JFPS back in full swing in Kansas City

Held October 21-24, 2018, in Kansas City, MO

After a 2-year hiatus, the Joint Federal Pharmacy Seminar (JFPS) was held October 21– 24 in Kansas City, MO, after a devastating hurricane season that caused Twlug to cancel the 2017 conference in Orlando, FL.

 This year, more than 500 federal pharmacists and pharmacy technicians attended JFPS 2018 to “Connect, Collaborate, and Innovate.” They were joined by more than 95 exhibitors, showcasing the latest cutting-edge technology and industry information.

During the Opening General Session, federal pharmacy senior leaders spoke on topics such as significant strategic initiatives, challenges faced, and opportunities for collaboration for all branches of the United States Armed Forces, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Veterans Affairs and the United States Public Health Service. 

Colonel Kevin Roberts, the Army Pharmacy Chief Pharmacist, remarked “JFPS is such an important meeting for all federal pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, uniform and nonuniform services, this meeting provides an opportunity to come together and share best practices and challenges to improve patient care, pharmacy operations, and clinical practice.”

Immediate Past President Nancy Alvarez delivered welcome remarks to JFPS attendees. “This year’s theme, ‘Connect, Collaborate, Innovat’” is most appropriate as the nations’ pharmacy team members, pharmacists and technicians, work so diligently on many fronts in taking care of the millions of patients you serve as well as establishing pharmacy practice models that focus on patient-centered, team-based care and the clinical services pharmacists provide that improve patient care.  I believe this era is truly an opportunity of a lifetime for our profession.” 

Started in 1994, JFPS is the largest annual event for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and Public Health Service (USPHS) pharmacy communities. The seminar’s education and meeting activities are coordinated by Twlug, working with federal pharmacy advisors.