14th National Conference Information

14th National Conference Information

Mon., December 8, 2003

Be MedWise: A Prescription for Patient Safety

NCPIE 14th National Conference
and Exhibits (Tabletop) Showcase
Marriott at Metro Center
775 12th Street, NW, Washington, DC
December 8-9, 2003

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Conference Schedule and Program

This is updated as speakers are confirmed.  

Monday, December 8, 2003
10:00 am-1:00 pm   NCPIE Board of Directors Meeting
12:00-6:00 pm   Registration
1:00-6:00 pm   Tabletop Exhibits Set-Up
1:00-2:00 pm   NCPIE Members Only: Buffet Lunch for Advisory Council
2:00-5:00 pm   Meetings of NCPIE Advisory Councils (NCPIE Members
    Only): Consumer, Healthcare Professional, Business
5:15-6:00 pm   Welcome Reception for All Conference Attendees
6:00-8:00 pm   Dinner with NCPIE Board of Directors (Open to all
    conference attendees; tickets available for purchase)

Tuesday, December 9, 2003:
"Be MedWise: A Prescription for Patient Safety"
7:00-8:15 am   Registration; Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:15 am   Welcome and Opening Remarks

   Wm. Ray Bullman
   NCPIE Executive Vice President
   Bethesda, MD

   Linda F. Golodner
   NCPIE Chairperson and President
   National Consumers League
   Washington, DC

Keynote Address

   "The Role of Consumer Information in Today’s FDA"

   Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D. CONFIRMED
   Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
   Rockville, MD
9:15-10:30 am   Plenary Session

Laying the Groundwork: Developing New & Improved Consumer Medicine Information (CMI)

Providing consumers with useful written consumer medicine information (CMI) with every new prescription dispensed by retail pharmacies by 2006 is a daunting challenge -- but one that key stakeholder groups are committed to meeting. This session will provide an update on progress and action steps that NCPIE, drug information producers, pharmacy computer system integrators, chain and independent pharmacies are taking to meet the objectives of the Keystone Action Plan for the Provision of Useful Prescription Medicine Information.
Moderator: Linda F. Golodner, NCPIE Chairperson
President, National Consumers League
Washington, DC


David Blair R.Ph.
Managing Director
Medical Care and Outcomes
Indianapolis, IN
Member, NCPIE Board of Directors

Nicholas J. Ratto, Pharm.D.
Manager, Consumer Drug Information Group
First DataBank, Inc.
San Bruno, CA

John M. Coster, Ph.D.
Vice President, Federal and State Programs
National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Alexandria, VA

10:30-11:00 am
Tabletop Exhibits & Refreshments

11:00-12:15 pm
“Hot Topics” – Concurrent Sessions (Select One)

Topic #1: Initiatives to Support Seniors’ Safe Medicine Use

Research published in 2003 points to increasing problems among ambulatory seniors in using medicines safely. Two NCPIE members will discuss new and ongoing initiatives to address this problem: the SOS Rx coalition, formed in 2003 by the National Consumers League; and various programs developed by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.

     "SOS Rx: Building a Collaborative Campaign to
     Enhance Safe Outpatient Medicine Use"

           Rebecca Burkholder
           Director of Health Policy
           National Consumers League
           Washington, DC

     The Senior Care Pharmacists' Role in Improving
     Medication Safety

           Kathleen Cameron, R.Ph., M.P.H.
           Executive Director
           American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
           Research and Education Foundation
           Alexandria, VA

Topic #2: Consumer Medicine Information (CMI): Lessons
              Learned Around the Globe

As the U.S. wrestles with ensuring the usefulness of written CMI, it is not alone. For example, Australia requires that pharmaceutical manufacturer- developed CMI leaflets be distributed to patients at pharmacies. The United Kingdom and other countries governed by the European Agency for Evaluation of Medicinal Products have spent the past decade implementing CMI guidelines, debating leaflets' readability, content, layout, and conducting consumer testing.

           D.K. Theo Raynor, Ph.D.
           Professor and Head of Pharmacy Practice
           and Medicines Management Group
           University of Leeds
           United Kingdom

Topic #3: Communicating to the Public About Counterfeit

FDA's Counterfeit Drug Task Force Interim Report (Oct. '03) notes that there is no "magic bullet" against the growing number of sophisticated counterfeiters; rather, a multi-pronged strategy is required. One important component of a national strategy is education and public awareness, including the dissemination of actionable information to the public. Crafting of appropriate anti-counterfeiting messages and identification of effective communication tools and channels for reaching the public is the focus of this session.

           William Grigg
           Public Health Communications Expert
           Chevy Chase, MD

           Ellen Shapiro
           Director, Division of Public Affairs
           Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
           U.S. Food and Drug Administration
           Rockville, MD

           Vicki Kao
           Special Assistant
           Office of External Relations
           U.S. Food and Drug Administration
           Rockville, MD

12:30-1:45 pm
Luncheon and Awards Program Honoring Winners of the Paul G. Rogers / NCPIE Medication Communicator Awards

1:45-2:00 pm

2:00-3:15 pm
“Hot Topics” – Concurrent Sessions (Select One)

Topic #4: Tackling Prescription Medicine Misuse & Abuse

Deliberate misuse and abuse of prescription medicines is, unfortunately, a growing problem. It is exacerbated by the proliferation of rogue on-line pharmacies, many of which concentrate on selling painkillers, antidepressants, stimulants and other potentially- addictive medicines. Despite established checks and balances for these medicines when prescribed following an in-person consultation with a licensed health care professional, and then dispensed from a community retail pharmacy, Internet shoppers can easily evade such built-in protections.

           Linda Simoni-Wastila, M.S.P.H., Ph.D.
           Associate Professor
           University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
           Baltimore, MD

           Wm. Ray Bullman, M.A.M.
           Executive Vice President
           National Council on Patient Information
           and Education
           Bethesda, MD

Topic #5: Medicine Re-Importation: Legal or Not - Guess
              What's Happening Out There in the Real World?

American consumers are logging on to the Internet, boarding buses to Canada and Mexico, visiting storefront shops that are springing up like mushrooms to have their prescriptions faxed to Canada, and state governors and local politicians declare their intention to buy employees' prescription medicines from Canada. The FDA repeatedly notes its objection and sues several online companies for violating laws aimed at prohibiting drug imports. This session will focus on implications for safe and appropriate medicine use brought about by what some would note as the potentially deadly practice of prescription drug re-importation.

           Rebecca P. Snead, R.Ph.
           Administrative Manager
           National Council of State Pharmacy Association
           Executives (NCSPAE)
           Richmond, VA

           Second presenter TBD

Topic #6: Reading Between the Lines -- The Role of Health
           Literacy in Safe Medicine Use

           Leonard G. Doak, P.E. and
           Cecilia Conrath Doak, M.P.H.
           Patient Learning Associates, Inc.
           Potomac, MD

The U.S. Surgeon General recently noted that over 90 million Americans cannot adequately understand basic health information, and that low health literacy costs the health care system $73 billion per year in misdirected or misunderstood medical advice. This session will provide insight on how health literacy impacts patient medication behaviors and suggest practical ways to reduce negative impacts. A second objective is that attendees understand two practical ways to assess the suitability of medication messages. In addition, the Doaks will address what some agencies and organizations are doing to address health literacy issues.

3:15-4:00 pm
Tabletop Exhibits & Refreshments

4:00-5:15 pm
“Town Hall” Session: Be MedWise: A Prescription for
     Patient Safety

Following an energetic discussion from a seasoned network medical broadcaster, many of the day’s speakers will take your questions on hot topics in medicine communication and patient safety, including: improving written information, strategies to reduce medicine misuse and abuse, drug reimportation, and more.

Speaker and Town Hall Moderator:

     Helen Chickering
     Medical Correspondent, NBC News Channel
     National Association of Medical Communicators
     Raleigh, NC


     Jean R. Slutsky, P.A., M.S.P.H.
     Acting Director, Center for Outcomes and Evidence
     Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
     U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
     Rockville, MD
5:15 pm   Conference Adjourns

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Conference Venue

The conference venue is the Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th Street, NW, Washington, DC, located four blocks east of the White House. The closest Metro stop is “Metro Center” on the Red, Orange and Blue lines.

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Hotel Phone: (202) 737-2200
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The NCPIE rate is $179/night, single or double occupancy.
(Remember to request the National Council on Patient Information and Education room block, which expires on Monday, November 24, 2003.)

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