Pharmacy News

Entries for May 2016

Women of Michigan Pharmacy Networking Event

Join the Women of Michigan Pharmacy for an evening of fun, networking and painting Tuesday, June 14, from 6-9 p.m.! The evening will include a brief discussion of the Online Book Club Selection of Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg, as well as step-by-step painting instruction provided by Wine & Canvas. This event will be hosted at Henry’s on the Square Restaurant & Bar, 229 S. Washington Square, Lansing, Mich. 48933. Seating will be limited, so be sure to reserve your seat now! Registration is available until 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 7th and is $35 per person. For more information, visit Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!

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Sign Up Today for the 2016 MPF Golf Classic in June!

Registration for the Foundation’s annual Golf Classic event is in full swing. This year’s Golf Classic will be held Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Michigan State University’s picturesque Forest Akers West Golf Course in Lansing.

In addition to an 18-hole, 4-person scramble, attendees will enjoy a continental breakfast, lunch at the turn, access to the putting green and practice range, various contests and an awards ceremony. Men’s, women’s and mixed team flights are permitted. Individuals may make up their own teams, and each team must submit a completed registration form listing all members. If you sign up as an individual, you will be placed on a team and assigned teammates.

Take advantage of discounted rates and register on, or before, June 10. Fees are $160 per individual registration and $600 per foursome registration. Payments must be received by June 10 in order for early registration discounts to apply. From June 11 through onsite registration, the cost is $175 per individual registration, and $700 per foursome registration. Registration includes greens fees and cart, practice range use, continental breakfast, lunch at the turn and awards ceremony. Click here to register your team today!

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2016 MPA Pharmacy Law and Regulatory Review and 2015 Regulatory Update

Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) is holding a Pharmacy Law and Regulatory Review and 2015 Regulatory Update program on Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Lansing Community College, West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, Mich. 

Fourth-year student pharmacists, as well as anyone who will be taking the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE), are invited to this exclusive program offered only once each year. Eric Roath, a pharmacist and the director of professional practice at MPA, will discuss the computer testing requirements for individuals preparing for the MPJE, the new statutes enacted in 2015 that impact the practice of pharmacy and the statutes and regulations for the state of Michigan related to pharmacy practice.

This program is specifically designed to help fourth-year students, and any pharmacist preparing for the test, achieve a strong understanding of the MPJE content. In addition, an exclusive offer will be extended to attendees only - Michigan Pharmacy Law: A Guide to the Statutes and Regulations, seventh edition (2015), will be offered for purchase onsite at a discounted rate of $20! Please share this information with any fourth-year student pharmacists you know who are approaching graduation, or any pharmacist you know who could benefit from this program.

Online registration is available until 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 17. Reserve your seat today!

Posted in: Continuing Education
CSPM Programming Very Well Received in Detroit

During the 2016 MPA Annual Convention & Exposition, held the end of February in downtown Detroit, CSPM’s specific programming was very well received. All three programs received very high marks in the areas of speaker qualifications and appropriateness of the topics.

John Mulder, M.D., delivered his program, “Understanding Dementia: What the Team and Caregivers Need to Know.” His program covered all of the aspects of dementia, including the approaches that can be used to support caregivers.

Jeff Bates, Pharm.D., always a favorite at the Annual Convention, presented his program, “Empathy: Assuring Great Care by Focusing on Others.” His program focused on the different roles and ways that pharmacists can be more empathetic when interacting with patients. Several comments noted how appropriate it was to cover a topic that is timely for most pharmacists.

Immediately following the CSPM Annual Luncheon on Saturday, Barbara Higgins, Pharm.D., provided a program on drug shortages entitled, “Pain Full Drug Shortages.” Her program identified many of the drugs that have been in a shortage, and the different roles that clinicians have to assume when a particular drug is unavailable.

The CSPM Board is beginning to determine programming for the 2017 MPA Annual Convention & Exposition scheduled for February 24-26, 2017, at the Marriott in the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. Please forward programming ideas and suggestions to CSPM Secretary, Larry Wagenknecht, at

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2016 CSPM Board Members and Priorities

The Consultant and Specialty Pharmacists of Michigan (CSPM) Board of Directors is elected by all CSPM members. The individuals you have elected to serve you for 2016 are:

  • Sister Phyllis Klonowski, Chair, Saginaw, Mich.
  • Rodney Sharp, President, Shelby Township, Mich.
  • Deborah Sopo, President-elect, South Lyon, Mich.
  • Larry Wagenknech, Secretary/Treasurer, Haslett, Mich.
  • Karina Abdallah, Farmington Hills, Mich.
  • Mark Bomia, Livonia, Mich.
  • Allen Doan, Marquette, Mich.
  • Lindsey Ghiringhelli, Rochester, Mich.
  • Deanna Groeneweg, Belleville, Mich.
  • John Mohler, Dearborn, Mich.
  • Cynthia Peitzsch, Royal Oak, Mich.
  • Amy Roeder, Midland, Mich.
  • Jamie Tharp, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Thomas Tomaski, Gaylord, Mich.
  • Rebecca Tomich, LaPorte, Ind.

Each year the CSPM Board of Directors discusses and identifies the issues that the Board intends to spend time addressing. The priorities for 2016 have been identified as:

Professional Issues

  1. Pharmacists provider Status
  2. Certification of pharmacy technicians in specialty pharmacy
  3. Patient monitoring standards
  4. Third party and government audits
  5. Third party issues (closed networks, quality standards, etc.)
  6. Notification of changes in health care
  7. Drug shortages

Value of CSPM Membership

  1. Focused value in membership
  2. Building on CSPM value statement and brand
  3. Potential future surplus of pharmacists
  4. Focused education – opportunities and types of CE

The CSPM Board members are always interested in hearing your concerns and ideas on how to make CSPM more valuable to you. If you have suggestions, please forward your ideas to CSPM Secretary, Larry Wagenknecht, at

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