7:00 am             Registration & Networking Breakfast

7:50 am             Welcoming Remarks by MPhA President 
Delilah Barnes, RPh, Sullivan's Pharmacy

8:00 am – 9:00 am Pipeline Preview 2019
Maria Lowe, PharmD, RPh

ACPE UAN: 0027-9999-19-037-L04-P – knowledge based - 1 contact hour

  • Describe recent trends in the FDA approval process
  • Summarize late-stage pipeline agents across key therapeutic categories
  • Identify generic equivalents for commonly used brand name products that will be introduced to the market over the next two years

9:00 am – 10:00 am Compounding: USP <800> – Where are We? 
Timothy Fensky, RPh, FACCP, Sullivan's Pharmacy
ACPE UAN: 0027-9999-19-038 L03-P– knowledge based – 1.0 contact hour (Law)

  • Give examples of areas that might be overlooked in USP <800> Implementation Planning
  • Recall information contained in 247 CMR 19:00 

10:00 am – 10:30 am  Break - Visit Our Exhibitors!

10:30 am – 11:00 am  CBD Oil – What You Need to Know
Jane Tenaglia, RPh
ACPE UAN:0027-9999-19-039-L04-P– knowledge based–0.50 contact hours

  • Identify market niches for CBD Oil
  • List important criteria for choosing safe and high-quality CBD Oil 
  • Summarize legal and ethical concerns surrounding the sale of CBD Oil in Pharmacies 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm  Benzodiazepine Best Practice Review and Approaches for Transitioning to Alternate Therapies
Michael Angelini, RPh, PharmD, BCCP
ACPE UAN:0027-9999-19-040-L01-P– application based–1.0 contact hour

  • List the expert recommendations for use of benzodiazepines primarily in anxiety and sleep disorders,
  • Compare the risks and benefits of benzodiazepines and non-benzodiazepines pharmacotherapy for anxiety disorders, and
  • Create a method of tapering/switching the benzodiazepine that is safe and effective.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm      Lunch & Exhibits

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm       2019 Regulatory Update
Michelle A. Chan, RPh and Julienne Tran, RPh, Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy
ACPE UAN:0027-9999-19-041-L03-P– knowledge based–1.0 contact hour (Law)

  • Define the terms Advisories, Policies and Circular Letters as they relate to the Board of Registration in Pharmacy
  • Summarize Advisories, Policies and Circular Letters that affect the practice of pharmacy
  • Describe common deficiencies found upon inspection of pharmacies in Massachusetts
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm        National Drug Shortages and Strategies for Maintaining Quality Care

Michael Cotugno, BS Pharm, RPh, Director Patient Care Services, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
ACPE UAN:0027-9999-19-042-L04-P–knowledge based–1.0 contact hour

  • Explain the possible causes of drug shortages
  • Describe the impact of drug shortages
  • Identify possible solutions for drug shortages.
  • Summarize strategies for managing drug shortages.

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm       Coffee Break 

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm      Hot Topics in Pharmacy Around the World in 60 Minutes 

              MA Legislative Update                        
             Katherine Keough, Director of Government Relations, Atrius Health
              ACPE UAN: 0027-9999-19-043-L03-P – knowledge based – 0.25 contact hour

  • Describe the pending legislation specific to pharmacy practice in Massachusetts
Deprescribing- A New Buzz Word in Pharmacy 

Melanie Greer, PharmD, RPh, PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident Boston Medical Center 
ACPE UAN: 0027-9999-19-044-L04-P – knowledge based – 0.25 contact hour

  • Define deprescribing and how it relates to polypharmacy

Pharmacists as Harm Reductionists
Alyssa Peckham, PharmD, RPh, BCPP, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at Northeastern University and a Clinical Addiction Specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital 
ACPE UAN: 0027-9999-19-045-L05-P – knowledge based – 0.25 contact hour

  • Explain what is meant by harm reduction in relation to reducing overdoses

Alliance Against Opioid Abuse 
ACPE UAN: 0027-9999-19-046-L04-P – knowledge based – 0.25 contact hour

  • Explain the mission of the Alliance Against Opioid Abuse
  • Describe the purpose of the AAOA Pharmacy ToolKit
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm       MassPAT Update 

David Johnson, Director, Drug Control Program, MA DPH 
ACPE UAN:0027-9999-19-047-L03-P–knowledge based–0.75 contact hour (Law)

  • List recent and upcoming enhancements to MassPAT
  • Describe trends in controlled substance prescribing
  • Identify risk indicators for SUD and overdose

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm      MPhA Happy Hour - Complimentary Food & Cocktails                                   

Thank you to our Silver Sponsors!


 Requirements for Credit

  • Program attendees can earn Continuing Pharmacy Education credits for this program by electronically logging onto the website:  http://www.rxce.neu.edu , inserting the activity specific code number and successfully completing the activity learning assessment/evaluation form

  • Participant names will be checked against program attendance sheets for verification of attendance

  • Participants have 60 days to complete evaluations

  • After 60 days from April 25, 2019, no credit will be available for this program

  • Credits will be electronically transferred to the CPE Monitor System.

  • No Statements of Credit will be issued

  • Program participants can earn up to 7.25 contact hours of continuing education credits

  • This program is not accredited for pharmacy technicians

 Acknowledgement of Financial Support will be made on the day of the program.

Accreditation Statement
Northeastern University, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy, Office of Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.