13th Annual RISHP Future of Pharmacy Showcase

  • Saturday, November 04, 2017
  • 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • The Crowne Plaza at the Crossings


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Rhode Island Society of Health-System Pharmacists

13thAnnual Future of Pharmacy Showcase 

Knowledge-Based CPE Learning Activity for

Pharmacists and Technicians

Saturday, November 4, 2017

4 Contact Hours (0.4 CEUs) at

The Crowne Plaza at the Crossings

801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886


Target Audience:

Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians working in health-system pharmacies

Members: $30

Non-members: $75

College of Pharmacy Students: $10

Please register on-line only. Please do not mail in registrations. Fees are payable at sign-in or online via Paypal Online: www.rishp.org (Click on Events tab) Refund requests must be made by written request and are at the discretion of the RISHP Board of Directors.


7 – 7:45 Registration, Breakfast, Exhibitor Displays 

7:45 am Opening remarks

8:00 am  Guidelines for Suboxone/Subutex and Naltrexone Use Prior to Scheduled Surgery

Morgan Roy, Pharm.D. & Caitlyn Skenyon, Pharm.D., South County Hospital

Pharmacist Objectives:

  • Explain the mechanism of action of Suboxone/Subutex and Naltrexone and the implications of use prior to surgery
  • Discuss the South County Hospital policy regarding the discontinuation of Suboxone/Subutex and Naltrexone prior to surgery and the pain management approach used for these post-surgical patients
Pharmacy Technician Objective
  • Explain the mechanism of action of Suboxone/Subutex and Naltrexone and considerations for use prior to surgery

8:20 am Inpatient Naloxone Program 

Jayne Pawasaukas, Pharm.D., URI College of Pharmacy and Kent Hospital

Pharmacist Objectives:

  • Describe steps necessary for implementing an inpatient Naloxone dispensing and education program
  • Explain the protocol for executing an order for Naloxone kit and education
  • Analyze the impact of an inpatient Naloxone program in terms

Pharmacy Technician Objective:

  • Identify components of an intranasal Naloxone kit to be assembled by the pharmacy, including drug, device, and appropriate patient educational material

8:40 am   Initiating Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Substance Abuse Disorder in the Emergency Department 

Alicia ZuWallack, Pharm.D., BCPS, Kent Hospital 

Pharmacist Objectives:

  • Identify two reasons why an Emergency Department visit can be an important portal for access to MAT
  • Explain the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of Buprenorphine and select the appropriate patient in which to initiate therapy
  • Develop a medication assisted treatment protocol that can be successfully implemented in an Emergency Department

Pharmacy Technician Objective:

  • Describe the Waiver 2000 program and its exceptions in the dispensing of Buprenorphine

9:00 am  Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for Management of Symptoms in Hospice and Palliative Care

Yvette Zeng, Pharm.D. Candidate 2018 & Connie Wang, Pharm.D. Candidate 2019, University of Rhode Island 

 Pharmacist Objectives:

  • Evaluate the available evidence on the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine therapies in hospice and palliative care
  • Summarize the potential benefits of Complementary and Alternative Medicine therapies in this setting
 Pharmacy Technician Objective:
  • Identify the components of Complementary and Alternative Medicine therapies in hospice and palliative care

9:20 am  Multimodal Pain Management for Total Joint Arthroplasty

Patricia L. Hoffman, Pharm.D., Our Lady of Fatima Hospital 

 Pharmacist Objectives:

  • Discuss the purpose of multimodal pain therapy in controlling post-operative pain
  • Review the mechanism, purpose, and benefit of Periarticular Multimodal Drug Injection (PMDI)
  • Discuss the pharmacist's role in the Patient Navigator Program
 Pharmacy Technician Objective:
  • List the medications that are part of a multimodal pain regimen

9:35 am  ASHP's House of Delegates and the Policy Development Process

Marco DelBove, Pharm.D., BCPS, University Medicine 

 Pharmacist Objectives:

  • Describe the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) policy making process
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the ASHP House of Delegates
  • List two policies adopted at the ASHP 2017 Summer Meeting
Pharmacy Technician Objective:
  • List two policies adopted at the ASHP 2017 Summer Meeting

9:50 am  ASHP Special Presentation - Updates on Pharmacy Residency and Technician Accreditation

Katrin S. Fulginiti, B.S. Pharm., M.G.A., Residency Accreditation Director, Operation Accreditation Service Office 

 Pharmacist Objectives:

  • Describe the growth and types of accredited residency programs
  • Identify the newly approved PGY2 specialized competency areas, goals, and objectives
  • Discuss the results of the new Tow Phase Match
Pharmacy Technician Objective:
  • Discuss issues and advances in accredited technician training programs

10:20 am  RISHP Business Meeting followed by a coffee break and Exhibitor Display visits 

11:00 am  Standardize 4 Safety Initiative: An FDA/ASHP Joint Effort   

Steve Willis, Pharm.D., Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children's Hospital 

 Pharmacist Objectives:

  • Discuss the FDA/ASHP initiative for standardizing medication concentrations
  • Review hospital experience in standardization implementation
  • Discuss strategies for future medication concentration standardization efforts
Pharmacy Technician Objective:
  • Describe how to utilize standard non-sterile compounding to improve patient safety
11:20 am  The Joint Commission (TJC) and Antimicrobial Stewardship...What We Have Learned from Recent Surveys   
Linda Nelson, Pharm.D., BCCCP, FASHP, Women and Infants Hospital 

 Pharmacist Objectives:

  • Discuss Antimicrobial Stewardship Program preparations needed prior to a survey from The Joint Commission
  • Describe potential interactions of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program with TJC survey team during the visit 
  • Identify tools that could be utilized at your institution to fulfill TJC requirements for MM9.01.01        
Pharmacy Technician Objective:
  • Discuss the importance of patient and family education about the need for antibiotics

11:40 am  Using Cost Per Patient Day to Identify Poor Medication Practice and Improve Drug Utilization   

Mark Curtis, RPh., Roger Williams Hospital 

 Pharmacist Objectives:

  • Understand how to calculate and analyze Cost Per Patient Day
  • Review how to drill down to determine the cause of a spike in the Cost Per Patient Day
  • Understand how using cost analysis can help identify problematic medication ordering practices to improve patient care and reduce costs 
Pharmacy Technician Objective:
  • Explain how to calculate and analyze Cost Per Patient Day using medication usage reports

12noon An innovative Role for Pharmacy Technicians in a Primary Care Setting

Caitlin Kennedy, Pharm.D., Coastal Medical 

 Pharmacist Objectives:

  • Examine Coastal Medical's utilization of pharmacy technicians in a primary care setting
  • Describe the impact of pharmacy technicians on patient care
  • Define pharmacy technicians' role in completing medication prior authorizations in a primary care setting
Pharmacy Technician Objective:
  • Define the pharmacy technicians' role in completing medication prior authorizations in a primary care setting

12:20 pm Exploring the Pharmacy's Role in Information Security 

Louis Palmisciano, BS, Business Operations and Clinical Intelligence, Lifespan Pharmacy, Rhode Island Hospital 

 Pharmacist Objectives:

  • Understand the principle of least privilege and be able to identify ways to incorporate it into the pharmacy practice
  • Understand the principle of separation of duties and be able to identify ways to incorporate it into the pharmacy practice
  • Learn techniques for ongoing electronic information to limit the scope of possible PHI breeches 
Pharmacy Technician Objective:
  • Describe a pharmacy technician's role in information security

12:40 pm Closing Remarks



The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing education. This is a knowledge-based educational activity. Pharmacists and technicians will receive 4.0 contact hours (0.4 CEUs) for the educational activity. No partial credits will be given. Pharmacists: UAN 0060-9999-17-047-L04P. Technicians UAN 0060-9999-17-047-L04T


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