May 2018 | Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Pharmacy Focus this quarter is on the Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Pharmacy, in Spokane. It is named after two local Veterans who sacrificed their lives for their country and each received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The Mann-Grandstaff VAMC Pharmacy Services supports the mission of the Veterans Health Administration by providing accurate, cost-effective, efficient, and safe pharmaceutical care to each Veteran served. Its core values are expressed through the acronym, “ICARE,” which stands for Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence. These core values guide employees’ actions on a daily basis to ensure they are providing the best care anywhere to Veterans by:

  • Integrating the concept of pharmaceutical care into all phases of the pharmacy practice aimed at improving employee engagement and Veteran experience.
  • Employing a systems-thinking approach to continuously improve processes and behaviors aimed at increasing value and developing best practices.
  • Increasing patient educational efforts, particularly as they relate to medication related outcomes.
  • Providing clinical pharmacy support to fulfill National VA PBM Formulary compliance and optimize outcomes with medications.
  • Being good stewards of limited organizational resources and operating cost-effectively within the allocated medical center budget.
  • Providing timely service for prescriptions filled at the pharmacy.
  • Using clinical pharmacy specialists who practice at the top of their license to manage chronic diseases in primary care and specialized care for behavioral health.

The Mann-Grandstaff VAMC pharmacy department is composed of about 30 pharmacists and 23 pharmacy technicians. The pharmacy operates a full service outpatient department dispensing prescriptions and counseling patients. They also have an inpatient department providing unit dose and IV services. Inpatient pharmacist coverage after hours is provided through a remote link to Puget Sound VAMC. During after hours, inpatient medication services are provided through fully stocked Omnicell machines and ward stock. In addition, the pharmacy provides clinical pharmacy specialist services to the primary care and specialty clinics during regular business hours, assisting providers in the treatment of anticoagulation, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, tobacco cessation, and in formulary management.

The Mann-Grandstaff VAMC serves as a rotation site to students for six different advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs). Two of these rotations are ambulatory care, one in the primary care setting and the other in long-term-care/hospice. There are also rotations in acute care, community pharmacy, management, and (new for the 2018-2019 cycle) urgent care.

The Mann-Grandstaff VAMC has been providing an ASHP accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program for the past six years. Each year the Mann-Grandstaff VAMC receives applications from candidates all over the United States. A pharmacy team conducts interviews and chooses only two residents from a pool of highly qualified candidates. An ideal candidate for this position should possess not only a strong academic record, but also leadership abilities, a commitment to community, and good emotional intelligence. In other words, pharmacy residents are hired for their attitude and trained to develop their skills. Residents can get experience in outpatient, inpatient, clinical, administration, and long-term/palliative care. They also have the opportunity to select electives in infectious diseases, behavioral health, home-based primary care, and academia. Interested applicants must participate in the ASHP Residency Matching Program (The Match) and the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).

The Mann-Grandstaff VAMC allows pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to practice at an advanced level to contribute to excellent patient care. Pharmacists at the Spokane VAMC have the highest “All Employee Satisfaction Scores” for the last two consecutive years. As a team member in the VAMC, it is important to have strong communication skills, emotional intelligence, and the ability to build long-lasting relationships.

Event | Pfizer Informational Program

May 17, 2018

Pfizer invites health care professionals and health care staff to attend an informational program featuring Dr. Joel Galloway from Rockwood Heart and Vascular Center – Downtown.

Treatment Of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE) and Reduction In The Risk Of Stroke and Systemic Embolism In Patients With Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation (NVAF)

Speaker: Joel Galloway, MD
Sponsored by Pfizer, hosted by Timothy Gallagher.
No CE is offered for this event.
Pharmacists, technicians and student pharmacists are welcome.


Thursday, May 17, 2018
6:30 p.m.


Spencer’s Restaurant
322 North Spokane Falls Court
Spokane, Washington, 99201
(509) 744-2372


This event is free, but you must RSVP.


Please RSVP via phone to AHM at (800) 292-6204
Please contact AHM during the business hours of 8:00 a.m. EST – 8:00 p.m. EST to register.
Kindly provide the Meeting ID# INT-0032021 when you RSVP,
or via our
Registration Portal

Notice: This event is conducted in accordance with the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) and is limited to invited HCPs and appropriate non-HCP staff. Please note that for out-of-office programs, only HCPs (as defined by Pfizer policy) may attend. Before providing an RSVP or attending an out-of-office program, please confirm with your Pfizer representative that you meet the definition of “HCP” and any other requirements of attendance. Attendance by guests or spouses is not appropriate for any Pfizer speaker program unless the individual independently qualifies as an appropriate attendee. In addition, Pfizer policy prohibits attendance by HCPs who practice in a specialty for which the relevant Pfizer product does not have an FDA-approved indication and prohibits attendance by Pfizer speakers who have been trained on the product or topic to be presented.
State and Federal Employees: State and federal laws and regulations may limit your ability to receive meals. By attending this event, you confirm that you have obtained any necessary approvals from your employer.
Public Disclosures: The cost of meals provided to U.S. HCPs is subject to Pfizer’s national public disclosure policy as well as applicable state and federal law such as the National Physician Payment Transparency Program (otherwise known as “Sunshine”). Pfizer’s disclosure allocates the cost of meals equally across all attendees who have not opted out of receiving a meal or have consumed a meal regardless of opt-out status.

CE | Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOAC)

May 9, 2018

Direct Oral Anticoagulants

Speaker: Susan Denopoli, Pharm.D.

Dr. Denopoli is the pharmacist resident at Providence Anticoagulation and Pharmacotherapy Clinic. She will be presenting on the safety profiles and risks of each DOAC, recent studies on DOACs, edoxaban for treatment of cancer associated VTE, and reversal agents available for DOACs.


Option 1: Breakfast Option 2: Dinner
Wed, May 9, 2018
7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Wed, May 9, 2018
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Breakfast will be provided. Dinner will be provided.
Washington State University Spokane*
Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Science Bldg RM 116
412 East Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99202
Washington State University Spokane*
Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Science Bldg RM 116
412 East Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99202
Register Online Register Online


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 | Jardiance

April 19, 2018

A breakthrough in cardiovascular outcomes: Jardiance

Presenter: Carol Wysham, M.D.
section head, MultiCare Rockwood Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology
Spokane, Washington

Join the SPA for a sponsored drug talk on Jardiance. Learn about this medication’s effects on cardiovascular outcomes. Enjoy great food at Spokane’s local restaurant, Luna!

This event is hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc and Lilly USA, LLC

When and Where

Thursday, April 19, 2018
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Luna Spokane
5620 S. Perry Street
Spokane, WA 99223


This is a hosted event.

How to RSVP

RSVP to Stacie Tombari at 509-991-2063 or

More details

Limited seating is available. Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Registrations may still be accepted after this date pending availability.

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

No CE credit is offered for this event. [Updated]

April Social Event!

April 18, 2018

Tax Time Trivia

Join fellow SPA members for a fun evening of team trivia with a numbers theme!

Pharmacists, technicians and students welcome.

When and Where

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
April 18, 2018

Cougar Crest Estate Winery
8 North Post Street, #6
Spokane, WA 99201


$10 fee for SPA members
Student SPA members are free

Includes wine tastings and snacks.

Come show us what you know. Register Now!

Register Online

Please register by April 17.

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
Register Online Register Online


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.

Lasagna Dinner!

March 6, 2018

Lasagna Dinner: hosted by NCPA and SPA

Keynote: Financing Pharmacies

Presenter: Michael Bollinger
senior loan officer, Live Oak Bank
Wilmington, North Carolina

When and where

Luigi’s Restaurant
245 W Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201

March 6, 2018
6:30 p.m.


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

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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

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!