Last January, the Central Florida Pharmacy Practice Center (CFPPC), located in Tampa, Florida, hosted the Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotics Pharmacist Training. This training is an ACPE-accredited program of Continuing Pharmacy, and it offers certification for pharmacists. Soheyla Mahdavian, PharmD, BCGP, TTS, associate professor of Pharmacy Practice, teaches the LAIA training program.
The training program gives pharmacists the knowledge and application skills for administering LAIAs. The training consists of engagement in the 4-hour online home-study comprehensive series and the 4-hour live hands-on training. After the program, participants will be able to earn the required 8 hours of CE to administer LAIAs. In January, Dr. Mahdavian presented the 4-hour live portion of the training to 9 participants at the CFPPC location.
FAMU-CoPPS is the only entity supported by the law-mandated supporting organizations (Florida Pharmacy Association (FPA), Florida Medical Association (FMA), the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA), and Florida Psychiatric Society (FPS)). The law indicates any LAIA program must have full support from the state pharmacy and state medical association.
The LAIAs training program is reaching its second year, with its first cohort of Pharmacists trained in September 2019. With the move to mostly virtual training, the program continues to thrive since COVID-19. CFPPC Division Director and Professor, Charlie Colquitt BS, PharmD, CPh said, “The development of this program will provide more opportunities to utilize different skill sets. The program also highlights how our regional campuses and the Durell Peaden Jr. Education Campus can help in promoting continuing education”.
The next opportunity to take the LAIA live training is in Tallahassee, FL, during the 44th Annual Leonard LeBaron Inge Clinical Pharmacy Symposium this March and June in Davie, FL, at the South Florida Pharmacy Practice Center. For more information on virtual and live CE training programs, visit our continuing education website at http://pharmacy.famu.edu/continuing-education/