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3rd Spaces in Independent Pharmacy 

Community Pharmacy as a Third Space  

Pharmacy Podcast September 2014 – Erin Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD


Background on topic:

Historically, pharmacies were independent, community-based hubs for healthcare. As well, pharmacies also sprung soda fountains and diners as a “hook” for people to hang out within a local community. However, pharmacy to some extent has removed itself from being a third space hangout.

What is a Third Space?

A “third space” is a place other than home, school or work that people can meet and hang out in within a local community. With more and more people working as freelance professionals, along with the Affordable Care Act emphasizing a decrease in hospital readmissions and increase in wellness and preventative care, pharmacies now are positioned to seize this opportunity, by creating “hubs” for the community and its citizens to not only purchase goods around healthcare and wellness, but also become part of a community by providing space where professionals can meet, discuss and even educate themselves on health and wellness, or simply buy a cup of coffee and hop on the internet with free wifi. 

Direct download: 3rd_Spaces_Community_Pharmacy_Final.mp3
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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 137 Budy Carter for Congress

Meet Buddy Carter

Republican For Congress

Georgia’s First District


Senator Earl L. “Buddy” Carter is a Republican representing Senate District 1. He represents the Metro Savannah area including Bryan and portions of Chatham and Liberty counties.

Senator Carter serves as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee and is a member of the Appropriations, Health and Human Services and Higher Education committees.  He also serves as the Majority Party Chief Deputy Whip.

Real Business Experience

As the owner of Carter’s Pharmacy, Inc., an independent pharmacy chain with locations in Pooler, Rincon and Garden City, Buddy has decades of business experience. He will rely on that management and business experience in Congress.

Real Solutions. Proven Conservative Principles.

From 1996 until 2004, Senator Carter proudly served as Mayor of the City of Pooler. His state service began in 2005 when he was elected to the House of Representatives. Senator Carter was elected to the State Senate in November of 2009.

Committed to Family and Community

Buddy is a graduate of Young Harris College and the University of Georgia. He is active in both schools’ alumni organizations.

Senator Carter and his wife, Amy, have three adult sons: Joel (wife Megan), Barrett and Travis and two granddaughters Mary Margaret and Adelaide. He is a pharmacist with Carter’s Pharmacy, Inc. and is a Methodist.


Senator Carter currently serves on the board of trustees for the Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum, Young Harris College and The Coastal Bank.

Direct download: Buddy_Carter_for_Congress_FINAL__Mixdown_1_copy.mp3
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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 118 Latest Pharmacy Business Updates from R.J. Hedges & Associates

R.J. Hedges & Associates has a dedicated team, devoted to providing complete turnkey healthcare compliance programs for our clients. We offer easy-to-use Policy and Procedure Manuals and Programs that contain all requirements for Medicare Quality Standards; HIPAA Compliance with HITECH requirements; Fraud, Waste & Abuse Prevention; OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen requirements; Human Resource Management, and Immunization.  All compliance programs come with computer based training as well as program updates (as regulations change).

R.J. Hedges & Associates has hundreds of accredited facilities across the country. Company President, Jeffrey Hedges, has extensive experience handling Medicare accreditation and HIPAA law compliance. In addition, he speaks at NCPA Conventions and other professional forums on topics such as the "Idiosyncrasies of HIPAA Regulations and Their Effect on Independent Healthcare Practices". He is the co-author of the NCPA HIPAA Security Handbook and has written numerous articles.

In addition, Jeffrey offers ongoing continuing education seminars and presentations on topics including:

  • "The 2013 HIPAA Compliance Regulations
  • “Surviving the 2013 Regulatory Changes”
  • “Medicare Accreditation, Preparing for your Second Survey”
  • “Documentation Requirements DMEPOS Audits”
  • "Pharmacy Compliance Requirements for 2011"
  • "Preparing for Medicare Accreditation"
  • "Pharmacy Exemption Requirements
  • "Apathy Towards HIPAA Can be Very Expensive"
  • "Disaster Recovery… More Than a HIPAA Requirement"
  • "HIPAA Security Role… It’s Time to Prepare"
  • "Network Security"

To schedule Jeff as a speaker, email him at

Direct download: RJHedgesPodcast11_2013_Final.mp3
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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 113 Million American Jobs Project - Talking with Mike Palmer

We interview Mike Palmer with Hometown Pharmacies in Chillicothe Missouri about teh MILLIONS JOBS PROJECT

Mike J. Palmer

Hometown Pharmacies

Box 1045 Chillicothe, MO 64601

Published on Aug 16, 2013

By taking a fraction of what we're already spending and buying US-made goods, we'll create a economic tidal wave. Watch the vid and share it. Boom, you're helping make jobs. millionjobsproject. us

Millions Jobs Project - 

Direct download: Mike_Palmer_Mixdown_1.mp3
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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 109 Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association Unite for Change 2013

Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association

Unite for Change 2013 Annual Conference

September 26 - 29, 2013
Wyndham Gettysburg
Gettysburg, PA

PPA holds its Annual Conference every fall; during September or October.  This conference lasts Thursday - Sunday and includes continuing education programs, social events, an exhibit hall, PPA's Awards & Leadership Reception & Dinner, PPA's Annual Business Meeting, the Rite of Roses, Officer Installation, Past President & New Practitioner receptions, and PPA's Annual Golf Outing.

Erica Brandt

Communications Coordinator

Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association

508 North Third Street

Harrisburg, PA  17101-1199

717-234-6151  Ext. 104

fax: 717-236-1618

Direct download: PPA_PPS_Summary_09_29_2013_Mixdown_1.mp3
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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 99 New Leaf Specialty Pharmacy Technology

We talk with Vice President of Solutions Architecture - Jeremy Hume with New Leaf Rx. 

Leverage the power of order-based, exception-driven workflow with New Leaf Rx. This unique combination enables custom configuration of your software to support ideal throughput and enforces best practices for single or multi-location pharmacy environments. New Leaf Rx software, combined with our consultative and comprehensive implementation approach, offers pharmacies a level of resources and service unlike anything else available in the industry.


New Leaf Rx’s easy to use, fully customizable workflow and order manager are tailored for pharmacies and pharmaceutical manufacturers that are looking to innovate, increase efficiencies and maximize their footprint in the specialty and more advanced high margin pharmaceutical market.

New Leaf Rx has announced it has joined the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) as a Founding Member, supporting efforts to create resources for the growing specialty pharmacy market."We are pleased to be teaming with NASP in paving the way for specialty pharmacy,” stated Elie Khalife, President of New Leaf Rx. "Technology, professional education and certification are critical elements in starting or growing a specialty pharmacy. As a founding member of NASP, New Leaf Rx is committed to supporting the growth of the specialty pharmacy market, and I expect our current combined offerings to expand significantly as our partnership continues to develop.”

Direct download: NewLeaf_NASP_Mixdown_1.mp3
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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 89 Social Media in Pharmacy with Mike Koelzer RPh.

About Mike Koelzer & Kay Pharmacy:

In 1940 Frank Koelzer, a drug salesman from Detroit, moved to Grand Rapids along with his wife Katherine.  In 1945 they bought Treat's Pharmacy and changed the name to Kay Pharmacy.

Jim Koelzer, the son of Frank and Katherine, began at the family business right from the start as a teenager.  After working at the store through high school Jim attended Purdue and served in the Navy.  Jim returned to the store in 1956 and served as President until 1997. 

Mike Koelzer (Frank's grandson) began at Kay Pharmacy in 1980 as an eighth grader.  Like his father Jim, Mike attended Purdue where he graduated from Pharmacy school in 1991.  Mike took over as President in 1997.

In 1992 the pharmacy increased its emphasis in medical supply to round out its commitment to health care.

In 1995 Kay Pharmacy completed its major renovation and expansion that increased the square footage of the building from 2,000 square feet to 4,300 square feet. This expansion increased the pharmacy work area, the customer care areas and gave more room for medical supply solidifying Kay Pharmacy's commitment to both the pharmacy and medical supply needs of Grand Rapids.

Kay Pharmacy's continued mission is to improve the quality of life of our customers through pharmacy and medical supply

Mike Koelzer, Pharmacist


Third Generation Owner

Socail Media in Pharmacy :

The term social media can refer to an Internet-based platform or application where users can create and share content interactively with other users. It provides an open forum in which individuals can express themselves and interact with others in the cyber world. Some examples of popular social media websites include Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. These forms of social media can be accessed through computers, mobile phones, PDAs, and tablets, and are capable of being utilized quickly and easily. While the use of social media is still relatively new in health care, there is no question that it will continue to be utilized and expanded as time goes on.

While the original intention of social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, was to connect individuals, it has evolved and grown as a means to provide health-related information. With Twitter, health agencies, pharmacies, and hospitals are able to post links to important services and functions that they can offer individuals. Facebook can serve both as an online version of the yellow pages for local businesses and services, as well as an online location where individuals can discuss specifics of a condition in a forum dedicated to a specific disease state.

Joel Claycomb

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Direct download: Mike_Koelzer__Mixdown_1.mp3
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Pharmacy Podcast Episode 55 Pharmacy Marketing Creativity and Pharm Fresh Media

Liz Tiefenthaler, President
Pharm Fresh Media

Co-founder and President of Pharm Fresh Media whose focus is on providing marketing solutions to Independent Pharmacy. Liz helps pharmacists build customer loyalty and engagement through ongoing conversations in marketing, public relations, print and web solutions. Liz has worked in marketing and advertising for over 25 years and as an entrepreneur herself, understands the issues facing small and mid-sized businesses. She is a tireless promoter of Independent Pharmacy.

Specific Practice Areas

  • Direct mail
  • Email marketing
  • Public relations
  • Event promotion
  • Print collateral and support materials such as brochures, inserts and pocket folders
  • Web solutions including consulting on social media

Pharmacy Podcast Episode 40 Interview Ron Lanton Government Affairs Counsel H.D. Smith

Ron Lanton is Government Affairs Counsel at H. D. Smith.

Ron's responsibilities are to oversee the Government Affairs Department and related activities for the corporation. Ron's government affairs and legal experience includes activities on the municipal, state and federal levels of government. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University and a Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He is currently admitted to practice law in Illinois and the District of Columbia with a NY license pending.  

Widely regarded as the nation's independent wholesale leader, H. D. Smith provides a full range of products and business solutions to serve the unique and growing needs of community pharmacy. Understanding that independent pharmacies need more than just brand and generic pharmaceuticals, H. D. Smith remains committed to stocking a full and diverse line of DME, home healthcare and health and beauty products that equip independent pharmacies to differentiate themselves from big-box retailers and mail order pharmacy. H. D. Smith takes seriously its role as a vital part of the healthcare product distribution channel, requiring second-to-none delivery and security for the benefit of its customers and ultimately the patients being served.


Pharmacy Podcast Episode 39: Scalable Social Media and Independent Community Pharmacy

Using Social Media in your Community Pharmacy Business

It all started with a question:

“Why is it so difficult for franchises and other businesses to use social media, and how can we make it easier and more affordable?” 

The answers came after speaking with hundreds of individual franchise owners from a variety of industries.  The result? A low-cost, high value,  product that would work for any group of businesses, franchise or not.  Our “scalable” approach means that we become intimately acquainted with a small number of industries, build a platform for each, and use frameworks (but not cookie-cutter solutions) for each.  By focusing on select business types, we can offer a higher level of service at a reduced cost.

To this end, Scalable Social Media acquired the services of the best web development and design professionals around, teamed up with individuals who have used social media for business and formed what we now consider to be, one of the best approaches available. Our dedicated writers, editors and Community Managers are of the highest caliber – passionate and skilled.  It’s our very great pleasure to use all these assets to make yours a successful social business!

Contact us today for more information: (412) 486-0800