2024 Annual new location - Easton

Join us for the OPA 2024 Annual Conference & Trade Show, April 5-7, held for the first time ever at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, situated in the heart of Easton Town Center near shopping, dining and entertainment. Pharmacists can earn continuing pharmacy education credits. Exhibitors will be available to discuss their products and services designed to meet your practice needs. Watch for more details. Registration will open January 2024. 

OPA 2023 Annual Conference & Trade Show 2023 Annual Art
Reimagining Pharmacy 

OPA's 145 th Annual Conference & Trade Show was held in Columbus on April 14 - 16, 2023. The 2023 OPA Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio offered pharmacists the opportunity to earn up to 12 hours of live continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit and additional hours of home-study CPE credit for full-conference registrants from on-demand CPE activities. 

Excellence in the profession was recognized at the Awards & PAC Luncheon where OPA’s new Executive Director, Davie Burke, R.Ph., MBA, PharmD (Hon) was introduced, and Lobbyist Michelle Fitzgibbon discussed how to increase pharmacy’s influence in the Ohio General Assembly. The two-day Trade Show afforded attendees the opportunity to learn about new products and services, network, win prizes, and take advantage of free head & shoulder photos sponsored by OPA’s New Practitioner Experience Committee. A record number of 72 posters on research and innovative practices were displayed. The OPA Entrepreneurship Experience was new at the Trade Show on Friday, followed by the Residency and Fellowship Expo on Saturday. The House of Delegates, the policy-making body of the Association, convened on Saturday to deliberate a proposed Bylaws amendment and several resolutions. New Officers were installed at the President’s Banquet and Ernie Boyd’s 34 years of leadership at OPA were recognized.

Couldn't attend in Columbus? You can still register for On-Demand CPE of the Annual Conference! More than 30 hours of select CPE programming is available in a home-study, on-demand format from April 21 through June 30, 2023. On-Demand access is only available to On-Demand registrants or those who attended in Columbus as a full-conference registrant. Detailed instructions on how to access the OPA Annual Conference CPE On-Demand content via the Attendee Guide was distributed via email April 21 to full-conference and On-Demand registrants. Contact OPA with questions at 614.389.3236. 

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Registrants - Click HERE for On-Demand Access via the Attendee Guide

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Student Events



                Research and Innovative Practice Forums and Posters                Hotels                 Vendor Registration

2023 Special Events* 

Sublocade Breakfast Theatre
Friday  8:20 am; Presenter: Nitin K. Bhatia, PharmD
Enjoy a hot, plated breakfast and presentation hosted by Indivior.  (No CPE credit will be provided for participation in the Theatre.)

OUD Treatment Options: Spotlight on Sublocade
Indivior will present a discussion on all options for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder, including Sublocade, a buprenorphine extended-release injection. 

Awards and PAC Luncheon
Friday 12:30 p.m.
OPA will recognize excellence in the profession, in the community, and in the Association at the Annual Awards Luncheon. A key legislative leader will present current issues impacting the profession of pharmacy. Contribute to the Pharmacy PAC to support pharmacy’s influence in the Ohio General Assembly. Click here for the list of previous OPA Award Recipients. 

Trade Show and Networking
Friday, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Meet exhibitors to learn about products and services. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and a cash bar while you reconnect with friends and colleagues.

Poster Session
Friday, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Our annual Poster Session will feature the research and innovative practices of faculty and students from Ohio’s colleges of pharmacy, as well as practitioners from around the state.

OPA Entrepreneurship Experience**
Friday 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Introducing the opportunity to meet Ohio pharmacists who are entrepreneurs. Learn about their products, services, and their journey.

Trade Show, Lunch, Prizes and Headshot Opportunity
Friday, 4:00 - 6:00 pm; Saturday, 11:40 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Network and visit exhibits for a chance to win a BIG prize! Lunch is served on Saturday in the exhibit hall. Sponsored by NPX Committee, free professional head & shoulders photos will be offered on Saturday on a first-come, first-served basis during exhibit hall hours.

Wegovy Breakfast Theatre
Saturday 8:20 am; Presenter: Donald Cundiff, MD
Enjoy a hot, plated breakfast and presentation hosted by Novo Nordisk.  (No CPE credit will be provided for participation in the Theatre.)

Taking Steps Toward Meaningful Weight Loss With Wegovy®
Establish the urgent need to understand that obesity is a chronic, progressive disease that may need to be treated with pharmacotherapy in conjunction with lifestyle modification.

Residency and Fellowship Expo
Saturday 11:40 a.m.
The Expo is your chance to meet residents and program directors from across the state, as well as learn about OPA's Executive Fellowship. Come with questions and discover what their program can do for your career.

House of Delegates
Saturday, 4:05 p.m.
The House of Delegates serves as the policy-making body of the Association. Be a part of decisions made for the practice of pharmacy in Ohio through the resolutions and bylaws processes. 

Pharmacy Reception, President’s Banquet, Ernie Boyd Legacy Celebration, and Dessert Reception
Saturday 6:30 pm
Come to the Installation of OPA President Logan Yoho and the 2023-2024 Board of Trustees. Ernie Boyd's leadership as OPA Executive Director from 1988 through 2023 will be celebrated. This event requires an additional fee on the registration form. (Sponsored by APSC, McKesson, APCI, 3 Axis Advisors, Hudson Headwaters 340B.)

Pneumococcal Breakfast Theatre
Sunday 8:00 am; Presenter: Jeannie Grubbs, PharmD
Enjoy a hot, plated breakfast and presentation hosted by Merck.  (No CPE credit will be provided for participation in the Theatre.)

Pharmacists’ Role to Help Prevent Adult Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Caused by Key Serotypes

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase awareness about the burden of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in US adults and the role of serotype 3
  • Highlight the January 2022 CDC recommendations for IPD prevention in adults
  • Discuss pharmacy-based implementation strategies to help prevent IPD in adults

**NEW in 2023!

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Click HERE to Register for ON-DEMAND


The OPA Annual Conference 2024 app/platform content is only available for registered attendees. Conference content is available whether on the app on your mobile device during the live event. The On-Demand content is available to full-conference registrants April 21-June 30, 2023 via your desktop computer or mobile device - you can attend from anywhere!

MOBILE DEVICE: The Ohio Pharmacists Association has a free App available for download, which includes the meeting schedule; in-depth descriptions of programming and downloadable handouts; speaker evaluations, sponsor information; exhibitors; and more. In the App store/Google Play, search for "Ohio Pharmacists Association." From the homepage of the OPA app, select the Events App Access tile.
When you click on the Annual Conference & Trade Show from the list of events, a check mark appears and there will be a slight pause as the content loads. Once downloaded, you will be on the event landing page. 

DESKTOP:  Information coming soon.

NOTE: On-Demand CPE content will  be available April 21, 2023 through June 30, 2023. All special events will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.


Join us for another weekend filled with friends, fun, and pharmacy excellence from April 14 - 16, 2023! The 145th OPA Annual Conference has plenty of opportunities to expand your pharmacy knowledge. This three-day meeting is full of student-focused programming, numerous continuing pharmacy education programs to complement your classroom education, and invaluable networking opportunities for everyone. Enhance your professional platform while discovering what OPA can do for you now and for your future!

Student Brochure

Student Events*

2023 OTC and Self-Care Challenge
Friday, 11:25 a.m.

Learn up-to-date information about nonprescription products, along with the rationale for product choices, at OPA’s 15th “OTC and Self-Care Challenge – Battle of the Colleges!” Join us for a highly interactive, fun-filled session that will enhance your OTC expertise and update your knowledge of common self-care conditions. (Sponsored by Kroger Health; Supported by NASPA and the Nonprescription Medicines Academy)

Ohio Research Forum 2023
Friday, 11:25 a.m.
Ohio pharmacists, college faculty, pharmacy residents, and students will be showcased in the annual Ohio Research Forum. Research areas may include those from pharmacy practice, scientific research, economic/social/administrative sciences, and pharmacy education. (Sponsored by Council of Ohio Colleges of Pharmacy, COCP)

Friday, 1:25 p.m.

A new student-focused program featuring TEDx-style presentations. Students will be giving presentations on topics they are passionate about to inspire and educate their peers. TalkRx: by Students, for Students

Ohio Innovative Practice Forum 2023
Friday, 2:40 p.m.
Innovative pharmacy practices and services in Ohio will be showcased to help pharmacists initiate or expand novel services and approaches in their own practices. Practitioners from a variety of practice sites will present examples and share successful implementation strategies and methods for overcoming barriers to offer patient-centered services. (Sponsored by COCP)

Trade Show with Head Shot Opportunity**
Friday, 4:10 p.m. and Saturday, 11:40 am
Meet exhibitors to learn about products and services. Sponsored by NPX, free professional head & shoulders photos will be offered on Saturday on a first-come, first-served basis during exhibit hall hours.

Poster Session
Friday, 4:10 – 6:00 p.m.
Our annual Poster Session will feature the research and innovative practices of faculty and students from Ohio’s colleges of pharmacy, as well as practitioners from around the state.

Legislative Update 2023
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. 
This important session will include information for pharmacists on recent legislative and regulatory changes that impact the practice of pharmacy. The progress of current and future advocacy initiatives, including PBM reform, provider status and further expansion of pharmacist services will also be detailed. In addition, our speakers will discuss OPA’s legislative agenda for 2023 and what it may mean for pharmacy practice.

Innovative Pharmacy Business Plan Competition 2023
Saturday, 10:10 a.m.
In this annual competition, students have been invited to submit business plans detailing the loan request, mission statement, detailed description of the business, marketing plan and financial reports for buying a pharmacy or developing innovative pharmacy services. Three finalist teams will present their plans to a panel of judges. Hear what the students envision for the future of pharmacy and get ideas for your own practice.

Residency and Fellowship Expo
Saturday, 11:40 a.m.
The Expo is your chance to meet residents and program directors from across the state, as well as learn about OPA's Executive Fellowship. Come with questions and discover what their program can do for your career.

Pharmacy Law Update 2023
Saturday, 1:50 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Sheri Zapadka, R.Ph. from the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy will present information regarding changes to Ohio laws/rules in the last year including those which apply to the outpatient and inpatient setting. The presentation will also highlight drug diversion, detection, and prevention in the healthcare setting. This session is a must for all pharmacists who want to stay up-to-date on legislative and regulatory changes impacting the practice of pharmacy.

NPX Student Mentoring Event

Saturday, 3:00 p.m.

Join NPX for an in-person moderated new practitioner panel discussion! Students and fellow new practitioners will have the opportunity to hear about the unique areas of pharmacy practice, ask questions about the transition from student to new practitioner, and learn about overall personal career development. Students, submit questions prior to the event to Ola Latala, alatala@ohiopharmacists.org.

NPX Social & Student Olympics
Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
Form a team for your school and compete for the prestigious Pharmacy Olympics Trophy while getting to know students from all over the state! Followed by a student social to expand your network!

**NEW in 2023!

Faculty Disclosure
Disclosure of faculty and commercial support relationships will be made known at each activity.

Continuing Education Credit 

This Conference is targeted to all pharmacists and student pharmacists. The Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) portion is coordinated by the Ohio Pharmacists Foundation. To receive CPE credit for live CPE sessions, pharmacists must attend the entire session, actively participate, complete the CPE form indicating sessions attended, and return the signed form to OPA within 30 days of the Conference. To receive CPE credit for on-demand sessions, pharmacists must view the entire video, complete the post-activity quiz and speaker evaluation, and claim credit in the virtual platform for each session completed. CPE Statements of Credit can be printed from the CPE Monitor. Learning objectives for each of the continuing pharmacy education programs can be found on the OPA website at www.ohiopharmacists.org. All CPE sessions are knowledge-based activities unless otherwise indicated.



The Ohio Pharmacists Foundation, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Disclosure: The OPF trustees and other individuals responsible for planning OPF continuing pharmacy education activities have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.