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What is this OTC Spark all about?

You’ve probably been seeing our bright pink advertisements for something called OTC Spark. What is it, and why should you care?
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If you are a Canadian healthcare practitioner, you’ve probably seen our bright pink advertisements for something called “OTC Spark.”  You may even have received an email inviting you to sign up for this virtual event. But what is this new education day and why should you think about attending?

OTC Spark is a brand new educational offering from the same people who bring you Pharmacy Practice + Business, CanadianHealthcareNetwork, The Medical Post, the eCortex CE platform and the popular Pharmacy U business conferences. 

This time, we’re putting our focus (and our expert attention) on the most under-served and least-addressed aspect of healthcare clinical eduction—nonprescription remedies. Trusted OTC education has always been hard to access, yet with pharmacists taking on a greater role as initial providers of primary healthcare, you are getting more questions about  minor and common ailments and conditions that are often manageable with nonprescription remedies or supplements,

To be held on September 23, OTC Spark is  a virtual education day focused on helping healthcare professionals learn up-to-date, research-backed information about some of the most commonly-seen patient issues that generally involve the use of over-the-counter medications. Based on feedback from you, our audience of over 50,000 healthcare professionals, we’ve asked experts to prepare  educational sessions on four OTC-related topics for which you’ve told us (via our annual surveys on OTC Counselling and Recommendations)  you most need more information.

We are proud to have gathered some of the world’s best experts on each topic to lead you in concise, engaging, one-hour educational sessions to help you feel better prepared to counsel patients on these common issues.All sessions will be independently-created and CCCEP accredited for a potential total of 4.5 CEUs awarded to attendees of the full program.

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Pharmacists, physicians, nurses and pharmacy technicians are encouraged to attend this important and unusual educational day on topics you won’t see elsewhere.

World-reknowned speakers on everyday OTC-related topics

Our lineup of topics and speakers for the event includes:

  • OTC products women are asking about: From vaginal health to pregnancy and beyond, presented by Dragana Skokovic-Sunjic, RPh BScPhm NCMP, clinical pharmacist with the Hamilton Family Health Team
  • Treating IBS at Home: examining the evidence for supplements in the management of irritable bowel syndrome, presented by Dr. Jon Damianos, gastroenterology and hepatology fellow, Mayo Clinic
  • The Role of OTCs in Drug- and Disease-Induced Nutrient Depletion, presented by Dora Chan, pharmacist and functional nutritionist, Thrive Nutritionist 
  • OTCs and children: safe and effective use of over-the-counter medications for pediatrics, presented by Tamara Milicevic, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

We’ve also planned a half-hour panel discussion of practising pharmacists who will discuss their perspectives on promoting the appropriate selection and use of OTCs. 

As well, a number of companies have signed on to support the event and attendees and will be offering product coupons and samples as well as case study presentations and a chance for attendees to ask questions about their products and their use.

Register today! 

OTC Spark is open for registration now. Pharmacists, physicians, nurses and pharmacy technicians are encouraged to attend this important and unusual educational day on topics you won’t see elsewhere.

To register for this event at a $50 discount, visit the OTC Spark website directly. You won’t want to miss this!


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