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Janine Kelbach, RNC-OB is a Cleveland, Ohio resident, freelance writer and owner of Janine has been an RN since 2006, specializing in labor and delivery and ventured into writing in 2012. Her mission to help other writers build their businesses as she did with her 2 kids and a husband.

Everyone’s leadership road is a little different, how did you become a leader in a nurse writer and coach?

What kind of degree or writing experience did you have before you launched?

As a writer and nurse, many think that your life is perfect, that you have the best of both worlds every day and all the time. what was your most difficult moment as writer that might help others understand the struggle that a coach might help them get through?

Can you explain the difference between what you do as a business writing coach or a writing coach and we think of athletic teams as needing coaches, how does a writer need?

Can you talk about how writing fits into your schedule of sometimes you have a shift available and sometimes you don’t based on the hospital census?

Can you take us through a day in your life, most recently I spoke with Danielle Ofri, who recently published “What Patients Say; What Doctors Hear,” and to paraphrase, she is ruthless with her time turning down activities that take her away from writing, her family, and her Cello she has no TV in her life or the news …

Why do you think there’s a non-clinical trend for health professionals?

To contact Janine:

Not sure if you need a coach? No problem! Let's do a 15 minute intro call! It's free to you, no strings attached, to see how I can help you out! Topics we can touch on:

- Goal setting - Accountability - Social Media Guidance - Work Feedback - Setbacks - Productivity - Ramping Up your Professional Presence - Establishing your rates

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Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-__Janine_Kelbach_Mixdown_2.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 3:44pm EDT

SenioRx Radio, part of the Pharmacy Podcast Network, in collaboration with the ASCP returns with a dynamic interview about Value Based Care in LTC Pharmacy.

Chad Worz, host of SenioRx Radio interviews Harry Thibodeau, PhC, R.Ph., CCP, FASCP Chief Operations Officer with Pharma-Care, Inc.

Medication related problems and medication mismanagement are a huge health problem with serious cost implications. In this age of austerity, employers are working hard to ensure that they provide employees and their families continued access to high quality health care while saving money.

To this end, the Asheville Project has proven to reduce avoidable treatment and hospitalizations that will generate substantial cost savings; up to four times greater than the cost of the program. Starting in Asheville, North Carolina, a Value Based Insurance Design, Medication Therapy Management (MTM) has had a long track record of achieving positive health outcomes for health plan enrollees with chronic conditions as evidenced by the twenty studies which found pharmacists improved economic and clinical outcomes through direct patient care.

1 Because of this impressive history, Value Based Care (MTM) programs are included in the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug benefit. Over the past several years, Pharma-Care, Inc. has successfully implemented Value Based Care (MTM) services for many independent pharmacies and several municipalities, which, to date have yielded a 7.30:1 return on investment. They also contracted with the New Jersey Counties Division of Aging & Community Services, a division of the Department of Human Services (DHS), to provide Value Based Care (MTM) services to seniors living in their respective communities.

The Pharma-Care, Inc. Value Based Care Design program focuses on people with chronic health conditions to accomplish the following goals:

▪ Improve therapeutic outcome for targeted beneficiaries through improved medication use

▪ Reduce the risk of adverse health events through decreasing number of errors in prescribing and in taking medications

▪ Reduce the number of per patient medication claims and medical, hospital and emergency department costs The program has documented the following consistent effects among participants:

▪ Improved knowledge of their disease ▪ Increased medication adherence ▪ Improved self-management behaviors

▪ Improved clinical outcomes Pharma-Care, Inc. presents “Best in Class” solutions by employing a studied proven model, deeply engaging participants, providing individualized and goal driven guidance, providing proof of performance, and easy implementation and integration into current health plans.

1 American Journal of Health System Pharmacy, October 2010

Chad Worz, Pharm.D.
Medication Managers LLC
Direct download: SenioRx_Radio_Value-Based_Care.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 7:52am EDT

Bio for Dr. Lisa Dragic:

Dr. Dragic received her PharmD from Temple University School of Pharmacy. Dr. Dragic is currently a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at the Samuel S. Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York, with a concentration in pain management and palliative care. Her current research is focused on alcohol monitoring by ethyl glucuronide in patients on chronic opioid therapy. Upon completion of the PGY-1 residency, Dr. Dragic will be completing a PGY-2 in Pain Management and Palliative care at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock, Arkansas.


Bio for Dr. Jeffrey Fudin:

Dr. Jeff Fudin graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences with a BS and PharmD. He is a Diplomate to the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, a Fellow to ACCP and ASHP, and a member of several other professional organizations. He is President and Director, Scientific and Clinical Affairs for Remitigate, LLC (, a software platform for interpreting urine drug screens (Urintel) and risk for opioid-induced respiratory depression (Naloxotel). Dr. Fudin is a section editor for Pain Medicine and serves on the editorial board for Practical Pain Management. He practices as a clinical pharmacy specialist (WOC) and director of PGY-2 pharmacy pain residency programs at the Stratton Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albany, New York and has academic affiliations with Western New England University and Albany Colleges of Pharmacy.

Statement regarding VA:

This article is the sole work of the authors and stated opinions/assertions do not reflect the opinion of employers or employee affiliates. It was not prepared as part of the author(s) duty as federal employees.


Direct download: Jeffrey_Fudin_Lisa_Dragic.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

Joseph T. Rannazzisi

Deputy Assistant Administrator (RETIRED), Office of Diversion Control, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Joe Rannazzisi, JD, RPh, began his career with the U.S. Drug Enforcement(DEA) in 1986. He served as a staff pharmacist at the Veterans Administration for the 18 months preceding his employment with DEA.

During his DEA career, he served as a Diversion Investigator (Indianapolis), Special Agent/Criminal Investigator (Indianapolis/Detroit), Clandestine Laboratory Coordinator (Detroit), Homicide Task Force Supervisor (Detroit), Staff Coordinator (Domestic Operations-Headquarters), Section Chief (Dangerous Drugs and Chemicals Section-Headquarters), Assistant Special Agent in Charge (Detroit), and Deputy Chief (Office of Enforcement Operations-Headquarters).

In January 2006, he was appointed to Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of Diversion Control, a position he held until his retirement in October 2015. In this capacity, Mr. Rannazzisi was responsible for overseeing and coordinating major pharmaceutical and chemical diversion investigations; the drafting and promulgating of regulations; establishing drug production quotas; and conducting liaison with the pharmaceutical industry, international governments, state governments, other federal agencies, and local law enforcement agencies.

Mr. Rannazzisi earned a BS degree in pharmacy from Butler University and a JD degree from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. He is a Registered Pharmacist in the State of Indiana and a member of the Michigan State Bar Association.

Mr. Rannazzisi's LinkedIn Profile:

Careers at DEA:

Direct download: Working_at_DEA_and_Pharmacy_.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 4:19pm EDT


Title: Beating Adversity

Amanda Cavness (email:

University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy


Guest’s Skype: umtiger1121 (I went to the University of Memphis!)

Tony’s Skype account: TonyPharmD


Welcome to the Pharmacy Podcast Network, I’m your cohost Tony Guerra for the PharmacyFutureLeaders podcast broadcasting from the Des Moines Health and Public Services Building at DMACC’s Ankeny Campus

Connect with me on Facebook at TonyPharmD1 or you can find over 800 pharmacy videos supporting my audiobook Memorizing Pharmacology and new book Goodnight Pharm: 350 Brand and Generic Names with Classifications read by James Gillies.

Today we're going to be talking with the dynamic Amanda Cavness, a 2016 Graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. She has served in various leadership roles with APhA-ASP, IPSF, and Tennessee Society of Student Pharmacists. She is currently a staff pharmacist with Kroger Pharmacy. Amanda is a patient advocate for health care providers being more compassionate and empathetic base on her personal experience as a breast cancer survivor.

Amanda Cavness (email:

University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy


Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-_Amanda_Cavness.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 9:18am EDT

Over the past year, video has quickly become an essential way to market your business. Dr. David Pope and Nicolle McClure talk about why it’s important for pharmacy owners to incorporate it as part of their overall marketing strategy, and how it can be used to tell a story about your pharmacy history, services and personal commitment to the community.  

They’ll give examples of how it can be used in a pharmacy settings and options for execution.

Reach out to the experts today:

Nicolle McClure

President - GRX Marketing 

2929 Westown Pkwy Suite 100

West Des Moines, IA 50266

515.440.1270 main |515.280.2913 dir

Direct download: 01_Video_Marketing_Rx_Marketing_Simplified.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 4:25pm EDT

Dear Class of 2017: CONGRATULATIONS!! 

Although, at least for now, I may not officially be in the classroom, I still am a full, tenured professor of a very highly prestigious institution: the School of Hard Knocks, at Real World University. And, now that we are nearing graduation season, I wanted to give you some solid career advice as you advance either into college, graduate school, or scarier still, the real world.

My advice is based upon decades of experimentation with my own career, which included enumerable blunders, bad ideas, and failures. While I certainly may not be one to predict the future, I do try my best to stay ahead of the curve and watch what's on the horizon in terms of career development. Based upon this passion, here's my best advice for you as you embark into the next phase of your career and life this spring:

  1. Sorry, but you're not really leaving the classroom. As much as I ran screaming from the building, several times, from institutions of higher knowledge, I'm both sorry and elated to state that you're never going to stop learning moving forward. Life is a great teacher--the best teacher of all. And even though you might not be inside a classroom per se, your brain should always be on and absorbing knowledge. The world is changing way too quickly today to NOT be learning constantly - and to shut your brain off from education is a very dangerous thing to do in this era. Keep your brain on. Keep learning. Watch youtube how to videos, take a Coursera class online, go to the library and sign up for a computer course, or go back to the ivory tower if you want formal learning. Just. Keep. Learning.
  2. The train to Awesometown goes through Suckville. Eventually, you will get your butt your career. You'll encounter a terrible boss or two that you can't quite figure out how to manage, you'll fail epically at a new idea you wanted to try, or you just won't pass something, or need to try something again before mastering it. I'm here to tell you that this is OK. In fact, if you're NOT failing enough, you're not trying hard enough, in my opinion. Push and challenge yourself to grow and go beyond your wildest dreams. And if you're embracing the suck of learning something new, it's not really failure anyway. In fact, recognizing it is a faster ticket to Awesometown. Be proud of the fact that you may suck at a few things, because that means you're trying, and trying means growing.
  3. Don't put all your career eggs in one basket. If you ignore the rest of this letter, with the exception of this point, please let this one stick: do NOT put all your eggs in one career basket. What I mean by this is: diversify and niche. In my first profession (pharmacy) there are now 290,000 of us in the US. That's a LOT of pharmacists! How do I stand out from the herd? Well, I narrowed my focus by going to law and business schools. There aren't many pharmacists at the intersection of business, law and pharmacy. Fewer still at the intersection of pharmacy, business, law and podcasting. Even fewer in the podcasting realm of career development. So, even though I went to school several times to study wide bodies of knowledge, I'm paring down my areas of expertise and arriving at a very quiet and complex intersection of my career. I'm also warning you here that your career path will be a lot more complicated and less linear than your parents' paths. Even MY path is going to be radically different than new generations, and I'm Gen X. What worked for the Greatest Generation, Baby Boomers, and Gen X probably won't work for you and your generation. Keep that in mind as you move through the 40+ years of the working world. The good news here is that you're more free than any other generation before! You don't have to work 40 hours a week. You may not need to live in a city for a particular job. You may be able to travel and see the world while you have a laptop and smartphone for work. Embrace this freedom!
  4. Your career is a portfolio of projects - not a resume. Think about the last 5 projects you worked on, that no one gave you permission or mandated you to develop or run with - what were those? Do more of that. Maybe something made you mad. Maybe you tried to get someone to change. Maybe you wanted to make the world a better place. Whatever that "it" is, go do more of that. You may not only make the world a better place, but you may invent a unique career opportunity for yourself that doesn't even exist on paper anywhere within the universe today. That is powerful, magical and unique. That energy we need more of in the universe. That's what you are here to do.
  5. You are like the 5 people you hang around the most - choose carefully. I didn't come up with this one - Jim Rohn did. If you don't know who he is, Google him. I'm sure your parents have cautioned many of you about this as well - but it is true. From your well-being, mindset, and even your physical health, the 5 people you hang around the most influence your life the most too. Do you want that very powerful influence to be positive, or negative? Do you want to be inspired and uplifted by those around you, or pulled back? Do you want to be energized when you leave a conversation with one of your top 5, or drained? Do you want to be challenged, or stay where you are, comfortably? Choose very, very carefully. And note that your top 5 may change over time - that's OK, just make sure you're carefully and wisely choosing those amazing influencers in your life, because they hold a lot of force over you and your empire....

This is the best I've got for you, dear future leaders of the universe. You will need to discover the other superpowers and sage advice on your own. But that's the wonderful thing about the real world - it's a fantastic teacher - OUTSIDE the classroom.

Congratulations and all the best,

Dr. Albert

Dr. Erin Albert is an author, preceptor, entrepreneur, podcaster and former professor. She's also at Twitter. And, just for this post, she has a few more bonus points over at her blog.

Direct download: CLASS_of_2017_CONGRATULATIONS.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 8:17am EDT

The latest Gavel & Pestle Podcast focuses on - 3 Tips for Buying a Pharmacy

Pharmacy Buyers must be careful when buying a pharmacy. An ill-advised pharmacy purchaser may find himself purchasing a headache, and a prepared pharmacy purchaser may find herself getting a better deal than originally anticipated.

The first 2 major questions to answer before beginning the process is to determine the type of pharmacy to purchase and the way you intend to purchase it.

  1. 503A v 503B
    1. Is there adequate space
    2. Compounding within state v out of state
    3. Patients in state v out of state
    4. Large volume compounding v small volume compounding
    5. Sterile v non sterile




Recommended Agreements

  • Agreements with various insurance providers
  • Lease on facility
  • Building/store lease
  • In-store vending machines, such as copiers or photo-processing kiosks
  • Collection service contracts, such as water, utility or phone
  • Business or franchise contracts with third parties, such as UPS or the United States Post Office
  • Building and/or parking lot maintenance contracts
  • Drop-ship vendors for front-end products
  • Direct accounts with suppliers of gifts, cards and so on
  • Pharmacy automation equipment
  • Pharmacy services, such as compounding



  1. Have SOPs in place
  2. Training required for SOPs


Laws of Interest

  1. HIPAA
  2. FCA
  3. Anti-Kickback
  4. Advertising and coupons


Audit the pharmacy

  • All prescriptions have valid prescriptions
  • Billing concerns


Some recommended clauses

  1. Indemnification
    1. Stock purchase v asset purchase
      1. License use/continuation of contracts
  2. Ownership of issues like name etc
    1. State v area of focus
  3. Non Compete/ Non Disparagement
  4. Likely involves some amount of employment by previous owner


Deal Exhaustion is a real thing!!

Darshan Kulkarni, Pharm.D, MS, Esq.
The Kulkarni Law Firm
2929 Arch Street, Suite 1700 
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office Number215-948-8183
Twitter: @FDALawyers
Direct download: 3_TIPS_on_BUYING_a_Pharmacy.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 10:52pm EDT

The Fit Pharmacist brings a valuable episode about 'Overcoming Emotional Eating' which impacts millions of people everyday. 

The Fit Pharmacist, Dr. Christina Tarantola and Dr. Adam Martin interview -- Kori Propst, PhD, LCMHC, LPC directs the nutrition and weight loss program as the Vice President and Wellness Director at The Diet Doc. She created the Mental Edge and Peak Performance consulting program tailored specifically for individuals interested in emotional agility and optimizing their potentials. 

Licensed in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Licensed Professional Counselor, Kori has earned a bachelor’s degrees in exercise physiology, a master of science in counseling, and a doctorate in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. Her dissertation addressed the perceived threats to weight loss goals and their relationship to the basic psychological needs as outlined in Self-Determination Theory. Her education is enhanced by certifications in personal training, health coaching, and lifestyle and weight management consulting, and she is an ISSN (International Society of Sports Nutrition) clinician.

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The Fit Pharmacist:

Direct download: Emotional_Eating_-_The_Fit_Pharmacist.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:54pm EDT


An extra year of pharmacy school


Dalton is a P3 Student at Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences who is interested in data analytics and health outcomes. He has served as president of the APhA-ASP chapter at Drake University, executive council of Phi Lambda Sigma, the pharmacy leadership society and was a two-time co-chair of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day, as well as service chair of the Drake Pharmacy Unified Group of Students, with the apt acronym DRxugs.

  1. Everyone’s leadership road is a little different; tell us what you are doing now and how you got there.
  1. What do you feel is your area of expertise and what are two things that we can really learn from what you do?
  1. Tell us how you became a leader and how your perception changed when that happened.
  1. What’s the worst thing that’s happened to you as a leader and how did you get out of it? (Tuition)
  1. Tell us about a time when you had an epiphany that changed how you thought about something?
  1. What’s the one thing you’re most excited about now? 
  1. What blanket advice do you have for someone wanting to get to where you are?
  1. How do you prefer people contact you?



Guest: Dalton Fabian (email: )

P3 Drake University College of Pharmacy  




A couple of quick hit questions.


  1. What is your best daily ritual to keep your work on track?


  1. Best career advice you’ve ever received?


  1. What inspires you? 
Direct download: Pharmacy_Future_Leaders_-_Dalton_Fabian.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 8:49pm EDT