.
View complete sponsorship and exhibitor details here: SPA 2019 Annual Meeting

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

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!” Continue reading “2016 Wrap-Up”

Summer 2016 President’s Message


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. Continue reading “Summer 2016 President’s Message”

Oct 2015 President’s Message

Dear Colleagues,
Now that summer is over it seems the busy time starts up again… the Pharmacy class of 2019 has started their training and flu vaccination clinics are right around the corner. It has been a privilege to be the SPA President this year.

One of the things that I have noticed is the incredibly high quality of the pharmacists and technicians who I have been able to meet though my involvement with the Association. Continue reading “Oct 2015 President’s Message”