An acute shortage of pharmacists exists in California – a shortage that
could mean decreased pharmacy hours or even medication errors due to
pharmacist fatigue. Pharmacy educators and leaders from throughout the
state will discuss the shortage and other pharmacy topics on Wednesday,
March 28, at Western University of Health Sciences.
The demand for prescription medications is growing at an unprecedented
rate, according to Max Ray, PharmD, MS, dean of Western University’s
College of Pharmacy. “”As our population grows older, the incidence of
chronic health problems increases, and pharmaceuticals are the principal
form of treatment for many such conditions,”” he said “”And this is
happening at a time when more and more new pharmaceutical products are
coming on the market. So we have a situation today where more people are
taking more medications.”” Ray also said that if a prescription drug
benefit is approved for Medicare patients, the demand for prescription
drugs will increase even more.
The Community Pharmacy Practice Summit II will be held from 9:30 a.m. to
2:30 p.m. in the University’s College of Pharmacy Classroom 3, Health
Professions Center, 309 E. Second Street, Pomona. Sponsored by Western
University’s College of Pharmacy and the pharmacy programs at UC San
Francisco, the University of the Pacific and the University of Southern
California, the conference will attract pharmacists from chain and
independent pharmacies, managed care executives, professional pharmacy
organizations, deans and faculty of the state’s schools of pharmacy and
members of the California’s Board of Pharmacy.
Other conference topics include the role of intern/student pharmacists in
community pharmacy practice and how community pharmacists can offer
services such as immunizations, smoking cessation programs, blood pressure
and cholesterol screenings and other health prevention/promotion programs
to their patients.
Panelists/speakers from Cal Optima, Blue Cross of California and Care
Partners will lead discussions. Pharmacists may receive four contact hours
of Continuing Education Credit. The conference is free, but pre-
registration is required.
For more information, contact Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FASHP, CGP, assistant
dean of development for Western University’s College of Pharmacy, at (909)
469-5547 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.