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Posted by: Shannon Manzi on Sep 10, 2020

Access to childhood vaccines, and in turn the protection offered to the greater public health, is critical to the health and welfare of our country. PPA strongly endorses the action taken by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under the Third Amendment to Declaration Under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act for Medical Countermeasures Against COVID–19, allowing for the provision of childhood vaccines by pharmacists. PPA stands with our fellow pharmacists to ensure competency, education of the public, transparent communication and continued partnership with our provider colleagues.

Shannon Manzi, PharmD, BCPPS, FPPA
President, Pediatric Pharmacy Association

 

 

Posted by: Matthew Helms on Jun 2, 2020

 

On Thursday, May 28, 2020 after thoughtful consideration, the Board voted to shift our 2020 Fall Conference and BCPPS Review and Recertification Course to a virtual format. Many factors contributed to our decision. 

The most important contributing factor is the health of our members and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also recently surveyed you, our members, to ask about the effects the pandemic has had on your employers and your personal feelings about traveling at this time.

The vast majority of our members work in institutions that have enforced indefinite business-related travel bans or restrictions. Some of you may not be able to travel for the rest of the year. Also, most of our members' employers have already or will experience a reduction in their travel budgets for the foreseeable future. In addition, and maybe most importantly, survey participants indicated they are uncomfortable traveling to an in-person conference even if the challenges listed above were mitigated. 

We are also concerned about the logistical challenges and liability of conducting an in-person event during a global pandemic. 

While we were hopeful that we could offer a hybrid event, the uncertainty is too great to plan any in-person gathering in good conscience. While we are disappointed that will not meet in-person this year, we are not disheartened, and we look forward to working on offering an interactive, 100% virtual event. 

We learned much from conducting our Annual Meeting virtually. We have listened to the feedback of the 500+ participants, and we will be improving and adjusting the Fall Conference experience to make it even better. Here is what we have in store for the Fall Conference this year: 

  1. Twenty hours (20) of continuing pharmacy education in the areas of GI/Nutrition, General Pediatrics and Preceptor Development, including eight (8) hours of BCPPS recertification credit. 
  2. Poster Session 
  3. Residency Showcase 
  4. Helms Award Lecture
  5. Yaffe Award Lecture
  6. Lobby Lunch Sessions (an opportunity each day to interact with your friends and colleagues virtually). 
  7. Exhibitor Theaters
  8. And don’t forget, the 20-hour BCPPS Review and Recertification Course

 

We have reduced our registration fees (up to 30%) to make our Conference even more accessible in the light of your current budget challenges. If you are an individual member of PPA, you can register for the entire conference for $300. That's $15 per credit hour. And it’s even more affordable for residents and students! Also, we have eliminated regular and late registration fees. Every rate is an early bird rate! We, of course, encourage you to register early.

You can still submit YOUR proposal(s) and/or abstract(s) to be considered for the Fall Conference. 

Call for Education Program Proposals - All educational programs at PPA are sourced by our members, who submit proposals to be considered by the Education Committee.

We call upon our members to submit ideas for sessions in GI/Nutrition, General Pediatrics, and Preceptor Development or Scholarship. You may submit a full proposal (which includes title, speakers, learning objectives, learning methods, and educational needs assessment), or you can submit a partial proposal (which includes suggested title, speakers, and learning objectives). Please note that all proposals will be considered for our PPA-U BCPPS recertification program.

The proposal deadline is June 26, 2020. Submit Proposal

Call for Abstracts. All practitioners, investigators, post-doctoral trainees, and students in the field of pediatric clinical pharmacy, whether members of PPA or not, are invited to submit abstracts of papers to be considered for platform or poster presentation at the Fall Conference. Poster Presentations are informal discussions of current projects in pharmacy practice with meeting attendees. It is your opportunity to share your research or successful programs that have worked in pediatric healthcare systems, and to pick up ideas from others.

NOTE FOR DEFERRED ANNUAL MEETING ABSTRACTS: You must re-submit your abstract using the Fall Conference Abstract submission site.

The abstract deadline is June 26, 2020. Submit Abstract

We appreciate your input as members of PPA and look forward to coming together as a community and professional family for the 2020 PPA Fall Conference and BCPPS Review and Recertification Course

Thank you for your ongoing strong commitment and dedication to your patients, family, and communities. You are what make PPA and the profession of pediatric pharmacy AWESOME!

Sincerely, 

Hanna Phan, PharmD, FCCP, FPPA
President (2019-2020)

Matthew Helms, MA, CAE
Executive Director

 

Posted by: Lea Eiland on Jun 15, 2020

 

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 SIG Chairs and Vice Chairs. 

SIG

Chair

Vice-Chair

Academia

Amanda Capino

Sarah Smith

Ambulatory Care

Kevin Lonabough and Hannah Pratt

 

Cardiology

Josh Robinson

Amy Kiskaddon

Critical Care

Elizabeth Beckman

Melissa Gervase

Drug Information and Technology

Paul Paratore

Karl Gumpper

Emergency Medicine

Jenny Steinbrenner

Mary Riedy

General Pediatrics

Mindy Parman

Kristi Higgins

GI/Nutrition

Lola Afolabi

Cait Stehling

Hematology/Oncology

Andrew Clark

Jenn Le

Infectious Disease

Sarah Parsons

Mike Raschka

Clinical Leadership/Practice Managers

Courtney Sweet

Sierra Stauber

Medication Safety

Hyun Kim

Casey Moore

Neonatology

Jenni Barnes

Deb Bondi

Neurology (NEW)

Renad Abu-Sawwa

Justin Cole

New Practitioner

Nicole Omecene

Jen Hamner

Obstetrics/Women's Health

Noelle Leung

 

Public Health (NEW)

Cameron McKinzie

Thomas Laudone

Pulmonology

Katie Hobart

 

Residency Program Directors

Kelly Bobo

Kelly Steidl

Do you want to participate in activities and learn from other pediatric pharmacists of similar interest as you? If so, sign up as a member of a PPA Special Interest Group (SIG) today!

PPA has 19 SIGs, with two being NEW this year! Membership in SIGs is complimentary to all PPA members. To join a Special Interest Group eCommunity, Update your Profile via your myPPA page. You sign yourself up via the PPA website. There is no limit to how many you join and no additional charge to join a SIG.

We hope you all will join the SIGs of your interest and network with others!

If you have any questions related to the SIGs, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you!

Lea Eiland, SIG Coordinator Chair
Kalen Manacso, SIG Coordinator Chair-Elect

 

 

Posted by: Matthew Helms on Jun 2, 2020

Brian Eugene Baldwin, 89, of Centennial, CO passed away at Holly Creek Senior Living Community on May 25, 2020.

Mr. Baldwin was an early supporter of the Pediatric Pharmacy Association (previously the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group). 

Mr. Baldwin had a significant impact on pediatrics. His first company, MPL, inc., founded in 1958 in Chicago, IL was a pioneer in development of inexpensive disposable hypodermic needles. In 1975 Brian co-founded Baxa Corporation, originally located in Northbrook, IL. In 1981, he moved with the company to Colorado, where he would live the remainder of his life. Baxa grew in the next 30 years to have over 700 employees, serving hospitals in over 65 countries. Several of his inventions were key to the success of the company, which specialized in the safe handling and preparation of IV and liquid medications. Brian's inventions were recognized for preventing medication errors and saving lives. 

https://www.legacy.com/amp/obituaries/denverpost/196243738

Posted by: Hanna Phan on May 3, 2020

 

For those able to join on at our 1st virtual conference, the 29th Annual Meeting, thank you for taking time from your busy schedules to participate in quality educational sessions lead by our amazing pediatric pharmacy expert members.

I wanted to take a moment to recognize our 2020 Fellows and Award Recipients – CONGRATULATIONS!!

2020 Fellow (FPPA)

  • Dr. Jeffery Low, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth 
  • Dr. Brooke Gildon, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
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2020 Presidential Citation Award --- “The KIDs List Team”

  • Dr. Rachel Meyers, Rutgers University
  • Dr. Jennifer Thackary, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Dr. Kelly Matson, University of Rhode Island
  • Dr. Christopher McPherson, St Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Lisa Lubsch, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Dr. Robert Hellinga, University of New Mexico Hospital
  • Dr. David Hoff, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
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2020 Spirit of PPA Award

  • Dr. Jennifer Hamner, Colorado Children’s
  • Dr. Norm Fenn, U of Texas-Tyler
  • Dr. Elizabeth Boucher, Concord Hospital
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2020 Outstanding Original Research Paper

  • Dr. Bethany Chalk, Johns Hopkins Hospital
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2020 Christensen Memorial Young Investigator Award

  • Dr. Amy Kiskaddon, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
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2020 Best Practice Award

  • Dr. Julia Muzzy Williamson, North Dakota State University (presenter)
  • Dr. M Kari Casas, Sanford Children’s Broadway Clinic
  • Dr. May Kamleh, Health Economics and Outcomes Research
  • Dr. Mohamed Mohamed, Sanford Children’s Hospital
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2020 Scholarship in Teaching Award

  • Dr. Lea Eiland, Auburn University (presenter)
  • Dr. Allison Chung, Auburn University
  • Dr. Julaine Fowlin, Auburn University
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2020 Scientific Platforms

  • Dr. Jeremy Stultz, University of Tennessee
  • Hemisha Patel and Alysia Leung (PharmD candidates), Virginia Commonwealth University
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2020 Student Investigator Award

  • Margaret Morales, Hampton University
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2020 John Dice Scholarship

  • Erica Terry, University of Wisconsin
  • Sonya Barich, University of Colorado
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Thank you to the following PPA Board of Director Members, who will be completing their terms in June 2020, for their dedication and service to PPA:

  • Immediate Past President - Dr. Miranda Nelson
  • Director-at-Large – Dr. Bob John
  • Director-at-Large – Dr. Tara Higgins
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I also would like to express my gratitude to, our PPA staff, committees, speakers, moderators, poster and resident presenters -– for your patience, hard work, and passion for pediatric pharmacy. Your efforts are what made this virtual “first” for our association, and our association overall – AMAZING. We are a close and caring community and we should be proud to be part it.

And, THANK YOU from bottom my heart, all PPA members, for the opportunity to serve as your 2019-2020 President. It has truly been an honor and privilege to serve PPA and our profession. I am truly grateful for the friendships, relationships, and collaborations this community provides.

With deep gratitude,

Hanna Phan, PharmD, FCCP, FPPA
2019-2020 PPA President

 

 

Posted by: Matthew Helms on Mar 25, 2020

Our friends at the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists distributed the following message to their members. PPA agrees with the content of the letter and we encourage our members to submit their concerns to States Board of Pharmacy.

Please see below: 

During times of crisis such as COVID-19, our elected officials and state boards of pharmacy have the power to enact regulations so that pharmacists are able to provide increased care and have more opportunity to further protect the public health and safety.   

One pressing issue in which pharmacists can assist is the recent surge in outpatient prescription of medication that have shown limited efficacy in the treatment of COVID-19, including chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, mefloquine, and azithromycin. While there are currently no approved treatments for COVID-19, there have been several reports that prescriptions for these medications are being issued by prescribers in the community without indication, for persons without COVID-19 disease, often in large quantities with a high number of refills.  

There is concern for hoarding of these medications which is resulting on a shortage for admitted patients with laboratory diagnosed COVID-19, or for their intended indication (i.e., hydroxychloroquine for patients with lupus).  Several of these medications, including hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, are now on shortage or are out-of-stock by distributors and may not be available for patients with COVID-19 disease.

At time of this communication, at least five states at this time have enacted emergency regulations to institute changes to help pharmacists limit prescriptions for these drugs and to reserve them for patients with COVID-19 patients who might need them most at this time.

Ohio & Nevada: Restrict the dispensing or sale of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to those with a prescription for the treatment of COVID-19; and limit quantity dispensed to a14-day supply with no refills 

Idaho: Restrict the dispensing of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to those with a prescription with a written diagnosis consistent with evidence for its use; and limit quantity dispensed to a14-day supply with no refills 

Texas: Restrict the dispensing of chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, mefloquine, and azithromycin to those with a prescription with a written diagnosis consistent with evidence for its use from the prescriber; and limit quantity dispensed to a14-day supply with no refills 

Rhode Island: New regulations to allow off-label prescribing to treat COVID-19 only if the prescription meets several requirement inducing indicating an applicable diagnosis code and indicating a telephone number for the provider to address questions related to dose and treatment, and documentation of clinical rationale for treatment

Several other states and boards of pharmacy are expected to enact emergency regulation to limit who can be prescribed of these treatments and how much, in the next few days.  

We encourage you to send a letter to your boards of pharmacy / departments of health, to limit use of these medications and save them for patients with laboratory diagnosed COVID-19.  Please use this template for your letter.

Sincerely,

The Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists Board of Directors

 

Posted by: Matthew Helms on Mar 12, 2020

The 28th Annual PPA Meeting is going virtual!

We have been closely monitoring the CDC and WHO reports regarding the spread of COVID-19. Our Board of Directors has met and based on considerations for individual health, public health, and the financial health of our association, we believe that change to a virtual format for our 29th Annual Meeting is the most appropriate course of action.

While the schedule of events and delivery methods for the meeting have changed, we will still provide our core educational content in hematology, oncology, and neonatal intensive care from April 29-May 3, 2020. We will also be conducting an online/virtual poster session and residency presentations.

Please stay tuned for a revised agenda coming soon.

Over the coming weeks you will be receiving more information about the virtual conference. In the meantime, we have included brief Q&A (below) for you to consider. We hope these answers provide some direction and clarity as we move forward.

We will be holding a virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 4:00 pm Eastern (3:00 pm Central) to answer your questions regarding our Annual Meeting. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/463995074.

Thank you all for your ongoing contributions and passion for PPA. Although these are challenging times, we are enthusiastic about our upcoming conference, and look forward to “seeing” you there!

We appreciate your patience and understanding!

Sincerely,

Hanna Phan, PharmD, FPPA
PPA President

Matthew Helms, MA, CAE
PPA Executive Director

 

I want to attend the virtual meeting. What do I do now?

If you are registered for the conference, and still want to attend the Annual Meeting, you are all set. You will be sent login/call-in instructions in a few weeks. Your experience will be different of course. However, you will be able to take advantage of the same core programming, posters, and platform presentations. You will be able to receive the same ACPE-accredited and BPS-approved continuing education. The requirements and process for receiving CPE and BCPPS credits will not change.

If you have not registered for the conference, and you can now attend, please go to the Conference website for more information. https://www.ppag.org/index.cfm?pg=events&evAction=showDetail&eid=77786&evSubAction=listAll

I am a student. Will PPA conduct the student conference online, too?

Yes. If you are registered for the conference, and still want to attend the Student program, you are all set. You will be sent login/call-in instructions in a few weeks. While the experience will be different, the content will be the same.

I am presenting a poster. What do I do now?

PPA will be hosting a Virtual Poster Session on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM eastern time. You will be able to present your poster from your home or office at that time. If you are registered for the conference, and your poster has been accepted, you will receive emailed instructions on how to upload your poster to the system. Note: your poster must fit inside a PPT slide.

I want to attend the Virtual Poster Session. What do I do now?

If you are registered for the Annual Meeting, you will be sent emailed instructions about how to login to and navigate the Virtual Poster Session.

Will PPA virtually present Best Practice Award, Teaching Award, and Scientific Platform Presentations?

Yes, although the exact times of the presentations have changed. Please refer to our revised agenda.

I am a Resident schedule to present during the Annual Meeting. What do I do now?

If you are presenting your residency project, things will be changing a lot! The Bruce Parks Memorial Residency Project Presentations will be held on Friday, May 1, 2020 from 12:30-3:30 pm eastern time, and will become a Virtual Poster Session combined with your oral presentation. We have been in contact with ASHP’s Accreditation Services Office to make sure that our changes meet the R2.2.6 accreditation objective.

We will be sending an email with a modified schedule and specific instruction on what to do next.

What is the refund policy for registration?

If you cannot attend the virtual meeting and have already registered for the meeting, you can request a refund. You also have the option to transfer any balance to a future PPA meeting. Please contact us at membership@pediatricpharmacy.org.

Can I get reimbursed for transportation and hotel cost or penalties?

No. We are unable to provide refunds for travel expenses. Please work directly with your airline and the conference hotel at 757-763-6200 to cancel your reservations. If you purchased travel insurance, please contact your provider for information and next steps. 

 

 

Posted by: Matthew Helms on Feb 28, 2020

M. Petrea Cober, PharmD, BCNSP, BCPPS, FASPEN, attended the University of Tennessee, College of Pharmacy in Memphis, Tennessee. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and her PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is currently the Clinical Coordinator - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and PGY1 Residency Program Director at Akron Children's Hospital where she provides clinical services and precepts pharmacy students, PGY1 pharmacy residents, and PGY3 medical pediatric residents. She is also the Section Lead for Specialty Care and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). Her didactic teaching is in the areas of pediatrics, women’s health, and nutrition. Dr. Cober's expertise is in pediatric pharmacotherapy, nutrition, ethanol lock therapy, and management of patients with intestinal failure.

Dr. Cober served as the Chair of the Webinar Education Committee from 2017-2019 and is the current Chair of the Education Committee. She is active in the Academia, GI/Nutrition, Neonatology, and Residency Program Directors SIGs.

Jeremy Stultz, PharmD is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and practices as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN. He received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY-1 Residency at Le Bonheur and a 2-year Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Fellowship at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was a faculty member at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy before returning to Tennessee. He has authored over 20 peer-reviewed journal publications focused primarily on pediatric infectious diseases, computerized clinical decision support, and medication safety.

Dr. Stultz attended his first PPA Annual Meeting as a student. Since that time, he has presented multiple times PPA meetings. Dr. Stultz has served as PPA Research Committee Chair, and helped form the Pediatric Pharmacy Association Practice Based Research Network.

 

 

Posted by: Matthew Helms on Feb 28, 2020

Kristin Klein, PharmD, BCPPS, FPPA has been chosen by members of the Pediatric Pharmacy Association (PPA) as President-Elect in the annual election.

Dr. Klein is a Clinical Professor at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, and is a pediatric infectious diseases clinical pharmacist specialist at Michigan Medicine. Dr. Klein received her B.S. in Pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Oklahoma. She then completed a specialty residency in Pediatric Pharmacotherapy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Dr. Klein is especially interested in training future pharmacists. She spent four years serving on the Michigan Medicine pharmacy residency advisory committee, including two years as the committee’s co-chair. She was also the advisor for UM’s APhA-ASP chapter for 13 years.

For nearly 20 years, Dr. Klein has been an active member of PPA where she served as co-chair of the Advocacy Committee from 2009 to 2014, and section editor for PPA's Advanced Pediatric Therapeutics textbook. Dr. Klein has been PPA’s infectious diseases section leader for the BCPPS BoardPrep course since 2013, and she served as the Infectious Diseases Chair for PPA’s 2017 fall meeting. Dr. Klein also served on the PPA Board of Directors for three years (2015-2018). Dr. Klein was inducted as a fellow of PPA in 2012 and achieved board certification in pediatric pharmacy (BCPPS) in 2016.

Dr. Klein will serve as President-Elect for 2020-2021, at which time she will transition to PPA President for 2021-2022. During her tenure as President of PPA, Dr. Klein would like to engage the organization in advocating for changes is state pharmacy practice acts to allow pharmacists to immunize children, where it is not currently standard practice.

 

 

Posted by: Matthew Helms on Nov 5, 2019

On behalf of the Pediatric Pharmacy Association, I am pleased to announce Lauren Henretty as Manager of Education. Lauren comes to us from the Water Environment Federation (WEF), where she has served as Education Specialist and Coordinator of the Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) for the past 10 years.

In her current role she works with various education committees to plan the Conference, including proposal, abstract, and speaker management, developing agendas, and creating and editing marketing materials. Previous to her current position, she was the Coordinator of Conferences for the Color Marketing Group. She also served for three years as Professional Education Specialist at the American Diabetes Association.

Lauren has a B.A. degree from the University of Pittsburgh. We are very excited that Lauren is joining us at the Pediatric Pharmacy Association. Her demeanor and approach is a terrific fit for our association’s culture, and her day-to-day work experience at WEF is a perfect match for the PPA education program.

Her first official day will be Monday, November 11, 2019.


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