The Massachusetts Pharmacists Association invites you to join us at the Massachusetts Pharmacists Summit. The Summit will take place at the Mass Mutual Center on November 14-15, 2019.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the MGM Hotel & Casino located directly across the street from the Convention Center for Thursday, November 14. A special room rate for attendees is available on Thursday, November of $159, plus applicable taxes (13.45%) and resort fees ($20 per day). Space is limited - Reserve your room at MGM now! Please note: if you wish to book a room on Wednesday or Friday evenings, contact the hotel directly at (413) 273-5000 to secure the dates outside of the block at the hotel's prevailing rate. Room block deadline: October 14, 2019

Preliminary Program

Thursday, November 14, 2019
1:00 - 5:15 PM Business Management Track (Independent Pharmacy Owner and Manager Track)
 1:00 - 2:00 PM CPSEN Update (Not for CE)
2:00 - 3:00 PM  Labor and Employment  Law Basics  (Not for CE)
3:15 - 4:15 PM  Tax Strategies for Business Owners (Not for CE)
4:15 - 5:15 PM  MA Legislative Update  - (Law)
1:00 - 5:15 PM Health & Disease State Track
 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Driven by Data: Cruising Down the Diabetes Highway
Kam L. Capoccia, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, RPh

  • Analyze the most recent data related to drug therapy in the management of diabetes
  • Apply the data to treat patients with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes
  • Develop a patient centered diabetes treatment plan
    ACPE UAN 0027-9999-19-078-L01-P - application based - 1 contact hour
 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Anticoagulation Management
Deana Hanna, PharmD, RPh

  • Describe how clotting occurs and the morbidity associated with clots
  • Explain the clotting cascade and how pharmacotherapy targets this process
  • Summarize basic pathophysiology and appropriate treatment options for patients requiring anticoagulation treatment
  • Identify advantages and disadvantages of Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs)
  • Identify how a pharmacist resolves medication related problems for patients on anticoagulation therapy
    ACPE UAN: 0027-9999-19-079- L01-P– knowledge based – 1.0 contact hour
 3:15 - 4:15 PM

Clearing the Air about Vaping
Courtney Doyle Campbell, PharmD, RPh, AHSCP-CHC

  • Describe the evidence for Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices (ENDS) use in smoking cessation
  • Review the health concerns associated with ENDS use
  • Explain the impact of ENDS use on the adolescent population
    ACPE UAN: 0027-9999-19-080-L04-P– knowledge based – 1.0 contact hour
 4:15 - 5:15 PM

Immunization Update 2019
Todd Brown, MHP, RPh

  • Identify changes to the 2019 CDC Immunization Schedule
  • Explain changes to commercially available vaccines
  • Describe research and recommendations to increase vaccination rates
  • List important considerations associated with vaccination administration
    ACPE UAN: 0027-9999-19-081-L06-P– knowledge based – 1.0 contact hour

5:00 - 6:30 PM Poster Session Judging
5:30 PM Welcome Reception/Cocktail Hour - All Registered Attendees & Exhibitors Invited 
6:30 PM Awards & Installation Banquet 
*separate ticket required
Friday, November 15, 2019
6:45 - 7:45 AM

Breakfast - Exhibits Open

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Cannabinoids in Toxicology
Dayne Laskey, PharmD, RPh, DABAT

  • Describe different types of cannabinoids
  • Summarize recent trends in cannabinoid toxicity
  • Give examples of challenges in treating patients effected by cannabinoids

    ACPE UAN: 0027-9999-19-082-L01-P– knowledge based – 1.0 contact hour

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Keynote: The Opioid Epidemic; How We Got Here, How We End It and the Special Role for Pharmacists
Michael Botticelli, M.Ed., B.A., Boston Medical Center, Grayken Center for Addiction Treatment

  • Identify the historical drivers of the current opioid epidemic
  • Understand the morbidity and mortality consequences
  • Understand the evidenced based practice and policies needed to reduce morbidity and mortality.

    ACPE UAN: 0027-9999-19-089-L04-P– knowledge based – 1.0 contact hour

10:00-10:30 AM Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall
10:30 -11:30 AM

Panel Discussion: Survivors Guide to Pharmacy Practice

  • Identify strategies to handle conflict in the Pharmacy setting
  • Explain the role of burnout and the impact on the profession
  • Give examples of problems facing pharmacists in dealing with insurance and prior authorizations
  • Summarize the implementation of diversity and inclusion in pharmacy practice

    ACPE UAN: 0027-9999-19-083-L04-P– knowledge based – 1.0 contact hour

11:30 AM-12:30 PM   Effective Grassroots Involvement in the Policy-making Process 

Heidi Eckler, National Association of Chain Drug Stores

  • Describe the policy making process including how a bill becomes a law
  • Explain ways to meaningfully communicate with policy makers
  • Give examples of the power of grassroots involvement in the pharmacy industry

    ACPE UAN: 0027-9999-19-084-L04-P– knowledge based – 1.0 contact hour

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break


Concurrent Tracks
The Attendee can choose to attend the 3-Hour Non-Sterile Compounding Track OR Concurrent Session 1a, 2a, 3a.

1:35 - 4:50 PM






Concurrent Session: Non-Sterile Compounding for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
Omar Allibhai, PharmD, RPh, FACA
Timothy Fensky, RPh, DPh, FACA

  • Describe the changes between current and proposed USP <795>
  • Determine the assigned BUD of a non-sterile preparation
  • Breakdown the individual components need for a master formulation record
  • Determine appropriate quality control procedures for completed non-sterile preparation

    ACPE UAN: 0027-9999-19-086-L03-P/T– application based – 3.0 contact hour



1:35 - 2:35 PM


Concurrent Session 1a: Dispensing under ePrescribing Mandate in Massachusetts
Lauren B. Nelson, JD

  • Identify items to look for to assure validity in written and oral prescriptions
  • Recognize different follow-up and reporting requirements
  • List applicable ePrescribing exceptions
  • Describe schedule-based dispensing requirements
  • Explain what is meant by "appropriate discretion" when dispensing non-electronic prescriptions
    ACPE UAN: 0027-9999-19-085-L03-P/T– knowledge based – 1.0 contact hour

2:35 - 3:35 PM   





Concurrent Session 2a: An Old idea Gets New Attention - Evolving Role of Pharmacists in End of Life Care     
Alifia Waliji-Banglawala, PharmD, RPh

  • Summarize and Identify the role of the pharmacist in hospice and palliative care
  •  Assess, recommend, and treat symptoms commonly encountered in the hospice setting
  • Illustrate the hospice payment model and how it applies to providing medications in this patient population
  • Interpret the concept of death with dignity and how the pharmacist contributes to the care of patients (with their caregivers) for optimal outcomes
    ACPE UAN: 0027-9999-1-087-L04-P – knowledge based - 1 contact hour

3:35 - 3:50 PM

Coffee Break

 3:50 - 4:50 PM


Concurrent Session 3a: Mental Health LAIs - The Role of the Community Pharmacist*
Charlie Caley, PharmD, RPh

  • Describe why there is a need for community pharmacists to offer mental health LAI administration services
  • Describe recent amendment to the 105 CMR 700 regulations*
  • Contract the pharmacologic and pharmacokinetic characteristics in LAIs in current regulations
  • Discuss the preferred procedure that a community pharmacist should use for a mental health LAI administration service 
    ACPE UAN: 0027-9999-1-088-L04-P – knowledge based - 1 contact hour
* This 1-hr CE does not meet the requirements outlined in DCP 19-2-105 Pharmacist Administration of Medications for the treatment of Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder. Additional training is required.

Requirements for Credit

  • Program attendees can earn Continuing Pharmacy Education credits for this program by electronically logging onto the website:, inserting the activity specific code number and successfully completing the activity learning assessment/evaluation form. Participant names will be checked against program attendance sheets for verification of attendance. 
  • Participants have 60 days to complete evaluations. After 60 days from November 14 or 15, 2019 no credit will be available for this program.
  • Credits will be electronically transferred to the CPE Monitor System. No Statements of Credit will be issued by Northeastern University School of Pharmacy.
  • Program participants can earn up to 11 contact hours of continuing education credits including a minimum of 2 contact hours in pharmacy law meeting license requirement in Massachusetts. 

All participants will have the opportunity to review the educational sessions and speakers and to identify future educational needs.

Statement of Disclosure
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Standards for Continuing Pharmacy Education 2009, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy requires that faculty members disclose any relationship (e.g., shareholder, recipient of research grant, consultant or member of an advisory committee) that the faculty may have with commercial companies whose products or services may be mentioned in their presentations. Such disclosure will be made available on the day of the program.

Accreditation Statement
Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.