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Business Sessions, CPE Activities, Networking Events, and More Await Attendees

This year’s National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) Annual Meeting will be held in Minneapolis, MN. The theme for the Annual Meeting, “Working Together as a Team Makes Anything Possible,” fits perfectly with the host city, Minneapolis, which is renowned for embracing new ideas and succeeding by coming together. The Annual Meeting will be held May 16-18, 2019, at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center.

In the spirit of collaborating on positive changes, this year’s meeting also debuts the new, condensed meeting format, which includes all the same business sessions and networking opportunities. Specifically, the Annual Meeting allocates time for board delegates to elect new Executive Committee officers and members, discuss proposed amendments to the NABP Constitution and Bylaws, and vote on proposed resolutions. In addition, attendees can participate in continuing pharmacy education (CPE) activities and network with peers. After participating in the important business sessions and timely educational activities, attendees will have the chance to experience the beautiful sights and diverse attractions Minneapolis has to offer.

Continuing Pharmacy Education

During the CPE activities at the 115th Annual Meeting, educators, regulators, and other key stakeholders will share their knowledge, experience, and insights related to the future of pharmacy practice and regulation. The following knowledge-based activities geared toward pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will provide attendees the opportunity to earn a maximum of 4.5 hours of Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited CPE credit:

Thursday, May 16

  • “Educational Poster Session: The Value of Teamwork to Protect Public Health,” 1 contact hour (0.1 CEU), ACPE Universal Activity Numbers (UANs) 0205-0000-19-001-L04-P/T. This interactive session will include poster presentations by member boards of pharmacy and students of schools and colleges of pharmacy on topics related to the future of pharmacy practice.
  • “Shared Discussion Topics,” 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEU), ACPE UANs 0205-0000-19-002-L03-P/T. This interactive session will include discussion on regulatory issues that were submitted for the 2018 Interactive Executive Officer Forum and the 2018 Interactive Member Forum that have yet to be addressed.

Friday, May 17

  • “Artificial Intelligence – Reality and Possibilities in Improving Patient Care,” 1 contact hour (0.1 CEU), ACPE UANs 0205-0000-19-003-L03-P/T
  • “How to Make a Case in a Standards of Care World,” 1 contact hour (0.1 CEU), ACPE UANs 0205-0000-19-004-L03-P/T

Descriptions, learning objectives, and speaker information for each CPE activity will be available at

Keynote Address

Robin Farmanfarmaian is an entrepreneur, investor, and professional speaker who will motivate attendees with her keynote speech, “The Future of the Patient,” which will focus on her passions of self-advocacy, understanding the value of technology in health care, and the impact of products and services that provide innovative health care solutions. She was misdiagnosed with an autoimmune disease as a teenager, which caused her to go through several hospitalizations and surgeries. She ultimately chose to take control of her health care, which was a life-altering and life-improving decision.

Farmanfarmaian invests in and works to help establish companies that have the potential to help large amounts of people using medical technology and scientific breakthroughs. She is the co-founder of the Organ Preservation Alliance, an organization working to develop technology to store organs and tissues long term for the purpose of organ banking and tissue engineering. She is also an investor and business developer at Invicta Medical, a medical technology start-up working to develop new treatment for sleep apnea, and Dance Biopharm, a company working to develop insulin that can be inhaled using a smart, connected device replacing injectable insulin. She is the vice president of Actavalon, which is working to develop a cure for cancer; and the strategic relations advisor to MindMaze, which is working to develop virtual reality that helps rehabilitate people who have suffered strokes and brain injuries.

Special Programs

Attendees will be able to exchange ideas and network with fellow state board of pharmacy members and other pharmacy professionals throughout the meeting’s special programming.

Thursday, May 16

  • Annual Meeting Program Orientation
  • Hospitality Brunch and Educational Table Top Displays
  • President’s Welcome Reception honoring NABP President Susan Ksiazek, RPh, DPh

Friday, May 17

  • NABP AWARXE® Fun Run/Walk
  • Informal Member/Candidate Discussions

Saturday, May 18

  • Annual Awards Luncheon

Details about the 115th Annual Meeting events and online registration are available at

NABP and NABP Foundation® are accredited by ACPE as providers of CPE. ACPE provider number: 0205. Learning objectives for CPE activity participants include being able to identify the latest legislative and regulatory issues being addressed by the state boards of pharmacy, explain how the changing regulatory environment impacts the state boards of pharmacy and the practice of pharmacy, and identify gaps in regulatory oversight and best practices for state pharmacy boards to overcome them. Learning objectives and descriptions for each CPE activity, as well as instructions for claiming CPE credits and continuing legal education credits, will be available on the Annual Meeting website,

NABP is the independent, international, and impartial Association that assists its state member boards and jurisdictions for the purpose of protecting the public health.