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2018 Indiana Pharmacists

Annual Convention & Expo

Meet with other pharmacy professionals at the biggest IPA event of the year.


Date: September 27-28, 2018

Location: NEW VENUE

Embassy Suites, 13700 Conference Center Dr., Noblesville, IN  46060


  • Receive State and Federal Pharmacy Legislation highlights
  • Improve patient care practices with information from our CPE presentations
  • Network with Indiana Pharmacists and Industry Leaders
  • For students, take advantage of discounted registration

CLICK HERE for Exhibiting and Sponsorship Info



Our 136th Annual Convention and Exposition will be the largest gathering of pharmacy professionals in the state this year.  We will be offering up to 12.0 hours/1.2 CEUs of ACPE Accredited Continuing Pharmacy Education presented by pharmacy professionals from Indiana and across the nation.  Our Keynote Speaker is Rear Admiral Pamela Schweitzer, PharmD, the Chief Pharmacy Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service.  RADM Schweitzer’s dedication to public service and profound leadership have had tremendous impact on the world of pharmacy. 

Thursday's topics include Actionable Pharmacogenomics, COPD, Diabetes, Opioid Crisis, and Herbs and Supplements.  During lunch, the Alliance will present annual pharmacist awards to recipients chosen by their peers.  Take your "Passport Card" to our Exhibition Hall and visit the vendor displays.  The Dean's Social Reception immediately follows featuring Cash Bar and discussions by the Deans from our three colleges of pharmacy here in Indiana, Butler, Purdue and Manchester.  To end the day, you will choose from three restaurants in the area for our well received "Dinner in the City" event.

Friday's lineup is even more important to your practice.  We begin with residents giving Clinical Pearls presentations. Next we have scheduled several discussions regarding Indiana Laws and Legislative Advancements followed by the IPAC Luncheon Fundraiser with Special Guest Speakers: Indiana Senator Ron Grooms, RPh, Indiana House Rep. Steve Davisson, RPh, Russell Stults, JD, Lobbyist and John Hertig, PharmD, Chair of our Legislative and Regulatory Council.  After lunch, among the topics are Transitions of Care, Drugs and QT Interval, Patient Safety in Workplace, New Drug & Pipeline Updates, and Clinical Pharmacy Networks.  This day ends with a Networking Reception for all attendees.

Full registration includes admission to Thursday and Friday CPE programming.  Thursday "Dinner in the City", (pharmacists) presentation materials, Exhibition Hall, meals and breaks.  Registration excludes IPAC Luncheon (fundraiser/separate fee). 

Thursday, September 27

Day One

7:30 am-8:00 am
Registration, Check-In and Continental Breakfast
Sponsor: TBA

7:30 am-5:00 pm
PEF Silent Auction Displays Open -  Begin taking bids

8:00 am-8:30 am
Welcome and Leadership Introductions
Speakers: Nick Sloffer, IPA President and Randy Hitchens, IPA Executive Vice President

8:30 am-10:00 am
Keynote – Breaking Trail: Pharmacists Lead the Way
(1.5 hrs/.15 CEUs) ACPE UAN#: 0120-0000-18-031-L04 P
(1.5 hrs/.15 CEUs) ACPE UAN#: 0120-0000-18-031-L04 T
Speaker:  Rear Admiral (RADM) Pamela Schweitzer, PharmD, BCACP
Assistant Surgeon General, US Public Health Service

Learning Objectives:
1) Outline how pharmacists can participate in sustainable partnerships within communities.
2) Describe advanced primary care medical home models that aim to strengthen primary care through multi-payer payment reform and care delivery transformation.
3) List specific actions that would support advancement of public health.
4) Describe evolving and expanding roles of pharmacists within the health care system.
5) Discuss naloxone use as an opioid antagonist.
Sponsor: TBA

10:00 am-10:15 am
Networking Break

10:15 am-11:15 am
Drugs and the QT Interval – What do Pharmacists Need to Know?
(1.0 hrs/.10 CEU) ACPE UAN#: 0120-0000-18-014-L04 P
Speaker: James Tisdale, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, FAPhA, FNAP, FAHA, FACC, Purdue College of Pharmacy

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe common drugs and drug classes that may prolong the QT interval and provoke torsades de pointes.
2) Describe the most important QT interval prolonging drug interactions that pharmacists should pay attention to, as well as which potential drug interactions are not important.
3) Describe methods of assessing the risk of drug-induced QT interval prolongation and torsades de pointes - which patients are at high vs. low risk?
Sponsor: TBD

                                                                       10:15 am-11:15 am                                                                         
Patient Safety in the Indiana Workplace
(1.0 hrs/.10 CEUs) ACPE UAN#: 0120-0000-18-013-L05 P
(1.0 hrs/.10 CEUs) ACPE UAN#: 0120-0000-18-013-L05 T
Speaker: Chelsea Anderson, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, Purdue College of Pharmacy

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe the current pharmacy work environment and workforce trends in the United States.
2) Evaluate environmental factors in work environments known to contribute to errors.
                               3) Interpret results of ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessments in hospital and community pharmacy settings.                                             Sponsor: TBD

11:15 am-1:00 pm
Indiana Pharmacists Alliance Annual Awards Luncheon
Presentation of 2018 IPA and 50-year Pharmacist Awards
Speakers: Nick Sloffer, IPA President and Denise Fields, IPA President Elect
Sponsor: McKesson

*Award Photos follow lunch
PRESIDENT’S GAVEL - Sponsor:  Alliance
PRESIDENT’S PILLAR - Sponsor:  Alliance
BOWL OF HYGEIA -  Sponsor:  APhA/NASPA/Boeringer Ingelheim
EXELLENCE IN INNOVATION – Sponsor:  Upsher Smith Laboratories
DISTINGUISHED YOUNG PHARMACIST – Sponsor:  Pharmacists Mutual Insurance
      Sponsor:  Purdue College of Pharmacy
GENERATION RX CHAMPION – Sponsor:  Cardinal Health
50-YEAR PHARMACISTS – Sponsor:  Alliance
-    Sponsor:  Indiana Academy of Independent Pharmacists (IAIP)
-    Sponsor:  Indiana Academy of Community Pharmacists (IACP) & McSoley Family
BEYOND DISPENSING AWARD – Sponsor:  Indiana Academy of Non-Traditional Pharmacists (IANTP)
MEDICATION SAFETY AWARD – Organization – Sponsor:  Alliance
MEDICATION SAFETY AWARD – Individual – Sponsor:  Alliance    
PRESIDENT’S AWARD – Sponsor:  Alliance
LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR – Sponsor:  Alliance
-    Sponsor:  Indians Academy of Health-System Pharmacists (ISHP)

1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Actionable Pharmacogenomics
(1.5 hrs/.15 CEUs) ACPE UAN#: 0120-0000-18-015-L04 P
Speakers: David Kisor, PharmD, and David Bright, PharmD, Manchester University College of Pharmacy

Learning Objectives:

1) Identify the source of pharmacogenomic evidence-based drug selection/drug dosing.
2) Identify specific sections of guidelines that provide clear gene and drug information with actionable recommendaitons.
3) Identify clear approach to keeping up with actionable, evidence pharmacogenomic information.
Sponsor: TBD

1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Up in Flames: A Review of the Changes to the COPD Guidelines
(1.5 hrs/1.5 CEUs)  ACPE UAN#: 0120-0000-18-016-L01 P
Speaker: Colleen Sakon, PharmD, BCPS, Indiana University Health

Learning Objectives:
1) Summarize the findings of the FLAME study.
2) Identify proper pharmacologic therapy for patients with stable COPD.
3) Describe the various products and formulations available for treatment of COPD.
Sponsor: TBD

2:30 pm-2:45 pm
Networking Break
Sponsor:  TBD
2:45 pm-3:45 pm
Recent Advances in the Management of Diabetes
(1.0 hr/.10 CEUs) ACPE UAN#: 0120-0000-18-017-L01 P
Speaker: Raja Hanania, PharmD, CDM, LDE, CDE, BCPS

Learning Objectives:
1) Discuss medication options to manage patients with diabetes in the inpatient setting.
2) Discuss some strategies for successful transition of care for patients with diabetes from the inpatient setting to the outpatient setting.
3) Discuss medication options to manage patients with diabetes in the outpatient setting.
Sponsor: TBD

2:45 pm-3:45 pm
Attacking the Opioid Crisis Through Drug Screening in Pharmacy Programs
(1.0  hr/.10 CEUs) ACPE UAN#: 0120-0000-18-018-L04 P
(1.0  hr/.10 CEUs) ACPE UAN#: 0120-0000-18-018-L04 T
Speakers: Patti Darbishire, PharmD, and Trish Devine, PharmD, Purdue College of Pharmacy

Learning Objectives:
1) Discuss research findings on health care students' risk for drug abuse and drug screening policies and procedures.
2) Perform a SWOT analysis applicable to your home institution.
3) Describe from your perspective, relevant student and administrative concerns when drug screening students.
Sponsor: TBD

4:00 pm-6:00 pm
IPA Exposition
Exhibitor Tour - Passport cards
IPA Academy Olympics/Exhibitor Prize Giveaways
Sponsor: TBD

6:00 pm-6:45 pm
Dean’s Reception
All Pharmacists, Students, and Technicians are invited to attend this fun social event. Cash bar.
Speakers: Dean Robert Soltis, Butler; Dean Eric Baker, Purdue; Dean Tommy Smith, Manchester
Sponsors: Indiana Colleges of Pharmacy - Purdue, Butler and Manchester

7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Join 80-120 of your friends for dinner.  Upon registration, you will choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice for Thursday Evening Dinner which is included in the Thursday only and Full Thurs/Fri registration fee.  Each venue will offer select menu options and a Cash Bar.  Limited seating at each restaurant, first come, first served.  (Restaurants may change prior to September 27, 2018).
Sponsor: TBD

1] TUSCANOS BRAZILIAN GRILL at Hamilton Towne Center

At Tucanos Brazilian Grill, a dining experience rich in flavor and heritage awaits you. The Brazilian tradition of grilling, or CHURRASCO (shoe-HAS-ko), is a fusion of South American and European cultures. From its birth in the Pampas or grasslands of Brazil, to the sparkling beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Tucanos now extends this festive tradition to you. At Tucanos, meats and vegetables are carefully selected to ensure that only the freshest cuisine is served. Our meats are tastefully seasoned and cooked on skewers over open-flame grills. The skewers are then brought to your table where sizzling portions are sliced onto your plate. You may choose as many different flavors and cuts as you like. The Salad Festival features both Brazilian and American specialties, providing a fusion of distinct flavors, textures and colors. Festival selections include the Tucanos House Salad, hearts of palm, shrimp, seasonal fruit selections, fresh mozzarella, quail eggs and many other items. Hot selections such as seasoned rice, pastas, potatoes, stroganoff, feijoada (a traditional black bean stew) and freshly made soups including lobster bisque are also available on the salad festival to accompany the meat selections. New Salad festival selections are continually added to ensure freshness and variety.

2] STONE CREEK DINING COMPANY at Hamilton Towne Center

Stone Creek Dining Company Noblesville blends elegance and comfort with incredible food and excellent service. The menu includes a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, seafood, pastas, steaks, chops, and chicken. The luxurious decor and ideal location make Stone Creek a perfect setting for business meetings, romantic evenings, or family meals. There will be a pre-printed, personalized menu for your choices.

3) OLIVE GARDEN at Hamilton Towne Center - NOT AVAILABLE




Friday, September 28

 Day Two

7:00-8:00 am
Registration, Check-in and Coffee

7:00 am-8:00 am
IPA Past-Presidents Breakfast
Sponsor: Pfizer
Host: Ron Snow, IPA Past President
Invitation Only

7:30 am-12:00 pm
PEF Silent Auction Displays Open

8:00 am

8:00 am-9:30 am
Clinical Pearls – Resident Panel
(1.5 hrs/1.5 CEUs) ACPE UAN#: 0120-0000-18-024-L04 P
Speakers: Deanna Kania-Totton, PharmD, and Residents, Purdue College of Pharmacy

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe medication management methods for unique pharmacotherapy situations.
2) Discuss new clinical information that can be applied to the work environment.
3) Identify novel clinical practice options to improve patient care.
Sponsor: TBD

9:30 am-9:45 am
Networking Break

9:45 am-10:45 am
2018 Indiana Pharmacists Legislative Advancement
(1.0 hr/.10 CEUs) ACPE UAN#: 0120-0000-18-022-L03 P
(1.0 hr/.10 CEUs) ACPE UAN#: 0120-0000-18-022-L03 T
Speakers: John Hertig, PharmD, Legislative & Regulatory Chair, and Russell Stults, JD, IPA Lobbyist, The Capitol Group

Learning Objectives:
1) Review 2018 legislative wins and new laws that impact pharmacists.
2) Discuss legislative priorities in 2019.
Sponsor: APCI

10:45 am-11:45 am
Indiana Pharmacy Law Update
(1.0 hr/.10 CEUs) ACPE UAN#:0120-0000-18-023-L03 P
(1.0 hr/.10 CEUs) ACPE UAN#:0120-0000-18-023-L03 T
Speaker: Darren Covington, JD, Director, Indiana State Board of Pharmacy

Learning Objectives:
1) 2018 - Identify recent changes in existing state and federal laws and rules which impact pharmacy practice in Indiana.
2) 2018 - Describe the effect or recent changes in existing law and rules on a pharmacist's specific practice of pharmacy in Indiana.
3) 2018 - Review and discuss commonly asked questions about existing pharmacy laws and rules in Indiana.
Sponsor: Pfizer

11:50 am–1:00 pm
Indiana Political Action Committee - IPAC Luncheon*
Separate fee
Speakers: Indiana Senator Ronald Grooms, RPh, Indiana House Representative Steve Davisson, RPh

Come listen to our state legislators discuss 2018 legislation and upcoming 2019 initiatives.  
Let them hear your voice!
We are asking for $60 minimum donations to help invest in the future of our profession in the State of Indiana. Pharmacists must be active in the political process to ensure our voice is heard at the statehouse.  We can take cash or check now or you can go to to support our efforts.  (Charge cards may not be used for political contributions).
Sponsor: TBD

*For those not attending the IPAC luncheon:
11:50 am-1:00 pm
Lunch Break - ON YOUR OWN
Free time at neighborhood restaurants

1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Transitions of Care: Identifying and Maximizing Your Role as a Pharmacist
(1.5 hrs/.15 CEUs) ACPE UAN#: 0120-0000-18-019-L04 P
Speakers: Teresa DeLellis, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, Manchester Univ College of Pharmacy and
Ryan Ades, PharmD, Meijer Pharmacies

Learning Objectives:
1) Identify specific transition deficits most in need of and appropriate for pharmacist intervention.
2) Describe efficient and effective pharmacist activities in community, hospital, ambulatory care and long-term care settings that identify and resolve care transition issues.
3) Discuss reasonable implementation strategies for pharmacist care transition activities.
Sponsor: TBD

1:00 pm–2:30 pm
Optimizing the Medical Neighborhood: Transforming Care Coordination through the CPESN® Network
(1.5 hrs/.15 CEUs)  ACPE UAN: #0120-0000-18-029-L04-P
(1.5 hrs/.15 CEUs)  ACPE UAN: #0120-0000-18-029-L04-T
Speakers: Jay Williams, PharmD, Director of Marketing, and Ashley Branham, PharmD, BCACP, both from CPESN® USA

Learning Objectives:
1) Discuss the need to provide medication use supports to thrive in the outcomes marketplace.
2) Learn how community pharmacies can partner with providers to help them improve their performance metrics.
3) Discuss how community pharmacies are partnering together to help improve quality of care of a targeted patient population.
4) Discuss best practices for workflow integrations and implementations of enhanced services.
Sponsor: TBD

2:30 pm-2:45 pm
Networking Break/ Silent Auction Purchases
Sponsor: TBD

2:45 pm-3:45 pm
Impact of Herbs & Supplements on the Aging Process
(1.0  hr/.10 CEUs) ACPE UAN#: 0120-0000-18-020-L04 P
(1.0  hr/.10 CEUs) ACPE UAN#: 0120-0000-18-020-L04 T
Speaker: Greg Giant, RPh, Purdue College of Pharmacy

Learning Objectives:
1) Discuss the principles behind the use of probiotics to stabilize the gut biome.
2) Describe the principles behind the use of antioxidants to manage free radical production and damaging impact on disease and inflammation.
3) Explain the impact of nutrition and lifestyle on the wellness of the patient.
Sponsor: TBD

2:45 pm-3:45 pm
Federal Legislative & Regulatory Actions Impacting Community Pharmacies
(1.0  hr/.10 CEUs) ACPE UAN# 0120-0000-18-025-L03 P
Speaker: Brad Young, IPC

Learning Objectives:
1) Discuss the implications of at he CMS final Average Manufacturer Price (AMP) regulation and how it will be utilized to determine state Medicaid Federal Upper Limits (FULs).
2) Describe the evolving changes with Direct and Indirect Renumeration (DIR) in the Medicare Part D Program.
3) Outline state legislation on Patient Choice, Specialty Medication and Maximum Allowable Cost (MAC) pricing and the implications for community pharmacy.
Sponsor: IPC

3:45 pm-4:00 pm
Networking Break – Auction Items to be purchased and leave the building.

4:00 pm-5:00 pm
New Drug and Pipeline Update: 2018
(1.0 hr/.10 CEUs) ACPE UAN# 0120-0000-18-021-L04 P
Speaker: Scott Walker, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCACP, CEO of Prescribe Right

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe the impact of the cost of branded drugs.
2) Discuss new drugs likely to be reviewed by the FDA in the next 12-18 months.
3) Discuss new classes of drugs in development.
4) Identify diseases without a current approval treatment that drugs are being developed to treat.
Sponsor:  TBD

4:00 am-5:00 pm
Student Activity Butler, Purdue and Manchester Competition, Trivial Pursuit
(Student Executive Committee)
Sponsor: TBD

5:00 pm-6:00 pm
Adjournment followed by Networking Reception

The Indiana Pharmacists Alliance (IPA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  Activity Type:  All activities at this convention are Knowledge-based activities.  Please contact IPA at (317) 634-4968 if you have questions regarding CPE credit. To receive credit, participants must complete the sign-in sheet, attend each activity in its entirety and complete the ONLINE EVALUATION WITHIN ONE WEEK following the activity.  Late evaluations may incur an additional $5 processing fee. Statements of Credit will be posted to the online NABP/ACPE CPE Monitor within four (4) weeks after the activity.
Total Available ACPE Hours:    Up to 12.0 Hours (1.20 CEUs) for Pharmacists and Technicians



Refunds will be assessed a $25 administrative charge if request is received by September 20.  No refunds after that date.  A confirmation message will be sent electronically with each registration.

Please contact Carol Dunham, IPA Meetings Manager, at or (317) 634-4968 with questions.