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Specialty Pharmacy: Controlled Room Temperature Shipping Validations

Broadcast Date: August 9, 2022


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Shipping validations are a requirement for many accrediting bodies of health system specialty pharmacies. However, a lack of industry guidance and minimal packaging solutions available on the market pose many challenges for specialty pharmacy teams. In this episode of Hot Topics in Pharmacy, we talk about the process undergone by one health system specialty pharmacy to create and validate packouts for room temperature medication shipping.


Brooke Rauch, PharmD, CSP, is currently the associate director of operations for the University of Kentucky Specialty Pharmacy and Infusion Services team. She oversees the specialty mail order operation, as well as sterile compounding to support the ambulatory infusion center. She received her PharmD from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and is a Certified Specialty Pharmacist (CSP).

Curstain LopezCurstain Lopez, BS, CPhT-Adv, CSPT, is currently a pharmacy compliance coordinator at UK Specialty Pharmacy and Infusion Services with a focus on compliance within specialty mail services operations and sterile compounding. Curstain has worked as a pharmacy technician for 10 years in a variety of settings including hospital, chain retail, independent retail and now specialty pharmacy.

Gabrielle PierceGabrielle Pierce, PharmD, MBA is the director for the Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners at ASHP. Prior to this role, Dr. Pierce served as an ASHP executive fellow in Association Leadership and Management. She received her Bachelor’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Master of Business Administration, and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of South Carolina. Following this, she completed an ASHP-accredited postgraduate year 1 residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago within their Specialty Pharmacy Services team.

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.