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Specialty Pharmacy and Institutional Practice – Challenges in Establishing Services

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A product of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy's (NASP) Center for Specialty Pharmacy Education (CSPE) 

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NOTE: If you attended the live CE activity titled "Specialty Pharmacy and Institutional Practice – Challenges in Establishing Services" that was held on October 1, 2015 during the NASP Annual Meeting & Expo in National Harbor, Maryland AND received CE credit (i.e. a pharmacist CE statement with ACPE Universal Activity Number 0221-9999-15-242-L04-P), you are NOT allowed to also receive CE credit for this home-study activity.

Activity Description

This is a featured CE activity on the Center for Specialty Pharmacy Education (CSPE) website. CSPE is the educational hub of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP). Most CSPE activities include the pathophysiology and clinical therapeutics of various disease states in which specialty pharmacy products and services are provided. CSPE also covers legal, regulatory and operational topics relevant to specialty pharmacy practice.

Hospital-based pharmacy practices have been challenged to reach outside their walls and establish Specialty Pharmacies to serve the needs of their employees and patients. This moderated panel discussion will highlight forward-thinking and -acting hospital-based pharmacy executives as they describe the challenges and solutions they have utilized in establishing specialty pharmacies. This session will discuss the needs unique to specialty pharmacy practice in multi-hospital and integrated delivery systems.

Learning Objectives

The target audience for this activity is pharmacists. Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Outline the challenges of establishing a specialty pharmacy within a hospital-based practice
  • List the key areas of service requirements that hospitals must develop to participate in specialty pharmacy
  • Discuss what has worked and made specialty pharmacy a growing area of interest for hospitals
  • Describe success stories and the journey that leading health systems have taken toward establishing specialty pharmacy(ies)


Tim Affeldt, PharmD
Director of Specialty and Infusion Services
Fairview Pharmacy Services

Gaurang Gandhi, PharmD, MHA, CSP
Independent Consultant, Specialty Pharmaceuticals, Managed Care and IDN Solutions
Vice President, SPCB Board of Directors
At the time of the live presentation, Dr. Gandhi was Chief Pharmacy Officer, Premier, Inc.

Jim N. Hayman, MS, MBA, FASHP
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Vanderbilt University Hospital & Clinics

Kyle Skiermont, PharmD
Vice President of Operations
Fairview Pharmacy Services

Thomas W. Woller, MS, RPh, FASHP
Senior Vice President, Pharmacy Services
Aurora Health Care


It is the policy of ProCE, Inc. to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its continuing education activities. Faculty must disclose to participants any significant financial interest or affiliation with companies that manufacture or market products discussed during their presentation. None of the speakers have any relevant commercial or financial relationships to disclose.

The opinions expressed in this activity should not be construed as those of the CE provider. The information and views are those of the faculty through clinical practice and knowledge of the professional literature. Portions of this activity may include the use of drugs for unlabeled indications. Use of drugs outside of labeling should be considered experimental and participants are advised to consult prescribing information and professional literature.

CE Accreditation

Release Date: 04-15-2016
Expiration Date: 04-15-2018


This CE activity is jointly provided by ProCE, Inc. and NASP. ProCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Universal Activity Number 0221-9999-16-101-H04-P has been assigned to this knowledge-based home-study CE activity (initial release date 04-15-16). This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEU) in states that recognize ACPE providers. Completion of the evaluation and the post-test with a score of 70% or higher are required to receive CE credit. No partial credit will be given.


No external support has been received for this activity.


The material presented in this CE activity does not reflect the views of ProCE, Inc. or the commercial sponsor. These materials may discuss uses and dosages for therapeutic products, processes, procedures and inferred diagnoses that have not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. A qualified health care professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product discussed. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information and data before treating patients or employing any therapies described in this continuing education activity.