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Specialty Pharmacy – “High Touch” Care

September 12, 2016

The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Master of Science in Pharmacy Business Administration (MSPBA) recognizes student Justin Smerker, MSPBA Class of 2016, for his recent publication in Specialty Pharmacy Times. Justin’s article  titled, “The Shifting Landscape of Specialty Pharmacy”, discusses the need for Specialty Pharmacies to provide clinical services and adherence programs in order to demonstrate quality and outcomes in the business of medicines.

Justin Smerker earned his PharmD degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. He is currently a clinical pharmacist for PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy. He has experience in the implementation and delivery of high-touch patient care services as well as in clinical management, persistency, and adherence programs. Justin also has participated in assisting with the successful launch of newly FDA approved medications. He has served as an adjunct clinical instructor for experiential education at Duquesne University. Prior to working in the specialty pharmacy sector, Justin successfully managed high volume retail pharmacies. He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Science in Pharmacy Business Administration (MSPBA) program at the University of Pittsburgh, a 12-month, executive-style graduate education program designed for working professionals striving to be tomorrow’s leaders in the business of medicines.

Pictured left to right: Clifford Wright, Heather Brand, Justin Smerker, John Meehan, Christopher Ogurchak, Jill Schachte, and Anthony Mazzarese.

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