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2018 Conference & Expo: Together Pharmacy Advances!

Monday, July 16, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian Sparks
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The theme of the 2018 TPA Conference & Expo was clear: Together Pharmacy Advances! That message was first emphasized during Friday's opening session by Steve Anderson, President and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS). State Senator Charles Schwertner, the only pharmacist in the Texas Legislature and chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, was just one of many speakers who reiterated the message that pharmacists should speak with one voice at the capitol in order to accomplish their goals for their profession. And as TPA CEO Debbie Garza told the audience, "A brighter future is ours to write. Let's begin this new chapter—together!"

Attendees had the opportunity to earn more than 16 hours of continuing education. More than two dozen sessions covered a wide range of topics: updates from the Texas State Board of Pharmacy and the Drug Enforcement Administration, clinical guidelines for allergic rhinitis and pain management, and special topics such as mental health and pharmacy technology. In between CE sessions, more than 70 exhibitors attracted the attention of conference-goers in the exhibit hall.

The weekend in The Woodlands included plenty of fun and games as well. The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy won the Jeopardy-style Student Pharmacist Self-Care Championship, paving the way for it to win the coveted TPA Academy of Student Pharmacists Cup. The President's Celebration at Bowlero offered food, bowling, arcades, and plenty of other fun activities. The leadership reception, past presidents' roundtable, and various alumni receptions allowed old friends to reconnect. And the 0.5K Fun Run (complete with a donut "fuel" station) was an event that must be seen to be believed!

Mark your calendars now for the 2019 TPA Conference & Expo, August 2–4 in Irving.

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