Locked on Pharmacy

Locked On Pharmacy Podcast

The American Pharmacists Association Locked on Pharmacy podcast has partnered with the Pharmacy Podcast Network to provide an inside look into a wide range of health, public health and health policy topics from the unique perspective of pharmacists.

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EP 27: The Joy of Precepting

Precepting is an integral component of pharmacy education, and many pharmacists do it. While it may seem intimidating, preceptors say it is one of the rewarding parts of their professional life. In this edition of Locked on Pharmacy, two pharmacy educators talk about the joys of precepting.

Guests: Dr. Lisa Hong is an associate professor at Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy in Loma Linda, CA. She practices on an adult inpatient medicine service at Loma Linda University Medical Center where she precepts up to 11 APPE students, 6 IPPE students, and 7 PGY1 residents per year and was recently honored with the 2021 Preceptor of the Year award.

Dr. McKenzie Grinalds is an assistant professor at Cedarville University in Ohio and a clinical pharmacist of neurology at a local hospital where she serves as an IPPE and APPE preceptor. She was part of the second graduating class at Cedarville University School of Pharmacy and completed a PGY1 and PGY2 (in internal medicine) at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis.

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EP 26: Overcoming Stigma in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorder

Stigma is often based on myth, superstition, or prejudice against another group. These beliefs, not based on fact or evidence, often lead to a negative impact on mental health – and is especially seen in patients with substance use disorder.

During COVID, the opioid epidemic has continued to rage through America, making it imperative that pharmacists and other health care providers go the extra mile to be conscious of how stigma hinders the treatment of those suffering from substance use disorder.

Guest: Dr. Thomas Franko, associate professor of pharmacy practice at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and coordinator of the Pain, Palliative Care and Addiction APhA Special Interest Group.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081968 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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EP 25: COVID-19 Myths and Facts

Takova Wallace-Gay, PharmD, clinical associate professor of pharmacy at the University of Texas at Tyler, dispels some of the most common myths about the COVID-19 vaccines.

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EP 24: COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Effectiveness

Dr. Michael Hogue, dean of the Loma Linda University College of Pharmacy, talks frankly about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines.

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This resource was produced as part of “Vaccine Confident,” which is funded in part by a collaborative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — CoAg number 1 NU50CK000576-01-00. The CDC is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Contents of this resource do not necessarily represent the CDC or HHS, and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.

EP 23: Pharmacists Win Authority to Order and Administer COVID-19 Treatments

Earlier this year, several pharmacy organizations – including APhA – asked the HHS to let pharmacists order and administer therapeutic treatments for patients who have been exposed to COVID-19. It’s the latest in a series of rulings that dramatically expand pharmacists’ role during the pandemic.

Guest: Ilisa Bernstein, senior vice president of pharmacy practice and government affairs for APhA

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EP 22: The COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign: What Pharmacists Are Learning

More than 150 million people in the United States have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It has been largest vaccination campaign in US history – and pharmacists have been essential to the effort. What have pharmacists experienced, and what have they learned from the process?

We spoke with three pharmacists to get their personal perspectives:

  • Gretchen Garofoli, from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy
  • Chichi Ilonzo Momah, owner of the Springfield Pharmacy in Springfield, PA
  • Amina Abubakar, owner of the Rx Clinic Pharmacy in Charlotte, NC

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EP 21: Sandra Leal

Sandra Leal, the 166th president of the American Pharmacists Association, was powerfully influenced by her childhood experiences growing up in an Arizona border town – including the pharmacist in nearby Mexico who essentially served as her family’s main health care provider.

In this episode, we talk about those formative experiences, and discuss the twin issues dominating pharmacy today: the pandemic, and structural racism in pharmacy. Recorded April 2, 2021.

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EP 20: The Challenges and Opportunities of Health System Pharmacists

The challenges of health-system pharmacists are both similar to and different from community pharmacists. Last year, APhA created a special council to discuss health-system pharmacy issues, and to advise the association on how to serve pharmacists in those settings. 

Guests are the council’s co-chairs: Steve Rough, from the nationwide pharmacy consulting firm Visante, and Noelle Chapman, from Advocate Aurora Health in Chicago. Recorded March 23, 2021.

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EP 19: The Janssen Biotech COVID-19 Vaccine: What Pharmacists Need to Know

On February 27, 2021, the FDA authorized the emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Janssen Biotech – the third such vaccine to be so authorized.

What do pharmacists need to know about this product? Our guests are Michael Hogue, Immediate Past President of APhA and a member of the CDC working group on COVID vaccines, and Stephan Foster, APhA’s liaison to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Recorded: March 2, 2021.

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EP 18: How West Virginia Led the Nation in COVID Vaccinations

When the first COVID vaccines were released in December 2020, many states signed onto the federal government’s plan to vaccinate residents of long-term care facilities, using two national pharmacy chains. West Virginia was different. Our guests are two pharmacists who developed and then executed the plan that made West Virginia a national leader in vaccination rates for long-term residents against COVID-19. They are Krista Capehart, an APhA Fellow who is director of professional regulatory affairs for the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy and an associate professor of pharmacy at the University of West Virginia; and Gretchen Garofoli, a pharmacist in Morgantown, West Virginia, who is also the leader of APhA’s Special Interest Group, Immunizing Pharmacists.

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EP 17: Track and Trace Law: Pharmacists’ New Responsibilities

In 2013, Congress passed the Drug Supply Chain Security Act, which many people call the track and trace law. In late November, new requirements went into effect, changing what pharmacists must do with their medications.

Guests: Ilisa Bernstein, Senior Vice President for government affairs and pharmacy practice at APhA, and Dr. Leigh Verbois, director of the Office of Drug Security, Integrity and Response for the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

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EP 16: The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine: What Pharmacists Need to Know

On December 18, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of the Moderna vaccine, exactly one week after granting the same to the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. Two days later, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has issued its recommendations for the next two phases of vaccine allocation.

Guests: Michael D. Hogue, APhA President, and Stephan Foster, APhA’s designee to ACIP.

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EP 15: The Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Pharmacy

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 8-0 that an Arkansas law regulating how PBMs and pharmacies interact could be enforced, and was not preempted by federal law.

With more than three dozen other states debating or passing such legislation, the ruling could have nationwide impact. The CEOs of national pharmacy organization were unanimous in hailing the decision.

Guests: Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Georgia); John Vinson, CEO of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association; and Scott Knoer, Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Pharmacists Association.

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EP14: The Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine: What Pharmacists Need to Know

Following the emergency authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine we spoke with two pharmacy experts in immunization to talk about what it means for pharmacists. Our guests:

  • Michael D. Hogue, Pharm.D., FAPhA, FNAP, President of the American Pharmacists Association, Dean of the Loma Linda University College of Pharmacy, and a member of a special work group of health care leaders advising CDC on the rollout of the COVID vaccine.
  • Stephan Foster, PharmD, FAPhA, CAPT (Ret.), U.S. Public Health Service, and APhA liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

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EP 13: Wes Hickman’s Story: From Chain “Chaos” to Independent Satisfaction

In January 2020, a front page article in the New York Times by Ellen Gabler hit the pharmacy profession like a thunderbolt: How Chaos at Chain Pharmacies is Putting Patients at Risk. For many pharmacists, every word of it rang true - and propelled Wes Hickman from obscurity to pharmacy celebrity.

Dr. Hickman’s posts on the social media platform Reddit, announcing his decision to go out on his own, caught the attention of the NY Times. His experiences gave voice to the frustrations and fears of many like him.

He is now the sole proprietor of an independent pharmacy bearing his name in Leland, N.C., just outside of Wilmington. We spoke with him recently on a weekday morning, as he was preparing to open his pharmacy and serve the people of the town where he was raised and still lives with his young family.

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EP 12: COVID-19 Vaccine Update

APhA President Michael D. Hogue talks with distinguished vaccine expert John Grabenstein about the two leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates. They discuss characteristics of each vaccine and the implications for delivery and dispensing. Excerpted from the Nov. 5 episode of APhA’s weekly webinar on COVID-19.

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EP 11: PBMs 101: The Trouble With Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Pharmacy benefit management companies – PBMs – are currently at the center of one of the hottest debates in pharmacy. But what are they, and why do many believe they’re undermining patient care? Antonio Caccia, APhA’s new senior director for disruptive innovation and practice transformation, joins us to talk about what he found when pulled back the curtain on PBM practices in Ohio, and needs to be done to make pharmacy right again.

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EP10: Pharmacy Goes to the U.S. Supreme Court
For the first time ever, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case that may determine the future of pharmacy for years to come. In Rutledge v. PCMA, which originated in Arkansas, the Court has been asked to decide if states can regulate the controversial business practices of pharmacy benefit managers. Oral arguments will be heard Oct. 6 in this potentially landmark case. The American Pharmacists Association joined several other pharmacy organizations in filing an amicus brief, submitting arguments to support the state of Arkansas.
  • Ilisa Bernstein, PharmD, Senior VP for Pharmacy Practice and Government Affairs, APhA
  • John Vinson, PharmD, CEO of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association

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EP 9: Highlighting Transformers in Pharmacy: Sue Paul, RPh

In this episode, former APhA President Nancy Alvarez sits down to chat with pharmacist and entrepreneur Sue Paul, RPh, who owns three (3) companies: Synergy Consulting (office based practice that assists patients and physicians in managing chronic disease states), PGx101 (pharmacogenomics education service for pharmacists), and Medipreneurs (a community for pharmacists who want to create career positions independently. Make sure you tune in to learn how Sue is supporting communities, educating patients on all aspects of medication to empower them to take control of their health and empowering other pharmacists to dream about how they would practice if there weren’t any barriers. 

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EP 8: Highlighting Transformers in Pharmacy: Betty Chaffee, PharmD

In this episode, former APhA President Nancy Alvarez sits down to chat with medication management expert Betty Chaffee, PharmD, owner and sole proprietor of BetterMy Meds, a consultant practice providing Medication Therapy Management services to patients in local communities. Make sure you tune in to learn how Betty is supporting communities, helping patients to better manage their medication regimen and serving as an inspiration to pharmacists who are looking to break out of the mold of their current practice and use their knowledge and passion to transform the practice of pharmacy in unique and innovative ways! 

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EP 7: Do New Guidelines Provide A More Clear Path in Treating Hypertension?

In this episode of the Locked on Pharmacy Podcast, Immediate Past APhA President Nancy Alvarez chats with expert Joseph Saseen, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, about guidelines and recommended regimens for treating hypertension. Download this podcast and hear the evidence behind new hypertension guidelines and guidance on how to deliver optimal patient-centered treatment and much more!

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EP 6: Pharmacist Chris Herndon Discusses Pain and the Impact of Opioids on Treatment

Immediate Past APhA President Nancy Alvarez sits down to chat with pain expert Chris Herndon, PharmD, CPE, Professor in the School of Pharmacy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, about pain and the impact of the opioid epidemic and stigma on treatment planning for patients. Make sure you tune in to hear best practices and the latest on pain management, the opioid debate, patient advocacy and much more from one of the most respected thought leaders in the profession of pharmacy!    

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EP 5: APhA Presidents Open Up About APhA and the State of the Pharmacy Profession

Immediate Past APhA President Nancy Alvarez sits down to chat with new APhA President Nicki L. Hilliard, PharmD, MHSA, BCNP, FAPhA, about a number of topics, including the State of the Union of APhA and the profession of pharmacy. Make sure you tune in as the two leaders open up about the evolving role of pharmacists in the changing health care environment!  

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EP 4: Hormonal Contraceptives w/ Dr. Autumn Stewart-Lynch

APhA President Nancy Alvarez interviews pharmacist, Dr. Autumn Stewart-Lynch, a clinical faculty member at Duquesne University who teaches the therapeutics of contraception and also practices in a family medicine clinic where she helps patients, along with family medicine residents and physicians, to select an appropriate contraceptive method.

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EP 3: Addiction w/ Jake Nichols

APhA President Nancy Alvarez interviews pharmacist, Jake Nichols, whose 15-year narcotics habit cost him a high-profile career and led to criminal charges for writing fake prescriptions and diverting drugs.

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EP 2: Immunization w/ Adam C. Welch

APhA President Nancy Alvarez interviews , Adam C. Welch, Associate Dean for Assessment and Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy – East Tennessee State University about the importance of immunizations and the improved access that pharmacists offer.

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EP 1: Chronic Pain w/ Dr. Elliot J. Krane

APhA President Nancy Alvarez interviews pain physician, Elliot J. Krane, MD, who takes a deep dive into the mystery of chronic pain.

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