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McKesson announces virtual ideaShare agenda

McKesson ideaShare will take place virtually Sept. 14 to 17 and feature various informational sessions and 25 continuing education courses.
Sandra Levy
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Community pharmacy teams from across the United States will come together Sept.14-17, 2021 at the 38th annual McKesson ideaShare, a virtual experience designed to help independent pharmacies join forces, to learn new skills and grow their business

This year’s opening general session will feature Brian Tyler, McKesson CEO, and Eyad Farah, president, Health Mart & Health Mart Atlas. The two leaders will honor the role community pharmacies played in pandemic response–administering more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and collecting more than half a million COVID-19 tests. They also will discuss retail pharmacy trends, as well as outline three key takeaways for customers focused on operating efficiently, maintaining margins and growing strategically.

Eyad Farah said, “Whether your goal is to elevate your clinical performance, advocate for our profession, or gain quality professional education — McKesson ideaShare has been the must-attend event for 37 years for community pharmacy teams who want to improve patient care while also boosting their bottom line.”

[Read more: Health Mart, Health Mart Atlas administer 1 million COVID vaccine doses]

Also on the agenda is a public policy session with guests from the Department of  Health and Human Services and the National Community Pharmacists Association on Sept.15, 2021. The 45-minute session will focus on critical healthcare issues, including provider status and DIR fee reform. The session will also spotlight the work community pharmacists perform to end HIV.

Panelists include:

  • Lt. Cmdr. Neelam “Nelly” Gazarian, U.S. Public Health Service at HHS;
  • Doug Hoey, CEO of NCPA;
  • Nimesh Jhaveri, president of community pharmacy and health at McKesson;
  • Nancy Lyons, chief pharmacist for Health Mart; and
  • Pete Slone, senior vice president of public affairs at McKesson.

Also on tap: 25 virtual educational opportunities, the majority of which will be led by pharmacists.

[Read more: Q&A - Q&A: Health Mart Atlas’ Lennartz discusses new role at the PSAO]

Opportunities include continuing education courses, roundtable discussions and Pharma Talks – a short and entertaining speaker series. Topics include:

  • How to Pivot from Pandemic-Related Clinical Service Success to New Healthcare Initiatives;
  • The Rising Tide –Advancing Pharmacy Technicians;
  • High Voltage Pharmacy: Seize Opportunities and "Plug-In" to Your Community; and
  • Rise to the Challenge: How Pharmacy Teams Can Help to End the HIV Epidemic.

“Each year – and most importantly this year –our pharmacy teams need to step back and develop the profession, together,” said Josh Borer, pharmacist and owner of Rex Pharmacy.

“Following the public health challenges of the past year, it’s imperative we prioritize our education and networking so we can powerfully shape the future of community pharmacy for the better.”

Registration for McKesson ideaShare is $99 for the first attendee per pharmacy location and $49 for each additional attendee requiring continuing education credit.