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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 191 MedED101 with Eric Christianson, PharmD

Eric Christianson, PharmD, BCPS, CGP

Clinical Pharmacist - 

Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Eric really enjoys educating patients and healthcare professionals alike as well as constantly striving for his own personal learning.  Solving difficult problems and critical thinking are two other aspects Eric enjoys that clinical pharmacy provides. Eric's objective is to help as many individuals as possible learn more about the safe, economical, and appropriate use of medications.
Direct download: MedED101_FINAL.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 9:58am EDT

Interview with Joseph Friedman 


Founding Member Principal & Chief Operations Officer

PDI Medical LLC

Illinois Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act will be rolling out over the next several months. In preparation to open one or more dispensaries, I have partnered with a stellar team of professionals. We have strategized and plan to create a best-in-class dispensary model (PDI - Professional Dispensaries of Illinois) intended to help thousands of qualified patients that will benefit from the wide array of cannabis based medicinal products intended to be available in our dispensaries. Our dispensaries will be secure, safe, and consumer friendly. They will support state-of-the-art programs and systems to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patient population while strictly adhering to all local, state, and federally enforced policies, rules, and regulations.

Latest News: 

The war on medical marijuana is over. Now the fight moves on to legalization of all marijuana. 

Direct download: Joseph_Friedman_V2.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 2:58pm EDT

Pharmacy Podcast Episode 189 South Carolina Pharmacy Association

South Carolina Pharmacy Association

Ron Lanton Interviews Craig Burridge with the South Carolina Pharmacy Assocation.

Craig Burridge, MS, CAE Mr. Burridge joined SCPhA in May 2013. He was previously the Executive Director of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York. He has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Craig attended the London School of Economics and Political Science on scholarship and has his Master of Science in Public Service from Russell Sage College. He earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in from the American Society of Association Executives. Craig served as President of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations from 2007-08. In addition to serving on many volunteer boards, Mr. Burridge has served on the NYS Cancer Consortium Steering Committee, City of Cohoes Housing Authority, the Cohoes Music Hall Board of Directors and on the Albany County Youth Bureau.

SCPhA Today
In the more recent past, the Association has played a significant part in the role of continuing education requirements for pharmacists. As the science of pharmacy became more sophisticated, the Association saw the importance of insuring that pharmacists stay abreast of the rapidly changing information. SCPhA is an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) approved provider for continuing education. The Association constantly strives to offer readily available and quality education services to South Carolina pharmacists.

SCPhA's legislative influence has gained strength in recent years. Through tremendous work of SCPhA's Legislative Network, H3631, "Rx Freedom of Access" was passed by the SC General Assembly and signed into state law in May 1994. The Association led the effort for a complete revision of the Pharmacy Practice Act, which was signed into law in June of 1998.

SCPhA has grown from its original 50 male members and no staff to more than 2,000 male and female pharmacy professionals and a full-time staff of 7 professionals. These members and staff continue to work toward positive changes that sustain the profession of pharmacy.


Direct download: Craig_Burridge_Ron_Lanton_FINAL_.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 6:20pm EDT

We interview Stephanie Harriman McGrath, PharmD Clinical Community Pharmacist about the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association's new blog - Pharmacists Care. 

The PPA Public Relations Committee is in the process of developing a Blog for the general public.  They have named the blog -  Pharmacists Care and will use the above logo design.  The blog will be in a stand alone program but once launched - there will be a link to it from this page.

In preparation for its targeted launch on December 1, 2014, the committee is collecting content/blogs to be able to regularly post.  Even after the launch this will be an ongoing venture.  Your submissions as an author would be greatly appreciated.  Please remember you are writing to inform the general public.  Use Your Imagination!  Here are some possible ideas: 

Pharmacists Involved in Care:  Providing immunizations, travel vaccines, helping manage diabetes, medical equipment information, keeping an accurate medication list and more.

Medication Safety:  Medication disposal, adhering to your medications, asking your pharmacist, and diversion and abuse.

Business Topics: Explaining co-pays, coinsurance, discount cards, pharmacists in ACOs or medical homes, how pharmacies are paid, and more. 

Current Issues:  What is a PBM?  Pharmacists and provider status, Health Information Technology and emerging applications.

Direct download: Pharmacist_Care_Blog_PPA_FINAL.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 7:19am EDT

Pharmacy Podcast Episode 187 Pharmacy Business Updates with Jeff Hedges

We welcome back to the Pharmacy Podcast Show - Jeff Hedges! 

The Affordable Care Act became effective on January 1, 2014, leaving approximately 15 millionpeople who had health care insurance on December 31, 2013, with no health care plan on January 1, 2014. This creates an immediate situation for your pharmacy and unfortunately, you’ll likely be the first to encounter its effects.

    • Contact RJ Hedges: 

    • (724) 357-8380
    • R.J. Hedges & Associates
  • 978 Pumphouse Road
  • PO Box H
  • New Florence, PA 15944
Direct download: Jeff_Hedges_NOV_2014_Updates.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT

Pharmacy Podcast Episode 186 Eastern States Compounding Pharmacy
True North Political Solution's Ron Lanton interviews David Rochefort, R. Ph. with Eastern States Compounding Pharmacy (Eastern States Compounding) is a compounding pharmacy specializing in customized medications for individual needs.

Eastern States Compounding is the only pharmacy in the state of New Hampshire that has made compounding its exclusive business. Patients that choose Eastern States Compounding for their compounded prescriptions get the staff’s undivided attention. At Eastern States Compounding compounding is not just another service, it is our ONLY service. As a specialty pharmacy, Eastern States Compounding works closely with physicians to research and develop unique treatment and therapy options.

Northern New England Compounding Pharmacy’s owner and chief pharmacist is David Rochefort, R. Ph. A second generation pharmacist, David graduated from the University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy in 1997. It was David’s interest in pharmacy compounding that led him into this profession and it is what fuels his dedication to helping individual patients with individual needs. David also spends many hours a year furthering his education and has a particular interest in bio-identical hormone replacementpain management, and hospice care.

David is also a member of several professional organizations and has served on the board of directors of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. He was honored to receive the New Hampshire Pharmacist’s Association’s award for Distinguished Young Pharmacist in 2001 and in 2004 he was co-recipient of Weeks Medical Center’s, Friend of Hospice Award.  He shares this award with his father Richard.  In 2007 David was honored by the New Hampshire Union Leader with its 40 Under Forty Award.  This award annually recognizes 40 up and coming people, all under the age of 40, who are making a difference in the state of New Hampshire.  Most recently we has awarded the Compounding Advocacy Award by the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists.

In March 2008, Eastern States Compounding Pharmacy became the first pharmacy in New England to earn national accreditation for both sterile and compounding from the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB).  PCAB Accreditation denotes adherence to a more stringent and comprehensive standard which serves as an assurance that Eastern States Compounding has been tested against the profession’s most rigorous standards.

Direct download: Eastern_States_Compounding_Pharmacy.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 9:26am EDT

Pharmacy Podcast Episode 185 Rethink Pharmacy

#ReThinkPharmacy - initiated by David Pope, Pharm.D. 

Creative Pharmacist

Joseph Moose, PharmD
Moose Pharmacy Concord, NC

The secret to Joseph Moose’s success is the ability to collaborate with physicians, pharmacy staff, and patients, allowing him to reinvent pharmacy practice at Moose Pharmacy. A fourth-generation pharmacist who follows in his greatgrandfather, grandfather, and father’s footsteps, Dr. Moose offers traditional dispensing and clinical services at his family’s pharmacy.

“(Dr.) Moose has seen the role of the pharmacist transition to a provider of care and he strives to maintain a business model that integrates optimal patient care and cutting edge community-based clinical services,” Ashley Branham, clinical service director at Moose Pharmacy, wrote in her nomination. “This business thrives because he values relationships with his patients, with local prescribers, and with his staff.”

His initial encounter with pharmacists as health care resources began early in his career, although the idea has run in the family for generations. According to his nomination, his great-grandfather became a pharmacist at the suggestion of his great uncle, a physician. For Dr. Moose, that close collaboration became apparent during his first year after receiving his PharmD degree, when he would work with local physicians to help patients understand their prescription medications.

Knowing the quality of care and information provided by Dr. Moose led more patients to the pharmacy for medication therapy management (MTM) services and patient counseling. His experiences there led to Moose Pharmacy opening a specialty pharmacy and compounding practice, expanding the family business further.

Often, colleagues will seek Dr. Moose’s advice on MTM services or on new business models because of his knowledge in those fields. Moose Pharmacy’s business model garnered awards from Wake Forest School of Business and Campbell School of Pharmacy.

In addition to his work as a community pharmacist, Dr. Moose strives to develop future pharmacy leaders as a preceptor for PGY1 and PGY2 residents. He is the first independent pharmacy preceptor in the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s residency program.

“He is a leader that inspires people to build their strengths,” Branham wrote. “Joe’s energy, passion, and vision for pharmacy has transformed community pharmacy practice.”

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Direct download: ReThinkPharmacy.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 8:39am EDT

Pharmacy Podcast Episode 184 Statinzyme & the Pharmacist Advantage

Statinzyme is an advanced supplemental formula that was developed by Dr. Paul Faerstein, the owner of Zuckerman Pharmacy in Brooklyn, New York. As a second-generation pharmacist, Dr. Paul is keenly aware of the Drug Nutrient Depletion side effects caused by statins and routinely recommends dietary supplements to his customers to help reduce and prevent those side effects. Often, he found himself recommending nine or more products that ended up costing his patients hundreds of dollars. 

Dr. Paul Faerstein

Chief Science Officer

Prescription Vitamins LLC

701 Brighton Beach ave. 2nd Fl 

Brooklyn, NY, 11235

(800) 56-Vitamin

Direct download: Statinzyme.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 1:43pm EDT

Pharmacy Podcast Episode 183 The RxSafe Pharmacy Automation Difference

The RxSafe 1800™ System allows retail pharmacies to finally realize the enormous potential of pharmacy automation technology. We could have developed yet another automated dispensing system, but we chose to combine dispensing with comprehensive inventory and workflow solutions.

Our technology stores and automates up to 5,400 prescription containers in less than 40 square feet of space and realizes a peak capacity of over 100 scripts/hour with a single technician, filling 100% of your daily requirements. As a point of comparison, most vial-filling robots can automate approximately 200 medications and fill no more than 60% of your daily requirements.

For the first time, one automation solution lets pharmacies maintain an unprecedented level of control in inventory management, security, and prescription filling.

RxSafe, LLC was founded by William Holmes, who has devoted much of his professional career to the development of automated storage and dispensing equipment. He holds BSME And EMBA degrees and has been granted 49 U.S. and foreign patents.


Brian Kichler
Vice President, Customer Operations
P:  760-593-7161 C:  760-214-2055 E:
800 N. Twin Oaks Valley Road, Suite 101
San Marcos, CA 92069

Direct download: RxSafe_Podcast_Final.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:02pm EDT


The Pharmacy Podcast Show Traveled to Austin, TX to Stay on the “Cutting Edge” in Patient Services

Over 3,000 pharmacy industry professionals traveled to Austin, TX to attend the National Community Pharmacists Association’s (NCPA) 116th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition to highlight the importance of independent community pharmacy to our health care system and to promote patient health.

During the convention, attendees heard remarks from noted investor and business advisor Guy Kawasaki and singer/songwriter David Carroll whose viral video “United Breaks Guitars” influenced how companies approach customer service. Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in continuing education seminars as well as in round table discussions with their fellow pharmacists to discuss emerging trends, technologies and best practices.

Direct download: NCPA_2014_POST_SHOW_FINAL.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 11:07am EDT