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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 124 California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) Jon Roth

Ron Lanton interviews Jon Roth – CEO of the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) which was founded in 1869 and is the largest state association representing pharmacists. CPhA represents pharmacists, technicians, and student pharmacists from all practice settings. These practice settings include community pharmacy (both independent owners and employees working in chain drug stores), hospitals & health-systems, and specialty practices such as compounding, managed care, and long term care. The CPhA mission is to advance the practice of pharmacy for the promotion of health.

CPhA is led by dedicated pharmacists that serve as members of the 
Board of Trustees who volunteer their time to advancing the profession. CPhA professional staff manage the day-to-day affairs of the organization and are available to assist members who have questions or concerns.

CEO’s Office and Board of Trustees 
Jon Roth, CEO 
(916) 779-4500

Communications, Public Relations and California Pharmacist Journal
Jamie Carota - Vice President, Center for Communications 
(916) 779-4511

Direct download: California_Rx_Ron_Lanton_Mixdown_1.mp3
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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 123 Industry Perspective with Ned Milenkovich PharmD, JD

Mr. Ned Milenkovich focuses his practice on medical device, drug and pharmacy law and is the head of the drug and pharmacy practice at Roetzel. His practice encompasses federal (including FDA and DEA related matters) and state regulatory compliance, licensing, transactions and dispute resolution. He has represented clients in all segments of the drug supply chain, including manufacturers, wholesale distributors, third-party logistics providers and pharmacy retailers (including bricks/mortar retail, long-term care, mail-order and specialty pharmacies), in addition to pharmacy technology companies, prescription management companies and physician practices. His broad-based experience also includes representation of Medicare Part D matters, 340B issues, HIPAA compliance, prescription drug monitoring programs, drug diversion issues, drug pedigree and compounding issues.

Mr. Milenkovich is a frequent lecturer at both legal and pharmaceutical industry events and is currently vice-chairman of the Illinois State Board of Pharmacy. In addition, he writes a monthly legal/regulatory news column for the drug and pharmacy news magazine, Drug Topics.

Direct download: Ned_Milenkovich_PharmD_JD_FINAL.mp3
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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 122 Interview with NASP Executive Director: Jim Smeeding, RPh, MBA

NASP Executive Director: Jim Smeeding, RPh, MBA

Jim Smeeding, RPh, MBA, is a founder of the Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy. His research interests are in applied pharmacoeconomics, systems integration and managed care. His pharmacy degree is from the University of Buffalo and his MBA from the University of Texas. Over the past 39 years his practice orientation has been in hospital pharmacy, clinical services design, home infusion therapy, managed care services, and disease management.

The TPG National Payor Roundtable is an educational company that brings product and service offerings to managed care decision makers. Education and access are the key points of contact that TPG-NPRT brings to its client customers and payor medical decision makers.

 The Jestarx Group is a data and educational resource company that works with pharmaceutical manufacturers. Digital Health Dialog is a patented mobile-phone tool that lets you deliver instant, personally targeted messages to patients at more convenient points in their therapy - making it far more likely that they fill prescriptions with your brand. Project Rx is a service company that works with hospital pharmacies to assess, evaluate and improve quality, safety and efficiency of service delivery. Edjudicate is a private consultancy group that focuses on unique needs of pharmaceutical oriented customers.

 Jim’s private clients constitute the spectrum of pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, diagnostic testing and all classes of pharmacy affairs – hospital, retail, chain, managed care, academic and research. His broad expertise in professional affairs has allowed his clients to understand, approach and impact medical and pharmacy affairs from product selection through to the value proposition as well as professional communications, patient communications and safety. Jim is widely known for his broad interests and his ability to moderate a program to bring out cogent learning points and make the educational program applicable to practice.



Direct download: NASP_Ron_Lanton__Mixdown_1.mp3
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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 121 Interview NCPA President Mark Riley

We interview: 

Mark Riley, P.D. NCPA President

NCPA President Mark Riley, currently serves as Executive Vice President of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association (APA). In this role he is the chief spokesman and advocate for pharmacy in Arkansas, representing pharmacy practice to the State Board of Pharmacy, state legislators, Arkansas Medicaid, other state government agencies, as well as consumers and private businesses. 

 Dr. Riley is a nationally renowned expert on Pharmacy Benefit Managers* (PBMs) and is Chairman of the Board of the National Community Pharmacists Association, (NCPA®), based in Alexandria, Virginia, which represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. 

 Dr. Riley joined APA as Executive Vice President in 2003. He has owned East End Pharmacy in Little Rock since 1983 and served as pharmacist-in-charge until 2003. From 1971 to 1983 he served as manager/pharmacist at Landmark Pharmacy, both in Little Rock. 

Dr. Riley’s professional affiliations include: member of various steering and standing committees and Board member of NCPA since 1979; faculty preceptor and guest lecturer, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy; member, Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy 1999-2003; and member of the Dean’s Council, UAMS. Dr. Riley served on the Board of Directors and was President of APA in 1984-1985. He was awarded APA “Pharmacist of the Year” in 1988. 

 In October 2011, the Harding University College of Pharmacy honored Dr. Riley by renaming its NCPA student chapter the Dr. Mark S. Riley Chapter. Dr. Riley was the recipient of the Charles M. West Freedom Award from NCPA in 2004; Phi Lambda Sigma Inductee in 2004, RhoChi Inductee in 2003, and Preceptor of the Year in 1990 at UAMS College of Pharmacy; and recipient of the 1984 Leadership Award, National Association of Retail Drugstores. 

*PBMs- A Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) is a third party administrator of prescription drug programs. They are primarily responsible for processing and paying prescription drug claims. They also are responsible for developing and maintaining the formulary, contracting with pharmacies, and negotiating discounts and rebates with drug  manufacturers. 

Direct download: NCPA_President_Mark_Riley_FINAL_1.mp3
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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 120 One Step Closer to PBM Reform

We talk with the president of Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency - Jason Wallace about the efforts to ensure PBM reform and to preserve choice for our patients and fair-trade for Independent Pharmacy owners. 

 About – P.U.T.T.

Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency is a growing coalition of independent pharmacists and pharmacy owners dedicated to exposing widespread abuse and manipulation by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). We are a not for profit organization funded by individual members, not corporations or other special interest groups.

PBMs are remarkably effective at increasing their profits and market shares. The  $29.1 billion merger of Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions created the largest PBM in the nation – increasing the potential for widespread PBM abuse to an alarming new height.

We created Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency to expose the PBM myth by illustrating the ways they inflate prescription drug costs. Their greed hurts all Americans by draining the economy and obstructing access to medicine.

Our coalition is comprised of more than 1,000 pharmacists and pharmacy owners from coast to coast. As major players in the prescription drug market, we have extensive inside knowledge of the PBM industry to share. Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency is a resource for employers, policy makers and members of the media. We are here to explain the intricate PBM business model designed to camouflage their scam.

PBMs are the unknown middlemen who help lower drug prices, but the industry is dogged by criticism, including lack of transparency.


Contact P.U.T.T. for the Employer Pharmacy Benefits Review Toolkit

Direct download: Jason_Wallace_PUTT_FINAL_1.mp3
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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 119 The Business of Pharmacy: You Want Change? You Must Take Action!

Ron Lanton interviews Edward McGee about industrty challenges, taking action for positive change, and the business of pharmacy ownership. Ed is the President and Executive Director of New Hampshire Independent Pharmacy Association and Independent Pharmacy Alliance. Ed also owns Family Pharmacy.

Formed in 2002 by five independent pharmacists committed to serving their customers, the NH Independent Pharmacy Association now has over 30 member pharmacies. Working together to advocate for reasonable, common-sense solutions for keeping prescription drugs affordable, the NHIPA works with customers, drug companies, and people throughout the government and private sectors to better serve the people of New Hampshire.

Ed McGee – President Family Pharmacy

(603) 523-7478


Ron Lanton III, Esq.

True North Political Solutions

Phone: 240-482-6060

Direct download: Final_TrueNorthEdMcGee.mp3
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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 118 Latest Pharmacy Business Updates from R.J. Hedges & Associates

R.J. Hedges & Associates has a dedicated team, devoted to providing complete turnkey healthcare compliance programs for our clients. We offer easy-to-use Policy and Procedure Manuals and Programs that contain all requirements for Medicare Quality Standards; HIPAA Compliance with HITECH requirements; Fraud, Waste & Abuse Prevention; OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen requirements; Human Resource Management, and Immunization.  All compliance programs come with computer based training as well as program updates (as regulations change).

R.J. Hedges & Associates has hundreds of accredited facilities across the country. Company President, Jeffrey Hedges, has extensive experience handling Medicare accreditation and HIPAA law compliance. In addition, he speaks at NCPA Conventions and other professional forums on topics such as the "Idiosyncrasies of HIPAA Regulations and Their Effect on Independent Healthcare Practices". He is the co-author of the NCPA HIPAA Security Handbook and has written numerous articles.

In addition, Jeffrey offers ongoing continuing education seminars and presentations on topics including:

  • "The 2013 HIPAA Compliance Regulations
  • “Surviving the 2013 Regulatory Changes”
  • “Medicare Accreditation, Preparing for your Second Survey”
  • “Documentation Requirements DMEPOS Audits”
  • "Pharmacy Compliance Requirements for 2011"
  • "Preparing for Medicare Accreditation"
  • "Pharmacy Exemption Requirements
  • "Apathy Towards HIPAA Can be Very Expensive"
  • "Disaster Recovery… More Than a HIPAA Requirement"
  • "HIPAA Security Role… It’s Time to Prepare"
  • "Network Security"

To schedule Jeff as a speaker, email him at

Direct download: RJHedgesPodcast11_2013_Final.mp3
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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 117 Welcome Ron Lanton: Our New Co-Host & Government Affairs Strategist

We’d like to welcome our new co-host & Government Affairs Strategist – Ron Lanton, founder of Truth North Political Solutions.

Mr. Lanton has over 20 combined years of government affairs and legal experience. This includes activities on the municipal, state, and federal levels of government. Most recently he worked for H. D. Smith, where he created and oversaw the company’s Government Affairs Department, served as their exclusive lobbyist and also advocated for the company’s various healthcare customers. Prior to that Ron worked at a government affairs consulting firm in Arlington, VA where he worked on healthcare, energy, commerce and transportation issues.

He has also clerked for a federal magistrate, was appointed as a municipal commissioner on environmental issues and has consulted Wall Street firms on financial issues. He has been a featured industry speaker on issues such as pharmaceutical safety and healthcare cost containment. Mr. Lanton has a Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University of Ohio. He is also a 40 under 40 award recipient.

Ron Lanton III, Esq.  - True North Political Solutions

Phone: 240-482-6060

Direct download: True_North_PS_1.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 8:30am EDT

Pharmacy Podcast Episode 116 An Interview with Larry Doud with Rochester Drug Cooperative (RDC)

An interview with Larry Doud – CEO of Rochester Drug Cooperative (RDC)

Mr. Larry Doud serves as Chief Executive Officer, Treasurer, Secretary and Director of Rochester Drug Cooperative, Inc. Mr. Doud joined RDC in 1987. Throughout his career Mr. Doud has been one of the most influential and deeply committed executives to Independent Pharmacy in marketplace. Before joining RDC he spent twenty-two years in sales positions including Vice President of Sales with two national wholesalers. He oversees RDC's entire operation and reports directly to Board of Directors. Being widely known throughout the industry he also serves in various organizations such as Pharmacy First. 

RDC is a true dividend-paying regional wholesale drug cooperative – a marriage of a traditional drug distribution company, a buying cooperative, and a private long-term investment structure formed for the sole benefit of pharmacist-entrepreneurs.  RDC was founded in 1905 and currently rank as the 8th largest full-line distributor in the US. 

On a daily basis, RDC distributes a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, HBC’s and Home Health Care supplies to community retail pharmacies, long-term care pharmacies, and home health care stores.  RDC’s current geographical presence encompasses northeastern metropolitan and rural marketplaces surrounding Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Watertown, Scranton, New York City, Long Island, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Newark, Atlantic City, and Cleveland.

RDC – Rochester Drug Cooperative

50 Jetview Dr, Rochester, NY 14624

Phone: (585) 271-7220


Direct download: RochesterDrug__Mixdown_1.mp3
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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 115 NCPA 2013 Annual Convention and Trade Exposition

NCPA 115th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition

Did You Make a Good Decision in 2013?

Meet. Learn. Succeed.

The 115th Annual NCPA Convention and Trade Exposition is now history. We hope you were able to join thousands of your colleagues in Orlando, Oct. 12-17 to meet friends, learn from experts, and succeed back home with new ideas and knowledge. We consider attending the convention to be a worthwhile investment in your business.

The industry-leading continuing education programming was headed by some of your favorite and most experienced speakers, who provided insights on profit boosters in areas such as adherence, compounding, long-term care, and front-end overhaul.

Other popular sessions included five technology seminars, Joy Baldridge on practical strategies for reducing stress in the pharmacy, and the pitfalls of credit card security breaches and new HIPAA requirements with Mark Wayne and Harry Lattanzio. For more information on our programming, see our Convention CE.

Keynote speaker President Bill Clinton told the Second General Session, "I like this group because you deal with real people, real problems, and you have to be practical." Meeting in the shadow of Disney's Magic Kingdom NCPA's outgoing president joked, "This must be Fantasy Land. Donnie Calhoun giving a speech right after President Bill Clinton." NCPA CEO Doug Hoey declared, "Pharmacy's time is NOW." Citing the rising costs of medication misuse, non-adherence, and prescription drug abuse Hoey said, "I challenge anyone to pinpoint a time in history when there has been a greater need for a community pharmacist than NOW."

That's just some of the flavor. We hope you were there. Either way, it's not too soon to be planning for the next NCPA convention Oct. 18-22 in Austin, Tex. See you there.

Direct download: NCPA2013_SUMMARY_SHOW.mp3
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