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Virtual Pharmacy Law & Practice Conference

October 30, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

October 30, 2021: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Virtual Event Partnering with California Pharmacy Lawyers (CPL)

This event serves as an opportunity to connect and collaborate with legal leaders to discuss critical and emerging pharmacy legal issues and get a fresh perspective on law and legal pharmacy education. You will have direct access to dynamic presentations that focus on current and emerg­ing trends around pharmacy law and practice.

As a CPhA member benefit, we are providing one complimentary registration ($250 value) to all pharmacists and pharmacy technician members! Attendance will provide each attendee with 6.5 CE hours with 1 hour satisfying CA Code of Regulations §§ 1732,5(b).


Time Topic Speakers
8:15 am – 8:30 am Login and Opening Remarks
8:30 am – 10:00 am 2021 New Laws (1.5 CE hours)
10:00 am – 10:15 am Break
10:15 am – 11:15 am PBM & Medi-Cal Audits and Recoupments (1.0 CE hour)
11:15 pm – 12:45 pm Pharmacy Operational Compliance (1.5 CE hours)
12:45 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Controlled Substance Dispensing – What the Government Expects From Pharmacists (1.0 CE hour) Ivan Petrzelka, PharmD, JD, MBA
2:15 pm – 3:45 pm Round Table Discussion: Hot Topics in Pharmacy Practice Today (1.5 CE hours)
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Closing Remarks

Learning Objectives:

  • 2021 New Pharmacy Laws
    1.5 CE Hours UAN: 0113-0000-21-005-L03-P, 0113-0000-21-005-L03-T

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

    • Describe the changes in State and Federal Laws for 2021.
    • 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 & Medi-Cal Audits and Recoupments
    1.0 CE Hours UAN: 0113-0000-21-006-L03-P, 0113-0000-21-006-L03-T

    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.
    • Prepare for PBM and Medi-Cal audits.
    • Avoid payment recoupment and termination from Medi-Cal and PBM networks.
  • Pharmacy Operational Compliance
    1.5 CE Hours UAN: 0113-0000-21-007-L03-P, 0113-0000-21-007-L03-T

    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.

  • Controlled Substance Dispensing – What the Government Expects From Pharmacists
    1.0 CE Hours UAN: 0113-0000-21-008-L03-P; 0113-0000-21-008-L03-T

    At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:
    • Understand the concept of Corresponding Responsibility and applicable standard of care when dispensing controlled substances.
    • Discuss 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.

  • Round Table Discussion: Hot Topics in Pharmacy Practice Today
    1.5 CE Hours UAN: 0113-0000-21-009-L03-P; 0113-0000-21-009-L03-T

    At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:
    • Discuss COVID-19 policies & procedures and other considerations for Pharmacists.
    • Understand the new roles of Pharmacists within the current pandemic.
    • Identify Pharmaceutical Compounding as legally permissible drug manufacturing.
    • Reinforce the rules of mandatory reporting for theft and impairment of licensed pharmacy staff.
    • Explore proper responses to Board of Pharmacy actions, from Notice of Violation, Letter of Admonishment, Citation & Fine, Accusation, and Cease & Desist Order.


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.


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.


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.

Registration Fees:

CPhA Member  Member Benefit
Non-Member  $250

Member Registration Non-Member Registration 


Cancellations made via education@cpha.com sooner than 1 week before the conference will be eligible for transfer from the offering in May to October; however if the membership benefit is not used, members will not receive any refund on membership dues for the calendar year.

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 30, 2021
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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