More than 800 pharmacy professionals received education on the COVID-19 vaccines and on the rollout of the vaccines across the state during a two-part live webinar series on January 6 and 13 given by the Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences’ Office of Continuing Professional Education and the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy.
The program was hosted by CPHS Director of Continuing Professional Education Dr. Andy Bowman (’93 PharmD), who also serves as the southeastern district representative and past president of the NC Board of Pharmacy. NC State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Betsey Tilson and Dr. Amanda Fuller Moore, pharmacist, Division of Public Health, NC Department of Health and Human Services, provided insight and guidance on the federal and state regulatory issues governing the administration of the COVID-19 vaccines along with vaccine distribution plans.
“We saw a need to provide factual, timely information to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians across the state concerning the vaccines and the distribution,” said Bowman. “It was an opportunity for Campbell to join forces with the state pharmacy board to increase the reach of the information. Within 72 hours of opening the registration, we had 1,000 people registered with 800 on the wait list.”
All active North Carolina licensed pharmacists and registered pharmacy techs were invited to register for the free program. A recording is available for continued education credit as a non-live event and can be found through the CPHS Continuing Professional Education registration portal.
Bowman concluded, “This was a unique opportunity to utilize my role as a representative on the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy and as the director of Continuing Professional Education at Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences to meet a critical continuing pharmacy education need during a global pandemic. This partnership with the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy will help educate literally thousands of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians on COVID vaccine development and the COVID immunization plans for the citizens of North Carolina. I am Camel Proud to be a part of this partnership and project.”
About Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Office of Continuing Professional Education
The Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Office of Continuing Professional Education (CPHS CPE) provides current, valuable, evidence-based educational activities for pharmacists and technicians in diverse practice settings. CPHS CPE programming strives to incorporate active learning techniques to enhance the participant’s educational experience, while promoting the practice of pharmacy and interprofessional education.
About the NC Board of Pharmacy
The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy’s mission is to protect the public health, safety and welfare in pharmaceutical matters. The Board sets standards for academic and practical experience programs prior to licensure, issues permits to operate pharmacies and DME facilities, and annually renews licenses, permits and registrations.