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Best Practice in Formulary Management: Integrating Biosimilars Into Your IT Systems


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Joel Hennenfent, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCPS, FASHP, Chief Pharmacy Officer & Associate Administrator for Laboratory and Medical Imaging, sits down with Karl Gumpper, MSMI, RPh, BCPS, CPHIMS, FASHP, Pharmacy Informatics Manager at Boston Children’s Hospital, to discuss aspects of integrating biosimilars into pharmacy IT systems, a challenge that every hospital is working through.

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Karl GumpperKarl F. Gumpper, MSMI, RPh, BCPS, CPHIMS, FASHP, is the Pharmacy Informatics Manager at Boston Children’s Hospital. He has been in this role for over 3 years. He leads a team of 3 pharmacists and 3 pharmacy technicians, who are responsible for all aspects of pharmacy informatics, technology, and automation for the institution.

Mr. Gumpper received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Northeastern University and a Masters in Medical Informatics (MSMI) from Northwestern University. He is a Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) and a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS). He completed a pharmacy practice residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. He began his career at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, MD as a clinical pharmacist in neonatology and nutrition support. He returned to Children’s National Medical Center as a clinical manager and residency program director. He then went on to become the first Director of the Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology (SOPIT) at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Mr. Gumpper was an active member of many of the local pharmacy organizations in the DC metropolitan area. He is a former president of the Washington Metropolitan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (WMSHP) and the Maryland Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (MSPEN). He has presented on various pediatric, nutrition, and technology topics regionally, nationally, and internationally. He participated on the American Informatics Medical Association (AMIA) work group on Advanced Interprofessional Informatics Certification (AIIC). He was recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Health‐System Pharmacists (FASHP) and also received the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology’s Distinguished Service Award.

Joel HennenfentJoel A. Hennenfent, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCPS, FASHP, is the Chief Pharmacy Officer & Associate Administrator for Laboratory and Medical Imaging Services at Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Missouri. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Louis University.  Joel is a Past President of Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP), Past President of St. Louis Society of Health-System Pharmacists (STLSHP), and Past Chair of MSHP Research & Education Board. Moreover, he was the 2013 ASHP Council on Therapeutics Chair, 2015-2017 ASHP Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Executive Committee Director-at-Large, a 2014-2018 and 2015-2019 ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Forecast Advisory Committee member, the 2012 MSHP Pharmacist of the Year, and 2015 MSHP Foundation Garrison Award Recipient. Joel is currently serving as ASHP Delegate for Missouri, member of ASHP Pharmacy Executive Leadership Alliance (PELA) Advisory Panel, ASHP Formulary Submission Toolkit Steering Committee, Editor for the ASHP Pharmacy Competency Assessment Center (PCAC) and Board Member of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Board of Trustees.

This podcast is provided by ASHP and sponsored by Merck.

The information presented during the podcast reflects solely the opinions of the presenter. The information and materials are not, and are not intended as, a comprehensive source of drug information on this topic. The contents of the podcast have not been reviewed by ASHP, and should neither be interpreted as the official policies of ASHP, nor an endorsement of any product(s), nor should they be considered as a substitute for the professional judgment of the pharmacist or physician.
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