203 episodes

We're dispensing stories of success from across the continuum of care.

Talk to Your Pharmacist is a podcast for pharmacists, student pharmacists, and others across the country to hear from industry leaders about their leadership stories and current healthcare topics. The Talk to Your Pharmacist podcast was founded and hosted by pharmacist, Dr. Hillary Blackburn.

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    • 4.7 • 58 Ratings

We're dispensing stories of success from across the continuum of care.

Talk to Your Pharmacist is a podcast for pharmacists, student pharmacists, and others across the country to hear from industry leaders about their leadership stories and current healthcare topics. The Talk to Your Pharmacist podcast was founded and hosted by pharmacist, Dr. Hillary Blackburn.

    Equipping a Financially Well Workforce with Dr. Tim Ulbrich

    Equipping a Financially Well Workforce with Dr. Tim Ulbrich

    In this episode, you’ll hear from Tim Ulbrich, who is helping to improve pharmacists’ financial literacy. Tim is a pharmacist passionate about identifying career paths that fit students’ goals and interests so they can have fulfilling careers and lives. Tim is also the creator of the pharmacy podcast, Your Financial Pharmacist, and author of the book, Seven Figure Pharmacist. He graduated from Ohio Northern University with his Doctor of Pharmacy and completed residency training in community/ambulatory care at Ohio State. After paying off more than $200,000 in non-mortgage debt, Tim is working to empower pharmacists and pharmacy students to take control of their financial future.

    Guest - Tim Ulbrich, Pharm.D.
    Website: www.yourfinancialpharmacist.com and www.yfpplanning.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yourfinancialpharmacist/ and https://www.facebook.com/groups/390846528023004/
    LinkedIn (personal): https://www.linkedin.com/in/timulbrich/
    Instagram: @yourfinancialpharmacist and @timothyulbrich
    Host - Hillary Blackburn, PharmD
    www.pharmacyadvisory.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/hillary-blackburn-67a92421/
    @talktoyourpharmacist for Instagram and Facebook
    @HillBlackburn Twitter

    • 31 min
    Unlock the Full Potential of Pharmacists with Antonio Ciaccia

    Unlock the Full Potential of Pharmacists with Antonio Ciaccia

    In this episode, our guest is Antonio Ciaccia, President of 3 Axis Advisors and CEO of 46brooklyn Research. Born and raised in the world of pharmacy, Antonio Ciaccia has been crawling around pharmacies his entire life. After three years as a pharmacy technician and two years of pre-pharmacy curriculum, Antonio diverted course, graduating from The Ohio State University in 2007 with dual degrees in communications and political science before moving into the world of association management, eventually heading up government affairs for the Ohio Pharmacists Association, where his data analytics work helped lead state officials to audit and uncover $244 million in hidden prescription drug overcharges in the state Medicaid managed care program.
    After years of studying the pharmacy marketplace, Antonio became increasingly perplexed and concerned as he saw drug costs spiking while payouts to pharmacies were declining and more drugs were being excluded from plan coverage. Knowing something was being lost somewhere in the middle of an ever-growing transaction, Antonio has spent years working to crack the drug pricing code and pull the rug out from what he believes is one of the most dysfunctional marketplaces in the world.
    Today, he serves as the President of 3 Axis Advisors, a consulting firm that works with Medicaid Fraud Control Units, provider groups, research firms, technology companies, law firms, investment analysts, employers, government agencies, benefit consultants, and private foundations to diagnose and eliminate inefficiencies and inappropriate incentives in the prescription drug supply chain. Within that capacity, he also serves as an advisor to the American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc. (APCI) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). He is also the CEO and co-founder of 46brooklyn Research, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the transparency and accessibility of drug pricing data for the American public.

    Main Points:
    Drug pricing is way too complex, and many entities make money off that complexity.
    Unfortunately, industry consolidation and vertical integration has put many pharmacies in a tough spot, as their once reliable business model has now become increasingly compressed over time.
    Because pharmacy economics has been primarily derived from revenue harvested from filing prescriptions, the service of pharmacists has been overlooked and thrown into the drug pricing stew.
    Drug prices are currently being exploited by arbitrageurs, compromising pharmacy viability and their ability to provide a high level of service to patients.
    Arbitrage must be eliminated, and pharmacists should derive compensation from better aligned incentive structures that emphasize the delivery of value-added services.

    Guest - Antonio Ciaccia, President of 3 Axis Advisors and CEO of 46brooklyn Research
    -LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antonio-ciaccia-390879b/
    -Instagram: @A_Ciaccia
    -Twitter: @A_Ciaccia
    -Website: https://www.3axisadvisors.com/ and https://www.46brooklyn.com/

    Host - Hillary Blackburn, PharmD, MBA
    www.hillaryblackburn.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/hillary-blackburn-67a92421/
    @talktoyourpharmacist for Instagram and Facebook
    @HillBlackburn Twitter

    • 35 min
    Helping Independent Pharmacies Survive & Thrive with Lisa Faast

    Helping Independent Pharmacies Survive & Thrive with Lisa Faast

    In this episode, our Our guest, Dr. Lisa Faast is an innovator, experienced business executive, and leader in the independent pharmacy industry. With over 20 years of experience as a pharmacy owner, consultant, compounder, and businesswoman, she is able to bring a unique perspective to the industry’s problems. Her passion is helping independent pharmacy owners thrive by focusing on diversifying and then growing revenue streams. She is currently CEO at DiversifyRx, a consulting and education company, a multi-store pharmacy owner, in addition to being a wife and mom of 4.

    Interview topics
    About DiversifyRx: Pharmacy owners have suffered enough from low profits, DIR fees, effective rate contracts, unfair audits, and much more. While it gets tougher as a pharmacy owner every year, there has never been more opportunity available than there is now. Every pharmacy owner should have a thriving, profitable pharmacy. DiversifyRx is on a mission to save every independent pharmacy. Our 6 Pillars of Pharmacy Profitability guides every pharmacy owner to find their own path to the pharmacy of their dreams.

    - It has never been harder to succeed as a pharmacy owner than now
    - There is also never been more opportunities for pharmacy owners
    - You must diversify to succeed
    - You must optimize to thrive
    - Mastering the 6 Profit Pillars will help you create the pharmacy of your dreams.

    Guest - Lisa Faast, PharmD (DiversifyRx)
    She is on a mission to save independent pharmacies!!
    www.DiversifyRx.com
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/diversifyrx
    https://www.instagram.com/diversify_rx
    https://www.tiktok.com/@diversifyrx
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/diversifyrx

    Host - Hillary Blackburn, PharmD, MBA
    www.hillaryblackburn.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/hillary-blackburn-67a92421/
    @talktoyourpharmacist for Instagram and Facebook
    @HillBlackburn Twitter

    • 25 min
    Taking a Fun Approach to Patient Care through Improv with Cory Jenks

    Taking a Fun Approach to Patient Care through Improv with Cory Jenks

    In this episode, our guest is Cory Jenks, who earned his doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of South Carolina in 2011. Since then, he has practiced as a retail pharmacist, outpatient clinical pharmacist, and inpatient clinical pharmacist. His current practice is as an ambulatory care clinical pharmacy specialist, where he applies his passion for lifestyle interventions in the management of chronic disease.
    In addition to his career as a pharmacist, Cory is also an accomplished improv comedian, having started on his comedy journey in 2013. Since then, Cory has coached, taught, and performed improv teaching other healthcare professionals how to apply the valuable skills of improv comedy to create a more adaptable, empathetic, and humanizing healthcare experience.
    Cory lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his wife, Cassie, their two children, and ten chickens. When he’s not caring for patients or making people laugh, Cory enjoys harvesting rainwater, playing racquetball, basketball, and golf, and exploring the science of disease management through lifestyle. Cory is currently working on his master’s degree in “Dad Jokes” with the help of his two sons.

    Topics covered in the show:
    Cory’s personal story of being burned out from long hours and difficult interactions with his patients
    A new and innovative approach to customer service in your business
    How to bring empathy and compassion back into the medical field
    The frustration Cory was experiencing as a pharmacist, and how improv helped change his interactions with his patients
    How the lessons of improv can make customer experiences better
    How to build and retain high performing teams within your organization
    The one improv secret that can improve and transform your work culture
    How to find the time to have a side hustle when you work a full-time career
    What is Permission to Care, and why Cory wrote this book?

    • 22 min
    How the Pandemic Created Entrepreneurs: Leaving Retail Pharmacy with Dr. Jamie Wilkey

    How the Pandemic Created Entrepreneurs: Leaving Retail Pharmacy with Dr. Jamie Wilkey

    In this episode, our guest is Dr. Jamie Wilkey is a pharmacist who loves what she does and brings passion and happiness to the pharmacy profession.

    Jamie grew up in a small town in Wyoming where she got her start in pharmacy working at the local City Drug. She attended the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy for her Doctor of Pharmacy. She was active in student government while at UW and also served as president and later as vice-president of her pharmacy class.

    For 10 years post-graduation, Jamie worked in community pharmacy while having and raising her 4 little boys. Frustrated by the stress and schedule of that position created her own job for herself that better suits her talents, her passions, and her family’s busy schedule. She abruptly jumped out of retail and into the world of entrepreneurship and has found her true calling in life. She is the founder & CEO of Arches Health, LLC. She serves patients in her community as a consultant pharmacist focusing on pharmacogenomics. After getting her practice up and running began to empower other pharmacists to do the same. She teaches pharmacists in her online program & active network called PGx Consulting Confidence Academy to confidently champion PGx and create their own consulting practices that bring the flexibility, freedom, and satisfaction they are seeking from their careers. Just this year, she has taught over 160+ pharmacists how to change their careers. Dr. Wilkey is a member of CPIC as well as the nonprofit organization GTMR, and ASCP. She has been featured on over 15 podcasts in the past year, on Pharmacy Times, Kajabi, and was recently voted as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Leaders in Pharmacy.

    Jamie is optimistic about the future of pharmacy and knows great things are in store for those pharmacists who are willing to push boundaries, to think big, and to use the full extent of their education.

    Main points:
    - Tell us about your leap from community pharmacy to entrepreneurship
    The two-five main points I'd like to highlight:
    -entrepreneurship within pharmacy
    -pharmacogenomics
    -create new leaders in our field
    -the changing role of a pharmacist

    Guest - Jamie Wilkie
    Dr. Jamie Wilkey, PharmD, RPh
    Founder, PGx Consulting Confidence Academy
    CEO, Arches Health, LLC

    Host - Hillary Blackburn, PharmD, MBA
    www.hillaryblackburn.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/hillary-blackburn-67a92421/
    @talktoyourpharmacist for Instagram and Facebook
    @HillBlackburn Twitter

    If you want to join a free session to learn about setting up your consulting practice for PGx with Jamie, go here: https://7kvp9t8n.pages.infusionsoft.net/

    • 23 min
    The Modern Era of Compounding with Peter Koshland

    The Modern Era of Compounding with Peter Koshland

    In this episode, our guest Peter Koshland shares about his path to compounding and issues facing it today.
    Peter Koshland, PharmD opened his compounding pharmacy, Koshland Pharm, in 2009 in San Francisco and works with doctors and patients on individualized, integrative therapies that make a difference in the quality of patients’ day-to-day lives. Peter has seen the profound impact high-quality compounded medicine can have, so producing the absolute best patient outcomes is what drives his decisions as CEO of Koshland Pharm. When he is not in the pharmacy, Peter spends his time consulting with and educating doctors about the multiple applications of compounded medicine in their respective fields.

    Main topics:
    Why big pharma is lobbying against bio-identical HRT
    How bias against compounding pharmacies could limit the options available to doctors treating patients
    The economic impact that FDA overreach could have on pharmacists across the country

    Peter Koshland
    -LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterkoshland/
    -Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/koshlandpharm/
    -Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KoshlandPharm
    -Website: https://www.koshlandpharm.com/

    Host - Hillary Blackburn, PharmD, MBA
    www.hillaryblackburn.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/hillary-blackburn-67a92421/
    @talktoyourpharmacist for Instagram and Facebook
    @HillBlackburn Twitter

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

Tim Ulbrich ,

A must listen to for pharmacy professionals!

Hillary Blackburn has done a fabulous job with this show in featuring pharmacy leaders and entrepreneurs across the industry. Whether you are a student pharmacist, resident, or pharmacist, this show is a go-to resource for motivation and inspiration to become a better clinician or leader!

Rxr8d ,

A great pharmacy industry show

This podcast touches on a ton of topics from all aspects of pharmacy.

cubsfan2011 ,

Listen to THIS pharmacist!

The show may be called “Talk to Your Pharmacist” but if you work in pharmacy you need to LISTEN to this podcast! Insights from others in the profession to navigate the sometimes (ok often) turbulent waters of pharmacy. Find tips to grow a side hustle, connect with patients and learn from other pharmacy leaders!

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