NCPA Annual Convention and Expo

The meeting will take place October 1-4 in Kansas City, Missouri.

From corporate education programs and innovative CE sessions to jam-packed General Sessions, this year’s National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Annual Convention and Expo is an event that independent pharmacists and pharmacy owners simply cannot miss. The conference begins Saturday, October 1st in Kansas City, Missouri at the Kansas City Convention Center through Tuesday, October 4th.

Are you ready to embrace this year’s theme and To team up? Read on for some of our top highlights and notable events taking place at the 2022 NCPA Annual Convention and Expo.

This year’s Annual Meeting will consist of two General Assembly events: Sunday 2 October and Monday 3 October, both at 9:30 am. In the first of these sessions, keynote speaker Mike Abrahoff, former commanding officer of the USS Benfold, will share a story from his time in the Navy to show why leadership matters and why culture is everything.

The second General Session begins on October 3 with Lina M. Kahn, Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Kahn will join NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA for a fireside chat and question-and-answer session. “As Chair of the FTC, Khan has been receptive to the concerns of independent pharmacists and this is a great opportunity to hear her thoughts on issues affecting our industry and to speak about the important work her agency is doing on behalf of consumers,” said Hoey a press release.1

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Finally, the ophthalmologist Dr. Will Flanary take the stage as the day’s second keynote speaker. Perhaps better known by his social media handle, Dr. Glaucoma patches, Flanary has more than 2.5 million followers across all social platforms. With a keen eye for observational humor and biting satire, Flanary comments on everything from “the perils of Visine to the horrors of health insurance.”2 for audiences across the healthcare industry with the help of his faithful writer, Jonathan.

“As a pharmacist, taking the time to provide the best possible care to your patients is most important, but pharmacists don’t always rely on technology for the solution,” Paige Clark, RPh, vice president of pharmacy programs and policy at Prescryptive Health, told drug issues. “In fact, in a recent independent study conducted by Prescryptive Health, independent pharmacists reported that they spend an average of 2 to 6 hours per week checking drug prices. That’s up to about 312 hours a year spent checking prices, which could refocus on patient care.”

“Smart pricing solutions powered by artificial intelligence can put that precious time back in the hands of pharmacists so they can do more of what they love: helping patients,” added Clark.

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Led by Clark, Prescryptive Health will present two sessions in the Exhibit Hall. The first – which will focus on how pharmacies can use technology to remain competitive and increase their profits – will take place on Sunday 2 October from 12:30pm to 1:00pm. During the session, Clark will present a case study detailing how a multi-location pharmacy was able to sustainably increase profits while keeping consumer prices affordable.

On Monday, October 3, from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Clark will be joined by Brad Gallagher, Partner at Barclay Damon in Albany, New York for a CE session combining legal and pharmaceutical training to raise awareness for cybercrime in pharmacy. With personal health information being sold on the black market for $250 per record – compared to 50 cents for a credit card number – this is a session not to be missed.

This 4-day event also features numerous business education sessions, many of which offer the opportunity to earn CE credits. On Saturday, October 1st, learn more about the Point-of-Care Testing Playbook and how pharmacists can use point-of-care testing services to increase their bottom line. On Sunday, October 2, a session hosted by NCPA Senior Director of Professional Affairs Lisa Schwartz will educate attendees on what they need to know and what they need to do to comply with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act , which will come into effect on November 23. And on Monday, October 3, Kyle McCormick, owner of Blueberry Pharmacy, will answer pharmacists’ burning questions about the cost-plus pharmacy model.

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For attendees too excited to wait for their NCPA Annual Convention experience to begin, the 3-day pre-convention program will cover a wide range of topics, including a workshop, at noon on September 29th – October 1st on pharmacy ownership and a guide to creating a pharmacist-led lifestyle and weight management program and the well-loved NCPA Pharmacy-Based Point-of-Care Test and Treat National Certificate Program.

The exhibition hall is open from Sunday, October 2, 12:00 p.m. to Monday, October 3, 5:00 p.m. Don’t forget to visit them Drug Topics® at Stand 931: Pick up a copy of our latest issue, sign up for our eNewsletters and chat with our team to learn more about staying up to date on independent pharmacies.

Drug Topics coverage of the NCPA Annual Convention and Expo 2022 is sponsored by Prescryptive Health.


  1. Speech by the FTC Chair at the NCPA Annual Meeting in October. press release. National Association of Community Pharmacists. September 12, 2022. Accessed September 19, 2022.
  2. keynote speaker. National Association of Community Pharmacists. Retrieved September 19, 2022.

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