The U.S. Medicine Chest: Understanding the U.S. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain and the Role of the Community Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician


Where do our medications come from? Is a medication more than just an active ingredient? Will the shortages ever stop? What factors should I consider when determining the value of a medication? Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians play a key role safeguarding our medications, reporting adverse drug events, and communicating drug information. Join us in this session where we discuss the current state of the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain, identify the root cause of several recent recalls, and highlight resources pharmacy professionals can use to evaluate the quality and safety of the medications we dispense to patients.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the global pharmaceutical supply chain and its impact on medications in the United States
  2. Identify the root cause of two recent medication shortages   
  3. Describe the role pharmacists and pharmacy technicians play safeguarding the safety and efficacy of medication in the United States
  4. Summarize strategies to verify the content, quality, and source of ingredients contained in medications  



Technician Learning Objectives




Rosemary Gibson, M.Sc.
Author, China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America's Dependence on China for Medicine
The Hastings Center
Ryan Costantino, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCGP
Director, Pharmacy Clinical Decision Support
Defense Health Agency
Learning Level: Level 1
Track: Pharmacy Law and Regulations
Session Time Slot(s): 
Sunday, March 22
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Gaylord National Resort - National Harbor 2-3
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-20-088-L03-P
CEUs Pharmacist: .1
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