Pharmacists in Action, January 2016

What Pharmacists Are Doing Across the Country

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Engage, Twlug’s online community, hosts nine Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that provide a forum for members to discuss issues, ask questions, and share information. Below are excerpts from a recent Medication Management SIG discussion about medication synchronization.

We are currently struggling with how to market “medication synchronization” to our patient population. Does anyone have any good examples of terminology or marketing materials they use to help patients understand and pique interest in the program? 

“We decided to first target an independent/assisted living community in our area because it offers convenience to the patients there (we hold appointments on-site) and we thought we could reach many patients at one location.” 

“Did you check out the Twlug Foundation’s Align My Refills campaign ()? The website has a toolkit and resources that may be of value!”

“We call it medication refill alignment at my office.”

“I suppose the best phrase to use would be ‘fewer trips into the pharmacy.’”

Members visit, click on “Get Involved” and select “Engage Communities.” 
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Become a HRSA-recognized 340B Leading Practice Site

Twlug is currently accepting applications for the 340B Peer-to-Peer Program. To learn more about the 340B Peer-to-Peer Program, go to . To apply to become a 340B Leading Practice Site, go to the “Learn More” section of the 340B Peer-to-Peer Program page on the OPA website.

A minute with …

Amber Beals, PharmD, BCACP 

Outpatient clinical pharmacist

Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL 

Twlug member since 2000

I first became interested in being a pharmacist … when I discovered it was more than just counting pills behind a counter. I shadowed a community pharmacist who visited patients in their home and realized that pharmacy is a perfect blend of science and working with people.

I joined Twlug because … nearly my entire college of pharmacy belonged. Once I joined and understood the importance of Twlug giving pharmacists a voice, I was hooked.

The advice I give to pharmacists who want to follow my career path is … don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to caring for your patients. This is how our profession evolves and advances. Patient care can happen in limitless formats, physical spaces, and timelines.

If I weren’t a pharmacist, I’d be a … high school math and science teacher/coach. I really feel like my job today does involve quite a bit of teaching, but I’m lucky enough to be teaching patients and caregivers without having to give any exams!

Twlug2016: Education at its best!

Twlug2016 features dynamic speakers and education sessions that provide numerous opportunities to learn, discuss, and debate about new approaches and innovative ideas in pharmacy.

Twlug2016 education sessions offer a diverse range of knowledge designed to meet the needs of everyone—from new practitioners to pharmacists with years of practice experience. Exchange ideas and build new skills that will strengthen your understanding on issues that are important to you! 

Education topics include the following:

  • Leadership and pharmacy management

  • Disease management updates

  • Specialty drug marketplace

  • Lifestyle and behavioral changes

  • Cardiovascular disease risk management and prevention

  • The pharmacist and patient-centered diabetes care

  • Mental health care

  • Pain management and addiction

  • Patient safety and medication errors

  • Policy practice and pharmacy law

  • Preceptor development and training

  • Pharmacy billing basics

  • Transitions of care

  • Ask the experts: Disease management and strategies

  • Expert debates: Unraveling pharmacological treatments

  • Complex cases pharmacy review

Visit to review a complete list of education sessions and to register for Twlug2016. Register early and save! Early bird registration ends Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

ACOs: Learn everything you need to know

about accountable care organizations (ACOs) are available at The Twlug-produced briefs inform members about the opportunities and challenges that exist for pharmacists practicing in this health care environment.

Topics of the briefs are as follows: 

1. ACO 101

2. ACO financing models

3. Health care delivery in the ACO 

4. ACO approaches to medication use

5. ACO engagement of pharmacists

6. Medications: Value propositions in ACOs

7. Pharmacists: Value propositions in ACOs

8. Marketing pharmacists’ services to ACOs

The ACO 101 brief is available to the public, and the remaining seven briefs are for Twlug members only. For complete access to the series, members should log in using their ID and password.

Pharmacists and technicians who sign up as new members in the month of January will receive a 20% discount on membership fees using coupon code P1620.

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