January 2024 Electronic Mailbags

NABP Launching NAPLEX Advantage in January

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) is pleased to announce that it will soon release NAPLEX Advantage, a new tool to help schools and colleges of pharmacy both assess the readiness of and prepare students for taking the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination® (NAPLEX®). There are three key features that make NAPLEX Advantage an effective tool: enhanced test-day experience, a unique practice exam, and comprehensive student performance reports. NAPLEX Advantage will be offered exclusively to schools and colleges of pharmacy beginning in January 2024. 

Schools that utilize the NAPLEX Advantage practice exam will receive individual student performance reports, which are modeled after the reports provided to NAPLEX candidates who fail that exam. The individual report includes the pass/fail result, the scaled score, and a breakdown of performance by competency area. Schools will also receive aggregate data for each cohort of students who complete the NAPLEX Advantage practice exam. Students receive individual performance reports showing both pass and fail results in their NABP e-Profile®

Benefits of NAPLEX Advantage

Purchasing NAPLEX Advantage

The standard price for NAPLEX Advantage is $125 per exam. The tiered pricing plan provides additional savings for schools that purchase seats in bulk. 

Detailed information for schools and students will be on the NABP website soon; we will send another communication when the web pages are available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, contact Jasmina Bjegovic via email at jbjegovic@nabp.pharmacy.

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Invitation to Submit Poster Proposals for the 120th Annual Meeting Educational Poster Session

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) is pleased to invite you and your board of pharmacy to submit brief poster proposals for the Educational Poster Session at the 120th NABP Annual Meeting, to be held May 14-17, 2024, at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, TX. Additionally, poster proposals may be submitted for the Virtual Educational Poster Session webinar that will be held this summer. 

This highly attended activity is a great networking and educational event that offers your board of pharmacy the unique opportunity to share information about your latest legislative issues, technology, policy development, and/or patient or public safety initiatives as they relate to this year’s Poster Session theme of “Evolving Pharmacy Practice to Protect the Public Health.” New this year, proposals may be submitted for the in-person session on Friday, May 17, 2024, from 8:30 to 10 AM CDT in Fort Worth and/or for the virtual session on Thursday, July 18, 2024, from 1 to 2:30 PM CDT. Individuals will be able to state their preference during the proposal submission process. 

Posters may be descriptive, scientific, or informational in nature and will not be judged. The intent of the session is to stimulate discussion of issues. Encore presentations are accepted as long as they fit within this year’s theme and guidelines. All proposals must be submitted via the online proposal submission form

Boards of pharmacy are encouraged to enlist the help of pharmacy students and interns on rotation to help prepare a poster. Of course, individuals are welcome and encouraged to submit a poster proposal as the sole author and/or presenter. Individual board members and staff representing the board of pharmacy must notify the board’s executive officer about their proposal submissions. 

Poster Session attendees and presenters may be eligible to receive 1 contact hour (0.1 CEU) of Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education-accredited continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit. Pharmacy students who are selected and present on site in Fort Worth or during the live webinar will receive a complimentary voucher valued at $75 to take the Pre-NAPLEX. In addition, the Annual Meeting registration fee will be waived for those selected to present at the in-person Poster Session. 

For consideration, please submit poster proposals at www.nabp.pharmacy/poster-session by Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 4 PM CST (5 PM EST). 

For more information, please see the attached flyer or contact NABP CPE Program staff via email at cpe@nabp.pharmacy or via phone at 847/391-4400. 

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Proposed Amendments to NABP’s Constitution and Bylaws

As follow-up to the article in the November/December issue of Innovations, all proposed amendments to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Constitution and Bylaws must be submitted in writing to the Executive Director/Secretary between Thursday, February 15, 2024, and Sunday, March 31, 2024, in order to be considered during the 120th NABP Annual Meeting taking place May 14-17, 2024.

The NABP Constitution and Bylaws requires that the Association accept proposed amendments no earlier than ninety (90) days and no later than forty-five (45) days prior to the Annual Meeting.

If you have any questions or require more information about the amendment procedure, please feel free to contact Lemrey “Al” Carter, Executive Director/Secretary, at ExecOffice@nabp.pharmacy.

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MPJE Fact Sheet and Talking Points

As a follow up to the recent announcement of the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) development video, we are providing additional resources that member boards can reference when topics around the MPJE arise. In response to the increased scrutiny placed on entry-level competence exams, it is essential to address common misconceptions about how NABP exams are developed.

Attached is an MPJE Fact Sheet that addresses common questions about the MPJE and provides talking points to support our member boards.

If you have any questions, please contact Jasmina Bjegovic, Competency Assessment Director, via phone at 847/391-4400 or via email at jbjegovic@nabp.pharmacy. Thank you.

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