Schedule of Events

Sunday, April 27, 2014

- 10:00AM

Thinking Outside of the Capsule: Transforming Pharmacists for the Digital Age

UAN: 0113-0000-14-556-L04-P

Within the last decade and a half, several new pharmacy schools have opened leading to an unparalleled graduation rate within California and the entire nation.  The sudden increase in pharmacists coupled with the recent state of the economy has tipped the scale adversely.  In this presentation, we will discuss an emerging role for pharmacists in the field of Healthcare Intelligence.  In addition, we will provide examples of decision support tools, developed by pharmacists, leveraging data to improve patient care and reduce costs.

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to: 1. Review the current state of the pharmacist market in California. 2. Discuss the emerging roles of pharmacists in the area of Health Care Intelligence  3. Describe the role of Health Care Intelligence and Data Analytics to improve patient quality of care  4. Demonstrate how Health Care Intelligence can leverage data to improve efficiency and patient care.

Kevin Chiang, Pharm.D., MBA, Kaiser Permanente


10:45AM - 11:45AM

Psychiatry Basics for the Pharmacist

UAN: 0113-0000-14-560-L04-P

Everybody has heard something about the Kelly Thomas case.  Consider how well prepared you are to handle psychiatric patients. How much did you learn in pharmacy school about psychiatry?  Are the same techniques for comunication with the general public the same for psychiatric patients?  This program will review basic pharmaceutical agents used for psychiatric illnesses as well as discussing many of the support programs for family and patients.  We will also discuss some of the issues commonly faced by poatients and their families in the arena of mental health.

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:  1. identify drug classes, agents and expected outcomes in the psychiatric arena  2. Learn realistic goals for psychiatric agents  3. develop additional skill sets to address psychiatric concerns  4. identify community resources to refer patients to

Jody Jacobson Wedret, RPh, FASHP, FCSHP, UC Irvine Medical Center, Department of Pharmacy


Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Treatment for Compounding Pharmacists

UAN: 0113-0000-14-575-L01-P

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to: 1. Define bio-identical hormones

2. Discuss benefits and effects of said hormone. 3. Review how to counsel pharmacy patients on proper use of said hormones

Stephen Pomerance, BS, Super Care Drugs



12:15PM - 1:45PM

2014 New Pharmacy Laws Update

Sponsored by California Pharmacy Lawyers
UAN: 0113-0000-14-566-L03-P

This program will review and summarize all new laws pertaining to the practice of pharmacy in California, emphasizing those with potentially far-reaching impact, and examining their real world effects.

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:   1.  Recognize all new pharmacy laws in California.  2.  Distinguish between old and new rules of pharmacy practice.  3.  Identify potential pitfalls caused by the new pharmacy laws.  4.  Construct a pharmacy action plan to ensure conformity with all new laws.

Tony Park, PharmD, J.D., California Pharmacy Lawyers


Using Motivational Interviewing to Improve Health Outcomes and Medication Therapy Management

Sponsored by Rite Aid

UAN: 0113-0000-14-574-L01-P

Motivational Interviewing is increasingly used by healthcare professionals to improve patient-centered communication and patient’s health outcomes.  This technique enables providers to motivate patients to make changes in their health related behaviors.  Motivational interviewing (MI) focuses on patients’ “current interests and concerns,” and involves assessing the patient's readiness to change health related behaviors.  The following key principles will be discussed in this presentation: rolling with resistance, expressing empathy, avoiding argumentation, developing cognitive discrepancy, and supporting self-efficacy. The American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP) encourages clinicians to utilize motivational interviewing.  This session introduces participants to Motivational Interviewing with the opportunity to practice and gain feedback. Motivational interviewing is a communication approach that is client-centered, focused on patient's perspectives and concerns, and offers pharmacists an effective, directive method for interviewing patients, counseling, and increasing a patient's internal motivation to change health related behaviors, e.g. adherence to treatment.

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:  1. To understand the importance of motivational interviewing & its techniques to improve health outcomes  2. To gain an understanding of how to use motivational interviewing in medication therapy management  3. To gain experience in applying the principles of Motivational Interviewing and get feedback via interviewing role play   4. To gain insights and discover ways that MI can enhance pharmacists’ roles in a multi-disciplinary team and team care

Patricia Shane, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A., Touro University, College of Pharmacy


Managing Risk & Liability in Your Pharmacy

UAN: 0113-0000-14-559-L04-P

Real life examples and case histories will be used to examine the following emerging insurance issues: Crime (hold-ups, break-ins), Auto (owned and non-owned), premises (slips and falls in/out of your pharmacy).  These have been the loss leaders in the recent past.  General and Professional liability (including compounding), along with Worker's Compensation (from stress to carpal tunnel) and identity theft will also be discussed.  Audience participation and sharing of experiences will be encouraged.  This interactive program will help the audience analyze the underlying risk factors and explore alternative solutions.

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:  1. Describe emerging issues affecting their Property and Casualty insurance coverages.  2. Analyze the risks presented by these exposures.  3. Identify practical and efficient solutions to avoid or minimize these risks.

Guillermo (Willie) Gruenwald, CIH, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company


2:00PM - 3:00PM

Update on Community Based Clinical Pharmacies Integration

UAN: 0113-0000-14-584-L04-P

Steven Chen, PharmD, University of Southern California


Legal Implications of Dispensing Controlled Substances
Sponsored by California Pharmacy Lawyers
UAN: 0113-0000-14-586-L04-P

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to: 

1. Define “legitimate medical purpose.” 2. Evaluate the DEA’s concept of “corresponding responsibility.” 3. Apply “legitimate medical purpose” and “corresponding responsibility” to the CA Board of Pharmacy’s precedential case, “In the Matter of Accusation Against Pacifica Pharmacy. . . ” 4. Construct bright lines and guidance for pharmacists to minimize risk of regulatory violations.

Tony Park, PharmD, J.D., California Pharmacy Lawyers