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Beyond The Sig Podcast


Beyond the Sig: Prescription for Transformative Pharmacy Care


PPA has partnered with Pharmacy Podcast to bring you a series of podcasts designed to help community pharmacists implement change and practice transformation.  These podcasts are developed in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and their Flip The Pharmacy team and paid for through CDC grant funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association. 



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August 2020 Podcasts

Episode 9: From the Front Line of the Opioid Pandemic

In our second episode covering the opioid crisis, Stephanie McGrath, PharmD Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network talks with pharmacist Alex Lavella, PharmD from Hilltop Pharmacy, a Flip the Pharmacy site.  Alex shares details about their opioid crisis patient services and the impact they are having on their underserved community. Alex inspires us to be more than “just the pharmacist behind the counter” to take a stand in the fight against opioid misuse and abuse.



For More information on Hilltop Pharmacy

For more information on Flip the Pharmacy Program



July 2020 Podcasts

Episode 8: Expressing the Pharmacist's Value Directly to Patients

Pharmacies in Pennsylvania and across the country are transforming their care delivery model and documenting the care provided to patients to express their value to payers. This transformation is setting them up to sustain and thrive in a new era of healthcare with value-based payment models. In this episode of Beyond the Sig, we talk to one pharmacist who started his pharmacy with this care delivery model in mind and is expressing his value to a payer often forgotten in health care – the patient. Kyle McCormick, PharmD is the owner of Blueberry Pharmacy in Westview, Pennsylvania, a different kind of pharmacy that sets itself apart from the rest by providing access to low-cost medications without the need for insurance. With optional membership programs available to fit patients’ needs, the savings people see on their medications are substantial. Kyle offers his insight on how pharmacists can provide care and value directly to patients.


More information about Blueberry Pharmacy 




Episode 7: My Community Needs Me


Patients visit their pharmacies up to 35 times a year.  As the most accessible health care provider, community pharmacists play a unique role in the health of their communities. During this episode of Beyond the Sig, Stephanie McGrath, PharmD sits down with pharmacy owners Tom DePietro, PharmD of DePietro’s Pharmacy and Mayank Amin, PharmD of Skippack Pharmacy to learn about their innovative and successful strategies to engage their communities.


Learn more about DePietro's Pharmacy

Learn more about Skippack Pharmacy




June 2020 Podcasts

Episode 6: Unsung Heroes in the Opioid Epidemic


Long before COVID-19 began ravaging the nation, pharmacists were already on the frontlines of another epidemic: the opioid crisis. In this episode of Beyond the Sig, Brooke Kulusich, a rising third-year student pharmacist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, chats with Pete Kreckel of Thompson’s Pharmacy, who has garnered nearly 40 years of expertise in providing care to patients in the community, especially to those with substance-use and opioid-use disorders. They discuss innovations in community pharmacy practice, the essential role of pharmacists, and the new Flip the Pharmacy change package as they relate to opioid dependency.




Episode 5: Unite Mobilize Amplify


The ACT (Academia-CPESN Transformation) Pharmacy Collaborative  is an operational learning and ACTing collaborative between schools of pharmacy and established clinically integrated networks of community-based pharmacies. During this episode of Beyond the Sig, Stephanie McGrath, PharmD sits down with ACT Task Force members and fellow CPESN network facilitators Jenny Bacci, PharmD, MPH, BCACP, Assistant Professor University of Washington School of Pharmacy  and Megan Smith, PharmD, BCACP, Network Facilitator for Arkansas CPESN and Assistant Professor at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to learn more about how CPESN, ACT and Flip the Pharmacy are all uniting to mobilize and amplify innovation in community pharmacy practice.  



For more information on CPESN USA:  www.cpesn.com

The ACT Pharmacy Collaborative: www.actforpharmacy.com

Flip the Pharmacy: www.flipthepharmacy.com

Links to register for CPESN webinars: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/1432664038544125442


May 2020 Podcasts

Episode 4: It Takes A Village

As community pharmacies across the nation upend their traditional workflows and business models, pharmacy teams are unifying and growing together more than ever before.    In this episode of Beyond the Sig,  Pennsylvania Practice Transformation Team Lead Stephanie McGrath, PharmD chats with Flip the Pharmacy coaches Margie Lydon, RPh, Manager LTC Strategy and John DeJames, RPh, Manager, Clinical Services and Development from Value Drug Company, Flip the Pharmacy PA Team Partner, to illuminate the importance of  collaboration and teamwork in practice transformation.  

Contact for more info: Margie Lydon  and John DeJames



Episode 3: The Show Must Go On - Continuing to Care for Patients in Light of COVID-19

While our healthcare system has been adapting to build capacity and meet the needs of caring for patients impacted by COVID-19, community pharmacies continue to stay open to meet the needs of all their patients.  Pharmacies quickly responded to continue to provide care to patients in a safe manner, especially those managing chronic diseases.  Brandon Antinopoulos, PharmD sits down Rob Maher Jr, PharmD, BCGP, Director of Pharmacy Services for Klingensmith’s Drugstores, to discuss how they’ve adapted to continue to meet the needs of all their patients and where pharmacy goes from here.


April 2020 Podcasts

Episode 2: Best Practices in the COVID-19 Response


With the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, the national Flip the Pharmacy program has pivoted from its normally scheduled programming to support pharmacies in best practices for the COVID-19 response.   During this episode of Beyond the Sig, Stephanie McGrath, Executive Director of Network Operations for the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network chats with colleague Brandon Antinopoulos, Sr Program Manager of Practice Transformation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy to learn how pharmacies are responding in the COVID-19 pandemic.




Episode 1: Flip The Pharmacy: The Time is Now!


On our inaugural show, Dr. Stephanie McGrath, PPCN Executive Director of Network Operations, talks with Flip the Pharmacy national leaders Dr. Randy McDonough, Director of Practice Transformation for Flip the Pharmacy and Dr. Suzanne Feeney, Vice President of Business Development for CE Impact about their roles in community pharmacy practice transformation.  They share a sneak peak at future progressions, and how pharmacy teams and student pharmacists can get involved in the ground-breaking Flip the Pharmacy initiative.




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