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ACA Fellows-Only Benefit

2023-07-11T10:39:41-05:00July 11th, 2023|Categories: Fellows Benefit, Free Continuing Education, Webinar|Tags: , , |

Each quarter, ACA Fellows will be offered the opportunity to complete a pre-selected CE program at no charge!

Webinar Title: The Chemistry: THC, CBD, the Class, Potency & Standardization

About: The chemistry of cannabis is often confused between recreational and clinical utility. This session will provide an explanation of the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of THC and CBD. With the increasing utilization of medical marijuana and the need for quality attributes, we will discuss the importance of standardization and testing of cannabis.

Pricing Begins: July 1st, 2023
Pricing Ends: September 30th, 2023

*If you do not have an NABP number, select “International Pharmacist” or “International Pharmacy Technician” when registering.

Speaker:

Dr. Thomas C. Kupiec, PhD, is the CEO of ARL Bio Pharma and DNA Solutions Inc. Dr. Kupiec received his Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy. He currently serves as a graduate faculty member at the OU Health Sciences Center and has held teaching appointments at several universities. He has published numerous articles and abstracts in a variety of fields including pharmaceutical sciences, forensic sciences and pharmacogenomics. Dr. Kupiec is often requested as a speaker at national pharmaceutical conferences and has spoken at ASHP, IACP, ACA and for state pharmaceutical associations.

Dr. Kupiec’s vision of entrepreneurial research is manifested by his responsibilities at DNA Solutions and ARL, which include supplying technical expertise and business development in the pharmaceutical and forensic fields. Additionally, Dr. Kupiec offers consultation services for a variety of pharmacy related fields as well as expert witness testimony in the fields of forensic toxicology and pharmaceutical sciences. He has testified in over a hundred cases, both civil and criminal, in federal, state and municipal courts.

His professional experience includes various appointments at Northwest Toxicology Inc. (NWT), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Oklahoma City Police Department. Dr. Kupiec is affiliated with numerous professional organizations, including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.

The Micronutrients: MODULE 1 Vitamin A and Carotenoids Home Study

2023-07-27T15:16:10-05:00July 11th, 2023|Categories: Continuing Education, Home Study, Nutrition, Vitamins|Tags: , , , , |

✨ Get up to 1 hour of CE ✨
Individuals often rely on their pharmacists for advice on selecting and using nutritional supplements. Yet, many pharmacists practicing today did not enjoy a comprehensive study of vitamins and minerals in their academic education. Those who did may be unaware of recent study findings that have expanded our understanding of how deficiencies and excesses of certain micronutrients may affect health status, and how micronutrients may interact unfavorably with certain medications.
If you have a passion for nutrition & wellness, click below to register:

*If you do not have an NABP number, select “International Pharmacist” or “International Pharmacy Technician” when registering.

SAVE $150 OFF ALL VETERINARY COMPOUNDING COURSES

2023-07-27T15:16:32-05:00July 11th, 2023|Categories: compounding training, Continuing Education, Veterinary Compounding, Veterinary Medicine|Tags: , , , , |

Earn CE and SAVE $150 when registering for The Veterinary Compounding Essential Courses with code: 150off 
The best value in compounding training just got a little better.

VETERINARY COMPOUNDING ESSENTIALS is an accredited 15-hour (1.5 CEUs) knowledge / application-based course that introduces pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and marketers to veterinary pharmacy compounding. The program provides fundamental techniques for effectively growing the veterinary compounding practice, including calculations, proper safety practices, hands-on compounding, and marketing.

*Remember—ACA and ACVP members save an additional $200 off non-member prices. Send 2 or more staff and save
even more

Special Benefit for New Members

2024-05-14T07:56:18-05:00July 6th, 2023|Categories: Continuing Education, Fellows and Members, Member Benefits|Tags: , , , , |

*does not apply to Student Pharmacist Members

For new ACA members, the bundle is accessible at no additional cost through a special code provided in the welcome email upon joining.

Current members and non-members interested in this valuable educational offering can purchase the bundle through the provided link: https://www.lecturepanda.com/a/NewMember.

The ACA New Member Bundle presents an excellent opportunity for both new and seasoned pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to advance their professional skills and earn continuing education credits. Accredited for 3.0 contact hours (0.3 CEUs), the bundle includes three insightful modules, each providing 1 CE credit.

The first webinar, “Opportunities in Wellness: Integrating Advanced Point of Sale Functional Testing in Community Pharmacy,” led by Hillary Howell, PharmD, CCN, FACA, explores innovative approaches to health screening and wellness monitoring directly at the point of sale. This session is particularly beneficial for professionals looking to expand their services beyond traditional dispensary roles, thereby enhancing patient care and pharmacy practice.

Next, “Long Walk Out of the Woods: A Physician’s Story of Addiction, Depression, Hope, and Recovery” by Adam Hill, MD, offers a profound personal narrative that sheds light on the critical issues of mental health in the healthcare profession. This presentation not only provides key insights into overcoming personal struggles but also emphasizes the importance of support systems and resilience in professional life.

The third webinar, “Implementing Personalized Nutrition into Pharmacy Practice” by Lara Zakaria, PharmD, MS, CNS, CDN, IFMCP, delves into the integration of nutritional counseling and personalized diet plans in pharmacy settings. This course is designed to equip pharmacists with the necessary tools to offer tailored nutritional advice to their patients, thereby contributing to better health outcomes.

Our Speakers:

Dr. Hillary Howell, PharmD, FACA, CCN worked as a pharmacy technician until graduating high school in 1998. Her passion for medicine led her to enroll in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Ferris State University and graduated in 2004. Shortly after graduating, she married her high school sweetheart and took a position as a retail staff pharmacist at a local pharmacy chain. This ultimately led to a manager position with the same company.

Hillary has two children, Hunter and Tanner, which she adores. 10 years into her position as a manager, her husband James was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer, leiomyosarcoma of the prostate. During his journey, the family decided to look into alternative treatments using both conventional and alternative therapies. Sadly, James’ journey ended 18 months later.

As a single mother, Hillary decided to take her career in a new direction. She opened Michigan’s first integrative cash based pharmacy, Apothecary & Co, in 2019, focusing on helping others to find their root cause instead of applying a “bandaid”. Apothecary & Co proudly specializes in compounding, point of care testing, and functional medicine consulting. Since opening in 2019, Hillary received her Certified Clinical Nutrition designation in 2021. She is currently pursuing a certification program through the Institute for Functional Medicine. Besides the love for functional medicine, her other passion is medicinal herbalism leading her to complete coursework through Rosemary Gladstar’s The Science of Art and Herbalism program.

Dr. Adam B. Hill, MD is a palliative care physician at Riley Hospital for Children. He is a proud Hoosier, a Butler Bulldog, and an IUSM graduate. He completed his pediatric residency training at St. Louis University, a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Duke University, and a palliative medicine fellowship at IUSM. His work in palliative care is focused on allowing patients to live the best quality of life possible in the midst of chronic, life-limiting, and/or life-threatening medical conditions.

In addition to palliative care, Dr. Hill is passionate about physician wellness/self-care, physician education, and international medical work. His international work has allowed him to work in Belize, Mexico, Kenya, Tanzania, and Australia over the past several years. In addition, as part of his work in palliative care, he serves as the medical director for a week-long summer camp for children affected by childhood cancer.

Dr. Lara Zakaria, PharmD, MS, CNS, CDN, IFMCP is a Pharmacist, Nutritionist, and adjunct professor specializing in Functional Medicine and Personalized nutrition. After spending 10 years in pharmacy community practice, she noticed that her patients were all getting worse, not better. She realized that the pharmaceutical-based guidelines she was trained in were intended only to manage chronic disease not prevent progression. That led her to FxMed and the power of nutrition. Dr. Zakaria is passionate about gut health and preventing and reversing metabolic, kidney, and autoimmune diseases. She splits her time between clinical practice, teaching, and mentorship in service of expanding awareness and access to FxMed and Personalized Nutrition.

Nutrition & Wellness Faculty Meeting: “Alzheimer’s #1 Concern of Patients”

2023-07-27T15:17:30-05:00July 6th, 2023|Categories: Alzheimer's Disease, Community Pharmacy, Nutrition, Pharmacy Practice|Tags: , , , , |

Date:  Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Time:  12:30 PM Eastern / 11:30 AM Central / 10:30 AM Mountain / 9:30 AM Pacific

Topic: “Alzheimer’s #1 Concern of Patients”

Host: Dr. Quentin Srnka, PharmD, MBA, FACA  

Panelists:
Dr. Hillary Howell, PharmD, FACA, CCN
Chuck Schneider, MBA

Join us for a 1 hour webinar on “Alzheimer’s #1 Concern of Patients”. Alzheimer’s is the disease people of all ages are most worried about. Join the panelists as they discuss Alzheimer’s disease, a relevant and emotional topic for patients.

This meeting will be recorded

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Our Panelists:

Dr. Hillary Howell, PharmD, FACA, CCN worked as a pharmacy technician until graduating high school in 1998. Her passion for medicine led her to enroll in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Ferris State University and graduated in 2004. Shortly after graduating, she married her high school sweetheart and took a position as a retail staff pharmacist at a local pharmacy chain. This ultimately led to a manager position with the same company.

Hillary has two children, Hunter and Tanner, which she adores. 10 years into her position as a manager, her husband James was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer, leiomyosarcoma of the prostate. During his journey, the family decided to look into alternative treatments using both conventional and alternative therapies. Sadly, James’ journey ended 18 months later.

As a single mother, Hillary decided to take her career in a new direction. She opened Michigan’s first integrative cash based pharmacy, Apothecary & Co, in 2019, focusing on helping others to find their root cause instead of applying a “bandaid”. Apothecary & Co proudly specializes in compounding, point of care testing, and functional medicine consulting. Since opening in 2019, Hillary received her Certified Clinical Nutrition designation in 2021. She is currently pursuing a certification program through the Institute for Functional Medicine. Besides the love for functional medicine, her other passion is medicinal herbalism leading her to complete coursework through Rosemary Gladstar’s The Science of Art and Herbalism program.

Chuck Schneider, MBA is the Co-founder of the Point of Care Testing Institute and is the Director of Pharmacy at Cognivue, a neuroscience testing company.

For the past decade, Chuck has worked closely with pharmacists and independent pharmacy owners to help them increase their service lines and profitability.  Prior to joining Cognivue, Chuck was the chief revenue officer at Pharmacy Development Services and more recently at Ananda Professional where he led commercial operations.

Chuck received his MBA from the Thunderbird School of International Management.  Chuck lives in Lexington, Kentucky.  He enjoy running, cooking on Sunday nights, and visiting National Parks.

Opportunities in Wellness: Integrating Advanced Point Of Sale Functional Testing in Community Pharmacy

2023-08-02T10:30:28-05:00January 5th, 2023|Categories: Community Pharmacy, Functional Testing, Pharmacy Practice|Tags: , , , |

Functional testing focuses on physiological function (i.e. how the body functions at a biological level), rather than the presence of markers of disease. Community pharmacies are well-positioned to offer functional testing to patients who want a clear picture of their unique health needs and to also provide nutritional and lifestyle intervention. This presentation will provide examples and evidence-based information on the concept of integrating Advanced Point Of Sale Functional Testing in the pharmacy practice, including stool testing, breath testing, saliva testing, dried urine testing, food intolerance testing, and others. Advanced Point of Sale Functional Testing has the potential to increase pharmacy revenue, improve patient outcomes, and expand the scope of the pharmacist and pharmacy technician without requiring a CLIA waiver.

Now available On-Demand

ACA & ACVP Members: $20
Non-Members: $35

Learning Objectives :

  1. Identify the different types of available testing to patients and the regulations.
  2. Discuss the different types of advanced point of sale functional testing.
  3. Discuss when to use the various types of advanced point of sale functional testing in practice.
  4. Identify which type of training is recommended to offer advanced point of sale functional testing.
  5. Compare the potential benefits and challenges to the patient and the practice.

Hillary Howell, PharmD, CCN, FACA

As a young teenager, Hillary worked as a pharmacy technician until graduating high school in 1998. Her passion for medicine led her to enroll in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Ferris State University and graduated in 2004. Shortly after graduating, she married her high school sweetheart and took a position as a retail staff pharmacist at a local pharmacy chain. This ultimately led to a manager position with the same company. Hillary has two children, Hunter and Tanner, which she adores. 10 years into her position as a manager, her husband James was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer, leiomyosarcoma of the prostate. During his journey, the family decided to look into alternative treatments using both conventional and alternative therapies. Sadly, James’ journey ended 18 months later. As a single mother, Hillary decided to take her career in a new direction. She opened Michigan’s first integrative cash based pharmacy, Apothecary & Co, in 2019, focusing on helping others to find their root cause instead of applying a “bandaid”. Apothecary & Co proudly specializes in compounding, point of care testing, and functional medicine consulting. Since opening in 2019, Hillary received her Certified Clinical Nutrition designation in 2021. She is currently pursuing a certification program through the Institute for Functional Medicine. Besides the love for functional medicine, her other passion is medicinal herbalism leading her to complete coursework through Rosemary Gladstar’s The Science of Art and Herbalism program.

Men and COVID Severity—New Research That Links Them. What Are the Implications?

2023-01-05T09:40:33-06:00September 27th, 2022|Categories: COVID-19, Pharmacist Training, Pharmacy Technician, Risk Management|Tags: , , |

Pharmacists/Technicians will have better understanding of why men suffered more severely from COVID-19 than women, and what that can mean in other acute, viral conditions. Pharmacist will be better equipped to discuss relative health risks/benefits of testosterone in cardiovascular disease and prostate cancer.  Thus, the pharmacist/technician will be able to engage with and educate both physicians and patients on the information discussed regarding testosterone.

NOW AVAILABLE ON DEMAND!

Webinar Attendee: FREE
ACA & ACVP Members: $20
Non-Members: $35

Learning Objectives :

  1. Describe medical literature linking low Testosterone in men with severity of Covid-19.
  2. Discuss why low testosterone exerts this effect in men with Covid-19.
  3. Describe the latest literature discussing testosterone in relationship to cardiovascular disease and prostate cancer.
  4. Choose useful ways to find current medical literature on testosterone.

Register for On-Demand Webinar here: https://www.lecturepanda.com/a/testosterone

Bruce Biundo, RPh, B.S, FACA,  joined PCCA as a pharmacy consultant in 1997 after many years as a community pharmacist. What is likely the first educational event on low testosterone in men was presented by Bruce at the PCCA International Seminar in April 1999. In a short time, the interest grew and over the intervening years, the breadth and depth of information has greatly increased. As Bruce’s knowledge increased, so did PCCA’s ability to educate pharmacists and physicians on how to diagnose and treat low testosterone in men. Over the years, Bruce has had a dozen articles published, mostly dealing with men’s health and testosterone topics. In addition, he was a contributor to Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy, 22nd Edition, and is the co-author of the chapter on Nutrition in the book Aging Men’s Health. Bruce retired from PCCA in December 2021 but continues to provide compounding education.

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