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Pharmacy Technology Integration Challenge - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 287

We interview  Pharmacy Infomatics consultant about his blog post from January 27, 2016 - titled: "Integration no longer optional for pharmacy technology" 

Jerry writes:

I’ve written about the need for better integration and interoperability before. I’ve even written about the trend toward integrated systems. In January 2014, I wrote that “healthcare systems, and more specifically pharmacies, have started to understand the importance of having integrated systems.

Here we are two years later, and to my surprise, we seem to be making great progress. There are obvious trends appearing in pharmacy.

  • While walking through the Exhibit Hall at ASHP Midyear, it was clear that integration was on the minds of many – people, healthcare systems, vendors. The term “integration” was being thrown around like confetti at Mardi Gras.
  • Companies like Baxter, Omnicell, and Aesynt are making a concerted effort to improve integration, each using a different approach. Baxter has a new EPIC interface, allowing DoseEdge to feed information directly into the EHR. Omnicell has made significant strides in creating a centralized database across their inventory management products for the central pharmacy.Aesynt is focusing on pulling data from several disparate sources for their data analytics tools, REINVENT and Formulary Tool Kit (FTK)
  • Acquisitions continue to be on everyone’s mind. Aesynt recently became part of Omnicell, andCareFusion is part of BD. Others are possible by year’s end.
  • Pharmacies want fewer disparate systems and are willing to sacrifice functionality for integration. I won’t go into specifics here, but several pharmacies that I’ve spoken with are opting for systems that are, in my opinion, missing key components, in favor of integration with their EHR or another system.

Looking over the landscape, it’s obvious that integration of systems will no longer be optional. The big boys are all in, and the little guys should take note as to not be left out in the cold.

Direct download: Jerry_Fahrni_-_Pharmacy_Technology_Integration_.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 7:50pm EDT

Drug Diversion and Appropriate Opioid Use - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 286

Addressing Drug Diversion and Appropriate Opioid Use

The Problem:

Drug diversion and prescription drug abuse have created a crisis across the United States. Pennsylvania has the 14th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the country. This corresponds to 15.3 per 100,000 people suffering drug overdose fatalities. The number of overdose deaths, a majority from prescription drugs, in Pennsylvania has increased nearly 90% over the last 15 years. These troubling statistics plague our commonwealth as we are faced with this great challenge.

Addressing the Problem:

While the problem may never be completely resolved, a multi-faceted collaboration of healthcare professionals, including pharmacists, prescribers, and patients are working together to reduce the impact of this crisis.

PPA has developed resources to help pharmacists prevent drug diversion and recognize prescription drug abuse. Pharmacists typically see a patient more times per year than any other healthcare professional. Knowing the signs and what to do when you see them could prove to be crucial in saving your patient’s life.

Pharmacists Opioid Dispensing Guidelines

Opioid Dispensing Guidelines - These Guidelines developed by the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association in conjunction with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Health, in order to provide assistance and Guidance to pharmacists on addressing diversion issues.  The Guidelines are a complement to the Prescribing ones that appear below.

Thank you to the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association for sponsoring this latest podcast episode. 

Dr. Thomas  S. Franko

Assistant Professor Pharmacy Practice   150-180 South River Street, 325   (570) 408-4295


After service as a clinical pharmacist in outpatient chronic pain management, Dr. Franko joined Wilkes University in 2013. He maintains an ambulatory care practice site with the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education in Clarks Summit, PA. He is highly involved with the pain management and anticoagulation programs within the Wright Center.

Along with pharmacy students, Dr. Franko trains pharmacy and medical residents from Moses Taylor Hospital and the Wright Center. His interests are in pain management, primary care and incorporating the arts into pharmacy education.  

Education and Training  

Doctor of Pharmacy, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Philadelphia, PA Pharmacy Practice Residency, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA Certificates and Certifications  Basic Life Support Pennsylvania Licensed Pharmacist Pennsylvania Authorized Immunizing Pharmacist Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist

Direct download: PPA_Drug_Diversion_and_Appropriate_Opioid_Use.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 7:45pm EDT

Stress, Burnout and Career Management in Pharmacy - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 285

Stress, Burnout and Career Management in Pharmacy


Sponsored by:

Pharm, LLC

Erin Albert, CEO and Career Coach:

Are you ready for a career coach and change in pharmacy?  Then talk to us at Pharm! We have coaching packages and resources for pharmacists to take their careers to the next level.

Also Sponsored by:  

Stress, Burnout and Managing Careers in Pharmacy

Outline prepared by Erin Albert, guest co-host, Pharmacy Podcast

(Thanks to Barb Howes, Librarian, for her assistance in research!)

DISCLAIMER: the links below do not endorse the Pharmacy Podcast, nor does Pharmacy Podcast necessarily endorse the links below.  This is merely a supplement to the conversation on Pharmacist burnout that already exists in the literature.  If you know of better or distinct data relative to pharmacists, please email us - we’d like to add to this conversation at: and reference “Burnout” in the subject line.

Direct download: Stress_Burnout_and_Career_Management_in_Pharmacy.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

Specialty Pharmacy Times Health Policy Check-Up -- Pharmacy Podcast Episode 284

Health Policy Check-Up:

Dan Steiber, Editor in Chief for Specialty Pharmacy Times, speaks to True North P.S. President, Ron Lanton. What is limited distribution and its effect on specialty? What are the risks in arrangements between specialty pharmacies and manufacturers? 

Contact Ron Lanton: 

Phone: (202) 969-5466


265 Franklin Street Suite 1702
Boston, MA 02110

1629 K Street NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006

Direct download: Dan_Steiber_Specialty_Pharmacy.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 6:46pm EDT

Writing to Enhance Your Professional Brand and Career: Part 2 Pharmacy Podcast Episode 283

Co-host podcaster, Erin L. Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD, interviews returning guest Elaine Voci, PhD, a­ life skills coach and certified life cycle celebrant, for part 2 about the benefits of professional writing on a pharmacist¹s career, choosing a publisher, and sensitive content like Life & Death topics.

Elaine Voci, Ph.D.

Life Skills Coach & Certified Life Cycle Celebrant
11805 N. Pennsylvania Street
Carmel, IN 46032
Author of “Bridge Builders: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things.  To order:
Author of “Creating the Work You Love: A Guide to Finding Your Right Livelihood”
Direct download: Elaine_Voci_Ph.D._Part_2.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 3:36pm EDT

Writing to Enhance your Professional Brand & Career, Part 1 - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 282

Co-Host Podcaster, Erin L. Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD interviews Elaine Voci, Ph.D. - life skills coach and certified life cycle celebrant about the benefits of professional writing on a pharmacist's career. 

Elaine Voci, Ph.D.

Life Skills Coach & Certified Life Cycle Celebrant
11805 N. Pennsylvania Street
Carmel, IN 46032
Author of "Bridge Builders: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things.  To order:
Author of "Creating the Work You Love: A Guide to Finding Your Right Livelihood"
Direct download: Elaine_Voci_Ph.D._Part_One.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 2:33pm EDT