Pharmacy U

Session descriptions 2019

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    Saturday, February 2, 2019

    International Centre
    Conference Centre Entrance
    6900 Airport Rd.
    Mississauga, ON
    L4V 1E8

    FREE PARKING

    The conference is restricted to persons 19 years of age and older. Anyone under the age of 19 will not be admitted.

    Visitor Code of Conduct

OPENING SESSION (0.75 CEU)*

8:30 – 9:30 A.M.

UNLOCKING THE VALUE OF THE PHARMACIST (1.0 CEU)*

9:40 – 10:40 A.M.

What makes patients choose your pharmacy over another when they can walk into any pharmacy with their prescription and walk out with the exact same product? In an era of financial disruption to the pharmacy industry, proving our value to patients, payers and government beyond just dispensing products is critical. How do pharmacists measure up in an Internet-based culture of convenience when patients are asking, “What’s in it for me?” We will explore the changing landscape of pharmacy practice and how you can implement changes to increase patients’ “take home value” of your services and the ensuing patient loyalty that comes with high value pharmacy.

Presented by Carlene Oleksyn

THE PHARMACIST’S ROLE IN OBESITY, NUTRITION AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT (1.0 CEU)*

9:40 – 10:40 A.M.

The pharmacist is in an excellent position to provide education and to help patients with the management of obesity and its chronic complications. In this session, we will review the latest Canadian obesity guidelines, discuss how goal-setting with the patient, motivational interviewing and a health-coaching approach can help your patients reach their weight management goals and provide clinically appropriate revenue opportunities for your pharmacy.

Presented by Karen Riley

POINT-OF-CARE TESTING IN THE COMMUNITY PHARMACY: NOVEL TECHNOLOGIES TO ENHANCE YOUR PRACTICE (1.0 CEU)*

9:40 – 10:40 A.M.

The presentation is intended to help pharmacists insert a sustainable point-of-care screening program into a busy community pharmacy practice. The program will review the available technologies and the current evidence that supports the value of implementation. Particular focus will be placed on novel tools to help integrate cannabis education into the practice.

Presented by Wilson Li

PHARMACOGENOMICS: TURNING TEST RESULTS INTO PATIENT RECOMMENDATIONS (1.0 CEU)*

11:10 A.M. – 12:10 P.M.

The safety and efficacy of medications can vary significantly between patients as a result of genetic variability.  As genomic screening technologies become more widely available, pharmacists are ideally suited to utilize such tools to optimize medication therapy management.  The workshop is designed to prepare pharmacists to implement pharmacogenomics into daily practice.  Participants will explore different cases and learn to interpret test results into actionable pharmacist recommendations that can enhance patient therapies and provide additional revenue streams for the pharmacy.

Presented by Wilson Li

THE CAREGIVER-FRIENDLY PHARMACY: HELPING THE PHARMACY TEAM NURTURE AN OPTIMAL PARTNERSHIP WITH CAREGIVERS (1.0 CEU)*

11:10 A.M. – 12:10 P.M.

Caregivers can be important allies in pharmacy practice when provided proper support and guidance. During this educational session, pharmacists will gain a better understanding of who caregivers are and the various roles they play.  This session will provide you with the resources and information needed to support caregiver health and well-being.

Presented by Mark Stolow

USING TECHNOLOGY AND DATA FOR BETTER DIABETES CARE (1.0 CEU)* 

11:10 A.M. – 12:10 P.M.

Diabetes is reaching an epidemic level in Canada. Many patients are not reaching the targets required to reduce the risk of diabetic complications. Pharmacists are ideally positioned to help to educate and manage patients with diabetes. With new technology, pharmacists and patients can collaborate to determine the strategies required to reach optimal patient outcomes. This session will explore how pharmacists can use their scope, skills and new SMBG technology to determine practical interventions to help manage patients with diabetes.

Presented by Mike Boivin

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION (0.50 CEU)*

12:10 – 1:50 P.M.

CHRONIC VENOUS DISEASE – A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMUNITY PHARMACISTS (1.0 CEU)*

2:20 – 3:20 P.M.

This session will help guide pharmacist recommendations to enhance the clinical outcomes of patients suffering from chronic venous disease. The program will review novel therapies and the current evidence supporting the value of implementation. Strategies to overcome common barriers and workflow issues will also be discussed.

Presented by Bryan Gray

SO WHAT DO I DO NOW WITH THIS BIOSIMILAR PRESCRIPTION?! (1.0 CEU)*

2:20 – 3:20 P.M.

A new patient walks into your pharmacy presenting a new prescription for an injectable biosimilar. What’s the first step you need to take? This practical session will explore key elements within the patient journey that are vital to building a strong working relationship with the patient while developing strong pharmacy service value. Does your patient need a pre-filled syringe or autoinjector and how do you train patients on the device? How do you begin to effectively explain what a biosimilar is without getting caught by saying that it’s just “similar to the reference biologic but not the same”? From connecting with patient support programs to cold chain system considerations, we will examine what tools you need to deliver quality care.

Representing a new opportunity to build service value, revenue, and collaborative relationships, we will explore the changing market landscape of biologics and biosimilar molecules and the evolving role of community pharmacy insertion for enhancing patient outcomes on subcutaneous injectable biosimilar therapy.

Presented by Aaron Sihota

GOOD BUGS IN PHARMACY: EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS FOR PROBIOTICS (1.0 CEU)*

2:20 – 3:20 P.M.

In the area of probiotics, the growing body of research and our understanding of how the microbiota impacts the host’s health and recovery from disease are growing rapidly. This presentation briefly describes the history of probiotics, the types of probiotic products currently available, the indications for probiotics, and application in daily pharmacy practice.

Presented by Dragana Skokovic-Sunjic

MEDICAL CANNABIS IN THE AGE OF RECREATIONAL CANNABIS LEGALIZATION (1.0 CEU)*

3:30 – 4:30 P.M.

Since October 2018, recreational cannabis is legal across Canada. Although neither medical nor recreational is yet going to be distributed at community pharmacy level, pharmacists knowledgeable in cannabis can provide a valuable service to their patients in addition to providing their pharmacy with incremental billing and marketing opportunities. In this session, you’ll learn how pharmacists can assist patients in navigating both the medical and recreational cannabis landscape, guide patients in the decision-making and educate.

Presented by Michael Kani

TRAVEL HEALTH SERVICES BY COMMUNITY PHARMACISTS: ROADMAP TO EXPANDING THE SCOPE OF PRACTICE (1.0 CEU)*

3:30 – 4:30 P.M.

Community pharmacists continue to see more patients inquiring about travel health recommendations/vaccinations in their practice. International travel by Canadians is projected to continue to rise, with travel to “less developed regions” such as Latin America and South East Asia becoming more popular. This session is designed to assist pharmacists in expanding their knowledge and skills related to improving care provided to patients travelling internationally. Community pharmacists are in a unique position to help patients travelling abroad to fully prepare them by recommending appropriate immunizations, medications, and over the counter products, as well as to provide them with travel advice and prevention strategies.

Presented by Mike Boivin

*Pending CCCEP accreditation