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During the NCPA 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition, I had the honor & privledge to interview Chris Smith President, CEO H. D. Smith about "The Future Independent Retail Pharmacy". 

As a leader in wholesale distribution, H. D. Smith continually assess market trends and their business position. Industry pressures have continued to challenge their customers, and we've seen firsthand the impact it's had on them. We see this transaction as the right path forward, at the right time, with the right partner to ensure the future success of Independent Pharmacy owners and the patients they serve.

AmerisourceBergen's aligned values will carry forward the H. D. Smith legacy and hallmark of extraordinary customer service. The market is forcing independent pharmacy owners to find new ways to remain profitable and relevant in this challenging environment, and the partnership with Amerisource Bergen will allow H. D. Smith to better deliver that to you.

You are working non-stop to secure your future, and H. D. Smith knows this acquisition will put you in a better position to help you care for your patients into the future.

Direct download: The_future_of_independent_retail_pharmacy_Mixdown_2.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 9:43pm EST

Talking with Tammy McDonald Vice President Northeast Region – RxOwnership at McKesson, about the importance of preserving and supporting women pharmacy ownership and the impact on community health. 



About RxOwnership:

Ensuring the smooth transfer of pharmacy ownership Pharmacy ownership transfer has never been more complex. With that in mind, RxOwnership® was created with one purpose: to help pharmacy professionals with the sale, purchase or transfer of independent pharmacies.

RxOwnership brings together the unmatched expertise of McKesson with the dedication of our ownership advisors to support the needs of current and future pharmacy owners. Whether you’re looking to sell a chain of pharmacies that’s been in your family for generations, or purchase your very first pharmacy business, RxOwnership is the ultimate resource for everything from planning to staffing.

How and why we started In 2007, we discovered that many of our long-time customers and prospective owners had few tools or resources to help them get answers they could trust when they were ready to buy, start or sell a pharmacy. Since then, the RxOwnership program has recruited a skilled team of ownership advisors to manage the growing demand for RxOwnership services on a regional level.

Today, the team works closely with their customers and McKesson Field Sales, Marketing, Analytics and Finance to help with nearly every aspect of buying or selling a pharmacy. Since the start of the program, the RxOwnership team has helped more than 4,000 pharmacy owners through the pharmacy transition/ownership process.

No-fee, experienced advising for every phase of your pharmacy career There is no service quite like RxOwnership. We’re not a broker. Instead, we are here to share our industry expertise and facilitate your ownership goals. We never charge a fee and there are no obligations or contracts to sign.


Tammy McDonald 

Vice President Northeat Region – RxOwnership at McKesson

Direct download: RxOwnership__Preserving__Supporting_Pharmacy_Ownership_PART_THREE.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Gavel & Pestle Podcast host Darshan Kulkarni, PharmD, JD talks about the importance of understanding regulations on marketing and advertising anything about medical marijuana. 

  • Advertisements are not Exempt 
  • Don't Wing It 
  • FDA Ads 
    • Disease Awareness
    • Product Awareness 
    • Product Claims Advertisement 

FDA Listing of Advertising Guidances

FDA and Marijuana: Questions and Answers



Direct download: 3_Medical_Marijuana_Marketing_Mistakes.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 11:48am EST

George S. Zorich
ZEDPharma, Inc. 
Entrepreneurs in Pharmacy and other Leaders--JUST PUBLISHED
Now available at:
Direct download: BackToSchoolRx_Part_6.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 8:03pm EST

Rob Meriweather Corporate Vice President, Sales at H. D. Smith interviews John Beckner Senior Director Strategic Initiatives with the National Community Pharmacist Association (NCPA). 

Rob and John also talk about the power of national pharmacy unity through CPESN. CPESN empowers your community-based pharmacy to improve its portfolio of medication optimization activities and patient care services. CPESN helps your pharmacy co-manage its patients along with the extended care team to achieve higher quality patient care and better patient health outcomes. With CPESN you can expect more.

For more information contact: 

Sarah Kinkade

Public Relations Manager

H. D. Smith

3063 Fiat Ave.

Springfield, Illinois 62703 

Direct download: CPESN_H.D._Smith_NCPA_2017_01.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 8:57am EST

Erin Albert, PharmD, JD, MBA, and Todd Eury, founder of the Pharmacy Podcast Network talk with Cardinal Health Security Director Joel Jordan recorded LIVE at the RBC 2017. 

Mitigating the risks of disasters to your pharmacy business.

Follow these 3 important steps: 

  • Develop the Plan
  • Practice the Plan 
  • Perform the Plan 

Contact: Joel Jordan, Cardinal Health - Security Director

Direct download: Cardinal_RBC_2017__07.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Credit Card Security Technology & Your Pharmacy Business 
This interview with CTO of KeyCentrix Luis Rodriguez will help answer the following questions: 
  1. What is EMV?
  2. Why are EMV cards more secure than traditional cards?
  3. Is EMV a new thing?
  4. What is the liability shift?
  5. What is NFC?
  6. What’s the difference between NFC and EMV?
  7. Does NFC help with the liability shift?
  8. Are all credit cards with chips EMV or NFC compliant?
  9. Why switch to EMV?
  10. Is the EMV standard a legal requirement?
  11. Do EMV payments take longer?
  12. When will you need an EMV terminal?

About our guest: 

Luis Rodriguez

Chief Technology Officer

Luis Rodriguez, a 40 Under 40 honoree, has 15 years of software and IT experience including holding positions as Senior Director of Software Development and Research & Development for a software and information technology company while serving as Adjunct Instructor for Programming in .Net at Friends University. Along with his software experience in finance, retail, telematics and telecom, Rodriguez also operated for a managed IT services company in Wichita, Kansas.

Luis also had 3 years experience as a process statistician at a major aerospace company. Rodriguez holds many professional certifications including the American Society of Quality, APICS, FAA, and he served on the Customer Advisory Board for Citrix Technology. He has also earned REA’s Silver Award for Web Design/Development.

Direct download: Credit_Card_Security_Technology__Your_Pharmacy_.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 9:53pm EST

Specialty Pharmacy Podcast co-host Christopher Kennedy, COO with Heritage Biologics interviews Tom Golding with MedTrakRx. 

MedTrakRx is a national pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company founded with the goals of managingprescription benefit costs while providing better customer service than anyone in the industry. MedTrakRx offers customized solutions designed specifically for the unique needs of our Plan Sponsors and Members to deliver optimal prescription benefits.

Founded in 1999 by an executive staff with more than 50 years of experience in pharmacy and managed care, MedTrakRx has built its reputation for excellence by developing innovative programs that reduce costs while offering unparalleled, personalized customer service. MedTrakRx is the PBM of choice for hundreds of self-insured employers, brokers, TPAs and consultants.

Co-Host Specialty Pharmacy Podcast 

Christopher W. Kennedy, MSM

Chief Operating Officer

Heritage Biologics, Inc.

Direct download: A_PBM_Perspective_with_Tom_Golding_SPP.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 7:07pm EST

Bio of Dr. Hankel:
Isaiah Hankel received his doctorate in Anatomy & Cell Biology and is an expert on mental focus, behavioral psychology, and career development. His work has been featured in The Guardian, Fast Company, and Entrepreneur Magazine. Isaiah’s previous book, Black Hole Focus, was published by Wiley & Sons and was selected as Business Book of the Month in the UK and became a business bestseller internationally.  Isaiah has delivered corporate presentations to over 20,000 people, including over 300 workshops and keynotes worldwi​​de in the past 5 years. 
Isaiah is the founder and CEO of Cheeky Scientist, a career training company that specializes in helping PhDs transition into corporate careers; he is also the director of Hankel Leadership.
Through these ventures, Isaiah has consulted on career development, employee management, entrepreneurship, focus, and motivation at several Fortune 500 companies. He has been invited to speak at top institutions including Harvard Medical School, Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, University of Chicago, University of Oxford England, the Marie Curie Institute France, and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Isaiah grew up working on a sheep farm in the Pacific Northwest of the US before going on to get his doctorate. After receiving his doctorate, Isaiah started and successfully exited several other technology-based companies, and then went on to be formally trained in the fields of behavioral economics, behavior psychology, and online marketing. 
Isaiah’s blue-collar background, white-collar corporate training, and academic credentials allow him to work with a wide range of organizations and connect meaningfully with all types of individuals and institutions.
Dr. Hankel's book, Black Hole Focus:
Dr. Albert's book on the MSL, The Medical Science Liaison: An A to Z Guide: 
Direct download: BackToSchoolRx_Isaiah_Hankel_Ph.D.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 1:48am EST

Medical Marijuana State Laws

  • 29 Legal Medical Marijuana States and DC 
Marijuana State Laws – Summary Chart from
Ballot Measure 8 (58%) 
1 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature) 
Proposition 203 (50.13%) 
2.5 oz usable; 12 plants 
Ballot Measure Issue 6 (53.2%)
3 oz usable per 14-day period
Proposition 215 (56%) 
8 oz usable; 6 mature or 12 immature plants 
Ballot Amendment 20 (54%) 
2 oz usable; 6 plants (3 mature, 3 immature) 
House Bill 5389 (96-51 H, 21-13 S) 
2.5 oz usable 
Senate Bill 17 (27-14 H, 17-4 S) 
6 oz usable 
Ballot Amendment 2 (71.3%)
Amount to be determined
Senate Bill 862 (32-18 H; 13-12 S) 
4 oz usable; 7 plants 
House Bill 1 (61-57 H; 35-21 S) 
2.5 ounces of usable cannabis during a period of 14 days 
Ballot Question 2 (61%) 
2.5 oz usable; 6 plants 
House Bill 881 (125-11 H; 44-2 S) 
30-day supply, amount to be determined 
Ballot Question 3 (63%) 
60-day supply for personal medical use (10 oz) 
Proposal 1 (63%) 
2.5 oz usable; 12 plants 
Senate Bill 2470 (46-16 S; 89-40 H) 
30-day supply of non-smokable marijuana 
Initiative 148 (62%) 
1 oz usable; 4 plants (mature); 12 seedlings 
Ballot Question 9 (65%) 
2.5 oz usable; 12 plants 
18.New Hampshire
House Bill 573 (284-66 H; 18-6 S) 
Two ounces of usable cannabis during a 10-day period 
19.New Jersey
Senate Bill 119 (48-14 H; 25-13 S) 
2 oz usable 
20.New Mexico
Senate Bill 523 (36-31 H; 32-3 S) 
6 oz usable; 16 plants (4 mature, 12 immature) 
21.New York
Assembly Bill 6357 (117-13 A; 49-10 S)
30-day supply non-smokable marijuana 
22.North Dakota
Ballot Measure 5 (63.7%)
3 oz per 14-day period
House Bill 523 (71-26 H; 18-15 S) 
Maximum of a 90-day supply, amount to be determined 
Ballot Measure 67 (55%) 
24 oz usable; 24 plants (6 mature, 18 immature) 
Senate Bill 3 (149-46 H; 42-7 S) 
30-day supply 
26.Rhode Island
Senate Bill 0710 (52-10 H; 33-1 S) 
2.5 oz usable; 12 plants 
Senate Bill 76 (22-7) HB 645 (82-59) 
2 oz usable; 9 plants (2 mature, 7 immature) 
Initiative 692 (59%) 
8 oz usable; 6 plants 
Washington, DC
Amendment Act B18-622 (13-0 vote) 
2 oz dried
29.West Virginia
Senate Bill 386 (74-24 H; 28-6 S) 
30-day supply (amount TBD)
Direct download: Pharmacists__Medical_Marijuana.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 7:11am EST