Advances in Pharmacy Practice

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy is pleased to present the 38th Annual Symposium on Advances in Pharmacy Practice, a continuing pharmacy educational program, developed for pharmacists to be kept up to date on pharmacy practice. Daniel A. Hussar, PhD, will present New Drugs of 2016. Steven L. Sheaffer, PharmD, will present Patient Safety: Medication Safety Across the Continuum of Care, and Joseph J. McHale, BS, MS, JD, will present Updates in Pharmacy Law.

The introduction of new drugs into the marketplace is one of the most important topics for pharmacists. It is equally important to understand current patient safety and pharmacy law issues affecting pharmacy practice.


Daniel A. Hussar, PhD
Remington Professor of Pharmacy
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

Steven L. Sheaffer, PharmD
Vice Chair of Experiential Learning
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

Joseph J. McHale, BS, MS, JD
Partner, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy

Dates and Locations

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
USciences Campus McNeil Science and Technology Center
45th Street at Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Sunday April 2, 2017

Red Lion Hotel, Harrisburg East
4751 Lindle Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111

Learning Objectives

After attending this program, pharmacists will be able to:

New Drugs of 2016

  • Identify the indications, routes of administration, important pharmacokinetic properties, and unique characteristics of the new therapeutic agents marketed in 2016
  • Identify the most important adverse effects and precautions of the new drugs
  • Compare the new drugs to the older therapeutic agents to which they are most similar in activity.
Patient Safety
  • Explain how quality and safety measures by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) create opportunities for pharmacists.
  • Identify drug related problems that occur during transitions of care
  • Review evidence and opportunities for student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacists to improve medication reconciliation and reduce medication errors.
  • Reduce the potential for errors with specific medications associated with errors leading to significant harm/death including opiates, methotrexate, oral chemotherapy and other high alert medications.
  • Assess how pharmacists are using Pharmacy Drug Monitoring Programs to stem abuse and harm from controlled substances.
Updates in Pharmacy Law
  • Define the elements of professional negligence
  • Outline the duties imposed upon pharmacists by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (OBRA)
  • Discuss concepts of malpractice as they relate to recent case law pertaining to pharmacists duty to warn and the duty to fill
  • Recognize errors related to physician prescribing


Philadelphia, Sunday, March 5, 2017
7:30–8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:00–10:00 a.m. Updates in Pharmacy Law
Joseph J. McHale, BS, MS, JD
10:00–10:15 a.m.      Break #1
10:15–11:45 a.m. New Drugs of 2016, Part 1
Daniel A. Hussar, PhD
11:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Break #2
12:00–1:30 p.m. New Drugs of 2016, Part 2
1:30–2:00 p.m. Lunch
Note: Lunch is not provided, you are welcome to bring your own or visit one of our on campus locations.
2:00–4:00 p.m. Patient Safety:
Medication Safety Across the Continuum of Care
Steven L. Sheaffer, PharmD


You can choose from one of three options for the program in Philadelphia

  • Updates in Pharmacy Law and New Drugs of 2016 - $95.00 per person
  • New Drugs of 2016 and Patient Safety - $95.00 per person
  • Updates in Pharmacy Law, New Drugs of 2016 and Medication Safety - $120.00 per person


Harrisburg, Sunday, April 2, 2017
7:30–8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:00–9:30 a.m. New Drugs of 2016, Part 1
Daniel A. Hussar, PhD
9:30–9:45 a.m.      Break #1
9:45–11:15 a.m. New Drugs of 2016, Part 2
11:15 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Break #2
11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Patient Safety:
Medication Safety Across the
Continuum of Care
Steven L. Sheaffer, PharmD


Advanced registration is encouraged as seating may be limited. The registration fee is $95.00 for 5 CE hours and $120.00 for 7 CE hours.

Register Online

If you must cancel after registering, USciences will refund your fee if notice of your cancellation is received at least five business days prior to the program. No refunds will be given if notice of cancellation is received after this time. 

Please check this website for cancellations or delays due to inclement weather or for additional updates.

acpe logoContinuing Education Credit

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.


0056-0000-16-056-L01-P (0.3 CEUs)
0056-0000-16-057-L05-P (0.2 CEUs)
0056-0000-16-058-L03-P (0.2 CEUs)

Pharmacists may obtain either 5.0 hours or 7.0 hours of continuing education credits (0.5 CEU’s or 0.7 CEU’s)

Target Audience: These knowledge-based activities have been developed for pharmacists.

To obtain credit: For successful completion of the program and eligibility for credit, the participant must be present for the entire program to receive a program “claiming code”. In order to obtain credit for this program, please log into the PCP CECENTER website to register and complete the online program evaluation and learning assessment exam. A score of 70% or higher, with a maximum of 3 attempts, is required to claim credit. Submission of learning assessments and program evaluations must be completed within 30 days of the program expiration date to receive continuing education credit. Please note that it may take up to 4 weeks for credits to be processed and available on CPE Monitor.

Licensure Reminder

Pennsylvania pharmacists are required to complete 2 hours of continuing education on Patient Safety.

More Information

For more information, call 215-596-7619 or email

This program has not received any financial support.


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