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Rural Health System Leadership in Pharmacist Prescribing of COVID-19 Antiviral Medications

Broadcast Date: April 4, 2022


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Pharmacist prescribing continues to be a key area for advocacy, especially with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This podcast episode highlights a rural health system’s model to empower pharmacist prescribing of COVID-19 oral antiviral medications and addresses challenges in providing optimal patient care in the small and rural hospital setting.


Todd LemkeTodd Lemke, PharmD, has held many roles over the years at CentraCare and currently is the Director of Pharmacy, Regional Hospitals, MTM and Anticoagulation overseeing two critical access hospitals, a MTM program serving 20 clinics and an anticoagulation service caring for 3000 patients. During COVID-19 he has worked with an interdisciplinary team to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations, monoclonal antibodies, and antiviral medications to the people of central Minnesota.

Rena SackettRena Sackett, PharmD, BCPS, serves as director, Member Relations at ASHP and is the liaison for the Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners. She previously completed ASHP’s Executive Fellowship in Association Leadership and Management and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy in Loma Linda, CA.


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.