Official Newsjournal of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists

ICHP KeePosted

December 2017

Volume 43 Issue 10

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2015 Annual Meeting

KeePosted Info

Features

Toss for Treasure!

American Pharmacists Month: It’s Never Too Early to Plan!

Acknowledgement of Peer Reviewers

Columns

President's Message

Directly Speaking

Educational Affairs

New Practitioners Network

Leadership Profile

Government Affairs Report

Board of Pharmacy Update

College Connections

Welcome the new E-board!

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Welcome New Members!

Officers and Board of Directors

ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund (PAC) Contributors

Upcoming Events

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Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists
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Phone: (815) 227-9292
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KeePosted
Official Newsjournal of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists

EDITOR
Jacob Gettig

ASSISTANT EDITOR
Jennifer Phillips

MANAGING EDITOR
Scott Meyers

ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
Trish Wegner

DESIGN EDITOR
Amanda Wolff

ICHP Staff
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Scott Meyers

VICE PRESIDENT - PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Trish Wegner

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Maggie Allen

INFORMATION SPECIALIST
Heidi Sunday

CUSTOMER SERVICE AND
PHARMACY TECH TOPICS™ SPECIALIST

Jo Ann Haley

ACCOUNTANT
Jan Mark

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Amanda Wolff

LEGISLATIVE CONSULTANT
Jim Owen

ICHP Mission Statement
Advancing Excellence in Pharmacy

ICHP Vision Statement
ICHP dedicates itself to achieving a vision of pharmacy practice where:
  • Pharmacists are universally recognized as health care professionals and essential providers of health care services.
  • Patients are aware of the training, skills, and abilities of a pharmacist and the fundamental role that pharmacists play in optimizing medication therapy.
  • Formally educated, appropriately trained, and PTCB certified pharmacy technicians manage the medication distribution process with appropriate pharmacist oversight.
  • Pharmacists improve patient care and medication safety through the development of effective public policies by interacting and collaborating with patients, other health care professionals and their respective professional societies, government agencies, employers and other concerned parties.
  • Evidence-based practices are used to achieve safe and effective medication therapies.
  • There are an adequate number of qualified pharmacy leaders within the pharmacy profession.
  • Pharmacists take primary responsibility for educating pharmacy technicians, pharmacy students, pharmacist peers, other health professionals, and patients about appropriate medication use.

KeePosted Vision
As an integral publication of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists, the KeePosted newsjournal will reflect its mission and goals. In conjunction with those goals, KeePosted will provide timely information that meets the changing professional and personal needs of Illinois pharmacists and technicians, and maintain high publication standards.

KeePosted is an official publication of, and is copyrighted by, the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists (ICHP). KeePosted is published 10 times a year. ICHP members received KeePosted as a member benefit. All articles published herein represent the opinions of the authors and do not reflect the policy of the ICHP or the authors’ institutions unless specified. Advertising inquiries can be directed to ICHP office at the address listed above. Image disclaimer: The image used in the Pharmacy Tech Topics™ advertisement is the property of © 2015 Thinkstock, a division of Getty Images.

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Features

Toss for Treasure!
Annual Meeting to Feature the New ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund Ring Toss

by Scott A. Meyers, Treasurer, ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund


The ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund has created a new and interactive event for the 2015 Annual Meeting and you can help make it a success! This year the ICHP PAC (Political Action Committee we call the ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund) will take you back to your grade school fun fair and birthday party days with an old fashioned ring toss to raise money for the Fund. But the prizes this year will be very adult and this old fashion game will provide an entertaining and interactive way to make new friends.

The Game:  Old Fashion Ring Toss
The Prizes:  Donated bottles of wine or spirits, bags of coffee or tea, or gift cards from your favorite establishments
The Cost:  1 Ring for $10 or 3 Rings for $25

Here’s how you can help! In order to make this event a success, we need your help by donating a prize you would like to win yourself – even if you don’t plan to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting in Oakbrook Terrace on September 10-12. All you need to do is call the office and tell us what you will be bringing (or sending) as a prize and its retail value. The prize can be a nice bottle of your favorite wine, a bottle of your favorite liquor, a bag or two of your favorite coffee or boxes of tea, or even a gift card from your favorite restaurant, theater or store! You will receive credit for an in kind donation to the ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund and your prize will be placed in the prize pool for participants to win!

As soon as you know what you intend to donate, please contact the ICHP office at (815) 227-9292 or e-mail Scott at scottm@ichpnet.org with the prize and its value. Let us know if you will be bringing it to the meeting on the first day (September 10th) or if you intend to ship it to us directly at ICHP, 4055 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park, IL, 61111-8653. If you ship it to the office, we will confirm receipt when it arrives. Contributions should be received in the ICHP office by no later than Friday, September 4th.

We hope this new event will create some fun and excitement in addition to raising some significant money for ICHP’s political agenda in the 2016 elections! We look forward to seeing you at the meeting where we hope you try to win your donated prize or someone else’s great contribution!



American Pharmacists Month: It’s Never Too Early to Plan!
Will Your Celebration Be Memorable?

by Scott A. Meyers, Executive Vice President

National Pharmacy Month (October) isn’t that far away, and it might be a good time to show your health care colleagues just what pharmacy has to contribute.

American Pharmacists Month is celebrated to:
  • Recognize the vital contributions of pharmacists make to health care in the United States.
  • Enhance the image of pharmacists as the medication experts and an integral part of the health care team.
  • Educate the public, policy makers, pharmacists and other health care professionals about the role pharmacists play in reducing health care costs and the safe and effective management of medications.
  • And, promote the importance of “Know Your Pharmacist, Know Your Medications” in the safe and effective use of medications.¹
American Pharmacists Month has been established and supported by the American Pharmacists Association and other groups for several years.

National Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Week is October 18-24, 2015 and acknowledges the invaluable contributions that pharmacists and technicians make to patient care in our nation’s health care institutions.² Established and supported by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, this week within the special month draws a unique spotlight on what our members do every day!  

National Pharmacy Technician Day is the fourth Tuesday in October, which falls on October 20th this year. This day is set aside to highlight the contributions made by pharmacy technicians across the country! With pharmacy departments depending more and more on pharmacy technicians for the distributive side of operations, it’s a great day to make a special celebration!

So what are your plans? Who will you invite to celebrate with you? How will you get your message out to your patients, their family members and friends and fellow health care professionals?  

ASHP has an entire resource center for the sole purpose of helping all of us do a better job of celebrating! ASHP provides not only “Strategies for Success” but also Pharmacy Week gift ideas, open house invitations, meet and greet invitations, sample newsletter articles, and more! The meet and greet idea may offer the perfect opportunity to get a local legislator or two into your facility considering elections are just around the corner in very early November! You can access the resource center by clicking here.   

There’s a lot you can do, if you take the time to plan. There’s a lot you can accomplish, if you take the time to execute. Don’t pass up this outstanding opportunity to get our message out. Start with your marketing plan!

Oh, and by the way, if you do something special this year, we’d love to read about it and see the pictures. We might spotlight you in KeePosted!


References
  1. American Pharmacists Association. Purpose of APhM. http://www.pharmacist.com/node/43973 (accessed 2015 July 23). 
  2. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Pharmacy Week: Celebrate & Share! http://www.ashp.org/menu/PracticePolicy/ResourceCenters/PublicRelations/HealthObservances/HealthSystemPharmacyWeek.aspx (accessed 2015 July 23). 



Acknowledgement of Peer Reviewers

The editors of KeePosted would like to thank the following individuals who provided peer reviews of Educational Affairs and/or Professional Affairs articles submitted to KeePosted from September 2014 – August 2015.


Jaime Borkowski
Lara Ellinger
Mike Fotis
Ann Jankiewicz
Huda-Marie Kuttab
Milena McLaughlin
Jen Phillips
Carol Poskay
Karin Terry



Columns

President's Message
Collaboration Gone Wrong

by Linda Fred, ICHP President

One of the first things I was asked to do after my election as President was to choose a “theme” for my presidency. I selected collaboration, and I’ve tried, in these articles for KeePosted, to offer examples and suggestions for how collaboration can enrich our profession as a whole and our practices at the individual level. I thought this month I would take a stab at an example of what it looks like when there isn’t good collaboration.

It will come as no surprise to anyone who has lived in Illinois for more than about a day that possibly the richest example of lack of collaboration is our own state government. This year’s budget impasse is partisan and ugly.

The list of healthcare services that could be affected is lengthy. A few of the more concerning cuts on the table are:
  • Already dramatically underserved mental health services including those for substance abuse treatments
  • Breast and cervical cancer screening services
  • Services facilitating independent living for our elderly and persons with disabilities
  • General Medicaid funding (already near the bottom of all 50 states in Medicaid funding per person) – and especially problematic are cuts to preventive services which will likely drive more patients back to our already stressed emergency departments.
I did a quick search on Crain’s Chicago Business (www.chicagobusiness.com) this morning, and it brought up the following headlines from the last couple of weeks:
  • “Temporary Budget, Likely Doomed, Heads to Rauner’s Desk”
  • “Why Springfield’s Budget Crisis is More Talk Than Real”
  • “S&P’s Grade on Illinois Budget Talks: F. No, Make That an F Minus”
  • “Madigan Ups Rauner Challenge with New, Wider Budget Bill”
  • “Madigan to Offer One-Month ‘Essential' Budget”
  • “Rauner Spikes Dems’ Budget and Then Answers Back”
If these headlines are any indication – it feels like a lot of political posturing and not much collaborating. It’s sad because when you look at just that short list of services above (and it’s not comprehensive by any means) and extrapolate that list to the millions of residents of this state who will feel the impact of this lack of “across the aisle” cooperation either directly or indirectly – it starts to get a little bit too real.

Collaboration is about finding common goals. It is disheartening that our state government seems to have lost track of the common goal that is the welfare of the residents of Illinois. Winning has become more important than meeting the needs of the residents.

On a lighter note though, they did all come together yesterday to make sweet corn the State’s Vegetable – although they didn’t get around to making Pumpkin Pie the State Pie yet. Thank goodness this session hasn’t been a complete waste!



Directly Speaking
PTCB: Where are we and where are we going?

by Scott A. Meyers, Executive Vice President

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Pharmacy Technician Board, Inc., a not-for-profit certifying body established in 1995 by four pharmacy organizations. Two State associations, the Michigan Pharmacists Association and the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists, which had both been in the certifying business for several years, and two national associations, the American Pharmacists Association and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, which both read the writing on the wall saw that the time for national certification of pharmacy technicians had arrived!

Since those early days in 1995, PTCB has certified over half a million pharmacy technicians nationwide. In addition, PTCB Certification is included in the regulations of 23 states and 45 states now regulate pharmacy technicians in some manner of registration and/or licensure. In addition, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy became a co-owner of PTCB in 2001 bringing even more credibility to this national standard. Finally, many of the initial foes of PTCB are now partners and satisfied users of the PTCB exam, supporting it by paying for their technicians’ exam fees and providing salary increases to successful exam candidates. We’ve come a long way, baby!

ICHP remains an owner and retains a seat on the PTCB Board of Governors as well as a seat on its Certification Council. Barbara Limburg Mancini currently represents ICHP on PTCB’s Certification Council and serves as its President in 2015. I serve as a member of the Board of Governors as the Governor at Large currently, having just completed my second two-year term as Board Chair in 2014.

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE) has not changed dramatically over the first 20 years, although the test blueprint has been updated nearly every five years during that time period. The test remains 90 questions to be completed in 1 hour and 50 minutes. Ten of the questions are not scored but are new items that are evaluated for reliability, validity and bias. Scores are scaled with a range of 1000 to 1600 and a passing score of at least 1400. Candidates may take the PTCE up to four times, if necessary.

A Certified Pharmacy Technician may recertify every two years by completing 20 hours of continuing education which includes at least one hour of pharmacy law and one hour of patient safety. The Illinois General Assembly passed HB3219 this June that, if signed by the Governor, will require the same of all of its Certified Pharmacy Technicians. This year PTCB also reduced the number of CE hours obtained through in-services from 10 to 5 hours per two year recertification period.

So where is PTCB and the PTCE headed in the near future? In 2016, PTCB will decrease the hours of CE obtained through pharmacy-related course work from 15 to 10 during the two-year recertification period. In 2018, the ability to obtain CE hours from in-services will be dropped completely.

Perhaps the most dramatic change to prerequisites for the PTCE is projected to occur in 2020, when a candidate for the PTCE must have completed an accredited training program prior to sitting for the exam. ASHP and ACPE have partnered to accredit technician training programs nationwide and are working diligently to ensure access to technicians in all parts of the country. PTCB is monitoring the situation carefully and is working with ASHP and ACPE to find all forms of acceptable routes for potential programs.

In addition to changes with the examination and the CE requirements, PTCB is working on additional pharmacy technician certifications in the area of sterile product preparation and possibly advanced certifications in hospital and community pharmacy. These advanced certifications could provide the foundation for career ladders and future advancement for pharmacy technicians and the practice itself.

PTCB’s mission is to advocate a single national standard for pharmacy technician certification, a position consistent with the approach by other professions, including the pharmacist license process. PTCB develops, maintains, promotes and administers a nationally accredited certification and recertification program for pharmacy technicians to enable the most effective support of pharmacists to advance patient safety. (This comes straight from the PTCB website.) As a Governor and founder of PTCB, that has always been our goal!

The first 20 years have been exciting and the next five look to be equally thrilling! I am proud that the leaders of ICHP have always been on the cutting edge of this endeavor!




Educational Affairs
Naloxone for pre-hospital and layperson administration to reverse opioid overdoses

by Elizabeth Messana, PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, Department of Pharmacy; Gary D Peksa, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Emergency Medicine, Department of Pharmacy, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Background
The United States is experiencing an epidemic of illegal and prescription drug abuse.1,2 Between 2002 and 2013, deaths resulting from heroin overdose have quadrupled.Over 40,000 drug overdose deaths from illegal and prescription drugs were reported in 2013.1 Of the 22,767 deaths relating to prescription drugs, over 70% of cases involved opioid painkillers. Drug abuse accounted for 2.5 million emergency department (ED) visits in 2011, with over 400,000 ED visits resulting from opioid analgesics. In light of this growing epidemic, the purpose of this article is to: (1) provide information about treating opioid overdoses including: pre-hospital and hospital administration routes for rapid delivery of the antidote naloxone, (2) explain the success of implemented naloxone distribution programs, and (3) outline proposed changes to Illinois legislature related to dispensing naloxone. 

Opioids, including heroin and prescription drugs, act as agonists to mu, delta, and kappa opioid receptors.3 Activation of the opioid receptors at therapeutic doses results in analgesia, euphoria, miosis, constipation, and urinary retention. Supra-therapeutic administration of opioid agonists may lead to an overdose with resultant altered mental status, slow or shallow breathing, miosis, and poor perfusion (i.e. blue/gray lips). Several factors have been associated with an increased risk of opioid overdose, including: methadone prescriptions, high-potency or extended release products, recent opioid poisoning, suspected or documented history of opioid abuse, concurrent use of psychotropic drugs, organ dysfunction, and recent participation in an opioid detoxification program.4

Naloxone acts as an opioid receptor antagonist and serves as an antidote to reverse the effects of opioid agonists, including heroin and prescription opioids.5 Naloxone has high affinity for the mu-opioid receptor and quickly reverses respiratory depression.6 Naloxone is used for reversal of suspected or known opioid overdose presenting with central nervous system or respiratory depression (respiratory rate less than or equal to 12 breaths per minute). Rapid reversal of opioids by naloxone produces a withdrawal response consisting of nausea, vomiting, hypertension, diarrhea and tachycardia. Therefore, the goal of naloxone therapy is the return of adequate spontaneous ventilation without complete arousal or withdrawal response.

Naloxone can be administered via intravenous (IV), intramuscular (IM), subcutaneous (SQ), intranasal (IN), intraosseus (IO), or endotracheal (ET) routes.6,7 Obtaining IV, IO, or ET access requires medical supplies and expertise, and delaying therapy to secure these routes may lead to death.7  Additionally, IV and IO routes are associated with an inherent risk of exposure to blood-borne pathogens, including human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C.

Intranasal and IM routes, including IM auto-injectors, are becoming preferred routes of administration for pre-hospital or ED use, and facilitate layperson participation in antidote administration.8,9  Intranasal versus IM routes require different formulations and devices for administration (Table 1). Patients, caregivers, and anyone potentially involved in naloxone administration should be trained to immediately call 911 at the first sign of overdose. A second dose of naloxone should be administered if there is no response within two minutes of the initial dose.

Table 1. Naloxone formulations and devices used5,11,12



Intranasal spray
Naloxone is rapidly absorbed from the nasal cavity and has been shown to be as effective as the IV route for reversing opioid overdoses.7-9 To administer an intranasal (IN) dose, a mucosal atomization device (MAD) is attached to a pre-filled Luer lock needleless glass syringe or to a syringe with naloxone drawn up from a vial (Figure 1).10 The maximum volume that may be administered in each nostril is 1 mL, warranting that a naloxone concentration of 1 mg/mL be utilized to avoid the need for multiple administrations. After the MAD is attached, the white atomizer cone is positioned within the patient’s nostril. Half of the dose is administered via a short, vigorous push of the syringe plunger. The second half of the dose should be administered in the same manner within the opposite nostril. Refer to Appendix 1 for naloxone administration videos.

Figure 1. Naloxone prefilled syringe with attached nasal mucosal atomization device (Teleflex, Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC).

 

Intramuscular injection
Intramuscular injection requires dexterity and familiarity with syringe and needle use.  Using a 0.4 mg/mL concentration of naloxone, 1 mL should be drawn up into a syringe (Figure 2) and administered at a 90 degree angle into a large muscle (i.e. upper arm/thigh, outer buttocks) with a 25 gauge needle.10 Alternatively, an IM/SQ auto-injector (Evzio), similar in functionality to EpiPen auto-injector, may be preferred by participants not comfortable with needle use.10,11 The auto-injector is a single-use device with a retractable needle that is not exposed before, during or after use.11 Evzio may be administered through clothing, if necessary, and should be injected into the anterolateral aspect of the thigh.8

Figure 2. Intramuscular administration of naloxone.

 

Naloxone distribution and expanded access programs
Several state and local programs have successfully promoted safe and effective use of naloxone to prevent opioid overdose through Good Samaritan laws, collaborative practice agreements, and liability protection for third party administrators.13 In 2001 and 2007 New Mexico enacted laws that protect bystanders who administer naloxone and protect individuals who call for help at the scene of an overdose.10 In 2014, New Mexico expanded prescriptive authority of pharmacists to be inclusive of naloxone.10,14 Pharmacist eligibility to prescribe naloxone is permitted after successful completion of a two-hour certification program bienially.14 Similarly, in Rhode Island all Walgreens and CVS pharmacies provide IM and IN naloxone without a prescription under a collaborative practice agreement.10

In 2001, San Francisco trained 12 pairs of injection drug users (IDUs) to recognize signs and symptoms of overdose and exercise a three-step rescue process on their peers, including IV naloxone administration, rescue breaths, and calling 911.15 The pilot trial reported  20 witnessed overdose cases with 100% survival over 6 months. Providing naloxone to IDUs did not increase use or frequency of heroin overdoses in study participants. The study was limited by self-reported data and possible selection bias of motivated participants, but ultimately concluded that training heroin users to resuscitate patients suffering an overdose may prevent mortality.15

The Chicago Recovery Alliance implemented a similar program in January 2001 and distributed 3,500 vials of naloxone injection to IDUs and included training on its use.16 The program reported 319 overdose incidents with 318 successful peer reversals with naloxone. Although retrospective, a 20% decrease in opioid-related deaths was reported by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office after just one year.

The 2008 Lazarus Project in Wilkes County, North Carolina trained community members to utilize IN naloxone as a method of at-home opioid overdose rescue for patients prescribed opioids and with risk factors for overdose.17,18 Historically, Wilkes County had the highest death rate for unintentional drug poisoning in the nation. Between 2009 and 2011, a 15% decrease in ED visits and a 69% decrease in overdose deaths were reported. The success of Project Lazarus subsequently lead to implementation of the program statewide in North Carolina and adoption by other states.18

Massachusetts implemented overdose education and naloxone distribution to non-medical personnel in 2006.19 A four year retrospective cohort study compared the management of overdose events by untrained rescuers versus trained rescuers (from a formal treatment program) and to assess if naloxone distribution changed opioid usage. Trained rescuers and untrained rescuers administered naloxone 295 and 79 times, respectively. There were no statistically significant differences between the groups with respect to successful rescue with only one dose, administration of rescue breathing, and calling 911 for help. The authors suggest the success of untrained rescuers is due to social networks and receipt of knowledge from trained rescuers. To assess changes in opioid usage, the authors evaluated participants that provided drug use data at baseline and at least 30 days later. Among 325 participants assessed for heroin usage, 35% reported increased usage, 38% reported decreased usage, and 27% reported no change in usage. The findings reiterate that naloxone distribution did not result in increased heroin usage.15,19 The success of this program has led to several Massachusetts communities adopting naloxone distribution for emergency medical technicians, firefighters, and police officers.20


Illinois legislation
The Illinois 99th General Assembly of year 2015 has proposed to amend The Pharmacy Practice Act by adding Section 19.1: Dispensing naloxone antidotes.21 The anticipated amendment will allow greater access of opioid antagonists to populations at risk of overdose and allow pharmacists to dispense opioid antagonists. Before dispensing, pharmacists will need to complete a training program. Given the early stages of this legislation, the procedures or protocols to dispense and training requirements are yet to be fully detailed. Pharmacists are encouraged to follow ICHP for more information about updates to the new laws and regulations.

 

References
  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Injury Prevention & Control: Prescription Drug Overdose (April 2015). http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose (accessed 2015 Jun 6).
  2. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Vital Signs: Today’s Heroin Epidemic (July 2015). http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/heroin/ (accessed 2015 July 20).
  3. Baumann TJ, Strickland JM, Herndon CM. Pain Management. In: DiPiro JT, Talbert RL, Yee GC, et al., eds. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach. 9th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2014:925-30.
  4. Wermeling DP. Opioid harm reduction strategies: focus on expanded access to intranasal naloxone. Pharmacotherapy. 2010; 30(7):627-31.
  5. Narcan (naloxone) package insert. Lake Forest, IL: Hospira, Inc; 2007.
  6. Nelson LS, Olsen D. Opioids. In: Hoffman RS, Nelson LS, Howland MA, et al., eds. Goldfrank’s Toxicologic Emergencies. 9th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2011:559-78.
  7. Robinson A, Wermeling DP. Intranasal naloxone administration for treatment of opioid overdose. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2014; 71(24):2129-35.
  8. Loimer N, Hofmann P, Chaudhry HR. Nasal administration of naloxone is as effective as the i.v. route in opiate addicts. Int J Addict. 1994; 29(6):819-27.
  9. Kerr D, Kelly AM, Dietze P, et al. Randomized controlled trial comparing the effectiveness and safety of intranasal and intramuscular naloxone for the treatment of suspected heroin overdose. Addiction. 2009; 104(12):2067-74.
  10. Naloxone access: A practical guideline for pharmacists. http://cpnp.org/guideline/naloxone (accessed 2015 Jun 6).
  11. Evzio® (naloxone) package insert. Richmond, VA: kaleo, Inc; 2014.
  12. Prescribe to Prevent: prescribe naloxone, save a life. http://www.prescribetoprevent.org (accessed 2015 Jun 6).
  13. The Network for Public Health Law. Legal interventions to reduce overdose mortality: Naloxone access and overdose Good Samaritan laws. (July 2015).   https://www.networkforphl.org/_asset/qz5pvn/legalinterventions-to-reduce-overdose.pdf (accessed 2015 July 20).
  14. New Mexico Pharmacist prescriptive authority of naloxone rescue kits (NRKs), as intended to support and pursuant to, New Mexico Board of Pharmacy Regulation. http://www.rld.state.nm.us/uploads/FileLinks/e3740e56e0fe428e991dca5bd25a7519/NRK_protocol_BOP_Dale_Tinker.pdf (accessed 2015 Jun 6).
  15. Seal KH, Thawley R, Gee L, et al. Naloxone distribution and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training for injection drug users to prevent heroin overdose death: a pilot intervention study. J Urban Health. 2005; 82(2):303-11. 
  16. Maxwell S, Bigg D, Stanczykiewicz K, Carlberg S. Prescribing naloxone to actively injection heroin users: a program to reduce heroin overdose death. J Addictive Dis. 2006; 25(3):89-96.
  17. Albert S, Brason FW 2nd, Sanford CK, et al. Project Lazarus: community-based overdose prevention in rural North Carolina. Pain Med. 2011; 12:S77-85.
  18. Brason FW 2nd, Roe C, Dasgupta N. Project Lazarus: an innovative community response to prescription drug overdose. N C Med J. 2013; 74(3):259-61.
  19. Doe-Simkins M, Quinn E, Xuan Z, et al. Overdose rescues by trained and untrained participants and change in opioid use among substance-using participants in overdose education and naloxone distribution programs: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Public Health. 2014; 14:297.
  20. Davis CS, Ruiz S, Glynn P, et al. Expanded access to naloxone among firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical technicians in Massachusetts. Am J Public Health. 2014; 104(8):e7-9.
  21. Heroin Crisis Act, H.R. 0001, 99th Cong., 1st Sess. (2015).
 
Appendix 1. Administration Videos


New Practitioners Network
New Frontiers: Emergency Medicine Pharmacy

by Kris Valenti, PharmD, BCPS, Emergency Department Pharmacist, HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL

As automation continues to take over the traditional “count, pour, lick and stick” roles of a pharmacist, the profession is charged with finding new ways to expand pharmacy practice. The Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) empowers pharmacists to think outside of the box and move into areas that were previously untouched by the pharmacist - enter the Emergency Medicine (EM) Pharmacist. While having a pharmacist in the Emergency Department (ED) is not a new concept, in recent years, its popularity has increased. In October 2014, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) passed resolution 44, recognizing and supporting the role of the EM pharmacist, heralding in a new era for this specialty area of practice.

So what exactly does the EM Pharmacist do? The Emergency Department is a magnet for medication errors, and pharmacists help promote safe and effective medication use in a fast-paced, high acuity environment. While this description could be applied to many areas of pharmacy, the following list (though not all encompassing) details the unique opportunities that an EM Pharmacist may encounter: 
  • Code attendance. Since it is the doorway to the hospital, the ED sees a fair amount of “code” situations. These include cardiopulmonary arrests, S-T elevated myocardial infarctions, strokes, and traumas, to name a few. These are the highest acuity patients who require quick interventions.  Some of the interventions that EM pharmacists provide include: the provision of drug information; ensuring protocol adherence (e.g. ACLS); assisting in drug acquisition; providing dose recommendations for lifesaving medication; and assisting with time-dependent medications (including pressor/sedation titration recommendations), to name a few. 
  • Rapid Sequence Intubation and Procedural Sedation. These situations many times coincide with code situations. The pharmacist can aid in drug selection, acquisition, and dosing recommendations. 
  • Drug Information. From IV compatibility to drip rates, medication side effects to pill identification, the pharmacist provides a wide variety of drug information to all members of the emergency medicine team: nurses, physicians, mid-level providers, and emergency medicine technicians. 
  • Prospective Order Review. In a busy emergency department, reviewing a patient’s current medications along with their home medication list and allergies prior to medication administration allows the pharmacist to make interventions – from  antibiotic selection or medication/dosing changes - before the medication reaches the patient. 
  • Toxicology. Whether it is intentional or not, medication overdoses and toxin exposures are common presentations in the ED. The pharmacist can provide valuable information regarding signs and symptoms that may occur with certain medications, antidotes available, other medications to avoid that may potentiate the current presentation, and pill identification. 
  • Core Measure Review. With the pay-for-performance model for reimbursement, the pharmacist can aid with starting appropriate medications for admitted patients to fulfill core measures (e.g. aspirin and statins for stroke). 
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship. While this initiative is primarily focused on the inpatient setting, the EM pharmacist can impact stewardship efforts in both the inpatient and outpatient arenas. By providing guidance for antibiotic selection and dosing and developing order sets that reflect appropriate stewardship efforts, EM pharmacists can steer provider’s antibiotic selection towards safer, more effective options. EM pharmacists can also provide culture follow up for patients who were discharged from the ED to ensure agreement with culture/sensitivity results and original antibiotic selection.
  • Patient Counseling. Many patients are started on new medication therapies in the ED, which open up the opportunity for pharmacists to counsel patients. Additionally, EM pharmacists can review home medications to ensure patients are taking these medications correctly. The home medication review may also aid in correlating current symptom presentation with adverse drug reactions. 
  • Medication Reconciliation. Whether completing medication histories/reconciliation themselves or providing oversight to pharmacy technicians or students, the EM pharmacist can ensure that complete and accurate medication histories are obtained for patients being admitted to the hospital. 
  • Increasing Use of Technology. Advocating for the integration of technology, including automated dispensing cabinets, bedside medication verification, smart pumps, etc., can help decrease medications errors that have the potential to occur in the ED. 
  • Committee Involvement. Pharmacists sit on many inter-disciplinary committees (e.g., Trauma Quality Improvement Committee) and can provide a unique perspective. Additionally, these committees may help develop policies, procedures and protocols to promote safe and effective medication use. EM pharmacists may also sit on committees within the pharmacy department (e.g. Residency Advisory Committee). 
  • In-services. Being the medication expert, the pharmacist provides education to hospital personnel including nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, etc., regarding medications and processes that involve medications. 
  • Precepting. The EM pharmacist acts as preceptor for pharmacy students (both introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences) and PGY1 and PGY2 residents. The wide variety of patients presenting to the ED makes for an exciting and well-rounded learning experience.
While the ED is not a new area for pharmacy services, EM pharmacy services continue to make meaningful contributions in EDs around the country. This was illustrated in a 2012 article, which revealed that an EM pharmacist’s involvement in the medication management process led to a nearly 52% rate of medication error interception.1 Additionally, a 2007 article revealed an over $1 million cost avoidance spanning a four month period with EM pharmacist interventions.2 The PPMI and the recognition by ACEP, along with literature demonstrating the positive impact the pharmacist has in the ED is likely to continue to support the growth of this specialty and create more job opportunities for new practitioners to step in and make an impact.


References
  1. Patanwala AE, Sanders AB, Thomas MC, et al. A prospective, multicenter study of pharmacist activities resulting in medication error interception in the emergency department. Ann Emerg Med 2012;59(5):369-73.
  2. Lada P, Delgado G Jr. Documentation of pharmacists’ interventions in an emergency department and associated cost avoidance. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2007;64(1):63-8.



Leadership Profile
Tara Vickery Gorden

What is your current leadership position in ICHP?  
Southern Regional Co-Director

What benefits do you see in being active in a professional association such as ICHP?  
I had not given much thought to the importance of being an active participant in professional organizations until I became the Director of Pharmacy Services at Hamilton Memorial. At that time, I became very active in the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) Pharmacy User Group and realized the importance of the educational opportunities, networking and pharmacy advocacy professional organizations provide. The ICAHN Pharmacy User Group has often reached out to ICHP to provide us with education and opportunities to become more involved in our profession. After serving on the Pharmacy Practice Act Rules Task Force, I realized that many of the new rules could impact Southern Illinois negatively if pharmacists in Southern Illinois did not take a stand and voice our opinion.

What initially motivated you to get involved in ICHP?
About a year ago Scott Meyers contacted me, along with others, about filling a vacancy as the Southern Regional Director. Up until that time I hadn’t actually given much thought about being “that active” in a professional organization. However, I started thinking about the importance of our profession needing to make a difference, especially in Southern Illinois. Many legislative changes could really impact our rural population and rural Illinois needs to be a voice. I wanted to help be that voice.

Where did you go to pharmacy school?  
I graduated with a BS degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1995.

Where have you trained or worked?  
While in pharmacy school, I worked at Harrisburg Medical Center as a technician and fell in love with hospital pharmacy. However, hospital jobs were few and far between at that time. I decided to work for Revco/CVS in Eureka, IL. In 1998 I transferred to Harrisburg CVS after my grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. At that time I realized I wanted to be closer to my family in Southern Illinois and be available to help with my grandfather if needed. About 3 months later I had the opportunity to go to work for WalMart in Carmi, IL and later transferred to the Harrisburg store as the pharmacist in charge. In 2004, I finally made it back to my true love – hospital pharmacy and to the facility that made me fall in love with it! During my time at HMC I was a staff pharmacist and eventually Director of Pharmacy. In 2007 I had the opportunity to be employed at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro, IL as the sole pharmacist/pharmacy director.  Nine years later I am still going stong.

Describe your current area of practice and practice setting.
I am currently the sole pharmacist of our critical access hospital. I have one certified pharmacy technician (who is also a LPN and helps in respiratory therapy when needed), Ashlei Carter. We must work together to get our work done. I have to admit, I would be lost without her. Although our facility is only 25 beds, we stay pretty busy. Keeping up with outdated medications alone takes up a good amount of time. Since we are a small facility, I wear many “hats” which include pharmacist; clinical pharmacist; technician; purchaser; Vaccines for Children (VFC) coordinator; policy writer and game planner for hospital week (just to name a few). I love my position here. Every day is something new and more often than not – challenging.

Is there an individual you admire or look up to, or a mentor that has influenced your career?  
Probably my biggest influence in my professional life is not a pharmacist or even in the healthcare profession – my mother, Paula West! She has taught me so many things – going after my dreams and never giving up even when things are tough.

What advice would you give to student pharmacists?
I just told a pharmacy student this week, “If you learn one thing out of your 3 weeks here this would be it… Never ask your technician to do anything you would not do yourself.” They can be your biggest helper or your biggest adversary. They should be treated with respect and with that respect they will offer more help than you could ever imagine. Although they do not have the same education you do, they want to make a difference in our patient’s lives too. As a team you can make a difference.

Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work? 
What is a hobby??? I have very active boys and my biggest joy is being able to watch them participate in different sports and activities. My oldest son was very active too, but now he is out on his own. I also have a 14 and an 11 year old. We spend most of our time on a baseball field, basketball court, track field, or football field. I love every minute of it!

Do you have a favorite restaurant or food?
I am a big Italian and Mexican food fan.

What 3 adjectives would people use to best describe you?
After giving this question some thought I decided to poll my friends on Facebook. I ended up with 26 different adjectives so I combined a few of them and picked the top 3: 1. Competitive but what I think they meant: Crazy-baseball-mom (is that one word?) 2. Devoted/dedicated 3. Loving/caring



Government Affairs Report
Overtime Continues

by Jim Owen and Scott A. Meyers

The budget battle wages on, although there doesn’t seem to be much progress so far this summer. Both sides (General Assembly and the Governor) seem to be hunkered down in their trenches and lobbing the occasional bomb back and forth whenever the press will pay attention.

The good news is that no damage has been done to pharmacy so far in the overtime session, and in fact, there is some hope that one of the bills we fought and lost during the regular session may garner a Governor veto! SB455, the biosimilar bill has caught the eye of the Governor’s staff, and they have reached out to ICHP and IPhA to gather more information. SB455 is clearly an example of the pharmaceutical industry’s continued push to place barriers in the way of legitimate efforts to reduce health care costs for our patients and our State. Both ICHP and IPhA fought hard to prevent passage of the two original Biosimilar bills, SB1611 and HB3519, but during the last minute flurry of General Assembly activity prior to the end of the regular session, the sponsors caved to the pressure of high priced lobbyists and cobbled together a poorly crafted and extremely burdensome bill and snuck it through. We will let you know if the Governor vetoes this bill, and then we will ask you to contact your legislators to make sure they don’t vote to override it!

At the federal level, the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) has sought our help in working with Congressman Dan Lipinski, Representative from 3rd District in Illinois, in his investigation of unfavorable pricing and distribution practices by the pharmaceutical industry on select medications. Specifically, he is reviewing the practices implemented last year by Genentech and the impact of these practices on the overall costs of health care. ICHP will be working with IHA to help gather useful information to assist the Congressman in his review.

Finally, as most of you know, the FDA has delayed the enforcement of the Drug Supply Chain and Security Act until November 1, 2015. This should provide time for dispensers and suppliers to become compliant with the Track and Trace requirements of the Act. ICHP has created a resource page on the website with several documents to assist our members in attaining the appropriate level of compliance. The Track and Trace resource page can be found by clicking on the Public Policy tab on the left hand side of the Home Page. Or click here if you are reading the electronic version of the article.

As you can see, the advocacy activity of ICHP continues at a fast pace even though the summertime is supposed to be slow and relaxed. We will continue to keep you informed and may ask for your help as issues heat up in the future!




Board of Pharmacy Update
Highlights from the July Meeting

by Scott A. Meyers, Executive Vice President

The July 14th Board of Pharmacy Meeting was held at the James R. Thompson Center at Randolph and LaSalle Streets in Chicago. These are the highlights of that meeting.

NABP District IV Meetings – The 2015 District IV Meeting will be held in Milwaukee, WI and will be hosted by Concordia University College of Pharmacy and the Wisconsin Board of Pharmacy on November 4-6. The 2016 District IV Meeting will be held in Chicago and co-hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy and the Illinois Board of Pharmacy on November 2-4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Halstead.

New PMP Reporting Rules – The Department of Human Services has written new rules regarding reporting to the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). The new rules require reporting all sales of controlled substances to the PMP within 7 days. A fine of $100 per day may be levied upon those pharmacies failing to report. There are a large number of pharmacies that are not currently in compliance with this requirement and will be receiving letters shortly from the Department. In addition, failure to report could result in discipline from the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Recently passed HB1, the Heroin Crisis Act, will reduce the reporting to daily in the near future, should the Governor sign the bill.

Secretary Schneider – Department Secretary, Bryan Schneider was present at the Board meeting and reported that the newly reinstated e-newsletter will be published in early August. The intent of the Department is to publish the e-newsletter quarterly and will use information provided by NABP in addition to Illinois related articles. Articles may be submitted to the Department from any interested party. The Department staff will review the articles and determine if they are appropriate for inclusion in the e-newsletter.

Minor Violations Pilot – The Department will conduct a pilot project to determine the utility of a ticketing process for minor violations. Any minor violation such as expired medications in stock, unsanitary conditions, failure to wear nametags, etc. will be cited on a form and the pharmacy may choose to accept the violation and pay a fine rather than appear for a disciplinary hearing as is the current procedure. Payment of the fine will result in no documentation on the pharmacy or pharmacist in charge record and will allow the Department and Board to focus on major violations during disciplinary hearings.

Compounding Rules – The Department Staff will be finalizing new compounding rules for the Pharmacy Practice Act with the hope of initial publication in an August or September Illinois Register for comment. The Department Staff will work with engaged parties in advance to reduce the number of issues related to the new rules. These rules were removed from the recently approved rules because of concerns related to providing compounded products to physician and veterinary offices for office use.

Legislative Update – A summary of this spring’s legislative session was provided by Garth Reynolds, IPhA Executive Director. The bills discussed have been summarized in previous issues of KeePosted.

Open Discussion – Byron Barry, Owner of Pharmacy Plus in Carrolton, IL requested that the Board and the Department review the rules related to remote dispensing sites in the Telepharmacy section of the Pharmacy Practice Act Rules. The current rules require counseling by a pharmacist for every prescription filled by a remote dispensing site or remote counseling site but do not require the same of mail order or community pharmacies. The Department staff reported that it was their intent to drop that requirement with the latest rewrite of the rules and that it will be fixed with the compounding rules changes.

Next Board of Pharmacy Meeting – The next meeting of the Illinois Board of Pharmacy will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, September 8th with the location yet to be announced. Usually the September meeting is held in Springfield, but it may change this year. Announcements and agendas are posted at least 14 days in advance on the IDFPR pharmacy website. The profession is welcome to attend the open portion of this meeting.



College Connections

Welcome the new E-board!

by Saba Hamid, P3, ICHP Historian, Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy

Our Midwestern University ICHP chapter is excited to introduce our new executive board. This year’s board is full of both experienced members and new members who are excited to give back and help our chapter grow. Each board member would like to share a few words about him or herself and their goals for the year!

President: Jessica Peng
As a young, ambitious student, I always had the passion to lend empowerment to all those around me. ICHP is a unique organization that provides various character-building opportunities for outreach, networking, education about health-system careers, and post-graduate opportunities such as residencies. It enables growth as a leader in the field of pharmacy as it guides students toward extracurricular success beyond academia. Personally, I aspire to be a participant in the growth of my peers as the next President of ICHP. I have been a committed E-Board member since my PS-1 year and I have an extended knowledge of the amount of input necessary to make ICHP successful. While it is well established, I have experienced cracks and crevices within this organization but I will work to enhance the strengths and fix the flaws. My strongest contribution will be the deep passion I have to guide others. I set upon imaginative adventures to seek growth through a student body as a way to extend development amongst my peers. Currently, there are two ways I plan to do this. First, I plan to find more volunteer sites for students to practice their clinical and social skills with the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Second, a mentorship program will be available for upperclassmen to offer professional advice to their underclassmen as a way to give back. These are the large initiatives I have been fortunate enough to work on as the President-Elect and I hope to make ICHP an organization that is not only useful for students to find guidance, but also a tool to gain clinical experiences. My abilities, knowledge, and passions are vital resources to fulfill the position as the President and to an even greater success for ICHP.

President-Elect: Shaziya Barkat
Through my involvement with ICHP as a PS-1 Liaison in the past year, I had opportunities to network with diverse health system pharmacists as well as learn about post-graduate options such as residency, all of which were truly beneficial! As President-Elect, my primary goals are to communicate these educational opportunities to other students as well as kick off and successfully initiate our Mentorship Program for this upcoming school year. Not only will this program match incoming pharmacy students to upperclassmen, but it will ensure that these students receive both academic, professional, and personal guidance during their first year in graduate school. I'm looking forward to working with passionate ICHP student pharmacists and faculty for a great year!

Secretary: Danielle Pham
My goal this year is to increase the awareness of ASHP-ICHP on campus as well as to help my fellow executive board members in anyway possible. I look forward to a productive and exciting year for our organization! 

Treasurer: Lisa Marie Nguyen
I've been a member of the ICHP since Fall 2013 (my first year of Pharmacy School). I was initially drawn to ICHP because of opportunities given to its members to gain a better understanding of the various fields of pharmacy. I continued to stay involved with ICHP because of its commitment to advancing excellence in the practice of pharmacy. My goals for this upcoming year are to accurately keep and maintain all records of funds collected and disbursed. 

Historian: Saba Hamid
In this next year, I plan to document ICHP’s events and accomplishments through the KeePosted newsletter. I also would like to expand our social media presence. I want to capture moments that will hopefully entice more people to join and actively participate in ICHP. It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and as historian, I will make sure that the images I capture will tell a great story and represent ICHP in the best possible light.

Fundraising Chair: Rosie Nguyen
I am from California and attended the University of California, Irvine and received a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Sciences. When I first came to pharmacy school, I joined ICHP because I was interested in finding out more about residencies. Now as a current e-board member, my goals for this upcoming year are to bring new ideas that can help to raise as much funds as I can for ICHP and lend a hand and work together with other E-board members to create new fun and memorable events. Besides being an E-board member in ICHP, I am also the philanthropy chair for Rho Pi Phi. During my spare time, I like to do relaxing activities like going to the beach or walking in the park to relieve stress and also catch up on my sleep. I look forward to working with not only the e-board members but also alongside members of ICHP this upcoming year. Let’s create more great memories together!

Philanthropy Chair: Aisha Alsliman
My interests include beekeeping and gardening. I believe that giving back and aiding others can be both rewarding and enjoyable, and ICHP is an organization that puts a heavy emphasis on both aspects. My goal for ICHP in 2015 is to help engage our members in several philanthropy events throughout the year.

Social Chair: Peter Nguyen
My goal for the upcoming year is to maintain the social events from the previous year while also adding new ones that will enable the organization to further grow and its members to have more networking opportunities. I also hope to work with the other members of our E-board in order to help plan these events and improve the organization as a whole. I am looking forward to a great upcoming year!

Professional Chair: Danya Faruqi
I enjoy exploring new places and meeting new people. ICHP has allowed me to give back while working with like-minded professionals. My goal as the chair is to use my knowledge and skills to create an interactive environment to ensure that there are many opportunities for students to connect with health professionals.

Membership Chair: Adit Shah
I would like to start off by sharing a few things about myself. I was born in India but moved to the United States when I was 11 years old. I am from Schaumburg, Illinois. I completed my pre-pharmacy coursework at Loyola University in Chicago. Besides ICHP, I am currently involved in APhA, Phi Delta Chi, and class council. This will be my first year as a member of ICHP. What interested me first and foremost about joining ICHP is its emphasis on the role of pharmacists in a health care setting. Being a part of an organization that strives to expose its fellow members to the traits and practices that health system pharmacy entails is ideal for a student like me who aspires to work in a clinical setting. As the membership chair, I will strive to exude enthusiasm and friendliness to all the current and future members of our organization. Maintaining an outgoing personality, I believe, is necessary to succeed at this position, as I am responsible for spreading awareness of our organization. This involves direct interaction with other pharmacy students and thus requires a person who is eager to approach new people. Furthermore, I will try my best to maintain a clear, coherent flow of information between the executive board and the student body in a timely manner. As part of the E-board, I look forward to participating in both professional and social events in the upcoming year while developing my leadership and interpersonal skills in the process.



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Welcome New Members!

New Member Recruiter
Kenneth Wegner Joe Vadakara
Jenna Ksiazkiewicz Brandi Strader
Jennifer Pichlik
Fuwang Xu
Monica Allen Brandi Strader
Kuntal Patel
Natalie Schwarber Brandi Strader
Taylor Chuich
Tracy Rogers
Alyssa Kmet
Jamie Ostrem
Charles Ni
Elizabeth Lakota
Mike Guithues Megan Metzke
Emily Kilber
Ellenore Figlioli
Tamra Davidson Kristi Stice
Megan Marsh Noelle Chapman
Vivian Liang
Angela Weng Zahra Khudeira
William Alegria
J Nicholas O'Donnell Nathaniel Rhodes
Suhair Shawar
Nina Bove
Melissa Santibanez
Katherine Gruenberg Noelle Chapman
Alen Landup



Officers and Board of Directors

LINDA FRED 
President
217-383-3253 
linda.fred@carle.com

MIKE FOTIS 
Immediate Past President 
michael.fotis@northwestern.edu 

JENNIFER PHILLIPS 
President-Elect 
630-515-7167 
jphillips@midwestern.edu 

GINGER ERTEL 
Treasurer 
660-342-5022 
gertel@msn.com 

CHARLENE HOPE
Secretary
708-783-5933

TRAVIS HUNERDOSSE 
Director, Educational Affairs 
thunerdo@nmh.org

CARRIE VOGLER
Director, Marketing Affairs
217-545-5394

DESI KOTIS 
Director, Professional Affairs
312-926-6961 
dkotis@nmh.org

KATHY KOMPERDA 
Director, Organizational Affairs 
630-515-6168 
kkompe@midwestern.edu

KATHRYN SCHULTZ
Director, Government Affairs
312-926-6961

MIKE WEAVER 
Chairman, House of Delegates 
815-599-6113 
mweaver@fhn.org

ANA FERNANDEZ
Technician Representative
312-926-6980

DAVID TJHIO
 
Chairman, Committee on Technology 
816-885-4649 
david.tjhio@cerner.com

BRANDI STRADER
Chairman, New Practitioners Network
217-544-6464

JACOB GETTIG 
Editor & Chairman, KeePosted Committee 
630-515-7324 fax: 630-515-6958 
jgetti@midwestern.edu 

JENNIFER PHILLIPS 
Assistant Editor, KeePosted 
630-515-7167 
jphillips@midwestern.edu 

SCOTT MEYERS 
Executive Vice President, ICHP Office 
815-227-9292 
scottm@ichpnet.org 

Regional Directors

NOELLE CHAPMAN 
Regional Director North
312-926-2547
nchapman@nmh.org 

JENNIFER ARNOLDI 
Regional Director Central 
jennifer.arnoldi@st-johns.org 

LYNN FROMM 
Co-Regional Director South
618-391-5539

TARA VICKERY GORDEN 
Co-Regional Director South
618-643-2361 x2330
tvgorden@hmhospital.org

Student Chapter Presidents

KATHERINE SENCION 
President, Student Chapter
University of IL C.O.P. 
ksenci2@uic.edu 

JOANNE CHA 
President, Rockford Student Chapter 
University of IL C.O.P. 
cha17@uic.edu

JESSICA PENG 
President, Student Chapter
Midwestern University C.O.P. 
jpeng54@midwestern.edu

BRITTANY HUFF
 
President, Student Chapter 
Chicago State University C.O.P. 
bhuff@csu.edu

WHITNEY MAHER 
President, Student Chapter 
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville S.O.P
whitney.maher@gmail.com

JORDAN FAISON 
President, Student Chapter 
Roosevelt University C.O.P. 
jfaison@mail.roosevelt.edu

VALENTIN PACURARU 
President, Student Chapter 
Rosalind Franklin University C.O.P. 
valentin.pacararu@my.rfums.org


ICHP Affiliates 


GARY PEKSA
 
President, Northern IL Society (NISHP)

JULIA SCHIMMELPFENNIG 
President, Metro East Society (MESHP) 
jschimmelpfen@sebh.org 

MEGAN METZKE 
President, Sangamiss Society 
memiller8@yahoo.com

ED RAINVILLE
 
President, West Central Society (WSHP) 
309-655-7331x 
ed.c.rainville@osfhealthcare.org

Vacant Roles at Affiliates — 
President, Rock Valley Society; Southern IL Society; Sugar Creek Society



ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund (PAC) Contributors

Names below reflect donations between August 1, 2014 and August 1, 2015. Giving categories reflect each person's cumulative donations since inception.

ADVOCACY ALLIANCE - $2500-$10000
Kevin Colgan
Edward Donnelly
Dave Hicks
Frank Kokaisl
Scott Meyers
Michael Novario

LINCOLN LEAGUE - $1000-$2499
Scott Bergman
Andrew Donnelly
Ginger Ertel
Linda Fred
James Owen Consulting Inc.
Ann Jankiewicz
Jan Keresztes
Kathy Komperda
Despina Kotis
William McEvoy
Michael Rajski
Edward Rickert
Christina Rivers
Michael Short
Carrie Sincak
Miriam Mobley-Smith
Avery Spunt
Michael Weaver
Patricia Wegner
Thomas Westerkamp

CAPITOL CLUB - $500-$999
Sheila Allen
Margaret Allen
Drury Lane Theater
Leonard Kosiba
George MacKinnon
Janette Mark
Jennifer Phillips
Edward Rainville
JoAnn Stubbings
Jill Warszalek

GENERAL ASSEMBLY GUILD - $250-$499
Tom Allen
Peggy Bickham
Jaime Borkowski
Brad Dunck
Sandra Durley
Nancy Fjortoft
Michael Fotis
Travis Hunerdosse
Zahra Khudeira
Ann Kuchta
Mary Lee
Gloria Meredith
Justin Schneider 
Kathryn Schultz
Kristi Stice
Heidi Sunday
Alan Weinstein

SPRINGFIELD SOCIETY - $100-$249
Jen Arnoldi
Jerry Bauman
Jill Borchert
Donna Clay
Mark Deaton
Gireesh Gupchup
Joann Haley
Joan Hardman
Glenna Hargreaves
Charlene Hope
Robert Hoy
Diana Isaacs
Kim Janicek
Stan Kent
Kati Kwasiborski
Kristopher Leja
George Lyons
Ronald Miller
New Practioners Network
Karen Nordstrom
Peggy Reed
Katie Ronald
Brandi Strader
Jennifer Tryon
Tara Vickery Gorden
Carrie Vogler
Marie Williams
Cindy Wuller
William Wuller

GRASSROOTS GANG - $50-$99
Brett Barker
Gunchoo Chadha
Jeanne Durley
Mary Eilers
Lara Ellinger
Clara Gary
Carol Heunisch
Brian Hoff
Kim Lim
Mark Luer
Bella Maningat
Milena McLaughlin
Megan Metzke
Katherine Miller
Robert Miller
Julio Rebolledo
Mark Ruscin
Stacy Schmittling
Lucas Stoller
Dave Willman
Janeen Winneke
Amanda Wolff

CONTRIBUTOR - $1-$49
Renee Advincula
Yinka Alaka
Anchalee Ardharn
Lisa Ball
Roger Ball
Marci Batsakis
Greg Biedron
Amy Boblitt
Kathy Cimakasky
Mardhia Dayisi
Andreea Ducu
Veronica Flores
Janice Frueh
Crystin Gloude
Linda Grider
Alisa Groesch
Rebekah Hanson
Margaret Heger
Ina Henderson
Julie Kasap
Dijana Keljalic
Nehrin Khamo
Josephine Kochou
Huda-Marie Kuttab
Chris Little
Kristopher Lozanovski
Laura Mazzone
Kit Moy
Syed Munawer
Whitney Palecek
Hina Patel
Abby Reeder
Cheryl Scantlen
Elba Sertuche
Hannah Sheley
Chris Shoemaker
Carrie Silverman
Theophilus Simon
Jennifer Splawski
Gloria Sporleder
David Tjhio
Michael Wilcox
Christina Yates
Thomas Yu



Upcoming Events

Visit the ICHP Calendar for the most up-to-date events!Visit the ICHP Calendar for the most up-to-date events!

Tuesday, August 18
Pharmacy Directors Network Dinner
Francesca's on Taylor | 1400 W. Taylor St. | Chicago, IL

Thursday, September 3
Pharmacy's Role in Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
Pharmacist & Technician-specific CPE programming
St. Elizabeth's Hospital | Belleville, IL

Thursday, September 10 - Saturday, September 12
ICHP 2015 Annual Meeting
Pharmacist & Technician-specific CPE programming
Drury Lane Conference Center | Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Thursday, September 17 & Tuesday, September 29
New and Emerging Therapies in Heart Failure
Pharmacist-specific CPE programming
Champions Program | LIVE Webinar

Sunday, October 18 - Saturday, October 24
National Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Week

Tuesday, October 20
National Pharmacy Technician Day

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