March 3, 2017

In This Issue




Member Benefits &
Important Links 

Full List of Member Benefits 


CPhA/Mercer Insurance Program  


California Pharmacist Journal - Digital Issue


CPhA Career Center  


Update Your Profile or Renew Your Membership 


Sign Up for Monthly Membership Dues 




Pharmacy Defense Fund of California  


California State Board of Pharmacy 


Board of Pharmacy Law Book 


CPhA Current Legislation 


FDA Recalls 


CPhA Board of Trustees



Veronica Bandy

Immediate Past President

Edlen Wong 


CEO & Secretary

Jon Roth 



Ken Thai


Speaker of the House 

Ethan Huynh



Clifford Young





Dan Robinson 



Parisa Vatanka


Adrian Wong


Richard Hull 



Student Trustee 

Rajan Vaidya


About CPhA

Since its establishment in 1869, the California Pharmacists Association continues as the largest state association in the nation representing pharmacists. CPhA's membership covers the entire spectrum of pharmacy practice settings and includes student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. The Association's vision is echoed by all CPhA members: A unified pharmacy profession, recognized as preeminent in patient care.


Contact Information:

(916) 779-1400 phone

(916) 779-1401 fax


Welcome to this week's issue of the California Pharmacists Association's CEO Message. 

Around the Profession
CPhA Announces New President, Dr. Vinson Lee
The California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) announced that Vinson C. Lee, PharmD, MS, FCPhA, was installed as President of the association on February 26, 2017 at the CPhA Western Pharmacy Exchange educational conference and annual business meeting held in Palm Springs, California. Read more...
Notice of Board of Trustee Vacancy
With CPhA members recently electing Dr. Clifford Young into the office of Speaker-Elect, his seat as an at-large Trustee was vacated. In accordance with the CPhA bylaws, any active pharmacist member who is interested in being considered for appointment to the vacant Trustee position shall complete and submit a Desire to Serve form expressing an interest in the position. The form must be received by CPhA by April 16, 2017.
Passing of a Fierce Defender for the Underserved - Lynn Carman
Lynn Carman, tireless and fierce defender of patient access to pharmacy care, passed away February 12th  in San Francisco at the age of 90. Mr. Carman is a well-known attorney who founded the Medicaid Defense Fund to assist a broad coalition of provider groups in a landmark lawsuit against the California Department of Health Care Services. That case ultimately was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011. Lynn was a man of integrity, wisdom, tireless energy, and defender for the underserved. Read more about his amazing life here .
Bill Would Tax Opioid Drugs
Fighting opioid addiction in California is the goal of a new state bill announced Wednesday. Democratic State Assemblymember Kevin McCarty of Sacramento says opioid addiction is an epidemic in California. Read more...
Syphilis Spikes Among Newborns
Kern and Fresno counties, in the Central Valley, have the highest rates of congenital syphilis. Health officials think the surge is due to lack of prenatal care, drug use, risky sex and lack of awareness. Read more...
AIDS Contractor Fired For Patient
California's public health department Wednesday fired the contractor responsible for enrolling patients in a state-run AIDS program, saying its poor performance threatened enrollees' access to life-saving medications. Read more...
Refill Work-Arounds on EpiPens
Epinephrine, the active ingredient in EpiPens, expires after 18 months, and the auto-injector device can't be refilled or reused. Health professionals are looking for work-arounds they say could save the health system millions. Read more...
Fifth Mumps Case Diagnosed
A fifth case of mumps has been diagnosed in a Chapman University law student, public health officials said Tuesday. Chapman issued a health advisory Friday after four students who attended a back-to-school event Jan. 27 at Rudy's Pub & Grill in Newport Beach became ill. Read more...
Bill Pushes Health Warnings on Sugary Beverages
A state senator is again pushing for health warning labels on cans and bottles of soda, sports drinks and other sugary beverages sold in California. Read more...
Doctors Warn Pot Use Among Youth Not Benign
As a growing number of states legalize marijuana use, a leading pediatricians' group is pushing for more education about pot's potential to harm young people's health. Read more...
Call for Journal Artwork Submission
Do you have artwork that you would like to share with your colleagues in pharmacy? The California Pharmacist Journal editors are seeking photographs, drawings, or paintings for inclusion in the Journal. The artwork should high-quality, in digital format, and contain no identifiable people. Please email your submission to Jill Pfund at If your submission is chosen for inclusion, the editors will contact you.
New Regulations on Drug Warnings
The California State Board of Pharmacy announced the formal adoption of an amendment to section 1744 of Article 5 of Division 17 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), related to drug warnings. The amended regulation requires a pharmacist to include a written label on prescription drug containers indicating that the drug may impair a user's ability to operate a vehicle or vessel. In addition, the regulation requires a pharmacist to include a written label on prescription drug containers of drugs that pose a substantial risk to the person consuming the drug when taken in combination with alcohol. Read more...
Medi-Cal PAVE Support
The Department of Health Care Services' (DHCS) new online Medi-Cal Enrollment Portal, PAVE (Provider Application and Validation for Enrollment), is now available.  A full list of support available for PAVE users can be found on the PAVE website. The Provider Enrollment Division (PED) offers weekly Q&A webinars to answer your questions about Provider Application and Validation for Enrollment (PAVE). Register here...
Compounding Compliance Kit Available
To assist our members with understanding and complying with new  Board of Pharmacy compounding regulations, CPhA has developed a web-based Compounding Compliance Kit.  This resource is free for all CPhA members. The Compliance Kit has sections covering new BUD requirements, HD compounding requirements, and Board of Pharmacy waiver requests. Click here to view the kit.

zCPhA in the News
To view all press releases and news articles featuring CPhA,  click here .

zMembership Matters
Help Serve the Profession!
CPhA relies on pharmacists, technicians, and student to volunteer throughout the association to advance CPhA's mission. Recruitment is underway for volunteers to serve on various committees, taskforces, and workgroups this year. To sign up, please complete  this Desire to Serve form . For additional information, contact Katie Dahl at  or 916-779-4507.

Contribute to the California Pharmacist Journal
CPhA's journal, California Pharmacist, is looking for quality articles in a range of broad issues of interest to the clients, customers, and patients of pharmacists in California. Not interested in writing? You can contribute by becoming a peer reviewer. Click here for more details, including guidelines and archived issues.

Student Loans? Save Money & Refinance!
CPhA has endorsed SoFi, a leading loan refinancing leader, to help our members with student loans refinancing. Pharmacists save, on average, tens-of-thousands of dollars when they refinance with SoFi.  CPhA members receive an additional 0.125% rate discount . Watch a video here or apply here today! 

AEvents, Education & Escapes 
Calendar of Events
To view the e ntire calendar of events of educational opportunities, click here

Advanced Practice Pharmacist Course
The California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) and National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) are proud to offer the new Advanced Practice Pharmacist certificate training program this year!  The program, which is open to pharmacists from all practice settings, provides one of the approved pathways for pharmacists looking to become an advanced practice pharmacist and meets one of the Board of Pharmacy's licensing criteria. Learn more... 
Upcoming Certificate Programs
Register early and save for these upcoming certificate programs offered by CPhA:
  • Delivering Medication Therapy Management 
  • Anticoagulation Certificate Program 
WesternU's Ray Symposium
Join Western University of Health Sciences for the Ray Symposium - Re-Thinking Value In An Era Of Health Reform event featuring speaker Dana Goldman, PhD on April 20 in Pomona, CA. Learn more...
Pharmacy Law & Practice On-Demand
Missed the Pharmacy Law & Practice Conference? CPhA has you covered! All sessions from this conference are now available on-demand with video presentations and handouts. You can purchase the entire conference or select individual sessions based on your needs. Learn more...

On-Demand Webinars
To view all on-demand webinars available through CPhA, click here.

ELocal Association Connection
Local Event Calendar  
Members can visit a detailed Local Event Calendar to find out about events that may be taking place within their local association.
SVPhA Crab Feed
You're invited to the Sacramento Valley Pharmacists Association on Saturday, March 18 for the 2017 Crab Feed in Elk Grove, CA. Raffle prizes, silent auction, sports memorabilia, Last Man Standing raffle, and much more!  For more information, please  click here .
QQuestion of the Week
Dear Jon,
When is the next Advanced Practice Pharmacist course offering?
Ty Williams, PharmD
San Francisco, CA
Hi Dr. Williams,
We will be offering the new Advanced Practice Pharmacist (APP) course later this month on March 18th  in Elk Grove, CA. Be sure to register soon so you can allow as much time as possible for the pre course self-study materials.  For more information on the training and to register, please click here

Best regards,
Jon Roth, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
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