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The Utah Pharmacy Association 2018 Annual Convention & Expo was held August 9-11 at the Dixie Center in St George Utah. UPhA will be provided 12.5 hours of ACPE approved education, as well as golf, networking and more. Thank you to all that attended, we look forward to seeing you again soon.


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Agenda for the 2018 Annual Convention & Expo


Thursday - August 9th


Pre-Conference Activity: Golf


2:30pm-5:30pm - Expo Hall (Ballroom EF)


3:00pm-4:30pm -

Utilizing Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM) as a Consistent Care Process in Pharmacy 

Presented by Kyle Turner, PharmD and Nicholas Cox, PharmD., BCACP

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1.     Identify the three elements of comprehensive medication management (CMM)

2.     Recognize the role of CMM to identify and resolve medication-related problems (MTPs)

3.     Identify a plan to implement CMM into current pharmacy practice


7:00pm - Annual Award Dinner

               Annual presentation of Awards, including the Bowl of Hygeia, Cardinal Generation Rx, Distinguished Young

               pharmacist, and Technician of the Year Award


Friday - August 10th


7:30am-8:30am - Continental Breakfast


8:00am-9:00am - 

The Future of Pharmacy

Presented by Adam Chesler, PharmD.

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1.     Recognize some of the advances in technology and how it is impacting the delivery of services

2.     Identify upcoming trends seen in the pharmacy industry and how it might change the practice

3.     Recognize possible legal barriers to entry and ramifications of implementation

4.     Recognize the future implications of the safe practice of pharmacy


9:00am-12:00pm - Group Education Rotation (2 CE, Expo Hall)

  • Group A (Red) - Handling Hazardous Drugs - Sterile and Non-Sterile
    Group A begins at 9:00am in Ballroom AB; 10am - Ballroom CD; 11am - Garden Room

  • Group B (Blue) - Moving On from Opioids: Non-Opioid Options for Chronic Pain
    Group B begins at 9:00am in Ballroom CD; 10am - Expo Hall; 11am - Ballroom AB

  • Group C (Yellow) - Garden Room - Expo Hall
    Group C begins at 9:00am in the Garden Room (Expo Hall) - 10am - Ballroom AB; 11am - Ballroom CD

Handling Hazardous Drugs - Sterile and Non-Sterile
Presented by Scarlett Eckert, PharmD.
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1.     Identify Hazardous Exposure Risks in Handling of Hazardous Drugs and identify appropriate processes for containment of hazardous residue.

2.     Recognize how to complete the Assessment of Risk (AoR) of NIOSH listed drugs

3.     Identify the proper handling of Hazardous consumables: receiving, storage, dispensing, delivery, and

        waste; recognize  the proper use of personal protective equipment

6.     Identify appropriate cleaning processes including: deactivation, decontamination, containment and personnel safety in handling hazardous drugs


Non-Opioids Alternatives for Chronic Pain Management

Presented by Nicholas Cox, PharmD., BCACP

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1.     Appropriately recognize the evidence of non-pharmacologic and non-opioid pharmacologic therapies for      chronic pain

2.     Appropriately recognize the evidence of non-opioid alternatives for chronic pain to respond to common pharmacist-patient and pharmacist-prescriber interactions

3.     Identify the elements of an effective patient-specific management plan, incorporating non-opioid alternatives, for a patient with chronic pain


1.     Define the following terms: chronic pain, drivers of pain, multimodal

2.     Recognize the factors impacting the selection of therapies for chronic pain

3.     Identify medications, including non-analgesics, that may be used in the management of chronic pain


12:00pm-1:30pm - Scholarship Lunch & Product Theater


1:30pm-2:30pm -

Combating Drug Side Effects Naturally

Presented by Megan Milne, PharmD., BCACP

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1.    Identify appropriate resource modalities to find which prescription drugs deplete nutrients.

2.    Identify which type of side effect can be counteracted with natural remedies.

3.    Identify two vitamins to combat nutrient depletion from a prescription drug.

4.    Identify two non-pharmaceutical strategies to combat drug side effects.


 2:30pm-3:00pm - Expo Hall - Final Call

3:00pm-4:30pm -

To Breathe or Not To Breathe - Update in Asthma & COPD

Presented by David Young, PharmD.

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1.    Differentiate between the stages of asthma and COPD based on current guidelines

2.    Recognize the current therapeutic options to treat patients with asthma and copd

3.    Identify an appropriate stepwise approach to treat patients with asthma and copd 

4.    Recognize the importance of correct inhaler technique


1.    Define asthma and COPD

2.    Identify which medications are classified as long-term control and quick-relief medications

3.    Identify potential adverse effects from long-term control and quick-relief medications

4.    Recognize the importance of correct inhaler technique



4:30pm-5:30pm -

Immunization Update

Presented by Denise Kunkel R.Ph.

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1.     Recongize the epidemiology and burden of disease for Hepatitis B and Herpes Zoster.

2.     Identify pertinent information on new vaccines for potential use in practice

3.     Identify recent changes to ACIP recommendations for adult and childhood/adolescent immunizations

4.     Recongize how recent changes to vaccine recommendations will impact pharmacy vaccination programs



5:30pm-6:30pm -

             Keynote Session - Keeping Your Best & Brightest Engaged & Motivated

             Presented by Griff Neilson


7:30pm-9:00pm - Wholesalers Dinner and Entertainment featuring Lawndarts


We would like to specially thank our Wholesalers, Cardinal Health, and McKesson for their generous      donations to UPhA each year to make our special events like our Wholesalers Dinner & Entertainment a huge success.


We invite you to stick around following dinner for some great entertainment provided by Lawndarts, a local band out of St George.


Saturday - August 11th


8:00am-9:00am -


Presented by Jessica Adams, PharmD

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1.     Recognize why telepharmacy started and how it has evolved with technology.

2.     Identify the different types of telepharmacy and how its use is improving patient care.

3.     Recognize elements of the telepharmacy regulatory environment around the United States and what
        states are doing with rules



9:00am-10:00am -

Diabetes Treatment: An Update

Presented by Aesha Drozdowski, PharmD., BCPS

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1.     Identify new treatment options available to diabetic patients

2.     Identify the difference between previously available diabetes treatment options and new treatment options

3.     Discuss the initial and maximum doses, available formulations, and optimal administration techniques for 

        the new treatment options for diabetes



10:15am-11:15am -

Pharmacists Dispensing: S.B. 184

Presented by Aesha Drozdowski, PharmD., BCPS

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1.     Recognize the need for a physician standing prescription drug order allowing pharmacists to dispense self-

        administered hormonal contraceptives.

2.     Define self-administered hormonal contraceptive

3.     Identify the standards and procedures pharmacists must follow when prescribing a self-administered 

        hormonal contraceptive

4.     Recognize the effect this law will have on the liability for physicians who issue standing prescription order

        for self-administered hormonal contraceptive



11:15am-12:45pm -
            USP 800 Update
Presented by Jon Pritchett, PharmD., R.Ph.
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           1.     Idenitfy what drugs are considered hazardous
           2.     Recognize engineering controls discussed in USP <800>
           3.     Recognize USP’s implementation timeline for chapter <800> and revisions to <795> and <797>





































About our Keynote Speaker, Griff Nielson;


Keep Your Best & Brightest Engaged & Motivated: Increase Retention & Productivity
Has traditional “Leadership Training” failed your organization? Could your employee’s use a little shot of enthusiasm, vision and most importantly…ACTION? What if the lack thereof is coming from a different source than purely mental? In this original speech, Griff addresses how the lack of leadership and productivity/creativity often stem from unconventional means. In this presentation the participant will be introduced to:


  • How diet affects ambition, energy levels, burnout and mediocrity
  • How sleep affects hormonal levels that affect concentration and decision making skills
  • How lack of hydration can cause tension headaches, poor decision making and other ailments
  • How exercise affects executive function, will-power and clarity
  • Are You Tired of Goal Setting with Nothing to Show for It? How To Command Your Unconscious Mind To Achieve Your Goals Every Time

Do you ever cringe when you hear the words “goal setting?” What most of us don’t know is that there is a reason for the pain, and it stems from PAIN! What pain you ask? The pain that comes from setting goals the wrong way and not achieving them. When we are approached with “goal setting” from an external source, our tendency is to run the other way and avoid the pain of yet another failure. Is there an effective way to set and achieve goals? Griff Neilson thinks so, and in this presentation, he will show you how to:


  • Learn how to set goals from the RIGHT part of your brain, and hit them every time!
  • Learn to love goal setting by using the power of emotion rather than reason.
  • Learn what part of the brain is responsible for goal setting sabotage, and how you can avoid it
  • Learn how to master goal setting in ANY area of your life


 Speaker Bios;

 Kyle Turner, PharmD.

Kyle Turner is a Assistant Professor (Clinical) at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy and is a practicing clinical pharmacist in primary care at University of Utah Health. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Utah and completed the two-year Pharmaceutical Care Leadership Residency at the University of Minnesota. His teaching and scholarship interests include leadership development, effective teaching, pharmacy practice innovation, interprofessional education, and building health care teams. He is currently assisting in the implementation of CMM across 15 primary care clinics at University of Utah Health.

 Scarlett Eckert, PharmD.

Dr. Eckert received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California. Scarlett is currently working as a consultant pharmacist with ARxIUM INC. 

She is an expert on pharmacy regulatory requirements including the newest USP Chapter 800 Hazardous Drugs – Handling In Healthcare Settings. She has completed certification in Aseptic Process and Compliance Tools for USP <797> and USP <800> Safe Handling and Preparation of Cytotoxic and Other Hazardous Drugs from the Baxa Star Center, Parker, Colorado, and Best Practices for Handling Hazardous Drugs (USP 800) from the Clinical Point Training Center, Totowa, NJ.

Scarlett specializes in working with individual hospitals, large health systems, retail pharmacies, specialty compounding centers in understanding and how to implement USP Chapter required regulations for all types of pharmaceuticals for both sterile and non-sterile handling in the US and Canada.

 Nicholas Cox, PharmD., BCACP

Nick completed his undergraduate studies at the College of Eastern Utah (go Eagles!), and earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Utah. He completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency and a PGY2 Ambulatory Care residency at University of Utah Health. He is now a pharmacist at the Intensive Outpatient Clinic (University of Utah Health) and the Department of Population Health (University of Utah Medical Group).


The majority of chronic pain management occurs within primary care clinics, and as an ambulatory care pharmacist formerly in a family medicine clinic and now at a primary care “high-utilization” clinic, Nick works with patients and providers daily to help manage chronic pain. He has published research in family medicine journals on pharmacist engagement in chronic pain in the primary care setting.


 Megan Milne, PharmD., BCACP

 Megan is a third-generation graduate of the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. While a teen, Megan started her career in the pharmacy behind he counter with her father and grandfather who started Jolley's Pharmacy in Salt Lake City. She is a pioneer in the field of Medication Therapy Management, or MTM, starting the MTM program at a Fortune 500 managed care company from scratch and growing it to support dozens of pharmacists employed doing MTM for thousands of patients. UPhA honored her work in MTM by awarding her the Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Award. She is board certified in ambulatory care pharmacy. While a student pharmacist, Megan was a national officer with the National Community Pharmacists Association and traveled around the country visiting pharmacy schools and advocating in Washington DC on behalf of the pharmacy profession to legislators and federal agencies. Megan was recently offered a faculty position at the new medical school, Rocky Vista University, in southern Utah. As a resident of southern Utah, Megan enjoys hiking and biking through the red rocks.

 David Young, PharmD.

David Young received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Idaho State University 1995, and completed a Specialty Residency in Ambulatory Care at the Family Practice Residency of Idaho and Idaho State University in 1996. 

Upon completing his residency, Dr. Young was hired by the University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics as a clinical pharmacist in Family and Internal Medicine and was appointed an Adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy.  In 1998, Dr. Young accepted a full time faculty position at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy in the Department of Pharmacotherapy as an Assistant Professor (Clinical).  Dr. Young was promoted to an Associate Professor (Clinical) in 2004 and Professor (Clinical) in 2013.  Dr. Young served as Vice Chair of the Department of Pharmacotherapy from 2009-2014.

Dr. Young is the clinical pharmacist at the Intermountain Cystic Fibrosis Adult Center and Utah Adult Asthma Center at the University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics.  Dr. Young is involved with clinical research in the area(s) of cystic fibrosis, asthma, and gastroesophogeal reflux.

Dr. Young was served as a member of the Utah Board of Pharmacy from 2007-2015.  Dr. Young served as the Chairman of the Board of Pharmacy from 2012-2014.  Dr. Young was appointed a member of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Multistate Jurisprudence Review Committee (MRC) in 2011.  Dr. Young was appointed a member of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Advisory Committee on Examinations (ACE) in 2013.  Dr. Young was named as the Chairman of the ACE Committee in 2014. Dr. Young is a member of the Utah Department of Health’s Asthma Task Force Committee. Dr. Young was appointed to the North American Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) Annual Meeting Planning Committee in 2011 and was named to Co-director of the North American Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Pharmacist Mentorship Program in 2012.  Dr. Young was appointed to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Strategic Investment Committee in 2015.  Dr. Young was appointed and named as the Chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation CF Pharmacist RFA Grant Review Committee in 2016.  Dr. Young is the member of the Awards & Financial Aid Committee and faculty advisor for the Utah Student Pharmacists Association at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy.  He is a member of ASHP, APhA, USHP, UPhA, and AACP.  

Dr. Young has given one hundred presentations at international, national, regional, and local professional meetings. Dr. Young has 27 publications in peer-reviewed journals, one book chapter, one copyright, and is referenced in Lexicomp.

Dr. Young teaches pulmonary medicine and is the course master for the Foundations of Patient Centered Care course at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy.  Dr. Young teaches pulmonary and gastrointestinal medicine in the Physician Assistants and School of Medicine program at the University of Utah. 

Dr. Young was named the Teacher of the Year for the 1st professional year class in 2014.  Dr. Young received the Utah Pharmacists Association (UPhA) Generation Rx Award in 2013.  Dr. Young was named the Teacher of the Year for the 4th professional year class AND Preceptor of the Year in 2011.  Dr. Young was named the Teacher of the Year for the 2nd professional year class in 2010.  Previously, Dr. Young was named the Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Utah Physician Assistant Program in 2006 and 2003.  Dr. Young received the University of Utah College of Pharmacy Distinguished Teaching Award in 2001.  Dr. Young is an eleven time nominee for Teacher of the Year and five time nominee for Preceptor of the Year at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy.

 Denise Kunkel, R.Ph.

Denise is currently the Pharmacy Member Operations Manager for Associated Food Stores, headquartered in Utah. Denise is responsible for the operations and strategic initiatives for 482 Independent and Regional Chain pharmacies in 25 states.

Denise remains very connected with the medical community in Utah and works to partner Associated Food Stores Pharmacies with the plans, providers, public health and key stakeholders in the regional medical community.

 Aesha Drozdowski, PharmD., DCPS:

Aesha Drozdowski, PharmD, BCPS is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Roseman University College of Pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman College of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY1 residency through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and HIV/AIDS Specialty Residency through SUNY at Buffalo at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Immunodeficiency Clinic. She currently practices at the Utah Valley Hospital - Merrill Gappmayer Family Medicine Clinic in Provo, UT where she holds a collaborative practice agreement for diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia management.

 Jon Pritchett, PharmD., RPh

Dr. Jon Pritchett joined ACHC in December 2014 as Associate Director of Pharmacy and oversees the organizations compounding programs. He regularly presents to boards of pharmacy, federal and state legislators and agencies, and pharmacists about USP standards and their implementation, and, maintains a passion for elevating the pharmacy profession.


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