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UPDATE: Hurricane Maria Impact on ACA | ACVP Annual Conference & Expo

2019-02-15T10:04:28-06:00September 28th, 2017|Categories: News Release|

To our Members and Fellows,

By now everyone is aware of the tragic events caused by Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean and Puerto Rico.  Over a year ago, ACA contracted with the El Conquistador Hotel to host our 2018 ACA|ACVP Annual Conference & Expo.  Due to the damage sustained in the hurricane and the damage to the island’s infrastructure, we have had to make the difficult decision to move our meeting to another location.

We were looking forward to hosting our event in Puerto Rico and build strong relationships with the local pharmacists and technician.  We want to send our thoughts and prayers to our brothers and sisters on the Island, and to let them know that we will be back.  Back to support pharmacy and the people.  For right now, we are encouraging our members who want to do more to help Puerto Rico to donate to organizations such as One America AppealUnidos Por Puerto Rico or  Voices for Puerto Rico. Animal welfare organizations assisting shelters and animals impacted by Hurricane Maria include the Humane Society of the United States and Wings of Rescue.

We will be announcing a new venue for the 2018 ACA|ACVP Annual Conference & Expo in the next few days.  Thank all of you for your patience and your support for those affected by Maria.  Our event will still be special, with outstanding speakers, quality vendors, and great fellowship.  Please be on the lookout for our announcement and feel free to call the office (901-383-8119) if we can assist you in any way.

Thank you,

Ryan Oftebro, PharmD, FACA, FACVP
Board President
American College of Apothecaries

Gary Wingate, RPh, FACVP, FACA
Board President
American College of Veterinary Pharmacists

Thomas Hunt, RPh, FACA, FACVP
Board President
ACA Research & Education Foundation

ACA Foundation Honors Professor Donald Downing for Outstanding Service to Pharmacy Education

2017-08-25T11:05:41-05:00August 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News Release|

Don DowningThe American College of Apothecaries presented the 2016-17 Albert E. Rosica, Jr. Memorial Award to Don Downing of Seattle, Washington at the College’s 2017 Fall Pharmacy Conference at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The award, established in memory of Albert E. Rosica, Jr., a Past President of ACA, is presented each year to a pharmacy practitioner for his or her contributions to pharmacy education through participation in pharmacy clerkship programs, serving on various college committees, teaching, working with the alumni association, and making other contributions to academic programs.

For the past forty years, Don Downing has devoted his career as a professor and practitioner to moving the profession of pharmacy forward.  A graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Downing currently directs the Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. Downing teaches on topics including legislative advocacy, leadership and ethics and is a prolific advocate for pharmacists, patients and underserved populations.

In 1975, Downing helped to start up the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority clinic in Tacoma, Washington and continued there until 1985. While there, he joined the Washington School of Pharmacy faculty and later opened the first pharmacy in Bonney Lake and a community pharmacy in Federal Way. He continues to consult with and develop pharmacy services for various Native American tribes.

Peggy Soule Odegard, Associate Dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Washington, commended Downing’s dedication to pharmacy. “Don exemplifies the meaning of teaching by example and is a major contributor to the professional development of our pharmacy graduates…. He embodies a service attitude for his students and peers, kindly nudging each of us to become involved to improve access to services for those who are less fortunate. He reaches out with regular service to communities both locally and throughout the world to help those in need, modeling compassionate care for his students and often facilitating and advocating for necessary change to reduce disparities during his visits.”

Downing developed the nation’s first pharmacist-provided emergency contraception program and the first pharmacist-initiated ongoing hormonal contraception services. He also helped lead the effort in the 1990s to educate and certify pharmacists in Washington state and numerous other states to provide flu shots and other vaccines.  Downing has worked on pharmacy-care legislation in 39 states, devoting much of his energy to changing the public’s perception of pharmacists. In addition, he has conducted extensive research with funding from agencies such as the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Institutes of Health, Advocates for Youth and the Packard Foundation.

Downing has received numerous recognitions from local, state, and national pharmacy organizations, including the American Pharmacists Association’s Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Distinguished Achievement Award, the Washington State Pharmacy Association David Almquist Award and Pharmacist of the Year Award, and the UW School of Pharmacy’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and Milo Gilbaldi Excellence in Teaching Award.

 The American College of Apothecaries Research and Education Foundation is honored to recognize Don Downing for his contributions to the future of pharmacy and global health and impact on his students, peers, and community.

Wingate University Pharmacy Student Recognized by American College of Apothecaries Foundation

2017-08-25T11:03:12-05:00August 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News Release|

The American College of Apothecaries Research and Education Foundation presented the Presidential Scholarship for Academic and Leadership Excellence to Cassandra Cangelosi at the 2017 Fall Pharmacy Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Cangelosi is a pharmacy student at Wingate University School of Pharmacy in Wingate, North Carolina.

The Presidential Scholarship for Academic and Leadership Excellence is awarded by the American College of Apothecaries Research and Education Foundation to a student with a demonstrated interest in independent pharmacy, who shows leadership qualities, extra-curricular activities, and a high level of academic success.

While at Wingate, Cassie co-founded a student chapter of the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists (ACVP) and currently serves as its President-Elect. She also serves as the Programming and Communications Chair for Wingate’s student chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). Cassie is a Student Ambassador for the Wingate University School of Pharmacy and a member of the Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy and Society of Veterinary Hospital Pharmacists. Cassie’s academic and leadership achievements while in pharmacy school were recognized with her selection to receive the Watts Pharmacy Endowed Scholarship for 2016-17.

Eric Schneider, Professor and Assistant Dean of Academics at Wingate, had this to say about Cassie: “When all her attributes are considered—intelligence, clinical knowledge, communication skills, personality, leadership skills and compassion—I believe the result far exceeds the sum of the parts.  I give Cassie my highest recommendation to be a recipient of the ACA/ACVP scholarship.  I have no doubt that once she enters practice as a licensed pharmacist, Cassie will be an asset to both community and veterinary pharmacy.”

The ACA Foundation is proud to recognize Cassie Cangelosi with the Presidential Scholarship for Academic and Leadership Excellence.

New ACA Member Discount from ACHC

2018-12-07T11:22:40-06:00August 17th, 2017|Categories: News Release|

The American College of Apothecaries (ACA) and Accreditation Commission for Health Care are pleased to announce the establishment of a partnership designed to increase accessibility of ACHC service to ACA Members and Fellows. This agreement offers special pricing on ACHC accreditation services and educational resources to ACA Members and Fellows.  An email was sent to all ACA Members and Fellows with the special discount code, which can also be found on the Member Discounts page in the members-only section of the ACA website.

“The partnership between ACHC and ACA represents a natural expression of our organizations’ shared values,” said Jon Pritchett, PharmD, RPh, ACHC Associate Director of Pharmacy. “Both are committed to advancing safe practices and quality in serving patients in our health care system. ACA’s role in the original establishment of PCAB is clear indication of the visionary leadership they are recognized for in serving their members and the industry as a whole.”

Since the introduction of its pharmacy program in 1996, ACHC has grown to become a leading national accrediting organization with more than 900 pharmacies accredited in the U.S. ACHC has broad and extensive experience in the area of pharmacy compliance, including accreditation programs for non-sterile and sterile compounding through the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB), as well as infusion, specialty, and long-term care pharmacy services.

“We are pleased to join with ACHC and increase the accessibility of ACHC services to ACA members and Fellows. The ACA is committed to encouraging best practices in pharmacy and making the accreditation process more affordable is a tremendous benefit to our membership. Ultimately, our patients and communities will be the biggest beneficiaries from the commitment to value, integrity, and customer service provided by independent pharmacies with ACHC accreditation,” said Donnie Calhoun, BPharm, RPh, FACA, FACVP CEO/Executive Vice President.

American College of Apothecaries to Focus on the Business of Independent Pharmacy at 2017 Fall Pharmacy Conference

2018-11-07T09:50:41-06:00July 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News Release|

[MEMPHIS, TN, July 26, 2017] – The American College of Apothecaries has announced the focus for the ACA Fall Pharmacy Conference, from August 24-26 in Philadelphia, PA.  Pharmacists and pharmacy professionals from across the county are expected to attend the conference to hear insights from industry leaders on topics related to the business of independent pharmacy.

The Fall Pharmacy Conference, is a 2-day intensive event designed to electrify independent pharmacy though innovation and provide pharmacists with the tools they need to reCHARGE their business practices. Hosted at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, in Philadelphia, PA, the conference will also feature pharmacy exhibitors onsite showcasing products and hosting demonstrations.  Top sponsors for 2017 are Letco Medical and Compliant Pharmacy Alliance Cooperative.  Membership in ACA is not required to attend the conference.

“The ACA Fall Pharmacy Conference’s slogan this year is ‘Electrify Your Pharmacy’ and we’ve brought together a great line-up of nationally known speakers who are all experts on the business of independent pharmacy, including Dan Benamoz from PDS, to do just that. The ACA Fall Pharmacy Conference in Philadelphia will reCHARGE our attendees with presentations, case studies, and best practices that they can take back to their pharmacies, put to work, and see results right away,” says Donnie R. Calhoun, Executive Vice President | CEO of the American College of Apothecaries.

Education offered at this year’s Fall Pharmacy Conference features sessions highlighting best practices in management, finance, marketing, pharmacy design, and collaborative practice.  In addition to 7.5 hours of continuing education, the conference will include an exhibition hall featuring the latest technology and innovations in the industry and networking opportunities.

“I encourage everyone in independent pharmacy to come and share ideas and build relationships with other professionals by attending the ACA Fall Pharmacy Conference,” says Calhoun. “You’ll see everything you need to electrify your business and take it to the next level. In just two days, you’ll interact with product manufacturers, discover the latest innovations in the industry, and learn from leading experts to get a competitive advantage in today’s marketplace.”

Confirmed Presenters include:

  • “Leading Your Team from the Front Line” — Dan Benamoz, PDS
  • “Collaborative Practice in a Community Based Pharmacist Practice” — Steve Simenson, Goodrich Pharmacy
  • “Financing, Credit Worthiness, and Cash Flow: What to Know in the Ever-Changing Landscape Called Independent Pharmacy” —Mike Bollinger, Live Oak Bank
  • “Do I Make Myself Clear? Communicating to Drive Intended Business Outcomes”— Jean-Luc Moreau, Revolution Advisors
  • “Understanding the Five Profit Levers” — Dave Wendland, Hamacher Resource Group
  • “PHARMACY DESIGN IN EUROPE vs. DESIGN IN THE US: Strategies to Attract Customers and Increase Front-End Sales in a Compounding Pharmacy” —  Johannes M. Heine, MBA, Kunesa LLC.

To learn more or register now, visit www.acainfo.org/fallpharmacyconference.



American College of Apothecaries and ARL Bio Pharmacy Present 2017 Quality Compounding Summit

2017-07-25T13:53:43-05:00July 25th, 2017|Categories: News Release|

The American College of Apothecaries and ARL Bio Pharma announce the Quality Compounding Summit, from September 8-9 in Oklahoma City, OK, the compounding pharmacy industry’s premier event focusing exclusively on quality issues. Pharmacists and pharmacy professionals from across the county are expected to attend to discover cost-effective solutions and new products and services to improve quality assurance.

The Quality Compounding Summit is a 2-day intensive conference presenting key topics designed to give pharmacy professionals and those that serve the industry, tools to succeed in the future. This event takes place at the Embassy Suites Downtown Medical Center, in Oklahoma City, OK.

“QCS is the best place to hear from industry experts and see new products and technologies that will help compounding pharmacies. No other event provides more insight into quality issues in compounding in just two information-packed days,” says Dr. Thomas C. Kupiec, President of ARL Bio Pharma.

Education offered at this year’s Quality Compounding Summit features sessions highlighting best practices, safety, facility design, and regulatory issues, including USP 800 and pharmacy inspections.

“I encourage everyone in pharmaceutical compounding to come and share ideas and build relationships with other professionals by attending the Quality Compounding Summit,” says Donnie Calhoun, Executive Vice President/CEO of the American College of Apothecaries. “You’ll see everything you need to streamline your company and take it to the next level. In just two days, you’ll interact with product manufacturers, discover the latest innovations in the industry, and learn from leading experts to get a competitive advantage in the compounding marketplace.”

Confirmed Presenters include:

  • USP <800> California Board of Pharmacy Implementations: How Pharmacists Can Incorporate USP <800> into Facility Design – Tony J. Park, PharmD, JD, California Pharmacy Lawyers
  • Root Cause Analysis for Compounding Pharmacists – Joe Cabaliero, RPh, Gates Healthcare Associates, LLC
  • Coping with the Changing Compounding Landscape – Loyd V. Allen, Jr., PhD, RPh, International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
  • Microbiology Testing: USP Requirements for Sterile and Non-Sterile Preparations – Thomas C. Kupiec, PhD, ARL Bio Pharma
  • Beyond Use Dating – Thomas C. Kupiec, PhD, ARL Bio Pharma
  • Multistate Pharmacy Inspection Blueprint Program – State Boards of Pharmacy Regulatory Landscape for Inspections of Compounding Pharmacies – Elizabeth Scott Russell, RPh, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

To learn more or register now, visit www.qcsummitrx.org.

ACA Honors Nathan Pope as 2016 Member of the Year

2018-11-07T10:00:05-06:00February 24th, 2017|Categories: News Release|

CORONADO, CA, February 24, 2017:  The American College of Apothecaries presented the 2016 ACA Member of the Year Award to Nathan Pope, PharmD, FACA, Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, at the College’s 2017 Annual Educational Conference.  The presentation was made during the Presidents’ Banquet Friday evening at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort.  The award is presented to a member of the College for exceptional accomplishment and effort in promoting the College and community pharmacy.

As a college of pharmacy faculty member and residency program director, Nathan works to develop compassionate, confident, clinical providers of advanced patient care services in a community pharmacy setting. He has been an advocate for all Community Pharmacy Practice Residencies, cultivating innovative practice settings, and outcomes from those practices, and currently serves as a guest surveyor for ASHP Accreditation Services.

Through his role as a site preceptor for an on-campus community pharmacy, Nathan supports the students’ involvement in patient care projects and educational offerings, including telephonic Medication Therapy Management Services for the Area Agency on Aging.

Within his profession, he serves as a board member of the Texas Pharmacy Association, and as a committee member in organizations such as APhA, NCPA, and ASHP, and as the College of Pharmacy’s representative to the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA). In 2016 he was presented with the Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding community service by the Texas Pharmacy Association.

As an ACA Fellow, our recipient has served the College through roles on multiple committees, including membership and programs, as well as conducting admissions interviews.

Most notably, Nathan has been a vital member of our compounding training faculty. In addition to updating and instructing Fundamental Compounding and Calculations, last year he developed and taught a new Clinical Dermatological and Cosmeceutical Compounding Course. He also regularly conducts on-site compounding training for ACA across the US and in Canada.

The award criterion was established to ensure that the individual chosen to receive the award has contributed valued accomplishments, and exhibits enthusiasm and eagerness. Examples of the criterion include involvement in the areas of membership recruitment, committee involvement, and willingness to serve the College in any area that is needed. Deserving nominees must also have spent time serving his/her own community, promoting community pharmacy through mentoring, entrepreneurship and education.

This year’s truly recipient embodies all of those criteria, especially in the field of education as he has dedicated himself to the promotion of community pharmacy and the continued development of pharmacy professionals. Congratulations, Dr. Pope.


ACA Launches Clinical Program for Pharmacists to Address PPI Overuse

2018-10-11T12:55:01-05:00November 21st, 2016|Categories: News Release|

Ditch Your PPI Endorsed Local PharmacyThe American College of Apothecaries and DitchYourPPI.com have launched a continuing education program designed to train pharmacists in working with physicians and other health care providers to provide a medication tapering system for patients taking prescription and over the counter Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs).

“Thousands of patients are “stuck” on acid reflux medication, unable to stop taking their heartburn pill,” said Juan Lopez, PharmD, Program Director of DitchYourPPI.com. “These patients are at risk of long-term negative side effects from chronic acid suppression therapy.” Lopez adds that most PPIs are recommended for only 4 to 8 weeks of therapy, but patients often find themselves dependent on these drugs for years.

To address the overuse of PPIs and assist patients in discontinuing them without experiencing rebound acid reflux, Lopez developed the protocol used by Ditch Your PPI. A collaboration between pharmacist and physician, Ditch Your PPI creates a personalized program that includes counseling, nutrition, and a flexible taper schedule to meet the patient’s unique and specific needs.

“When we heard Juan present about Ditch Your PPI at The Compounders Group meeting over the summer, we knew that we wanted to bring it our Fellows and members,” said Donnie Calhoun, CEO and Executive Vice-President of the American College of Apothecaries. “This program is a win-win for our patients and pharmacists as independent pharmacies increase their consultation, nutrition, and wellness services.”

The ACA “Ditch Your PPI” Pharmacy Accreditation Program consists of 5.5 contact hours of continuing education on the pharmacology, nutritional requirements, development and marketing of a patient care program. Participants also receive a “Ditch Your PPI” Toolkit and a one-year listing on www.DitchYourPPI.com as an Endorsed Local Pharmacy Provider.

More information on the ACA “Ditch Your PPI” Pharmacy Accreditation Program can be found at www.acainfo.org/DitchYourPPI.

ACA & ACVP Expand Membership Opportunities

2016-10-24T10:49:17-05:00October 24th, 2016|Categories: News Release|

The American College of Apothecaries (ACA) and American College of Veterinary Pharmacists are pleased to announce the establishment of new membership categories designed to enhance participation in the organizations by pharmacists at all stages of their careers as well as a new “Dual Fellowship” for Pharmacist Fellows who are interested in membership in both organizations.

“We realized that there were pharmacists who didn’t meet the criteria for Fellowship in the Colleges, but were either working in an independent community pharmacy or had pharmacy ownership as a goal,” said Donnie Calhoun, CEO / Executive Vice-President of the American College of Apothecaries and American College of Veterinary Pharmacists.

“Now they can join as a Pharmacist Member and take advantage of the benefits, discounts, and opportunities for networking and professional development that our Fellows enjoy. In a few years, as they advance in their careers, they can apply for Fellowship and the recognition that designation offers.”

“We also wanted to lower the barriers to membership for our student members,” Calhoun said. “An increasing number of pharmacy students are taking advantage of the free student membership in ACA and ACVP. By establishing a graduated fee structure for the first four years after graduation, new pharmacists can benefit from membership in ACA and ACVP while they are just starting their professional careers without the cost being a factor.”

The Pharmacist Member category is open to any licensed pharmacist meeting the ACA or ACVP Practice Standards and has a $250 annual membership fee. Pharmacist members may apply for Fellowship at any time.  Fees for New Practitioners are $50 per year for 1-2 years after graduation and $125 per year for 3-4 years after graduation.

Pharmacists who meet the requirements for Fellowship in both the American College of Apothecaries and the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists may apply for Dual Fellowship. Annual membership dues for Dual Fellowship are $700 for the first year and $850 per year for renewals.

Information and online applications for membership may be found at www.acainfo.org/joinaca and www.vetmeds.org/joinacvp.

CDC Releases Flu Vaccine Recommendations for 2016-17

2016-10-04T11:57:51-05:00October 4th, 2016|Categories: Blog, News Release|

Recognizing that nearly one in four flu vaccinations occurs in a community or retail pharmacy, the US Centers for Disease Control recently distributed a “Dear Pharmacist” letter outlining Flu Vaccine recommendations for 2016-17.

“We are proud that the CDC recognizes the important role that independent pharmacy plays in ensuring the public health,” said Donnie Calhoun, CEO/ Executive Vice-President of the American College of Apothecaries. “Educating our patients and communities on the necessity of annual flu vaccines is more than providing a convenient service, it’s saving lives.”

For the 2016-2017 season, ACIP has made several updates and clarifications to its seasonal influenza vaccination recommendations:

  • Only injectable influenza vaccines are recommended this flu season.
  • The composition of 2016-2017 flu vaccines has been updated to better match circulating viruses.
  • An influenza vaccine with MF59 adjuvant (FLUADTM) is available for adults 65 years and older. People 65 years of age and older may receive this vaccine, highdose inactivated influenza vaccine (Fluzone High-Dose), or standard-dose inactivated vaccine.
  • The recommendations for flu vaccination of people with egg allergies have been modified.
  • Children 6 months through 8 years of age who have previously received two or more total doses of any trivalent or quadrivalent influenza vaccine before July 1, 2016, only need one dose of 2016-2017 seasonal influenza vaccine. Children 6 months through 8 years of age who have not previously received two or more total doses of any trivalent or quadrivalent influenza vaccine before July 1, 2016 will need two doses of 2016-2017 seasonal influenza vaccine. Children 9 years of age and older need only one dose.

The CDC also recommends that patients receive the vaccination before the end of October, although pharmacists should continue to offer the influenza vaccine throughout the flu season. Read the complete document from the CDC here.