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#NCPA2017 Vaxigo Booth 434

We interview Dr. Cheryl Lee Eberting, founder and CEO of Vaxigo, with Justin Wilson, PharmD, David Nau, PhD, PharmD, and Rannon Ching, PharmD, from the Vaxigo Team to discuss this innovative & dynamic new technology platform positioned to revolutionize the immunizations opportunities for COmmunity Pharmacies. 

Vaxigo is an innovative Vaccination Management System leveraging self-service applications to transform the delivery of vaccines for both patients and providers. Most importantly, Vaxigo empowers patients to take charge of their immunization records with a Personal Vaccination Portal. Patients can build, keep, and share their personal vaccination record in a secure platform.

Vaxigo delivers an interoperable solution for patients, physicians, pharmacists, and nurses to digitally collaborate. This aids in the reduction of over-vaccinations      and helps reduce vaccine-preventable diseases. This enables healthcare organizations to more effectively deploy their staff, improve inventory management, and deliver world-class patient experiences.

“Vaxigo enables patients to combine all of their immunization information from different sources into a real-time, consolidated and shareable digital record,” said     Dr. Cheryl Lee Eberting, founder and CEO. “Patients control which healthcare professionals, schools, family members, and employers have access to their Personal Vaccination Portal.”

Vaxigo™ is a product from AZOVA Inc.’s Healthcare Commerce Cloud™.
To learn more, please visit or email
Direct download: The_Vaxigo_Impact.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

Intriguing interview with Steve Light Vice President of Consumer Health with Cardinal Health while we covered the RBC 2017 in San Antonio Texas.

Steve’s team are a passionate bunch part of the Consumer Health division at Cardinal Health dedicated to helping pharmacies implement successful strategies for diversifying their revenue, driving front-end sales and supporting patient health.

Check them out here: 

Interview touches on the following:

  • Maximize the productivity and profitability your pharmacy’s front-end
  • Receive the most accurate and up-to-date information on merchandising tips, new items, suggested end caps and private labels
  • Promote consumer and over-the-counter items to your customer base with easy-to-use tools
  • Automatically ship products to take advantage of seasonal display opportunities
  • Utilize pricing strategies that fit your competitive environment
  • Receive personalized guidance and product assistance

For more information call: 888.206.6448

Direct download: RBC_2017_Part_4_.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 9:12am EDT

If targeting Millennials is not part of our overall marketing strategy, it should be.

Guest Chris Cielewich, Senior Vice President for FlavoRx and cohost Nicolle McClure discuss why it’s important to be including the younger demographic in your marketing, and how easy it is to target them digitally, through prescribers and in your local community. With over 80 million Millennials in the United States, the demo is too large and influential to be ignored.

Nicolle McClure

GRX Marketing 

2929 Westown Pkwy., Suite 100

West Des Moines, IA 50266



Direct download: Millenials_Marketing_podcast.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 11:07am EDT

Talking with Jim Springer, VP South Region, about the importance of preserving and supporting pharmacy ownership and the impact on community health. 

Part One of our Three Part Series with RxOwnership

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. 


Jim Springer

VP South Region | RxOwnership


McKesson Corporation

5111 Rolling Fairway Drive

Valrico. Florida 33596

Direct download: RxOwnership_Part_1_0f_3.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:11pm EDT

Doc-JW & Dr. Shaw discuss the complexities of their favorite patients. 

Customer: *walks straight up to the counter* “Hi. I can’t find your stamps.”

Me: “Uh, sorry, ma’am; we don’t sell stamps here.”

Customer: *immediately becomes frustrated* “What kind of post office doesn’t sell stamps!?”

Me: *indicates to medications surrounding the entire counter* “This is a pharmacy. The post office is just down the hall.”

Customer: “SO?!”

(She then stormed out the door as though we had offended her.)

Me: “Good evening, and thank you for calling [Big Name Pharmacy]. How can I help you?

Customer: “I need to identify a pill.”

Me: “Absolutely. Can you give me a description?”

Customer: “It’s a yellow, round pill with an ‘A’ on it. It’s pretty dirty, though.”

Me: “Oh, I really wouldn’t take any medication that appears damaged or contaminated.”

Customer: “No, it’s okay. I found it on the ground outside.”

Me: *professionalism waning* “Uh… what? You found it where?”

Customer: “I found it on the… the street just now, and I want to make sure it’s okay to take.”

Me: *professionalism out the window* “Do you usually eat random s*** off the street?!”

Customer: *hangs up*

Direct download: RXRATED_7.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 3:13am EDT

RxSafe sponsor's this episode of the Pharmacy Podcast to help educate pharmacy owners, directors, and pharmacy business stakeholders about the benefits of Section 179 Tax Deduction. 

2017 Deduction Limit = $500,000
This deduction is good on new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software. To take the deduction for tax year 2017, the equipment must be financed/purchased and put into service between January 1, 2017 and the end of the day on December 31, 2017.

2017 Spending Cap on equipment purchases = $2,000,000
This is the maximum amount that can be spent on equipment before the Section 179 Deduction available to your company begins to be reduced on a dollar for dollar basis. This spending cap makes Section 179 a true "small business tax incentive" (because larger businesses that spend more than $2.5 million on equipment won't get the deduction.)

Bonus Depreciation: 50% for 2017
Bonus Depreciation is generally taken after the Section 179 Spending Cap is reached. Please Note> Bonus Depreciation is available for new equipment only; used equipment qualifies for Section 179 Deduction, but does not qualify for Bonus Depreciation

Special Guests:

Trey Crawford

Diket’s Professional Drugs

1107 Jefferson Street

Laurel 39442

Phone: 601-425-2527 

Peter B Davison


221 Tunxis Road

West Hartford, CT 06107


860 233-7465

Direct download: RxSafe_179_TAX_Benefit.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 9:44am EDT


Kevin T. Hope, RPh is a Clinical Education Specialist with the PharmCon team in Conway, SC. He’s served as an adjunct faculty member for the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. Most recently, Kevin directed the pharmacy technology program at Horry Georgetown Technical College in Myrtle Beach, SC. He’s received the Pfizer Leadership Award and the Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award from the South Carolina Pharmacy Association and serves on the professional advisory board for Paradigm Publishing. Kevin's passions lie in helping students, pharmacists, and technicians surpass personal educational goals.

Everyone’s leadership road is a little different; tell us what you are doing now and how you got there.

Right now he’s working with which is a subsidiary of PharmCon. They offer continuous education credits for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and nurses. His path began with pharmacy school, retail with Eckerd, then a career in nuclear pharmacy in Charleston, SC.

It sounds like you were really flexible and open to opportunities coming out of pharmacy school. How did you get that nuclear pharmacy opportunity? So many people are looking for that specialty pharmacy opportunity. What happened that this opportunity came to you?

Kevin shares ideas about stepping out of the box, even though he knew very little about nuclear pharmacy at the time. Thirteen years later, he had no regrets. He says it’s about stepping out of your comfort zone.

What do nuclear pharmacists do on a day-to-day basis?

Nuclear pharmacy is a niche within our profession that combines the skills of radiology with the skills of pharmacy. Most of the time we are looking for an agent that is being used as a radiotracer. Kevin gives a great detailed description of this niche profession.

But no insurances and no drive-through?

No, the customers are hospitals, cardiology clinics, endocrinology clinics and so on.

You went from working as a practitioner for 13 years and then you decided to become an educator. Tell me a little about that transition. What attracted you to the pharmacy technician educator role and how was it making that transition?

Kevin says that in every case he stepped out and made the decision to say “I am going to do what I want to do” and put those other variables to the side. I have never regretted it..

Now your work-day is education everyday on a different level, a national level. You are able to articulate all of the skills you have acquired over the years since starting in pharmacy in high school. Tell us about your role now with freeCE and how your path was evolved. There is the path that you think you are going to take and there is the path you actually take. Tell us about the path that you actually took.

Kevin outlines what he did when adversity struck and his position was no longer available at his college.

It sounds like the creativity component is really satisfying to you. How did you learn or get the training for the creativity/design component of education?

Kevin talks about the trial and error process that sometimes comes with a new career, but the satisfaction of progress.

Now you have autonomy and this creative component. What would you tell someone who is coming out of school to get into a position like this?

I would tell students coming out of school not to fear going forward. It may mean taking a job that you might not want or have envisioned for yourself at the time. He goes on to discuss the value of intrapreneurship.

Tell me about your involvement with South Carolina Pharmacist Association and how the association helps pharmacists in South Carolina?

What is the best way to get in touch with you?

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

Independent Community Pharmacy owners Sue Longo with Star Drug Pharmacy from Walsenburg, CO and Dave Schultz with Tobins Pharmacy from Oconomowoc,WI talks with Todd Eury with the Pharmacy Podcast Network about the importance of political understanding and staying vigilant in the fight to keep community pharmacy thriving while leveraging innovative technologies to ensure efficiency and greater profitibility. 

Sue Longo  

Star Drug Pharmacy

628 Main Street

Walsenburg, CO

(719) 738.1130


Dave Schultz

Tobins Pharmacy

1260A Brown St. (Hwy P)

Oconomowoc,WI 53066

(262) 567-6651

Tobin’s Pharmacy was founded in 1913 by Frank Tobin, a registered pharmacist, in downtown Burlington, Wisconsin. Mr. Tobin sold his store in 1951 to Leonard Gums who in turn sold it to Don Schultz and Art McCourt in 1962. Don, an astute businessman, eventually expanded the small corner drug store into a chain of six stores throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.

For 25 years, Tobin’s was located at 201 N. Fowler Street in Oconomowoc. In April of 2006, Doug and Dave relocated the store to its current 22,000 s.f. location on Brown Street. The building was designed and built specifically for Tobin’s, which employs 48 people, including Doug’s wife, Ruth, also a pharmacist and clinical nutritionist, and Dave’s wife, Shirley, who serves as a buyer for the store’s children and gift departments.

In December 2013, Tobin’s celebrated its 100th anniversary. The business has succeeded because we work long hours, we provide quality products at a fair price and we treat customers and patients like friends and family.


Contact McKesson Pharmacy Technology Services today: call (866) 682-8942 

Direct download: MPTS_ideaShare_2017_Longo_Shultz.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Writer & director of VIALS Michael Carl Jude shares with the Pharmacy Podcast Network the story behind the comedy based on Community Pharmacy. 
Instagram @vialstv
Direct download: VIALS_Sitcom_Preview_Interview.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 12:58am EDT

Welcome to the Specialty Pharmacy Podcast’s coverage of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy. The NASP hosted its fifth annual meeting in Washington, DC, on September 17-20, 2017.

The Specialty Pharmacy Podcast was featured beside the NASP main station in the exhibit hall welcoming thousands of specialty pharmacy stakeholders helping to innovate and move our sector of pharmacy forward. We’d like to thank our sponsors, Keycentrix – developers of the specialty pharmacy software ‘order based’ system New Leaf Rx, Heritage Biologics, specialty pharmacy founded by a rare disease patient and a team of pharmacy experts, and the NASP. 

The post conference podcast summary features the follow specialty pharmacy industry leaders:


Christopher W. Kennedy, MSM

Chief Operating Officer

Heritage Biologics, Inc. (Sponsor)


Michelle Sherman, RPh

Founder | CEO

MichRx Pharmacist Consulting Services, Inc.


Harris J. Travis




Elie Khalife


KeyCentrix™ LLC


Tommy Cohn

Chief Strategy Officer



Kevn McNamara, PharmD


Clinical Pharmacy Partners 


Certified Specialty Pharmacist

Applications for the first CSP examination offered in April 2017 are due by March 15th, 2017. The final CSP examination in 2017 will be offered in October and applications will be due by September 15th, 2017.


Sheila M. Arquette, RPH

Executive Director

National Association of Specialty Pharmacy

Phone: (703) 842-0122 |







Direct download: PART_SIX_NASP.mp3
Category:Pharmacy -- posted at: 6:19pm EDT