Parata Systems CEO Calls Pharmacies to Action

Parata's next-generation solutions were designed to adapt to the way pharmacies use automationDuring an interview with Pharmacy Podcast, Parata Systems CEO Tom Rhoads called independent pharmacies to action. In five steps, he outlined a process that will ensure your independent pharmacy has a seat at the healthcare reform table.

The changing healthcare system presents both challenges and opportunities for pharmacies. For independent pharmacies, the biggest opportunities lie in strong partnerships and medication adherence. Independent pharmacies are perfectly suited to succeed with their entrepreneurship, their commitment to customer service, and the agility to capture niche markets.

In the podcast, Tom identifies five steps that can help ensure your pharmacy’s success:

1)  Review your patient data, and identify your chronic medication users. Ten percent of your customers represent about 50 percent of your revenue. Get to know them and serve them now.

2)  Conduct research. Find out if hospitals in your area have launched accountable care organizations or patient-centered medical homes.

3)  Identify partners. Talk with institutions about their interest in collaborating to manage medication adherence for their patients on multiple medications.

4)  Reach out to your Medicare Advantage insurers. Begin a dialogue about the opportunity for your pharmacy to help them bring down the cost of care.

5)  Research providers of residential care. Gain a better understanding of these organizations and their challenges.

Listen to the podcast now.


Joseph Moose Named 2012 Next-Generation Pharmacist™

Joseph Moose 2012 Next-Generation Pharmacist

Joseph Moose
2012 Next-Generation Pharmacist

In 2012, Parata Systems and Pharmacy Times founded The Next-Generation Pharmacist program to recognize pharmacy professionals whose exemplary practice is defining the future of pharmacy. Moose, also named the winner of the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year category, was chosen for his high standards of patient care, management success, career accomplishments, and dedication to advancing the industry.

“Pharmacists are trusted and critical members of their patients’ healthcare teams,” said Tom Rhoads, CEO of Parata Systems. “Joe Moose delivers on that trust with his successful medication therapy management and specialty pharmacy practices to improve health outcomes for his patients. He embodies the future of pharmacy, and we are delighted the judges chose him for this year’s top honor.”

More than 375 nominations were received across 10 categories. All of the 2012 Next-Generation Pharmacist winners are listed below:

  • Civic Leader of the Year: Peter Crouch, RPh, CCP, Eden Drug, Eden, N.C.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Joseph Moose, PharmD, Moose Pharmacy, Concord, N.C.
  • Future Pharmacist of the Year: Sheri Winner, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Lonnie Hollingsworth, PharmD, L&H Drugs, Lubbock, Texas
  • Long-Term Care Pharmacist of the Year: Bent Gay, BSPharm, Dublin, Ga.
  • Military Pharmacist of the Year: MAJ Debra Cosby, PharmD, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas
  • Patient Care Provider of the Year: Marty Feltner, PharmD, Kohll’s Pharmacy and Homecare, Omaha, Neb.
  • Rising Star of the Year: Zachary Marcum, PharmD, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Technician of the Year: Michelle Earich, CPhT, The Wellington Group, LLC, Medina, Ohio
  • Technology Innovator of the Year: Stephen Vogt, PharmD, BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy, Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Please join us in congratulating our 2012 Next-Generation Pharmacists!

For more information and video profiles on each of the winners and honorees, visit

Automation: It’s Not About Technology. It’s About Time.

Tom Rhoads, CEO of Parata Systems, has been in the pharmacy automation scene since its early days. He remembers the excitement around robots in the pharmacy, and he recalls pharmacists’ initial skepticism.

But now, Tom says, automation’s time has come.

Today, conversations about automation have moved beyond “What can it do?” and “Will it work?” to focus on the real heart of the issue: “How much time will you save, and what can you do with that time?”

Pharmacists are looking for ways to do more with less, pursuing competitive advantages anywhere they can find them. The strategies share one common requirement: time. And that’s what automation is all about.

Read Tom’s full article in Pharmacy Times to learn how automation can put you out in front.

Online Tools Help Patients with Adherence

Across the country, patients are getting support for taking their medications as directed as part of the “Script Your Future” campaign, led by the National Consumers League.

The campaign’s website features free tools for patients to manage their medications, such as a pocket-sized medicine list and a worksheet to track daily medicines, glucose readings and blood pressure. It also offers a “question builder” they can use to create their own list of questions for their doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

Script Your Future provides tools for you too, including articles, medication regimen planners and conversation starters for patients with diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

Pharmacist Uses Process and Packaging to Improve Adherence

If you asked your patients to count the pills left in their prescriptions 10 days before they were due for a refill, would the number show they’d missed doses? That’s how Bob Lomenick discovered his patients had an adherence problem.

A pharmacist and owner of Tyson Drug Co. in Holly Springs, Miss., Bob wanted to help his patients improve adherence so they’d be healthier and happier. He found RxSync, a service model developed by the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, to synchronize patients’ refills. He also converts his patients taking more than five medications to Parata PASS Pack™. Using one package for each dosing time improved adherence and the pharmacy’s inventory management.

Bob shared his experience with colleagues at the McKesson ideaShare conference in Las Vegas this year.

Considering offering adherence strip packaging to your retail customers? View these tips to get started with strip packaging.

Parata PASS adherence packaging

Olympians Must Use Caution When Taking Pharmaceuticals

If you’re watching the Olympics, you probably know the United States is among the top winners in the gold medal count. Would you know what to say if you were approached by an Olympic archer who wanted to know if she could take a beta blocker? Some drugs are banned entirely for athletes’ use, others are banned by sport.

A quick reference you can use is the World Anti-Doping Program’s anti-doping drug list.

Olympic athletes also must use caution in choosing supplements. ESPN reports that the International Olympic Committee found in 2001 that almost 25 percent of 600 over-the-counter nutritional supplements tested were contaminated with non-labeled substances at levels that could lead to a positive test for a banned substance. Read the full article.

Jessica Hardy earned a medal in this year’s Olympic swimming competition after being banned from competing in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She was banned after she tested positive for clenbuterol, which she claims she ingested as a contaminant in a dietary supplement.

Athletes can look to Informed-Sport, a program that tests nutrition and supplement products for banned substances. They can search the program’s website to find certified drug-free products.

Back To Top