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Cathleen Edick, Pharm.D., CDE, pharmacy program coordinator, McLaren Greater Lansing

The Capital Area Pharmacists Association (CAPA) started out 2019 with a CE presentation by Heather Schalk, Pharm.D., on Jan. 24 titled "Direct Oral Anticoagulants in Atrial Fibrillation". Heather helped sort out all the differences and dosing for Direct Oral Anticoagulants.
 
March, as usual, was one of the busier months as it has Poison Prevention Week as well a Fifth Saturday and a planned CE. On March 16 during Poison Prevention Week, CAPA members headed to Impression 5 Children's Museum to educate parents and children about the dangers of poisons. It is always fun to see parents and children guess which one is the medication and which is the candy on the medication versus candy display. It is an eye opener for parents and children alike, especially when they think the medication is actually the candy! Later that week, on March 20, Tracey Mersfelder, Pharm.D., delivered a CE titled "A PAINful Decision" where she highlighted the opioid epidemic and discussed areas where gabapentin can be used. The month of March ended with CAPA members providing and serving food at the Advent House for its regular Fifth Saturday of the month on March 30.
 
On May 6, Brett Dragomer, Pharm.D., BCPS, delivered a CE titled "Hot Topics in Antimicrobial Stewardship - A Focus on Shorter Duration." Then on May 9 between 5-9 p.m., participants brought a CAPA flyer to Blaze Pizza and 20 percent of your proceeds were donated to our organization. It was a great way to raise money for CAPA and made for an easy dinner!
 
Things start to wind down for CAPA as summer approaches; however keep watch for more information about a June social event. Tentative plans are to attend an Ignite soccer game at the Cooley Law School Stadium on June 19 and to celebrate together either pre- or post-game at the MichiGrain Distillery. Watch your email for more details!
 
Both June, August and November include a Fifth Saturday so be sure to sign up to serve meals at the Advent House in Lansing on June 29, Aug. 31 and/or Nov 30. In addition, mark your calendars for the following CE events: Oct. 15 with a Wits and Wagers game and the December yearly law review.
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