2020 Pharmacy Law and Policy Symposium

8th Annual MPA Pharmacy Law & Policy Symposium

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The MPA Pharmacy Law and Policy Symposium is intended to provide pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and student pharmacists with information on important legislative and regulatory changes that impact their profession.
Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:

1. Provide an update on drug pricing reform.

2. Identify relevant changes to pharmacy law and policy taking effect in 2020.

3. Discuss and evaluate ethical issues related to recreational marijuana and the opioid epidemic.

4. Discuss the 10 ten pharmacy violations according to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

5. Explain pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics interactions with marijuana.

6. Identify health care fraud flags.


Early-bird registrations will be accepted via Internet, mail, phone or fax until 4 p.m.on 4/16/20.

Registration rates will increase after 4/16/20. Registrations received after 4 p.m. on 4/26/20 will be considered an onsite registration and will not be processed until registration opens onsite on 4/29/20. Onsite registrations will be accepted, but pre-registration is highly encouraged so that we can plan on your participation. 

To register online click here, otherwise please download a printable registration form here.

  Before 4/16/20 After 4/16/20
Pharmacist Member $115 $125
Pharmacist Nonmember $230 $250
Technician Member $45 $55
Technician Nonmember $90 $110
Student Member $20 $25
Student Nonmember $40 $50



Refunds (minus a $15 administrative fee) will be granted for cancellations received in writing (postmark or fax date) prior to 4/15/20. Refunds will not be granted to noshows and cancellations received after 4/15/20.



8:30-9 a.m.—Registration and Continental Breakfast

9-10 a.m.—Drug Pricing Reform Status

John O’Brien, Pharm.D., MPH, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Drug Pricing Reform

10-11:45 a.m.—Pharmacy Law and Ethics: What You Should Know

Farah Jalloul, Pharm.D., MBA, director of professional development, Pharmacy Services, Inc., Lansing, Mich.; Brian Sapita, governmental affairs manager, Michigan Pharmacists Association, Lansing, Mich., and Kim J. Sveska, R.Ph., MS, JD, Foley, Baron, Metzger and Juip, Milford, Mich.

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.—Lunch

12:30-1:45 p.m.—Pharmacy Inspections: Top 10 Pharmacy Violations

Janice Waldmiller, pharmacy specialist, Bureau of Professional Licensing, Lansing, Mich. and Robert Regan, pharmacy specialist, Bureau of Professional Licensing, Lansing, Mich.

1:45-2 p.m.—Break

2-3 p.m.—Marijuana Drug Interactions

Michael A. Smith, Pharm.D., clinical associate professor, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, Ann Arbor, Mich.

3-4:30 p.m.—Combating Health Care Fraud with Pharmacy Assistance

Jill M. Kraczon, investigator, Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan, Lansing, Mich.

4:30 p.m.—Symposium Adjourns


Intended Audience

This event was designed specifically for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and student pharmacists. 

Continuing Education Credit and Handouts



Additional Information

For further information, please contact MPA Director of Education, Mary Farrington, at (517) 377-0234 or at Mary@MichiganPharmacists.org.


This activity is structured to meet knowledge-based educational needs. A knowledge-based activity acquires factual knowledge and information is based on evidence as accepted in the literature by the healthcare professions. Pharmacy continuing education (PCE) credit will be earned based on participation in this activity. Any individual who is more than 10 minutes late to an activity or leaves an activity early will not be granted PCE credit. This procedure will be strictly enforced, so please plan accordingly. Participants must complete an online activity evaluation and posttest no later than 5/13/20. NOTE: ACPE guidelines prohibit MPA from issuing credit more than 60 days after the activity for any reason; therefore, to avoid denial of credit, it is imperative that participants complete the online evaluation and posttest by the deadline indicated to allow sufficient time for processing. If all requirements are met, participants will receive pharmacy continuing education (PCE) credit through CPE Monitor. It will be the responsibility of the participant to provide the correct information. If this information is not correctly provided, NABP and ACPE prohibit MPA from issuing CPE credit.

Michigan Pharmacists Association is an accredited provider of pharmacy continuing education credit. Initial Release Date: 4/29/20; Expiration Date: 4/29/21; 0112-0000-20-200-L03-P & 0112-0000-20-200-L03-T; 6.5 contact hours