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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 152 Future PharmD Lisa Dragic on Generation Rx

#PharmacyFutureLeaders - Segment 

Lisa Dragic: 

Temple University School of Pharmacy

Pharm.D. Candidate, Class of 2016

Generation Rx Co-Chair

Lambda Kappa Sigma Community Service Chair


NCPA Business Plan Chair 


Who: Generation Rx was started by The Ohio State University and is funded by the Cardinal Health Foundation. Currently, at Temple University School of Pharmacy, there is a group of 4 students who work to create events prompting our message. 

What: Generation Rx is an initiative to reach out to students, parents, communities, and health care providers to speak about medication safety and prescription drug abuse. It is an education program to increase public awareness of prescription medication abuse. We also do poison prevention and safe disposal of medications.

Why: Generation Rx has a special place in my heart. Growing up with an alcoholic father was not easy, but why sit around and dwell on the past when I can get out there and affect the lives of others. Even if people don’t listen or doze off during a presentation, one person maybe affected. Addiction in general is something that is becoming an epidemic and no one is talking about it. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, everyday approximately 2,600 young people between 12 and 17 years of age abuse a prescription painkiller for the first time. Prescription medication abuse is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Not only are these teens just taking pills, but also mixing it with alcohol. People need to realize the danger of it and how it can affect your whole life. 

Another aspect of Generation Rx is safe disposal of medications. A lot of people don’t know what to do with their medications, so they simply flush them down the toilet. We counsel people about proper disposal, such as placing medications in coffee grinders and placing it in the garbage.

For poison prevention, we go around and talk to local children about medications that look like household products and we pass out “Mr. Yuck Stickers.”


This past semester was a success! Our first event was a Brown Bag Event where we were able to counsel over 500 people. We answered any questions they had about their medications. It was really awesome to see how much of an impact pharmacists can have on their community.  

Giving Back to Temple: This is a local health fair that is hosted on Temple Universities Main Campus. There were many different groups there like Operation Heart, Generation Rx, Operation Diabetes, ect. Students and Faculty could come up to the tables and pick up different handouts about topics of their choice. Overall, 500+ people came through to stop by the health fair.

On 10/16/13, we had a guest speaker come in to talk to Temple University School of Pharmacy about his journey as a recovering pharmacist. I first heard Jake speak at the University of Utah’s school of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction. Jake’s story was just moving and I had to have him come speak to fellow students. His drug addiction started during his years in pharmacy school where he was offered stimulants to "help study." This is a major issue among all colleges where students are taking stimulants to receive better grades and to stay up late. Jake Nichols now specializes in addiction medicine, specifically in medication treatment options for opioid dependency. Jake received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 2000. He later when on to receive his Master's in Business Administration from UMass Boston in 2007. He also is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy Specialist and maintains an academic appointment at Northeastern University. Jake has spoken throughout the country about his fifteen-year struggle with drug addiction. He was recognized at the University of Utah conference, which is sponsored by APHA.  It was an AMAZING turn out! We had over 100+ students from Temple University School of Pharmacy come out to listen to him and many faculty came out too. It was such a great event, that I am very proud of!

On 10/19/2013 Generation Rx participated in “Healthy Palooza” which was a health fair located at a Vietnamese Church. Over 200+ people from the community came out to get their health care questions answered. This was a very exciting day because we got to talk to a lot of parents about teenage drug abuse. We also got to talk to a lot of people about proper disposal of their medications! 

On 10/24/2013, Generation Rx held Red Ribbon Day. It was to go along with Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon week is the oldest, and largest drug prevention campaign in the country.  It serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand against drug abuse. This years theme was, “The Best Me is a Drug Free Me.” We had a wear red to school day in honor of being a drug free me. A few students helped me spam cars throughout Temple’s campus with a flyer explaining the purpose of Red Ribbon Week. We also talked to local people at the Rite Aid right by school and passed out flyers on the street.

On 10/26/13, we held DEA Drug Take Back Day. This event was held at a local Giant in Philadelphia. This event took a lot of time and planning because we wanted to reach out to as many people around us that they could bring back their old medications. Over 200+ people brought back unwanted medications, which is awesome! The next 

On 10/26/2013 we had our first presentation of the semester at Temple University’s Kiva Auditorium. We spoke to group of high school students (30-40) about the facts and myths of prescription drug abuse. This event was very challenging and a learning experience. The group we were talking to just didn’t get why popping a Percocet is bad for you. One boy even raised his hand and said, “When my friends and I are bored we just pop a Percocet.” This has become mainstream media to children of all ages because you hear it in our rap music and see it on TV.  

Where we are going: Spring semester of 2014 is approaching fast and we are planning for an even bigger and better semester. I am meeting with one of my teachers next week who is going to be our “Generation Rx Advisor and coach.” She worked on Generation Rx at UFC and is going to be a big part of it! Drug Facts Week is coming up on January 27-Febuary 1st, so that will be the first event of the semester! We are planning for more health fairs and more community events. I really want to try to get into different pharmacies throughout Philadelphia and hand out flyers. I am dreaming big, but I would really like to have a wear Red Philadelphia event.


Why you should pick me to speak on the podcast: Generation Rx is my baby. I am involved in other organizations at school, but I really love Generation Rx. I am a firm believer that if you find something you are passionate about, you can help change the world. That’s exactly what I want to do, even if I only get to a few people in my lifetime, I would help them. I strive to learn more and more about addiction each day. Weather its prescription drug abuse or a heroin user or an alcoholic, it is all the same thing. I went to the University of Utah’s conference on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction this past summer. I knew why I went to Utah, but I didn’t really know why until one day I received a Facebook message from a kid I knew from high school. I didn’t talk to him in years, and he messaged me about his girlfriend and her drug addiction. At that moment, I knew that I could help the world. Even if you aren’t suffering from addiction, someone you know may.


I am starting research this semester on some topic in addiction (it’s yet to be decided what project I will be on). I volunteer for Prevention Point Philadelphia, which is a needle exchange program where addicts can come and get clean syringes to help spread disease. I do this so I can see the other side of the world. I grew up with an alcoholic father and I like to be reminded how blessed I am that I can move on from that start my own life. I really believe in the power of people helping people.


I go to conferences at any chance I get to expand my skill set knowledge and to become a leader in pharmacy. I am passionate and I have drive. I know I will be successful and I know I can change the lives of others!


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Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 3:10pm EDT

Overcoming Barriers & Effective Communications with your Patients

Today's #RxChat - we feature guest #Pharmacist Dave Walker. 

Dave's background in pharmacy includes over 20 years of pharmacy management experience in retail, hospital and long term care settings. Experience and expertise in pharmacy, pharmacy marketing, community pharmacy clinical outreach programs, medication therapy management MTM, health care sales and marketing, technical and computer skills including personal health records, leadership and team building, business and community networking.


1) How often are you faced with any type of barrier when communicating with your patients?

2) What steps have you taken to overcome language barriers?

3) What steps have you taken to help those who are hearing or vision impaired?

4) What other barriers have you faced and what have you done to overcome these barriers?

5) How can you help patients with limited health literacy?

#RxChat is co-founded by Pharmacy Podcast and RxWiki 

Direct download: DaveWalker_RxChat_FINAL.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 1:53pm EDT

Pharmacy Podcast Episode 150 3 Secret Keys to Successfully Skyrocket your HIV Pharmacy Business

In order to create, build and sustain a successful HIV business at your pharmacy, it is essential to make sure that certain things are done and done right!

Delivering care and compassion to HIV infected individuals and their caregivers through a caring and compassionate staff is the engine that will propel your business success.

I wanted to share some great news with you about the FREE Live Webinar that I have coming up on Tuesday June 3, 2014 at 4pm (PST).

The title of the webinar is:

“3 Secret Keys to Successfully Skyrocket your HIV Pharmacy Business”.

On this Webinar I’m going to show you how and why a well-trained staff will exponentially grow your HIV business with NO work on your part.

I would like to extend an invitation to the webinar to you. All you have to do is click this image to REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR and secure your place.

I look forward to seeing you on the Webinar!

Direct download: MichRx_HIV_Webinar_FINAL.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 1:37pm EDT

Pharmacy Podcast Episode 149 Pharmacy Owner - Shelley Bailey Making a Difference

Ron Lanton with True North Political Solutions talks with Oregon Pharmacy Owner Shelley Bailey about her committment to her patients, customers, and community. 

Central Drugs, is a family owned pharmacy providing specialty patient care products and services located in the heart of downtown Portland, since 1903.  With a focus of serving individuals with complex conditions, Central Drugs is able to incorporate the passion and principles of a classic “hometown pharmacy” with the latest in specialty pharmacy management and technology.


Ron Lanton III, Esq.

Owner & Chief Strategist

True North Political Solutions

Phone: 240-482-6060





Direct download: ShelleyBailey_FINAL.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:17am EDT

Pharmacy Podcast Episode 148 Washington D.C. Insider Jim Link with Cormac Group


True North Political Solutions - Ron Lanton interviews Washington DC Insider Jim Link on the Pharmacy Industry: 

James E. Link - Partner
The Cormac Group, LLP
1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Suite 317
Washington, DC  20036

Founded March 2001, The Cormac Group is a bi-partisan strategic consulting and lobbying firm. We are dedicated to providing clients an understanding of the governmental decision-making process while designing and implementing strategies that advance their goals.

Recognized advocates for open and fair markets, The Cormac Group principals have been at the forefront of major debates addressing historic changes across higher education, healthcare, transportation and telecommunications. We each bring a history of assisting new entrants break into the market, pressing for a barrier-free regulatory structure that enhances competition.

We pride ourselves on our passion for our clients’ missions and a commitment to results. With more than 60 years combined experience advising government and business leaders, we have helped to define the new intersection of technology and the political process.

The Cormac Group specializes in developing results-oriented legislative and regulatory strategies at the federal and state levels. Areas of emphasis include technology, telecommunications, transportation, energy and the environment, healthcare, financial services, and international trade.

Direct download: JIM_LINK_FINAL.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 2:43pm EDT

Pharmacy Podcast Episode 147 #RxChat Pharmacy Technology - Past Current & Future

Today's #RxChat is all about the technologies used in pharmacy operations. We interview Nick Zener, PharmD - LTC Pharmacy Operations consultant about the different experiences he's had during his career. 

1) What specific technology has made the biggest impact in pharmacy? Why? 

2) Compared to other industries (like auto-insurance) why is pharmacy operators behind using predictive modeling & “big-data”?  Why? 

3) Which pharmacy software system are you using and what do you like best about it? 

4) Explain how Automation Technology has made pharmacy operations easier or more complex? 

5) If you could invent a revolutionary pharmacy software and or technology - what would it be?

Direct download: RxChat_Pharmacy_Technology__FINAL.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 11:36am EDT