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Today we’re going to be talking with Megan Bereda, a fourth-year student pharmacist at Purdue University College of Pharmacy. She has 4 years of pharmacy technician experience at Vibra Healthcare hospital in Crown Point, Indiana and was a 2016 pharmacy intern at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in critical care and surgery pharmacy. She is currently finishing her last year of pharmacy school which includes a 6-month track at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, a month at Purdue medical center in safety advancement, and ending in Eldoret, Kenya. 

  1. Everyone’s leadership road is a little different, tell us a little bit about what you are doing now and how you have gotten to where you are.
  2. You were part of the student council very early and went through the progression to eventually being the student body president. How would you recommend to someone to get involved and to make connections with such a large group of people?
  3. How did you manage to balance sorority life with pharmacy?
  4. Explain how you got involved with your summer internships and what those entail?
  5. How did you integrate these projects on your CV and how did you get involved with them?
  6. How did you go from a P1 to a P2 to a summer internship with John Hopkins?
  7. What did you do while you were at John Hopkins?
  8. Explain the relationship you had as a pharmacy student with pharmacy technicians.
  9. Tell us about your 6-month track at Northwestern and how you got this rotation through Purdue.
  10. How do you see yourself leading in the future as a full-time position?
  11. Why did you decide to travel to Kenya for a rotation experience?
  12. Do you have plans for residency or to go to Midyear?
  13. What is the best way to contact you?
  14. What is your best daily ritual to keep your life on track?
  15. What is the best career advice you have either received or given?
  16. What inspires you?


Megan Bereda

PharmD Candidate, Class of 2018

Purdue University College of Pharmacy

Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-_Megan_Bereda.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 4:35pm EDT

The RoguePharm joins me and JW,...that's JAY-DOUBA-YAH. Here's what we're bitching about. Please excuse Rogue, she's got a sailors mouth. Gosh!! 

What the hell is up with DIR Fees? 
(Reference #2: 
Why are national Big PBMs such greedy assholes? 
What about the greed in healthcare Marcy? 
What's the deal with Amazon's plans for Pharmacy? 
  • CNBC has reported on Amazon's early moves in the health sector, starting with the $560 billion prescription drug market.
  • Goldman Sachs says Amazon might start by partnering with a pharmacy benefit manager. 
The Future of Pharmacy 
Direct download: RxRated_Podcast_-_Sex_Drugs__Dirty_DIRs.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

The Pharmacy Podcast Network CEO, Publisher, and Founder Todd Eury was the moderator for the Cardinal Health 1st Annual Women in Pharmacy - Leadership Forum during the RBC 2017 Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio TX, July 28, 2017.

During this session, the leaders will shared abiut their unique leadership journeys and life lessons, how they break down barriers and stay on course to achieve their career goals. 

The leadship panel discussed how to create a movement for change and inspire others to lead including how to thrive as an entrepreneur in the new pharmacy landscape. 

The leadership panel:  

  • DeAnn Mullins, PharmD
    2017 NCPA President CEO and Owner of Mullins Pharmacy
  • Theresa Tolle, PharmD
  • 2016-17 APhA Speaker of the House
    CEO and Owner of Bay Street Pharmacy
  • Aimee O’Reilly, PharmD
    CEO and Owner of O’Reilly Family Pharmacy
  • Erin Albert MBA, PharmD, JD, Entrepreneur
  • CEO of Pharm LLC
  • Cohost of The Pharmacy Podcast®

Special thanks to Eden Sulzer, Director of the Women in Pharmacy initiaitve with Cardinal Health. 

For more information about 'Women in Pharmacy' please go to the following website:

Direct download: Women_in_Pharmacy_Leadership_Forum_RBC_2017.mp3
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Today we will be talking with Jake Ready, new graduate of Butler University class of 2017. Jake has recently accepted a position as a staff pharmacist with Walgreens, but has explored several aspects of pharmacy prior to landing on the retail route. Throughout his time at Butler, Jake has acquired experience in various nontraditional pharmacy areas. Specifically, Jake spent a rotation with Eli Lilly exploring the industrial side of pharmacy, as well as a rotation abroad in Ecuador. While in school, Jake had work experience not only as a retail intern, but also as a clinical contractor for a company based in London, England. Despite his busy schedule, Jake also managed to plan his wedding on top of all of his pharmacy commitments. 

  1. How did you decide on the career path of pharmacy? And how did that path lead to you become a bulldog at Butler?
  2. You are a new Butler graduate, can you speak a little bit about the new NAPLEX, how you studied for it, any tips or tricks for those preparing to take it in the future?
  3. Looking over your CV, it is apparent that Butler has prepared you well for your future. Butler is a small private liberal arts college. Can you tell us about your transcontinental pharmaceutical involvement? You have worked as a clinical contractor for 2 years in London, England, and you went abroad for one of your rotations to Ecuador. First of all, how did you become involved in these experiences and what did they entail?
  4. You also volunteered your time for an international medical trip back in 2015. Do you have a strong desire to travel, or how did you become involved in this and what was your draw to going abroad?
  5. You not only balanced pharmacy school, work involvement as an intern at Walgreens and an RA on campus, several different community service opportunities, but you also planned a wedding! How did you balance planning a wedding, pharmacy school, and quickly after the wedding embarking on a year of rotations?
  6. While at Butler you spent a few semesters as a laboratory assistant. Can you speak to why you were interested in teaching experiences?
  7. It really looks like you have explored many different avenues that pharmacists can practice in. Specifically, you spent a rotation involving industrial pharmacy at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis. Usually when people think of pharmacy they think either hospital or retail. What was your time like at this rotation?
  8. What is next on the docket of activities for your personal and professional future?
  9. What kind of advice would you give to current rotation students?
  10. What is your daily ritual?
  11. What is the best career advice you have received or given?
  12. What inspires you?
  13. What is the best way to contact you?

Jake Ready, PharmD

Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-_Jake_Ready.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 8:30am EDT

Senior Program Manager - Marty Allain with the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) joins Pharmacy Podcast Network Co-Host Dr. Erin Albert to review the vital impact the NABP is making within the Pharmacy Industry and helping to eradicate #FakePharmacy --- throughout the globe. 

Show notes:

1. National Association of Boards of Pharmacy:
2. .pharmacy initiative:
3. The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies:
Erin Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD, PAHM
CEO, Pharm, LLC
President, HBA Indiana Chapter 2017
Mentor, SXSW17
Post Office Box 335
Fishers, IN 46038 USA

Direct download: National_Association_Board_of_Pharmacy.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 9:27am EDT


Today we’re talking with Matt Paterini, co-founder of The Nontraditional Pharmacist: a platform company that exposes, connects, and educates pharmacists and pharmacy students to nontraditional pharmacy. At the University of Michigan School of Pharmacy, Matt recognized the many outside the box opportunities available, and Matt’s role at IBM as a cloud software seller to healthcare payer, provider and industry accounts is a measure of that. There he bridges the gap between healthcare and technology helping clients innovate and adapt the changing healthcare landscape.

  1. Everyone’s leadership road is a little different, tell us about what you’re doing now and how you got involved with this nontraditional role.
  2. Sales tends to have a negative connotation, especially when talking about healthcare – can you talk about your experiences in sales in a way that shifts the focus from money to helping people?
  3. How did your education at Michigan’s School of Pharmacy help you to become a problem solver to finding a job in a different field with a similar skill set?
  4. What was the toughest part of your collegiate or pharmacy journey?
  5. Tell us about your passion project of The Nontraditional Pharmacist. How did this project come to be, and how each co-founder works together?
  6. Where is The Nontraditional Pharmacist today, and where do you feel it is going to go in the future?
  7. What kind of advice would you give to current rotation students that they could do right now?
  8. What is the best way to contact you?
  9. What is your best daily ritual to keep your life on track?
  10. What is the best career advice you have ever received or given?
  11. What inspires you?


Matt Paterini, PharmD

The Nontraditional Pharmacist, Co-Founder

Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-_Matt_Paterini_PharmD__Mixdown_2.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 1:55pm EDT

The first (long awaited) RX-Rated Podcast Show, part of the Pharmacy Podcast Network. We welcome Dr. Jeffrey Winger - RX-Rated co-host, we talk about the future of the new show, how to make a million-billion dollars, how to loose 35 pounds in 35 hours, how to gain the mind control of your significant other and become their master. 

Okay, that last one was far fetched,....but the first two sounded good. Ehh? 

Spread the news, share this podcast. Don't be part of the #assholism of this world and be nice and share this damn podcast, sunnsa-bitches!!! JUST SHARE IT!!! What's your problem, you're such a bullshit-asshole. 

RX-Rated - Every Fridays. Cause we care. 

No we don't, we just want this podcast to take off and sell it for a chunk of change. 

See? Transparency here! 

Direct download: RXRATED_PODCAST_EPISODE_01.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 6:00am EDT


Today we’re going to be talking with Sang-A Yun, a fourth year student pharmacist at Purdue University College of Pharmacy. She has been involved in various organizations like the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and Phi Lambda Sigma and has also been a teaching assistant for five different classes. She is currently on her advanced practice rotations, the first two of which she completed with Novocure and Eli Lilly. She hopes to pursue a pharmaceutical industry fellowship and serve as a preceptor or teach part time at a pharmacy school after graduation.

  1. We'll start with the basics - what was your road to pharmacy school and how did you choose pharmacy as a profession?
  2. You are from Indiana and chose to stay in state and go to pharmacy school at Purdue. What made you choose to stay in state and choose Purdue over other schools in Indiana?
  3. You've been very involved during your time in pharmacy school in various organizations - can you touch on some of the most meaningful ones and how those experiences impacted you and the route you hope to take after graduation?
  4. Both of us are pretty new to the P4 game - you completed your first rotation was at Eli Lilly in Medical Affairs and you are now finishing up at Novocure with a rotation in oncology marketing.
  1. Walk me through a day in the life at each rotation or how the rotation varied from week to week. What made you choose these rotations and what have you learned that will be helpful in your pursuit of a pharmaceutical industry fellowship?
  2. I know going into my first few days at my first rotation were really scary, what advice would you have to new P4's who are just starting out on rotations that you wish you would have known when you started?
  1. You mentioned you were a teaching assistant for five different classes. How did you get involved in that? What was that like? How did that pique your interest in also pursuing an academic role at a pharmacy school in the future?
  2. You want to pursue a career both in industry and in academia. How will you tie those worlds together? I don't know much about the industry side of pharmacy, how can you teach students on the academic side more about it and get them interested?
  3. What are you most excited about as you continue your fourth and final year of pharmacy school? What are you nervous about?


Sang-A Yun

PharmD Candidate, Class of 2018

Purdue University College of Pharmacy

(765) 430-7629

Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_Sang-A_Yun.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:01am EDT

Jamie Gramz Vice President, Product Management at McKesson Pharmacy Technology & Services interviews - Adrienne Cervone — Pharmacy Owner at Beaver Health Mart Pharmacy, Beaver, PA. 

This Pharmacy Podcast 12 Part Series is sponosred by McKesson Pharmacy Technology & Services Division.

Orginal Article posted here:

Transitioning from pharmacist to pharmacy owner

“Where is the man pharmacist?”

Adrienne Cervone was asked that question too often to count after she moved to Beaver, Pennsylvania, a town of about 5,000 people located 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. It was February 2007 when Cervone relocated to Beaver from Whitaker to become part-owner of a pharmacy in the heart of its downtown area.

I’m the pharmacist and the pharmacy owner. I can help you with anything.
Adrienne Cervone

In the nine years since, that question is now a rare inquiry. Residents have embraced Cervone as their pharmacist and as a credible local pharmacy owner. In fact, earlier this year, Cervone bought out her male partner, who owns another pharmacy in a nearby town, and became full owner of Beaver Health Mart Pharmacy.

“Now, when someone walks into the store, whether they’re an old customer or a new customer, it means so much to them and to me to be able to shake their hand and say, ‘I’m the pharmacist and the pharmacy owner. I can help you with anything,’” Cervone says.

Cervone’s journey to independent retail pharmacy owner began in high school, when she worked part-time as a clerk at her local independent pharmacy. It continued in college, when she worked part-time as an intern at a retail pharmacy chain. It was during those years in pharmacy school that she says she decided that she ultimately wanted to own her own pharmacy business.

“I wanted to be able to act on my own ideas without having to jump through a number of corporate hoops or restrictions to get answers,” Cervone says. “I much prefer being in a community pharmacy where I can develop programs and services tailored to the changing needs of my customers.”

Along the way, Cervone encountered anticipated and unanticipated barriers — big and small — that had to be overcome. She deftly jumped over those barriers by tapping into her early experiences working at pharmacies during high school and college and into the experiences of others who offered Cervone the expertise she had yet to develop.

Building an effective staff is crucial

At the top of Cervone’s list of challenges as a pharmacy owner is building an effective staff. As she describes it, the staff, particularly in a small business, must be capable of taking care of customers, taking care of the business and taking care of the owner.

“That last piece is something I didn’t anticipate. My staff screens my calls, knows how and when to handle certain situations on their own, and knows where that line is and when they need to involve me,” she says. “You lean on your staff as an owner much more than if you were just the manager.”

Beaver Health Mart employs three full-time employees — a second pharmacist, a technician and a front-end manager — and two part-time employees — a delivery driver and a clerk.

In a small operation like Beaver Health Mart, each person, whether full- or part-time, takes on a much wider scope of responsibilities than is written in their job descriptions, and independent retail pharmacy owners must have a knack for hiring people willing to wear a variety of hats.

“My part-time clerk does more than just ringing,” Cervone says. “She does a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff focused on maintaining and growing the business.”

Related to that challenge is the ability to problem solve — a talent that Cervone prides in herself and looks for in her staff. She attributes her ability to problem solve to her mentors at the pharmacies where she worked in school. Pharmacists there encouraged her to handle difficult situations with co-workers and customers on her own. She says that experience prepared her well for the multiple problems that come up each day owning and running a pharmacy.

Cervone encourages any pharmacy student or young pharmacist considering a future in pharmacy ownership to put in as many hours as possible at their local pharmacy to get a sense of the daily clinical and financial challenges facing the staff and how best to deal with them.

Anticipate need for sufficient working capital

Another big item on Cervone’s list of challenges is securing working capital for the pharmacy as it grows. Having three months of cash on hand is sufficient to maintain the status quo, she says. But to expand, an independent retail pharmacy needs money both to keep running and to invest. To help expand her line of credit with local banks, Cervone retained a financial consultant to assist with loan applications and face-to-face meetings with lenders.

“I needed the expertise. I needed someone who could answer the banks’ questions versus going in there alone,” Cervone says.

And then there are the little things that you don’t think about when you become a pharmacy owner that can quickly turn into big things if you don’t know about them or deal with them. Among them are:

  • Changing the pharmacy’s license over to the new pharmacy owner
  • Changing the pharmacy’s license with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency over to the new pharmacy owner
  • Changing third-party payer contracts over to the new pharmacy owner
  • Changing all bank accounts over to the new pharmacy owner
  • Creating new logins and passwords for drug ordering platforms

Great service overcomes customer bias

An unspoken challenge is the fact that Cervone is a woman in a business typically associated with men and that she took over ownership of Beaver Health Mart from a man. Cervone says those dynamics made her a little bit hesitant to announce that she was the new owner.

“I just didn’t know what they would say. I didn’t know how they would take it,” she says. “But they’re thrilled to pieces — both men and women.”

Cervone says the men shake her hand and congratulate her. And the women, she says, are proud to have a prominent local business owner be a woman. To win over any doubters, it’s important for female pharmacy owners as well as any female small business owners to be confident without being arrogant and be approachable, according to Cervone.

Above all, it’s the dedication to customer service that will determine whether an independent retail pharmacy succeeds or fails, regardless of gender, Cervone says.

“The secret to our success absolutely is service,” Cervone says. “We are just so personalized with everything that we do. We give each person who walks through our door our full attention.”

CONTACT McKESSON Pharmacy Technology & Services: 

Direct download: Beaver_Health_Mart_MPTS_ideaShare_2017.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 8:11am EDT

Dr. Adam Martin with the Fit Pharmacist talks with Dr. Mike Corvino about Evidence-based medicine reviews for healthcare professionals and students on the go. 

Contact Mike with CorConsult Rx 


Direct download: Fit_Pharmacist__-_Pharmacist_Clinical_Expertise_.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 5:07pm EDT