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Jul
17
Fri
Veterinary Compounding Essentials – Letco Medical Sponsored @ ACA National Training Laboratory
Jul 17 @ 3:00 am – Jul 18 @ 12:00 pm

Veterinary Compounding Essentials is a 15 hour application-based course designed to introduce the pharmacist and pharmacy technician to veterinary pharmacy compounding. The program provides fundamental techniques for effectively growing the veterinary compounding practice, including calculations, proper safety practices, hands-on compounding, and marketing.

Upon completion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of animal diseases where a compounding pharmacist and/or technician can impact animal medication compliance;
  • Identify flavoring options for various animal species and compound preparations;
  • Differentiate between food and companion animals;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of regulatory requirements and professional standards that affect veterinary compounding, including USP <795>;
  • Cite examples of drugs that are contraindicated or must be used with caution in animals;
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform calculations necessary to compound veterinary preparations;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate Beyond Use Dating (BUD) for veterinary preparations, in accordance with USP <795>
  • Identify equipment and supplies commonly required to compound veterinary preparations;
  • Identify information resources and appropriate references that may be useful to the pharmacist and/or technician when compounding veterinary preparations;
  • Demonstrate the ability to properly utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) when compounding veterinary preparations;
  • Demonstrate the ability to compound a variety of compound preparations, including transdermal gels, suspensions, solutions, chews, suppositories, Polyox 301 bandage, and poloxamer gels;
  • Discuss how to prepare a patient education leaflet for veterinary patient;
  • Discuss marketing techniques for growing a veterinary compound practice.

 Veterinary Compounding Essentials Course Outline

 

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Jul
23
Thu
Fundamental Compounding and Calculations @ ACA National Training Laboratory
Jul 23 @ 3:00 am – Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm

Fundamental Compounding & Calculations is a 3-day, 21 hour application-based course.  This course combines one day of essential pharmacy calculations followed by two days of lectures and hands-on laboratory training. The overall goal of the calculations portion is to provide the pharmacist and technician with a review of the calculations they will need to master in order to prepare the variety of medications their patients may need to attain the greatest therapeutic actions from their medications with the fewest undesirable side effects. The lecture and hands-on portion is to provide the participant with a theoretical and       practical basis on which to build a successful non-sterile compounding practice which complies with current requirements for good compounding practice. The instruction focuses on the proper preparation of fundamental dosage forms utilized by pharmacies which are compounding medications for their   patients. The program is structured to demonstrate skills that can be immediately implemented by participants with minimal or no experience, as well as those wishing to update their compounding skills.

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to perform needed calculations
  • Identify the most appropriate calculation to be made
  • Review and check calculations of other pharmacists/technicians
  • Perform basic pharmaceutical calculations required to accurately compound various non-sterile dosage forms;
  • Know the importance of the three-party arrangement for extemporaneous compounding;
  • Know the importance of the Triad of Care essential to the proper delivery of extemporaneously compounded   medications;
  • Accurately and effectively use the various pieces of equipment available to compounding practices;
  • Dispense compounded medication accurately and efficiently by choosing and properly using available molds and dispensing devices;
  • Describe approaches to marketing
  • Identify and use drug and compounding specific references required for documentation of the Master Formulation Record;
  • Demonstrate their ability to compound each of the following dosage forms using appropriate techniques:
    • Solutions & Suspensions, Creams, Ointments, Gels & Lotions, Solid Dosage Forms (including suppositories and troches), Capsules & Tablets, Lip balms, Lollipops and other Novel Dosage Forms.

Fundamental Compounding Course Outline

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Jul
27
Mon
Comprehensive Sterile Compounding @ ACA National Training Laboratory
Jul 27 @ 3:00 am – Jul 29 @ 11:00 am

Comprehensive Sterile Compounding is an 18.5 hour course designed to further prepare pharmacists and technicians to strengthen their knowledge base in Sterile Compounding. This course will provide the participant with the knowledge of preparation and quality control tests for sterile products, such as validation testing, membrane filtration, pyrogen tests, BET (bacterial endotoxin test) and others.   This course will include the USP <797> guidelines. Also covered is proper hand washing and garbing.  The attendee must pass their Aseptic glove test and their media fill to successfully complete the course. Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:

  • Demonstrate aseptic technique by successfully performing gloved fingertip sampling and media-fill per USP 797 standards.
  • Write and implement a plan for personnel validation and environmental sampling.
  • Describe a quality assurance program including personnel training, validation, documentation, quality control and quality improvement.
  • Prepare low-, medium- and high- risk preparations using aseptic technique.
  • Discover microbial contaminant risk levels per USP 797.
  • Practice aseptic processes with evaluation and validation.
  • Identify filter membrane housing differences and validate filter integrity using bubble point testing.
  • Write and implement a sterile compounding program compliant with USP 797.
  • Identify and document steam and dry-heat cycles using Biological Indicators.
  • Justify compounded sterile product strength through certificate of analysis and other reference materials.
  • Write site-specific Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Demonstrate sterilization and depyrogenation.

Comprehensive Sterile Compounding Course Outline

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Jul
30
Thu
Compounding for Dentistry @ ACA National Training Laboratory
Jul 30 @ 3:00 am – Jul 31 @ 12:00 pm

Compounding for Dentistry is a 15 hour application-based course designed to introduce the pharmacist and pharmacy technician to both didactic and hands-on laboratory experience in compounding for dentistry. An in-depth review of both acute and chronic disorders commonly encountered in dental practice will be paired with the compounds used to treat these conditions. In the U.S., only a few medications are manufactured for intraoral use. Extemporaneously compounded products are of great value in dentistry, allowing for topical application of a wide variety of medications.

A review of OTC products for oral home care will explain the “must have” products that will compliment Rx
dental drug therapy and establish your pharmacy as a referral center for local dental practitioners. The goal of this course is to provide a foundation of knowledge and experience that can be used to successfully grow and market a   dental compounding practice.

Upon completion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe at least 5 chronic intraoral conditions that can be effectively treated with topical compounds.
  • Explain the advantages of steroid rinse formulations over the use of systemic corticosteroids for chronic non-microbial mucositis (aphthous stomatitis, erosive lichen planus, benign mucous membrane pemphigoid,
    pemphigus, etc.).
  • List three important formulation considerations which are unique to intraoral delivery of medications.
  • Explain the mechanism that associates antidepressants and other CNS medications with the occurrence of temporomandibular joint disorders.
  • Propose alternative treatments for the phenomena listed above.
  • Assess the potential for the occurrence of serious adverse effects/toxicities of topically applied anesthetic mixtures and propose formulation changes to enhance patient safety.
  • Illustrate the disadvantages of currently marketed salivary stimulant agents (cevimeline, pilocarpine) for patients with medication-induced xerostomia (dry mouth).
  • Describe six lifestyle changes that will improve the quality of life for patients with xerostomia.
  • Identify several commercial over-the –counter products that are beneficial for patients with mucositis.
  • Cite examples of commonly used flavoring agents that destroy the antimicrobial activity of chlorhexidine digluconate.
  • Demonstrate the ability to compound a variety of products for dental patients including topical and transdermal gels, suspensions, solutions.
  • Discuss marketing strategies that will enhance a dental compounding practice.

Compounding for Dentistry Course Outline

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Aug
3
Mon
Compounding for Natural Hormone Replacement @ ACA National Training Laboratory
Aug 3 @ 3:00 am – Aug 4 @ 12:00 pm

Compounding for Natural Hormone Replacement is a 15 hour application-based course designed to further prepare pharmacists and technicians to strengthen their knowledge base in the treatment of men and women with regard to hormone replacement therapy. Participants will be able to demonstrate a deeper understanding of a number of women’s issues, medications used to treat these issues, clinical guidelines for the treatment of women’s health issues, and side effects of these medications. Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:                                 

  • Recount the history of hormone replacement therapy with regard to menopause and testosterone replacement in men.
  • Introduce the mechanism of action of hormone replacement therapy.
  • Review the physiology of men with regard to testosterone.
  • Identify the cardiovascular and breast cancer adverse effects associated with hormone replacement.
  • Discuss the safety of Testosterone Replacement Therapy with regard to cardiovascular and prostate health.
  • Evaluate the various routes of female BHRT administration.
  • Evaluate the various routes of Testosterone administration.
  • Discuss the appropriate labs to monitor female BHRT and Testosterone replacement outcomes.
  • Discuss the appropriate symptoms to follow for optimal female BHRT and Testosterone replacement.
  • Given a patient case, apply current literature and describe the appropriateness of hormone replacement therapy.
  • Demonstrate the ability to compound preparations for hormone replacement therapy.

 Compounding for Natural Hormone Replacement Course Outline

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Aug
13
Thu
ACA Fall Pharmacy Conference @ Denver Marriott Tech Center Hotel
Aug 13 @ 11:30 am – Aug 15 @ 8:00 am

Fall Pharmacy Conference

Join ACA in the 1st Annual Fall Pharmacy Conference!

Experience 11 hrs of continuing education for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians & marketers. The CE sessions will help you establish your pharmacy as a local health & wellness support center. Education, resources & marketing will help improve your patients’ outcomes & your pharmacy’s success.

CE sessions will include a variety of topics:

Demystifying BHRT for Your Prescribers- The 7 Principles You Need to Educate Them About
Speaker – Mazen Baisa, PharmD, RPh, MDA, ABAAHP, FAARFM, CPE, FACA

All DISease Begins in the Gut
Speaker – Dani Williamson, MSN, CNM, FNP

Integrative Health: Finding the ROOT Cause of Illness
Speaker – Dani Williamson, MSN, CNM, FNP

Pharmacogenomics Testing
Speaker – Angela Solis, RPh

Pharmacist Provided Physical Assessment in a Community Pharmacy
Speaker – Roger Klotz, RPh, FASCP, FACA, FCPhA

Developing a Wellness Clinic in Your Pharmacy
Speaker – Angela Solis, RPh

Arrive early for the Thursday evening “Meet & Greet” reception with attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors. Friday starts with a hot breakfast with the exhibitors, followed by CE sessions, the Awards Luncheon, and more CE until 5:15 p.m. You will have additional opportunities to visit with the exhibitors Friday during the refreshment breaks.

Saturday starts with a hot breakfast followed by CE sessions until  12:30 p.m.

Register Online Today!

Aug
17
Mon
Compounding Options for Pain, Wound and Scar – Letco Medical Sponsored @ ACA National Training Laboratory
Aug 17 @ 3:00 am – Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm

Compounding Options for Pain, Wound and Scar is a 15hour application-based course.

The overall goal of this application based program is to provide the pharmacist and/or technician the ability to learn about pain, its physical and behavioral     components, the mechanisms of pain, the treatment of pain both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic, and how to compound unique dosage forms to meet the needs of the patient in pain. In addition the participant will learn the techniques compatible with USP 795 in the provision of quality pharmaceutical preparations and   applicable DEA rules. Practical compounding case studies will be presented including the management of   painful conditions, and wound and scar treatments.

Upon completing this program, the participant should be able to:

  • Define what is pain?
  • Contrast Acute pain from chronic pain.
  • Differentiate between neuropathic pain and nociceptive pain.
  • Classify pharmacologic agents which are useful in the treatment of neuropathic pain.
  • Select three agents which have different mechanisms and are useful for the topical treatment of pain.
  • Establish the compounding treatment options when treating a sunburn, a first degree burn and a second degree burn.
  • Offer topical treatment choices when treating a wound especially a chronic wound.
  • Develop a formulation for treating scars.
  • Explain the dosage considerations based on the pharmacokinetic parameters of different narcotics like codeine, morphine, hydrocodone and hydromorphone: dose, frequency, route.
  • Offer a solution to a physician who needs a high potency oral narcotic which can be delivered in a small volume.
  • Identify special DEA rules as they apply to compounding pain medications.

Compounding Options for Pain, Wound and Scar Course Outline

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Sep
10
Thu
ACA Leadership Academy @ ACA Headquarters
Sep 10 @ 8:00 am – Sep 12 @ 11:00 am

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Course Description: How do you effectively perform as an entrepreneur with limited time, financial resources, and people, without sacrificing your actual career as a Pharmacist?  You don’t.  You may have started as a Pharmacist but you are now a Business Owner.  Pharmacy school does not often prepare pharmacists on how to run a business with a fundamental shift to working on your business and not just in it. If you haven’t learned to think like world-class business leaders, you’re going to spend most of your time chasing those that do.

As a result of participating in this knowledge-based course, participants will:

  • Discuss the Functional /Technical Competencies of a Business Owner
  • Cite the major decision-making areas of managerial finance and accounting for entrepreneurial or independent retail pharmacies.
  • Describe entrepreneurial marketing concepts and methods and their real world application by pharmacy owners, entrepreneurs, and business leaders/managers.
  • Discuss how to work with tools, techniques, and methods to identify how to improve process flow both from a customer-centric, pharmacy workflow, and daily management operating perspective.
  • Identify the key role Human Resources plays in building and maintaining a strong pharmacy.
  • Review the human dynamic component of your business by strengthening your leadership skills in social and emotional intelligence.

Register Online – Seating is Limited!

Oct
2
Fri
Veterinary Compounding Essentials @ ACA National Training Laboratory
Oct 2 @ 3:00 am – Oct 3 @ 12:00 pm

Veterinary Compounding Essentials is a 15 hour application-based course designed to introduce the pharmacist and pharmacy technician to veterinary pharmacy compounding. The program provides fundamental techniques for effectively growing the veterinary compounding practice, including calculations, proper safety practices, hands-on compounding, and marketing.

Upon completion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of animal diseases where a compounding pharmacist and/or technician can impact animal medication compliance;
  • Identify flavoring options for various animal species and compound preparations;
  • Differentiate between food and companion animals;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of regulatory requirements and professional standards that affect veterinary compounding, including USP <795>;
  • Cite examples of drugs that are contraindicated or must be used with caution in animals;
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform calculations necessary to compound veterinary preparations;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate Beyond Use Dating (BUD) for veterinary preparations, in accordance with USP <795>
  • Identify equipment and supplies commonly required to compound veterinary preparations;
  • Identify information resources and appropriate references that may be useful to the pharmacist and/or technician when compounding veterinary preparations;
  • Demonstrate the ability to properly utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) when compounding veterinary preparations;
  • Demonstrate the ability to compound a variety of compound preparations, including transdermal gels, suspensions, solutions, chews, suppositories, Polyox 301 bandage, and poloxamer gels;
  • Discuss how to prepare a patient education leaflet for veterinary patient;
  • Discuss marketing techniques for growing a veterinary compound practice.

 Veterinary Compounding Essentials Course Outline

 

Register Online.

Oct
16
Fri
Compounding for Natural Hormone Replacement – Letco Medical Sponsored @ ACA National Training Laboratory
Oct 16 @ 3:00 am – Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm

Compounding for Natural Hormone Replacement is a 15 hour application-based course designed to further prepare pharmacists and technicians to strengthen their knowledge base in the treatment of men and women with regard to hormone replacement therapy. Participants will be able to demonstrate a deeper understanding of a number of women’s issues, medications used to treat these issues, clinical guidelines for the treatment of women’s health issues, and side effects of these medications.

Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:                                 

  • Recount the history of hormone replacement therapy with regard to menopause and testosterone replacement in men.
  • Introduce the mechanism of action of hormone replacement therapy.
  • Review the physiology of men with regard to testosterone.
  • Identify the cardiovascular and breast cancer adverse effects associated with hormone replacement.
  • Discuss the safety of Testosterone Replacement Therapy with regard to cardiovascular and prostate health.
  • Evaluate the various routes of female BHRT administration.
  • Evaluate the various routes of Testosterone administration.
  • Discuss the appropriate labs to monitor female BHRT and Testosterone replacement outcomes.
  • Discuss the appropriate symptoms to follow for optimal female BHRT and Testosterone replacement.
  • Given a patient case, apply current literature and describe the appropriateness of hormone replacement therapy.
  • Demonstrate the ability to compound preparations for hormone replacement therapy.

 Compounding for Natural Hormone Replacement Course Outline

Register Online.

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