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Best Practice in Formulary Management: Keeping Patients Safe From White Bagging


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White bagging is a major patient safety issue driven by payers within hospitals today.  Candy Tsourounis, Pharm.D., FCSHP sits down with Joel Hennenfent, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, FASHP to discuss those safety issues and best practices on how to prevent white bagging to keep our patients safe.

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Candy TsourounisCandy Tsourounis, Pharm.D., FCSHP, is Professor of Clinical Pharmacy in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy in the School of Pharmacy at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Tsourounis is involved in providing evidence-based reviews of recently approved prescription medications and performing medication utilization analyses in the UCSF Medication Outcomes Center.

Dr. Tsourounis is involved in providing evidence-based reviews of recently approved prescription medications, gene, and cellular therapies. These reviews help inform the UCSF Medical Center community, UCSF Health, and UC Health Systemwide on the role and value these therapies offer. Working with her medical center colleagues, Candy also performs medication utilization analyses.

Dr. Tsourounis has various areas of research interest, including value-based care, quality improvement, implementation science, evidence-based practice, drug information, literature evaluation, and dietary supplements. Her research focus has been on dietary supplement safe use and drug-supplement interactions. While she continues to contribute to this field, she focuses on demonstrating the value of pharmacists in medication management and value-based initiatives. Candy is very involved in educating consumers and health professionals on the rational use of medicines and related therapies. She serves as a clinical consultant and editor for various drug-related publications and computer software programs used by pharmacists and pharmacy learners worldwide. She has coordinated various continuing education programs for national pharmacy societies and serves as a speaker nationally and internationally on the practice of pharmacy.

Joel HennenfentJoel A. Hennenfent, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCPS, FASHP, is System Director of Pharmacy 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 the St. Louis Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and Past Chair of the MSHP Research & Education Board. Moreover, he was the 2013 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Council on Therapeutics Chair, 2015-2017 ASHP Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists Executive Committee Director-at-Large, and a 2014-2018 and 2015-2019 ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Forecast Advisory Committee member.

He received the 2012 MSHP Pharmacist of the Year award, was the 2015 MSHP Foundation Garrison Award Recipient, and is currently serving as an ASHP Delegate for Missouri. Joel has experience in clinical, quality, safety, regulatory, operational, and supply chain program development.

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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