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Pharmacy Law & Practice

October 31, 2020 @ 8:45 am - 4:30 pm

October 31, 2020: 8:45 am – 4:30 pm
Virtual: Zoom Webinar

Dynamic presentations that focus on current and emerging trends around pharmacy law and practice. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear from the industry experts on laws that affect you and your profession. Earn 6.5 CE hours and 1 hour of CE to satisfy CA Code of Regulations §§ 1732.5(b).

Target audience includes; pharmacy staff, consultants, managers, directors, and executives from all practice settings.


Time Topic Speakers
8:45 am – 9:00 am Log on to Zoom Webinar
9:00 am – 11:00 am 2020 New Law Update Anne Sodergren & Tony Park
11:00 am – 11:15 am Break
11:15 am – 12:15 pm PBM Audits and Recoupments Andre Vizcocho & Ivan Petrzelka
12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm Pharmacy Operational Compliance Tony Park & Elizabeth A. Park
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Pharmacist’s Corresponding Responsibility – How to Avoid Becoming a Target of Enforcement Action Tony Park & Ivan Petrzelka
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Cannabis, Compounding, Collaborative Practice Agreements, and other Non-Traditional Practices in Today’s Pharmacy – Legal Considerations Tony Park & Ivan Petrzelka

Registration Fees:

CPhA Member   $199
Non-Member  $299


Cancellations are subject to 30% handling fee. There will be NO REFUNDS issued for cancellations. Cancellations must be in writing. Refunds will NOT be made for no-shows. Should CPhA cancel the program, a full registration fee refund will be issued.

Learning Objectives:

  • 2020 New Law Update

    At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

    • Describe the changes in State and Federal Laws for 2020.
    • Explain the overarching trends in the regulatory climate for California Pharmacists.
    • Summarize current pharmacy standard of practices.
    • Identify resources for staying current on changing regulatory issues.

  • PBM Audits and Recoupments

    At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

    • Describe the purpose of third-party audits.
    • Identify the causes of claims payment recoupment.
    • Validate allegations of discrepancies and/or fraud, waste and abuse.
    • Appropriately respond to audits, and requests for documents and information
    • Prepare for PBM audits.
    • Avoid payment recoupment and termination from PBM networks.

  • Pharmacy Operational Compliance

    At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

    • Discuss relevant state and federal compliance rules that apply to pharmacists practice in various pharmacy practice types.
    • Explore how to effectively draft policies and then implement them as procedures.
    • Analyze current common practices that may not comply with regulations.
    • Synthesize an actionable checklist for real world application to ensure compliance.

  • Pharmacist’s Corresponding Responsibility – How to Avoid Becoming a Target of Enforcement Action

    At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

    • Articulate the concept of Corresponding Responsibility and applicable standard of care.
    • Understand recent enforcement trends.
    • Identify high-risk practices and effectively mitigate risks associated with dispensing of controlled substances.
    • Articulate key elements of policies to ensure regulatory compliance.
    • Implement appropriate safeguards into their respective practices.


Anne Sodergren, Executive Officer, California Board of Pharmacy

Anne Sodergren is the Executive Officer of the California Board of Pharmacy. Ms. Sodergren has over 25 years of experience with the Board, having served in various capacities. Most recently she has served as the Board’s Interim Executive Officer and over the last 10 years as the Assistant Executive Officer where she had leadership responsibility for the day to day operations of the Board and worked in partnership with its 13-member board in carrying out their objectives. Ms. Sodergren has significant experience in policy development, legislation, strategic planning, budgets and personnel management.


Tony J. Park, PharmD, JD, Principal Attorney, California Pharmacy Lawyers

Principal attorney, Tony J. Park, PharmD, JD, brings unique insight and expertise based on his vast former experiences: as pharmacy manager of a chain drug store, as owner of multiple pharmacy-related businesses including an independent Hispanic pharmacy, home care company, secondary wholesaler, billing & reimbursement agency service, home nursing agency service, and closed-door pharmacy. He was also owner and Pharmacist-In-Charge of a compounding-only pharmacy licensed as one of the first “licensed sterile compounding“ facilities in California. He is also currently a legislative advocate, an adjunct professor of pharmacy law and ethics, and a pharmacy continuing education speaker.

As one of the very few Pharmacist-Attorneys in California, Tony J. Park, PharmD, JD, has extensive experiences across numerous areas of pharmacy practice. He is passionate about representing clients in governmental agency enforcement actions, educating individuals about changes and developments in regulatory healthcare law, and consulting new and existing businesses about current and future opportunities in healthcare.


Elizabeth Akhparyan Park, PharmD, Chief Consultant 

After having been awarded the 2017 CPhA Student of the Year, Dr. Elizabeth Akhparyan received her PharmD degree in 2017 from the Western University School of Pharmacy, in Pomona, CA. She then completed her Post-Graduate Year One Pharmacy Practice Residency with an emphasis on Geriatrics. During her residency Elizabeth lectured at the World Congress of Clinical Pharmacy Practice in Rome, Italy advocating for Inter-Professional Approach to Geriatric Care. Additionally, Elizabeth placed second for her poster in Assessment of Adherence to Renal Dosing Guidelines in Patients with Document Chronic Disease at the California Long Term Care Medicine Annual Meeting. Dr. Akhparyan successfully restructured antibiotic stewardship program at the Jewish Home for the Aging in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Akhparyan now works as Principal Regulatory Consultant in her startup company, the Simplified Medicine Consultancy firm, based in Irvine, CA. She consults outpatient and inpatient pharmacists, and performs operational gap analyses, regulatory risk mitigation, and remediation strategies for long-term care, hospital, and community pharmacies.


Ivan Petrzelka, PharmD, JD, MBA, California Pharmacy Lawyers

Dr. Ivan Petrzelka is a Pharmacist-Attorney with extensive experience in all aspects of pharmacy practice. After practicing pharmacy for over 20 years, he switched directions and became an attorney specializing in pharmacy law. Dr. Petrzelka represents pharmacists and pharmacy owners in enforcement actions before government regulatory agencies and provides consulting services in healthcare regulatory matters. He also teaches pharmacy law and ethics at the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy.


Luis Andre P. Vizcocho, RPh, JD, Attorney-at-Law, California Pharmacy Lawyers

Luis Andre P. Vizcocho, RPh, JD, brings in over a decade of experience working as a pharmacist in various practice settings.  Dr. Vizcocho embraced the challenges of being a pharmacist-in-charge early in his career, successfully managing and operating a number of stores for a retail chain pharmacy in the Greater Los Angeles Area for several years until he decided to pursue law school in 2012.  Dr. Vizcocho continued working as a pharmacist while attending law school, and transitioned into legal practice by working as a law clerk under the mentorship of Dr. Tony J. Park at the CPL Law Firm.  Since graduating as valedictorian of his 2016 class at the Pacific Coast University School of Law. Dr. Vizcocho has continued to draw from his first-hand experience as a pharmacist, and integrate his keen understanding of the pharmacy profession with his legal education, to best represent his clients.


Continuing Pharmacy Education:

The California Pharmacists Association (#0113) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Upon completing an evaluation form, participants will be awarded up to 6.5 hours (0.65 CEUs) of Continuing Pharmacy Education Credit. A statement of credit will not be issued. Participants may log onto the CPE monitor website using their individual log in to download their statement of credit. Please allow 4 weeks for processing of CPE credits to the CPE monitor.


October 31, 2020
8:45 am - 4:30 pm
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United States