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The Third Annual ACA, IACP, ACVP Educational Conference was One for the Record Books!

Thank you to all who attended the ACA, IACP, ACVP Educational Conference February 5-8, 2014 at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The three-day conference drew 347 attendees from 38 states; seven from Canada and one from Puerto Rico.  We thank you all for playing an active role in advancing your profession.

Offering 31.5 contact hours (3.15 CEUs) allowing attendees to acquire up to 14 contact hours (1.4 CEUs), the Educational Conference provided many meaningful hours of networking opportunities both during the meeting and on the oceanfront property  of the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. The program consisted of targeted sessions for pharmacists, technicians, marketing representatives, and open to pharmacy students on pharmacy law, the fundamental steps to successfully work with your local media; practice-based, compounding, and veterinary clinical and compounding, and much more.

Kicking off the first night, ACA & IACP Corporate Partner Fagron, Inc. sponsored the Welcome Reception, where Fagron’s Mark Kieren, Commercial Manager, welcomed everyone to the meeting as attendees from all three pharmacy organizations met for the first time!

This year, the conference hosted 85 First-timers. The First Timer Program allowed new members, students and first timers to connect with their Ambassador prior to the start of the meeting. We’d like to thank our Educational Conference Ambassadors for reaching out to these new members and helping them become better acquainted with ACA, IACP and ACVP!

On Thursday, February 6, the programming began with a general session combining all three organizations in I Didn’t Know, I Didn’t Know presented by keynote speaker David G. Miller, RPh, EVP& CEO of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP).

Congratulations New and Renewing Fellows

During the conference, the ACA, IACP, and ACVP Fellowship Awards Luncheon honored new Fellows, who have distinguished themselves for a variety of achievements in the pharmacy profession.

ACA inducted 19 Full Fellows: Eyad Alsabbagh (West Chester, Ohio); Mazen Baisa (Canton, Michigan); Sheldon Birch (Tooele, Utah); Kevin Borg (Peoria, Arizona); Christopher Cantwell (Salt Lake City, Utah); Michael Dandurand (Wichita, Kansas); Saad Dinno (Acton, Massachusetts); William Fixler  (Chelsea, Alabama); Kynan Gibson (Salina, Kansas); Athena Kingston (Conway, Arkansas); Kenneth Latta (Hillsborough, North Carolina); Richard Moon (Frewsburg, New York); Nathan Pope  (Austin, Texas); Joshua Rimany (Charlotte, North Carolina); Andy Ruiz (Austin, Texas); Linda Sarpong (Houston, Texas); Mary Spitzer (Wawa, Ontario Canada);
Will Spitzer (Wawa, Ontario Canada); John Walczyk (Waltham, Massachusetts).

IACP welcomed five new Fellows: Tracy Christian, Premier Custom Pharmacy (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida); Cathy H. Huie, Brame Huie Pharmacy (North Wilkesboro, North Carolina); David Joseph, AnazaoHealth
Corporation (Tampa, Florida); Ken Latta, Gates Healthcare Associates (Middleton, Massachusetts); and Ken Speidel, Gates Healthcare Associates, (Middleton, Massachusetts).
ACVP honored three new Fellows: Jorge Reyes (Bayamon, Puerto Rico); Clara Brown (Santa Rosa, California); Henry “Skip” Lenz (Boca Raton, Florida).

On Friday, February 7, the festivities included several social events including the IACP COMP PAC Reception, welcoming the Honorable Ted Yoho, U.S. House of Representatives (R, FL-3) as the keynote speaker. This exclusive event allowed 33 members to have a candid and direct dialogue with the Congressman to talk about the future of health care and compounding as well as the current regulatory and legislative issues facing compounding pharmacies.  All proceeds went to our goal of raising $200,000 and making COMP PAC one of the largest political action committees in pharmacy.


The ACA Foundation & the ACA/ACVP President’s Reception and Banquet

The highlight of the ACA/ACVP banquet is the celebration and installation of the ACA/ACVP Officers, as well as the presentation of the ACA Foundation Awards. The Foundation presented the Albert E. Rosica, Jr. Memorial Award, ACA Member of the Year Award, the ACA Research & Education Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and the Victor H. Morgenroth, Jr. Memorial Award with more than 85 guests in attendance.

Later that evening, all attendees joined ACA, IACP, and ACVP for the Celebration Dessert Reception sponsored by ACA and IACP Corporate Partner Letco Medical. The casual reception brought all three pharmacy organizations together for a wonderful evening of fellowship over an array of delicious desserts and cocktails.

One special highlight that evening included Bill Peters, Senior Executive Vice President of Sales and General Manager of Letco Medical generously raffling off one complimentary registration to the 2015 Educational Conference. The raffle winner was Tom Hunt, RPh, Lindenwood Drug (St. Louis, Missouri).  

ACA, IACP and ACVP would like to thank both the Educational Conference Poster Presentation participants for sharing their knowledge about unique case studies and research through poster presentations at the Educational Conference.

This year’s Poster Presentations were presented by: Loren M. Kirk, PharmD Candidate, East Tennessee State University (Primary Author) with Stacy D. Brown, Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University (Co-Author); and Manuel Isherwood, Pharmacy Student, Wilkes University, Nesbitt College of Pharmacy (Primary Author) with Co-Authors: Eliza Daubert, Pharmacy Student, Wilkes University, Nesbitt College of Pharmacy; Christina Inteso, Pharmacy Student, Wilkes University, Nesbitt College of Pharmacy; Trey Tietz, Pharmacy Student, Wilkes University, Nesbitt College of Pharmacy; Arthur H. Kibbe, Faculty, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wilkes University, Nesbitt College of Pharmacy; Adam VanWert, Faculty, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wilkes University, Nesbitt College of Pharmacy.
Click here to review the poster presentations.

Thank you to our Meeting Sponsors and Exhibitors!

A BIG thank you to our exhibitors and meeting sponsors: AirClean Systems; Analytical Research Laboratories (ARL); Associates of Cape Cod, Inc; Attix Pharmaceuticals; B&B Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Blesstia Pharmaceutical; Charles River; Compounding Matters Academy; Digi-Trax Corporation; EXAKT Technologies, Inc; Fagron; Feras Capital, LLC; Freedom Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Hardy Diagnostics; Humco Compounding; ICA Health, LLC; International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding (IJPC); International Medical Industries, Inc; KUNESA LLC; Letco Medical; Live Oak Bank; MEDISCA; PCCA; Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB); RX TaxPros; Storey Marketing; Tacit Almonds, LLC; Take Charge Pharmacist Obesity Education System; Televox; Topi-Click Topical Dosing Applicator.  

We would like to thank the following individual and pharmacy meeting sponsors for their support of the Educational Conference: Bronze Sponsors: Robert Anniharico, RPh, The Compounding Facility (Staten Island, NY); Eddie Glover, PharmD, US Compounding (Conway, AR); Charles Leiter, PharmD, Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy (San Jose, CA); Scott Popyk, RPh, MBA, FIACP, Health Dimensions (Farmington Hills, Michigan); William Stuart, RPh, Hartley Medical Center Pharmacy (Long Beach, CA); Contributor Sponsors: Jay Ashworth, BS Pharm, RPh, GE Nuclear, (Dallas, TX); Lisa Ashworth, BS Pharm, RPh, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, (Dallas, TX); David Carter, PharmD, Riggs Drugs, Inc. (Chetopa, KS); Saad Dinno, RPh, FIACP, Acton Pharmacy Inc. (Acton, MA); Justin Dipisa, RPh, FACA, Century Pharmacy, LLC (Paramus, NJ);  Johannes Heine, MBA, KUNESA LLC (Coral Gables, FL); Lucy Malmberg, RPh, CEO, Wedgewood Village Pharmacy, Inc. (Swedesboro, NJ); Arthur Margolis, RPh, America’s Compounding Center (Newton, MA); Linda McElhiney, PharmD, RPh, FIACP, FACA, FASHP, Indiana University Health (Indianapolis, IN); Martin B. Mintz, RPh, Northern Pharmacy & Medical Equipment (Baltimore, MD); Becca Mitchell, PharmD, FIACP, US Compounding (Conway, AR); Suzanne Rosenberg, PharmD, Community Compounding Pharmacy (Portland, OR); Andy Ruiz, PharmD, MSc, Stonegate Pharmacy (Austin, TX). 

To learn more about the exhibitors and meeting sponsors, click here

To see photos from the meeting, check out the Educational Conference Facebook Page here.  

Thank you to all for making the Educational Conference a huge success! Stay tuned for details on the 2015 meeting.  



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