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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 142 Next Generation Pharmacist

Established through a partnership of Parata Systems and Pharmacy Times, the Next-Generation Pharmacist™ program salutes pharmacy professionals in a variety of industry categories who are defining the future of pharmacy. The national awards program recognizes and honors pharmacists, technicians, student pharmacists and industry advocates who are defining the future of the industry. Now in its fifth year, the program includes 10 categories.

Entries will be evaluated by an independent panel of esteemed judges, chaired byPharmacy Times Editor-in-Chief Fred Eckel. Up to three finalists will be named in each category. In addition to 10 category winners, one winner will be named the Next-Generation Pharmacist 2014—the program’s top honor.

This year, the Next-Generation Pharmacist awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, Aug. 24 at The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston (concurrent with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Total Store Expo). Each finalist is invited as a guest of the founding sponsors.

Nomination Eligibility

  • Entries are free.
  • Self-nominations are accepted and welcome.
  • Nominees must be licensed, registered pharmacists in all but two award categories:Individuals may be nominated for as many categories as appropriate.
    • Third-year and higher pharmacy students qualify for the Future Pharmacist category.
    • Certified pharmacy technicians qualify for the Technician of the Year category.
    • Multiple nominations in a single category do not increase chances of winning.
Direct download: NextGenPharmacist_FINAL.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 5:26pm EDT

Pharmacy Podcast Episode 141 #RxChat Marketing your Pharmacy

Today's #RxChat Pharmacy Industry Twitter discussion is about: 

Marketing in Pharmacies

Q1: How are you currently promoting/marketing your pharmacy?

Q2: What services do you offer and do all of your patients know about every one?

Q3: Do you know your customers? What can you do to better understand them?

Q4: How do you figure out who your target market is?

Q5: What services could you add to improve the appeal of your pharmacy?

Q6: What are some innovative ways pharmacies can improve marketing?

Our #RxChat Pharmacy Podcast co-host today is: 

Scot Maitland, is the owner of Tacit Almonds, LLC and Publisher of Pharmacy Marketing Quarterly. He is an international public speaker who has spoken for a variety of pharmacy organizations including ACA, IACP, NCPA and other organizations. Since 2010 he’s been a sought after consultant for independent pharmacy.

Phone: (512) 965 6800


2003 S. Lamar Blvd. • Ste. 9 • Austin, Texas 78704

The #RxChat Pharmacy industry Twitter dicussion was founded by RxWiki and thePharmacy Podcast Show

Direct download: RxChat_Marketing_Your_Pharmacy_Business_FINAL.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 2:42pm EDT

March 17th, 2014

Poison Prevention Week (March 17 - 22) 

Pittsburgh, PA - More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to more than 57 poison control centers in the US.  Over 90% of these poisonings happen in the home.  National Poison Prevention Week, which was established in 1961, is March 16-22, 2014.  It is important to raise awareness of preventing poisoning not only from medications but also from many other common household products and invisible gases like carbon monoxide.

There are many ways to prevent poisoning from medications:

  • Proper medication use can reduce the amount of old medications remaining around the house.  Taking the medications as they are prescribed, and not forgetting to take them can help.
  • Knowing the signs and symptoms of side effects from medication overdose.  Ask your pharmacist or doctor about the information.
  • Proper medication storage can prevent medications from going bad.  Most of the medications can be stored at room temperature.  Do not store your medications in moist areas, including bathroom cabinets.
  • Proper medication disposal can reduce potential poisoning in children and pets.  Medications can be ground down and mixed with either kitty litter or coffee grounds.  You can put the mixture into a container or an envelope and throw away in the trash.
  • National Drug Take-Back Day is April 26, 2014.  Locations will be announced on April 1st and you can take any of your old medications, even if you do not know what it is.
  • When you suspect poisoning from anything, call the poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

Pharmacists have promoted poison prevention with many different programs. Stanton Jonas, a retired pharmacist in the Pittsburgh area, has been actively raising awareness of poison prevention in Allegheny County since the 1960s.  He works together with students from the Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy and people from other organizations to raise the awareness of poison prevention in children.  He also has been working with Highmark, local fire departments, and the city police departments to install carbon monoxide detectors for homes.  

In 2012, 35% of the calls to the poison prevention center are due to poisoning in children age less than 3 years old.[a]  49% of the phone calls are for children age less than 6 years old.  Mr. Jonas expresses that everyone is now more aware of accidental poisoning, however, it is important to continue increasing the awareness about poison prevention to kids in K-12.  Mr. Jonas recommends talking to children about invisible gases such as smoke, and poisonous liquids such as detergent which children shouldn’t drink in order to reduce accidental poisoning.[b][c]

To learn more about how you can prevent poisonings in your home, talk with your pharmacist about medication safety or visit

Direct download: Poison_Prevention_Week__FINAL.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 9:17am EDT

Pharmacy Podcast Episode 139 CMS Decision on Medicare Part D

CMS Decision on Proposed Changes to Medicare Part D

1. How have preferred networks affected the business of pharmacy?

2. How aware do you feel pharmacists are of how payor issues affect patients and pharmacies?

3. How do patients react to price fluctuations between $0 copay and the donut hole?

4. What changes would you like to see improved in Part D to help pharmacies and patients?

5. What do you believe are the most impacting NEXT STEPS for Pharmacists & Pharmacy owners on this pressing subject? 

Today's #RxChat Pharmacy Podcast is sponsored by technology innovationiMedicare: 

The #RxChat Pharmacy industry Twitter dicussion was founded by RxWiki and thePharmacy Podcast Show

Medicare Part D
Pharmacy Business
Direct download: iMedicare_RxChat_FINAL__Mixdown_1.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT

Pharmacy Podcast Episode 138 Changing Settings: The Pharmacist Workplace

#RxChat is a #Pharmacy Industry disucssion founded by RxWiki and the Pharmacy Podcast Show

Today's #RxChat is all about the topic 

Changing Settings: The Pharmacist Workplace

Here's today's questions: 

  • How would you describe the work environment of your pharmacy practice?
  • Do you see differences in environment from pharmacy to pharmacy? 
  • Where do you see the most room of change?
  • Are there elements of your setting that you think need broader adoption?
  • How do you see this setting changing as pharmacy changes?
  • How would you go about making the changes that pharmacy needs to reach its full potential?

Special thanks to our co-host and pharmacy owner Terry Forshee, RPh. 

Terry Forshee @TerryForsheeRx Cleveland, TN ·

Direct download: 1_Pharmacy_Workplace_Change_RxChat_FINAL.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 2:07pm EDT

Pharmacy Podcast Episode 137 Budy Carter for Congress

Meet Buddy Carter

Republican For Congress

Georgia’s First District


Senator Earl L. “Buddy” Carter is a Republican representing Senate District 1. He represents the Metro Savannah area including Bryan and portions of Chatham and Liberty counties.

Senator Carter serves as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee and is a member of the Appropriations, Health and Human Services and Higher Education committees.  He also serves as the Majority Party Chief Deputy Whip.

Real Business Experience

As the owner of Carter’s Pharmacy, Inc., an independent pharmacy chain with locations in Pooler, Rincon and Garden City, Buddy has decades of business experience. He will rely on that management and business experience in Congress.

Real Solutions. Proven Conservative Principles.

From 1996 until 2004, Senator Carter proudly served as Mayor of the City of Pooler. His state service began in 2005 when he was elected to the House of Representatives. Senator Carter was elected to the State Senate in November of 2009.

Committed to Family and Community

Buddy is a graduate of Young Harris College and the University of Georgia. He is active in both schools’ alumni organizations.

Senator Carter and his wife, Amy, have three adult sons: Joel (wife Megan), Barrett and Travis and two granddaughters Mary Margaret and Adelaide. He is a pharmacist with Carter’s Pharmacy, Inc. and is a Methodist.


Senator Carter currently serves on the board of trustees for the Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum, Young Harris College and The Coastal Bank.

Direct download: Buddy_Carter_for_Congress_FINAL__Mixdown_1_copy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55am EDT