Ohio-Marshall County Pharmacist Association Seminar Set March 18 at Oglebay Park in Wheeling

Photo Provided Members of the Ohio-Marshall County Pharmacist Association’s 44th annual Spring Continuing Education Seminar Committee are from left, Bob Gruber, Don Orlando, Katie Kacmarik and Chairman Jason Turner.

The Ohio-Marshall County Pharmacist Association’s 44th annual Spring Continuing Education Seminar will take place on March 18 at Wilson Lodge, Oglebay Park. The program will provide six continuing education credits for pharmacists, coordinated by the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy Office of Continuing Education.

The annual event attracts more than 175 pharmacists from the tri-state area, and continues to be an exciting opportunity for pharmacists to engage and network with colleagues from across the profession. This year’s sessions will not disappoint, as speakers will join from local, state and national positions to enhance knowledge of pharmacists, directly impacting the quality of pharmacy care for patients in the Ohio Valley.

Dr. Amanda Wakim, nurse practitioner at Wheeling Hospital Centers of Endocrinology, will provide an educational session. Wakim brings a vast knowledge of endocrinology, and will share findings in cardiovascular risk reduction and the risk of adverse outcomes with their therapies.

Kevin Schweers, director of the Advocacy Center and senior vice president of Government and Public Affairs for the National Community Pharmacists Assocation in Alexandria, Va., will address the top issues and priorities for community pharmacists in ensuring continued access for patients to community pharmacy care. Schweers will identify current proposed federal solutions to constructively address challenges to pharmacy care, and discuss how community pharmacists can and should be involved through professional organizations to affect positive change in pharmacy practice for all patients.

Jason Frame, director of the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis in Charleston, will provide a review on the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, allowing for cannabis to be used for certified medical use by West Virginia residents with serious medical conditions.

Frame was recently named to his position in early February, and previously served at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Environmental Health Services for the past five years. Frame will discuss key considerations for practicing pharmacists, and the role of the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Board. In addition, he will present data from a recent patient and physician interest survey on medical cannabis.

Dr. Meera Mehta, PharmD., infectious diseases clinical specialist at Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy of West Virginia University Medicine in Morgantown will present an update on the progress in HIV treatment, including new updates in HIV treatment guidelines, new medications for antiretroviral therapy, and the potential strategies that may be used for a cure for patients suffering from HIV.

A portion of the proceeds from the seminar are dedicated to the OMCPA Scholarship, awarded annually to a deserving pharmacy student demonstrating academic achievement and financial need, by the WVU School of Pharmacy. This seminar continues to attract the largest number of both practicing and retired pharmacists in West Virginia. For more information or top register for the seminar, call Jason Turner at 304-845-0390.