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SWMPA Dinner & Lecture

Allergy Treatment Update 2009
Seshagiri Dandamundi, MD

Thursday May 28, 2009
6:30PM Refreshments
7:00PM Dinner & Lecture
125 S Kalamazoo Mall # 103, Kalamazoo, MI
Above Union Cabaret—Second Floor
Parking available in ramp behind Union

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Please Rsvp To William Urfer At (269)381-2256 or by Tuesday May 26th.

Graciously Sponsored by John Muloz Of UCB Pharma

SWMPA Dinner & Lecture

Treatment Of Insomnia

Presented by
Nella Bieszk, Pharm D.

Thursday March 19, 2009
6:30pm Refreshments
7:00pm Dinner And Lecture

Bravo restaurant
across from the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport

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2 CEU Pending

RSVP to William Urfer At (269)381-2256 by Monday March 16th.

Graciously sponsored by Josh Fuller Of Sanofi-Aventis U.S.

SWMPA Dinner & Lecture

Approaches In The Management Of Post-Menopausal Osteoporosis

Andrew Sulich, Md
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
St Clair Shores, MI

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Please note the earlier time than usual.
6:00pm Refreshments
6:30pm Dinner And Lecture

Webster’s Sol Cafe
100 West Michigan Ave

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2 CEU Pending.

RSVP to William Urfer (269)381-2256 or
By March 4, 2009

Graciously Sponsored by Julie Helm Of Hoffmann-La Roche

Register for Annual Convention by Feb. 5

Be sure to register for the MPA’s Annual Convention & Exposition by Feb. 5 to take advantage of discounted rates. Check out the latest educational programming for the convention online.

View the full schedule here.

Live Seminar

Burnout, Stress, and Fatigue

Dr. Michael Howard

Fri. Jan 23. 2009
8:30am to 3:30pm
Fetzer Center WMU
1903 W. Michigan ave
Kalamazoo, michigan


Rsvp to 1-800-937-6878 (Pack your own lunch)
For more information call William Urfer at (269)381-2256

Tution: $84.00

Sponored by INR


Osteoporosis Therapy Updates
Formulary Updates
Trivia & Prizes!

Friday, November 21, 2008
6:30PM Refreshments
7:00PM Hors d’oeuvres and Party
Limited to the first 30 reservations due to limited seating.
If you are attending Thursday’s dinner, please consider others who might instead be able to attend tonight.

RSVP to William Urfer (269)381-2256 or by November 17.

Or use Google Calendar

CEU Pending.

Food Dance Cafe
401 E Michigan
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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Graciously sponsored by Maria Szatkowski of Sanofi-Aventis

SWMPA Dinner and Lecture

Cardiology Update
Michael Shea, MD
Thursday November 20th 2008
6:30PM Refreshments
7:00PM Dinner and Lecture
We regretfully inform you that this event is full.

RSVP to William Urfer (616)381-2256 or by November 15.

Or use Google Calendar

Black Swan Restaurant
3501 Greenleaf Blvd 49008
Kalamazoo, MI

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Graciously sponsored by Chad Aaberg of Daiichi-Sankyo.

SWMPA Dinner and Lecture Meeting

Long Term Management of Depression and Anxiety

Presented by Dr Kevin Hess, Psychiatrist at Pine Rest in Grand Rapids, MI
Thursday, October 16th 2008
6:30PM with reception
7:00PM dinner and speaker
1.5 CEU

We regretfully inform you that seating for this event is full.
Great Lakes Shipping Co.
4525 W KL Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49006

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SWMPA Supported Live Seminar

Depression, Heart Disease, and Stroke
Presented by Dr R.S. Hullon, MD JD
Friday, November 7th 2008
8:15AM to 3:30PM
Lunch is not provided.
6 Live CEU credits
RSVP: Preregister by calling (800)937-6878
Charge is $82.00

Western Michigan University
Fetzer Center
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI

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Sponsored by INR

SWMPA Supported Live Seminar

Understanding Personality Disorders
Presented by Dr. Joseph Shannon
Thursday October 16th 2008
8:15am to 4:00pm
Food is not provided, bring your own or purchase on site.
6 Live CEU
RSVP: Preregister by calling (866)992-9399
Charge is $75

Holiday Inn West
2747 S. 11th St
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

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Graciously sponsored by IBP

MSHP Annual Meeting

MSHP Annual Meeting
November 14, 2008


  • MSPT Fall Seminar Technician Track
  • Leadership Track
  • Clinical Track

Quality continuing education programs were developed specifically for clinical pharmacists and pharmacy leaders and management. Additionally, the Michigan Society of Pharmacy Technicians (MSPT) Fall Seminar will be held in conjunction with the MSHP Annual Meeting and a track of programming specifically for pharmacy technicians will be offered. Technicians are invited to take full advantage of what the MSHP Annual Meeting has to offer.

In addition to excellent continuing education programs, this event provides pharmacists, residents, pharmacy students and pharmacy technicians the opportunity to visit with leading industry representatives and discuss the latest product news with them. All registrants will automatically be entered to win special prizes to be given away throughout the day. You must be present to win.

The exhibit hall offers attendees the opportunity to take a break from programming and become acquainted with varying pharmacy products, services, and representatives. Participants can visit a host of booths to interact with other pharmacy professionals, make valuable contacts, and obtain the latest pharmacy information.

Participants will have ample time to visit the exhibit hall, beginning with 7:45 a.m. breakfast and registration, during the refreshment break at 10:15 a.m., and during lunch at 12:00 p.m.

For further information, contact MPA Director of Continuing Education Mary Farrington at (517) 377-0234.

Please note that attire for the meeting is business casual.


Prevention of Herpes Zoster – Recommendations of the ACIP

Prevention of Herpes Zoster
Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

Thank you to all who attended the September Educational meeting. Below you’ll find links to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report documents cited in tonight’s lecture.

June 6, 2008 / 57(05);1-30 (pdf: 68 pages, 1.4mb)
June 6, 2008 / 57(05);1-30 (html: 68 pages, 164kb)

September Meeting

SWMPA Dinner Meeting with Merck
Dr. H. Gunner Deery II
An Approach Against Herpes Zoster Disease in Clinical Practice

6:00 Reception
6:30 Dinner and Presentation
Graciously sponsored by Gena Thielman of Merck
RSVP to Gena at (269)615-3427

Thursday September 25, 2008
Bravo Restaurant
across from the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport

Singulair Not Linked to Suicide, Depression

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – There’s no evidence that using the allergy/asthma drug Singulair increases the risk of depression or suicide, according to a review of data from three clinical trials.

Recent reports have raised concerns of a link between suicide and Singulair, also known by the generic name montelukast. The current study, conducted by Dr. Janet Holbrook and Dr. Raida Harik-Khan from the American Lung Association, indicates that the concerns are not warranted.

A total of 1352 patients were enrolled in the clinical trials, and 536 were treated with montelukast. All of the trials were conducted by the American Lung Association’s Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC).

There was no evidence in either adult patients or children that treatment with montelukast negatively affected emotional well-being, the authors report in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

In fact, there was an indication that montelukast therapy actually had a beneficial effect in this regard.

“While our review of ACRC trial data is reassuring, we obviously cannot exclude the possibility of idiosyncratic reactions to montelukast,” the investigators conclude.

SOURCE: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2008.

PhRMA Revised Marketing Code Reinforces Commitment To Responsible Interactions With Healthcare Professionals

PhRMA Revised Marketing Code Reinforces Commitment
To Responsible Interactions With Healthcare Professionals

Washington, D.C. (July 10, 2008) — Reflecting the continuing commitment of America’s pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies to pursue policies and practices that best serve the needs of patients and the healthcare community, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Board of Directors has adopted measures to enhance the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals.

The newly revised PhRMA Code, which builds on improvements already made in the previous 2002 version, is part of an ongoing effort to ensure that pharmaceutical marketing practices comply with the highest ethical standards.
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