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What You Need to Know about Whistleblowers - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 341

We return to the Gavel & Pestle Podcast with Darshan Kulkarni, PharmD, MS, Esq. to discuss the sensitive topic of Whistleblowers in healthcare & pharmacy.

What is a Whistleblower?

A whistleblower is effectively an individual who has witnessed or been part of an unethical or illegal process, often against their will as a condition of employment, and decides to submit the incriminating evidence to the proper authorities. Whistleblowers begin the indictment process in cases that are criminal. Whistleblowers are not just restricted to the private sector, but the dynamics of retaliation from cases arising from the public sector can be different. Congress understands the precarious situations that whistleblowers are in and have established legislation for retributive protection.  

Cases in the private sector are covered by The Corporate and Criminal Fraud Accountability Act and are enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor. A subset of the Zarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the law allows whistleblowers to enjoin the government in any civil claim that the Attorney General will advance to prosecution.

The legislation essentially protects employees of publicly-traded companies from the employer and criminalizes retaliation.  In addition to employee protections, the law requires employers to establish a company policy and reasonable protocol to allow whistleblowers an opportunity to present situations occurring within the company that may have been overlooked in normal operations. Conditions of the legislation also require attorneys to become whistleblowers in the event of illegal activity.  

The Equal Employment Opportunity Act provides additional protection for cases involving discrimination and retaliation, effectively giving a discriminated individual more legal leverage. The legal protections of remedies in this legislation allow for protections in legal standing for the witness of a discriminating act as well as the victim if the employer retaliates against the informant.

Dr. Kulkarni is the Principal Attorney at the Kulkarni Law Firm. He provides regulatory and legal advice to pharmacies and other FDA regulated entities and their service providers.  He speaks and regularly advises on currently legal and compliance related matters including the physician payment sunshine act,, the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Law and other developments of laws and regulations that affect the life sciences industry and compounding facilities.  He has worked as a pharmacist for more than 14 years in multiple capacities, including hospitals, retail pharmacies, managed care, and has even participated as a clinician in clinical trials.  

Direct download: What_You_Need_to_Know_about_Whisleblowers.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 9:42am EDT

Transforming to Value Based Pharmacy Care - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 340

On this episode of the Pharmacy Podcast Show, sponsored by Omnicell, we listen in to a presentation by DAVID HARLOW, III BS, Pharm. D. with Martin Health System. 

Dr. Harlow received his B.S. in Pharm in 1992 from the Medical College of Virginia and completed his Doctoral work at the University of Florida. Professionally, Dr. Harlow joined the Martin Health System as the Chief Pharmacy Officer, coming from Carilion Clinic’s ACO as the Regional Director of Pharmacy Operations for Southwestern Virginia.

Additionally, Dr. Harlow is the executive officer of PharmaDym, a clinical pharmacy consulting firm. His experience also includes retail pharmacy ownership, home infusion and pharmacy benefit management.

Omnicell is recognized as a leading provider of comprehensive, technologically advanced automation that enables health care facilities to acquire, manage, dispense, and deliver medications and supplies more effectively. Omnicell automation is used from the point of entry into the hospital through the central pharmacy, nursing units, operating room, procedural areas, and patient bedsides – as well as in long-term care sites.  

For over 20 years the mission of Omnicell has focused on improving the medication and supply distribution process. More than 4,000 acute care customers worldwide have used Omnicell’s medication automation, supply chain, and analytics solutions to improve efficiency, reduce errors, and lower costs.  Omnicell non-acute care solutions, including the MTS brand, enable approximately 7,000 institutional and retail pharmacies worldwide to optimize productivity and control costs. Moreover, the innovative medication adherence packaging solutions can reduce costly hospital readmissions.  

At Omnicell, delivering our technology is just the beginning. We are also committed to delivering the best customer experience. To ensure our customers gain the most utility from their Omnicell systems, we offer a suite of analytics software, a comprehensive training and education program, and first-rate customer support. Omnicell has been recognized with KLAS award every year since 2006.

Direct download: __Transforming_Value_Based_Pharmacy_Care.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 10:32am EDT

The Untapped Data Analytics Power of Symplur - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 339

How has Twitter impacted your pharmacy business?

Josh Lurie, Partner & Member of Board of Directors of Symplur joins the podcast to help our pharmacy industry discover the untapped power of Symplur Signals.

Quoting an article from June 15, 2016 “Tech Republic” columnist Jason Hiner writes, “From the 1980s until the past several years, when people heard about breaking news via word-of-mouth they typically turned to network news such as Fox or CNN. Today, they turn to Twitter. A recent Pew Research study found that 62% of US adults now get news from social media, up from 49% in 2012.”

I am one of these people who will access my Twitter account before any direct news source because it’s faster, more sincere, and provides a diverse perspective on the same topic or news story.

There’s no other organization better positioned to demonstrate the power of Twitter in healthcare than Symplur. With their well-designed “Healthcare Hashtag” Project launching in 2011, Symplur has been researching thousands of hashtags (subject matter) specific to our healthcare industry, scientific research, patient trends, CDC reports, and industry conference interactions, to name a few.

Symplur Signals promotes deep understanding of healthcare as seen by patients, doctors and other stakeholders with real-time access to insights from over a billion healthcare social media data points. The richness of data here is mind boggling and if you’re not seeing the value yet, be sure to check out Symplur for yourself.

Take the specialty pharmacy industry for example. Genentech's Avastin is a cancer medication that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body. The anti-cancer drug is used to treat a certain type of brain tumor, and certain types of cancers of the cervix, kidney, lung, colon, and rectum.

If specialty pharmacies researched specific hashtag keywords using Twitter such as #CervicalCancerthey could quickly find articles, physicians, insurance providers, and most importantly patients participating in a worldwide conversation about Cervical Cancer. Not only could these patient-care providers reach out to these patients directly through Twitter but strategically could become a digital health industry subject matter expert within that specific subject-topic or hashtag.

The Pharmacy Podcast Show will be publishing a series on leveraging the power of healthcare hashtags, which will include a fascinating interview with Symplur executives.

Be sure to subscribe to the show and reach out to learn how your Pharmacy business can see a significant benefit using Twitter.

Direct download: The_Untapped_Power_of_Symplur.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:11am EDT

The Return of Pharmacy Future Leaders Podcast - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 338

The Pharmacy Future Leaders Podcast returns to the Pharmacy Podcast Network with new Host Tony Guerra, PharmD. Tony will lead the segment of the Pharmacy Podcast Network focusing on Pharmacy Student perspectives, interviews, and future outlook of the industry.  


THE CONTEST: Pharmacy Future Leaders (PFL) Podcast wants to help send an outstanding student to the upcoming ASHP Midyear 2016 Clinical Meeting and Exhibition starting on Sunday, December 4, 2016 through Thursday December 8, 2016. The Pharmacy Future Leaders Podcast will pay for ONE Pharmacy Student's Registration Fee for the conference. (Airfare, hotel, and expenses are NOT covered, registration only) PFL will randomly select one student from your social media interaction via TWITTER & INSTAGRAM by posting a message about "HOW YOU ARE GOING TO IMPACT the FUTURE OF PHARMACY" as a #PharmacyFutureLeader. Creativity is encouraged. (Use pictures, links, poster info, biographies, and other postings to boost your chances)

You MUST use the hashtag #PharmacyFutureLeaders in your post to become eligible and you can post as many times as you'd like to gain the attention of the PFL Podcast Contest Team. 

About the ASHP Midyear Event:

The ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting is the largest gathering of pharmacists in the world. With its focus on improving patient care, the meeting is attended by more than 20,000 pharmacy professionals from 86 countries. For four decades, the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting has provided health system pharmacy practitioners with a venue for updating their knowledge, networking with colleagues, enhancing their skills, and learning about the latest products and technologies.

The hundreds of educational activities at the Midyear Clinical Meeting are developed to maintain and enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of pharmacists and associated personnel in health systems. A dynamic venue for instruction on important issues relevant to contemporary pharmacy practice, the meeting’s five full days of continuing education sessions are unmatched anywhere. 

About the host:

Tony currently serves as the Pharmacy Technician Program Chair and Pre-pharmacy Advisor at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). He is author of the audiobook Memorizing Pharmacology: A Relaxed Approach which has been on Science and Medicine Audiobook bestseller list. He is co-author for the forthcoming The Pharmacy Technician: Principles and Practice 5th edition for Elsevier, a national textbook publisher.

He regularly publishes videos on his TonyPharmD YouTube channel to help patients and students with medication pronunciation, memorization, and health literacy.  Dr. Guerra is a member of the national Phi Delta Chi pharmacy fraternity, a past board member of the Pharmacy Leadership and Education Institute (PLEI), an honorary Phi Lambda Sigma, Pharmacy Leadership Society (PLS) member, a Paragon Award winner with CVS and a member of the Pharmacy Technician Educator’s Council (PTEC).

Tony earned his B.A. in English from Iowa State University and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland.  

Contact Tony:  

Twitter @Tony_PharmD (preferred) or email

Direct download: the_Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_Podcast.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 7:45am EDT

American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL) - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 337

Pharmacy Podcast Show co-Host Erin Albert, PharmD, JD, interviews Aaron Moore, PharmD, JD, with The American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL) which is an organization of attorneys, pharmacists, pharmacist-attorneys and students of pharmacy or law who are interested in the law as it applies to pharmacy, pharmacists, wholesalers, manufacturers, state and federal government and other interested parties.  

ASPL is a nonprofit organization with the purposes of Furthering knowledge in the law related to pharmacists, pharmacies, the provision of pharmaceutical care, the manufacturing and distribution of drugs, and other food, drug, and medical device policy issues; Communicating accurate legal educational information; and Providing educational opportunities for pharmacists, attorneys, and others who are interested in pharmacy law. 

2016 Developments in Pharmacy Law Seminar XXVII

November 10 – 13, 2016

Hilton Austin Austin, Texas

Erin Albert
Myers and Stauffer, LC
Work:  317-846-9521

Aaron Moore
Salsbury, Clements, Bekman, Marder & Adkins LLC
Work:  410-539-6633

Direct download: ASPL_American_Society_for_Pharmacy_Law.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:35pm EDT

Customer Happiness Strategy creates Better Patient Care - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 336

Laura Liebers is a member of the iMedicare Customer Happiness Strategy Team. On today's Pharmacy Podcast Show - we interview Laura and investigate what it means exactly to drive customer service from the perspective of the customer's customer and how delivering a better experience creates healthier patients. 

Happiness Team  

704-769-0540 ext. 2

9 AM - 6 PM EST Monday - Friday

Laura Liebers Customer Happiness Manager: 

Direct download: Customer_Happiness_Coordinator_iMedicare_FINAL_.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Community Pharmacy & Point of Care Testing - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 335

Pharmacy Podcast Network Host Blair Green Thielemier, PharmD, interviews Dr. Ally Dering-Anderson, BA, PharmD, RP, who is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy. She coordinates and teaches the OTC & Self Care Products Course and the Point-of-Care Testing Course, does the didactic training for the immunization class, teaches in Pharmacy Law & Ethics and in Pharmacotherapy.

Dr. Dering-Anderson is also the preceptor for a Public Policy experiential rotation for senior level pharmacy students. A pharmacist immunization advocate, Ally has given more than 40,000 immunizations during her career. Ally was the 2015 Teacher of the Year for the College of Pharmacy. Ally is a mid-west radio personality with a live, call-in, radio show airing on 9 mid-western radio stations on a bi-weekly basis. The show is broadcast as a part of the KFOR AM 1240 Problems & Solutions Show, Alpha Media, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Ally is a graduate of Doane College in Crete, Nebraska and the University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy. She has been a licensed and practicing pharmacist in Nebraska and Iowa for over 25 years. She served as the Assistant Executive Director of the Nebraska Pharmacists Association for 13 years and works on-call for Walgreens. Ally has spoken nationally and internationally on pharmacy topics. Her interests include: Community Pharmacy Issues including Point-of-Care Testing, Immunizations, Over-the-Counter and Behind-the-Counter medicines; Excellence in Education; Medical Marijuana; and Public Health Policy.

Dr. Ally may be found on Twitter @DrAllyRP Her office email is

The University of Nebraska College of Pharmacy may be found on Twitter @UNMCcop or on Facebook UNMC College of Pharmacy

Direct download: Point-of-Care_Testing_Ally_Dering-Anderson.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 9:27am EDT

5 Roads out of Retail Pharmacy Part 5 of 5 - Pharmacy Podcast Episode 334

5 Roads out of Retail Pharmacy Part 5, Erin L. Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD weaves together the full recap of all 5 Parts of the Series with special questions from our valued listeners directed at our series participants: 

Peter Dunn, Pete the Planner: 

Hazel Walker - Master of Networking: 

Anthony Guerra, PharmD. host of "Pharmacy Future Leaders" podcast segment: 

Please vote thumbs up for our 2 @SXSW panel pickers for 2017 before 9/2/16!


Erin Albert’s website: and Books

Erin’s career path and current career portfolio:

Direct download: 5_Roads_out_of_Retail_Pharmacy_Part_5_of_5_FINAL.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

5 Roads out of Retail Pharmacy - Part 4 Pharmacy Podcast Episode 333

5 Roads out of Retail Pharmacy Part 4, Erin L. Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD is the interviewee, with the tables turned with special guest podcast host Lauren Steinbach titled: Employing all 5 Roads Out (and back in) to Retail Pharmacy Guest – Erin Albert. 

Please vote thumbs up for our 2 @SXSW panel pickers for 2017 before 9/2/16!


Erin Albert’s website: and Books 

Erin’s career path and current career portfolio:

Books specifically mentioned:

The New Pharmacist: 46 Doses of Advice

The Medical Science Liaison: An A to Z Guide

Plan C: The Full-Time Employee and Part-Time Entrepreneur

Single. Women. Entrepreneurs.

Multipationals: The Changing World of Work, and How to Create Your Best Career


Mentioned on Erin’s Career Portfolio:

Tracker for Pharmacy Meetings:

Tracker for Pharmacist Certifications:

Women Leadership Programs:

Who’s the Helm in Healthcare:

The Know Thyself Kit:


Erin’s Social Media Channels and Hangouts:


Co-host of the Pharmacy Podcast 

Pharmacy Careers Articles 

Inside Indiana Business Stuff 

Snail mail: PO Box 335, Fishers, IN 46038 (my favorite)


Twitter: @ErinLAlbert @pharmllc @yuspie

Hash Tags I believe in: #STEMPrincess #Multipationals #SMDames




Anchor: @ErinLAlbert



Snapchat: @ea6603 (I freely admit that I have no idea what I'm doing here...)


Direct download: 5_Roads_out_of_Retail_Pharmacy_Part_4.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 7:00am EDT