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By Cathleen Edick, Pharm.D., CDE, pharmacy program manager, McLaren Greater Lansing, central regional representative


The Capital Area Pharmacists Association (CAPA) began 2018 with a very informative continuing education (CE) presentation delivered by Diplomat’s pharmacy residents. In January, Millie Mo, Pharm.D. and Johnson Ching, Pharm.D., educated pharmacists and pharmacy technicians about the many intricacies surrounding specialty pharmacy, from prescription to delivery.


March, as always, was one of our busiest months of the year. On March 17, pharmacists and pharmacy interns spoke to many parents and children about the dangers of poison at the Impression 5 Children’s Museum in Lansing. At the “Meds vs. Candy” board, it was an eye opener for all involved as parents and children tried to guess which was the medication and which was the candy. During that same week, CAPA hosted its second CE, given by Curtis Smith, Pharm.D., BCPS. Curtis delivered a very informative talk regarding opioids and pain therapy and educated attendees about the proper use of opioid medications and methods to decrease incidence of addiction. On Thursday, March 22, CAPA held a fundraising event at Blaze Pizza in the Frandor Plaza in Lansing. Many thanks to those who brought in the CAPA flyer and purchased a meal! Twenty percent of the cost of those meals will be donated to CAPA for the CAPA student scholarship fund. March ended with a 5th Saturday, so like every month with a 5th Saturday, CAPA served a meal at the Advent House.


Things will start to wind down for CAPA as summer approaches; however, May still has some really fun events! CAPA provided a CE from the Meijer pharmacy residents on May 10 that educated attendees about the newest 2017 hypertension guidelines. Then on May 20, CAPA will have a social event at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing for all CAPA members and their families. Watch for the zoo sign-up sheet in your mailbox if you have not already seen it. CAPA hopes to see you there!


Although things settle down over the summer months for CAPA, keep watch for more fun in the later part of 2018. CAPA will serve meals at the Advent House in Lansing on the following 5th Saturdays: June 30, Sept. 29 and Dec. 29. In addition, mark your calendars for the following CE events: Oct. 22 with a “Wits and Wagers” game and Dec. 5 for a yearly law review.  



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