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Hold the Date: 2018 OPA Annual Conference & Trade Show:
April 20-22, 2018

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April 21-23, 2017 - 139th OPA Annual Conference & Trade Show sets record for attendance!

No state association can match the content or value available in these three eye-opening days. Everything is aimed to educate and stimulate you and your practice because...
                  The OPA Annual Conference and Trade Show is one of the best in the country.

Your role is expanding, and this Conference will help you meet the challenge! Go to a program outside your practice site. This Conference includes 2.5 hours of patient/medication safety CPE that you will need to renew your Ohio license in 2016 and thereafter. Take advantage of networking with other pharmacists. And don’t miss the Trade Show with its prizes, Dinner in the City, and the many opportunities to broaden your knowledge. Most of all, have a great time!

Choose from more than 50 hours of cutting-edge continuing pharmacy education (CPE) programs, visit 80 exhibits in the OPA Trade Show, learned from Ohio Research Podium presentations and poster displays, and watched students compete in the Innovative Pharmacy Business Plan Competition, the OTC and Self-Care Challenge, and the Pharmacy Olympics social event. Pharmacy excellence around the state will be recognized at the annual Awards Luncheon.

From specialized programming to exciting competitions to leadership recognition, the 2017 OPA Conference has it all.   


Annual Conference Program Descriptions

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To exhibit for 2018, click on the Trade Show & Exhibit Info link or the Register to Exhibit link in the box at the upper left corner of this page.

Special thanks to our 2017 Partner, Gold, Silver and Bronze OPA Conference Sponsors

Conference APP - Attendify : The 2017 OPA Annual Conference App is available to download!

On your device's web browser, go to and choose either iPhone or Android compatibility. You are also able to search “OPA Annual Conference” in the app store.  In an effort to go green, continuing education presentations will be available on the app for you to access via your mobile device.  Download the app before you get to the Conference to read in-depth descriptions of CPE programming, start a to-do list, and get excited about the Annual Conference! Watch for additional updates to the app between today and the start of the Conference. 

 OPA Annual Conference Program 2017 (This PDF sometimes doesn't present well in the Firefox browser.)


Registration Deadlines   by 3/16/17 by 4/17/17
 Discounted Member $269 $299  $329

Non-Member Rate w/ special conf rate
& 2017 OPA Membership*

$442 $472  $502
Pharmacy Resident Rate $124 $154  $184

Pre-registration rates are valid through April 17. Onsite registration rates will become effective on April 18. 
Full registration includes admission to all Friday, Saturday and Sunday CPE Programs, handout materials, Trade Show, meals and breaks. Registration for the PAC Breakfast is separate.

*Special full conference rate for NEW members includes conference and April-December OPA membership.



 Registration Deadlines  by 3/16/17 by 4/17/17 Onsite 
Friday $144 $164  $185
Saturday $144 $164  $185
Sunday  $84  $104  $125


 Registration Deadlines  by 3/16/17 by 4/17/17 Onsite 
Friday $317 $337  $358
Saturday $317 $337  $358
Sunday $257 $277  $298

**Special one day Non-Member conference rate includes April-December OPA membership.


 Registration Deadlines    by 3/16/17
by 4/17/17 Onsite 
Friday $84 $104  $125
Saturday $84 $104  $125
Sunday $44 $64  $85

One day registration includes admission to CPE Programs, handout materials, Trade Show, meals and breaks.

Recovery Addiction Services - Breakfast Theatre
Friday 7:30 am
Living on the Edge of Addiction
Presenters: McKay Whiting and Joanne Sprecher
As a pharmacist, you meet countless patients each day, many of whom could be silently struggling with addiction to prescription opioids. Join this presentation by Recovery Addiction Services which will explain the disease of addiction, the current climate of the opioid epidemic, how overprescribing plays a role, and what you can do to prevent, support, and educate your patients.
There is no CPE credit for attendance at this presentation.

Awards Luncheon
Friday 11:25 a.m.
OPA will recognize excellence in the profession, in the community, and with the Association at the Annual Awards Luncheon. Media representatives will be recognized for their support of educating the public on safe medicine use and for awareness of pharmacy issues.

Trade Show and Prize Drawing
Friday, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. & Saturday, 11:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Improve your patients' outcomes with the new products and services you find at the Trade Show. Visit each booth to become eligible to enter a drawing for prizes donated by our exhibitors. There is no concurrent programming during Trade Show hours, so this is the perfect time to network with your colleagues and have a little fun!

Poster Session
Friday, 4:10-6:00 p.m.

Our annual Poster Session will feature the research of the faculty and students from Ohio’s colleges of pharmacy, as well as practitioners from around the state. The Ohio Research Forum 2017 CPE session will be held at 1:00 p.m.

Friday Dinner in the City**
Friday  7:00 pm 
Dress casually and enjoy a meal at one of Downtown Columbus' fine restaurants. If applicable, on your registration form, you will indicate your first, second and third choice for Friday evening Dinner. The dinner, is included in Pharmacists' Friday-Only and Full-Conference registration fees. Each venue will offer select menu options and a cash bar. (Restaurant options may change prior to 4/21/17.) Please indicate your preferences on the registration form. **(Note: restaurant choices will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Unfortunately, we will not be able to change your choice selections once your registration has been processed.)

PAC Breakfast
Saturday, 7:15 a.m.

Support and strengthen pharmacy’s influence in Ohio’s General Assembly by attending the Political Action Committee (PAC) Breakfast.  You’ll hear from an influential Ohio political figure, and contribute to the success of the PAC.  You can also sponsor a student. Details included on the registration form.

House of Delegates
Saturday, 4:40 p.m.
The House of Delegates serves as the policy-making body of the Association.  Be a part of decisions made for the practice of pharmacy in Ohio through the resolutions and bylaws processes.

NPX (New Practitioner Experience) Social
Saturday 5:00 pm      Location: TBD
If you are a pharmacist with < 7 years in practice, join other new practitioners and past winners of the Distinguished Young Pharmacist award at this fun event! Network, meet and have fun at The Social, at 527 North Park St., which is located at the intersection of Park and Swan St. When exiting the Convention Center, head north on High St to Swan St. Cross High Street and go two blocks west to Park. Turn right on Park, The Social will be on your left.

Pharmacy Ambassadors Reception and President’s Banquet
Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
The Pharmacy Ambassadors Reception, President’s Banquet, installation of OPA President Cathy Kuhn and the 2017-2018 officers and trustees, and dessert reception offer time to connect with friends and colleagues. The Cardinal String Duo will provide background music. All are welcome.

Faculty Disclosure
Disclosure of faculty and commercial support relationships will be made known at each activity.

Continuing Education Credit
This Conference is targeted to all pharmacists and student pharmacists. The Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) portion is coordinated by the Ohio Pharmacists Foundation. To receive CPE credit, pharmacists must attend the entire session, actively participate, complete the CPE form indicating sessions attended, and return the signed form to OPA within 30 days of the Conference. CPE credit will be uploaded
to the CPE Monitor at the end of each month. CPE Statements of Credit can be printed from the CPE monitor.
Learning objectives for each of the continuing pharmacy education programs can be found on the OPA website at All CPE sessions are knowledge-based activities unless otherwise indicated.

2017 OPA Annual Conference Learning Objectives

ACPE LogoThe Ohio Pharmacists Foundation, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Disclosure: The OPF trustees and other individuals responsible for planning OPF continuing pharmacy education activities have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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