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The First Annual Pharmacy Leadership Summit is a Success

On May 20, 2010, approximately 100 people gathered in Seattle at the first annual Pharmacy Leadership Summit.
The First Annual Pharmacy Leadership Summit is a Success

Photo courtesy Public Health - Seattle & King County

May 26, 2010

On May 20, 2010, approximately 100 people gathered in Seattle at the first annual Pharmacy Leadership Summit. It was organized by Public Health - Seattle & King County in an effort to better prepare to respond to an emergency.

Attendees at the Pharmacy Leadership Summit included representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, numerous pharmacies, health departments, and researchers. Many of those in attendance had partnered with Public Health - Seattle & King County during the 2009-2010 H1N1 response.

Seattle and King County is composed of both urban and rural areas, serving 1.9 million citizens in Washington. With more than 400 pharmacies, King County implemented innovative strategies to create the widest distribution network possible, creating dispensing stations and information hubs during H1N1. This first annual Pharmacy Leadership Summit discussed the work done during the H1N1 response and how to build upon that infrastructure to better respond in the future.

The Collaborative Drug Therapy Agreement (CDTA) was one such tool that was discussed. The CDTA template was developed by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP), the Washington State Pharmacy Association, and Public Health - Seattle & King County under a contract with the Washington State Department of Health in response to concern about H1N1. Pharmacies in Washington could complete the CDTA, an agreement between pharmacists and authorized prescribers, and submit it to the Washington State Board of Pharmacy to allow pharmacists to prescribe antivirals directly to patients without the patient having to make a prior visit or consult with a physician in an influenza outbreak emergency.

It is hoped that the network of participants at the first annual Pharmacy Leadership Summit will continue to collaborate, increasing communication and preparedness amongst federal, state, and local health departments, pharmacies, and researchers.

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