What's So Special About Specialty Pharmacy?

Planned in cooperation with the ASHP Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners

ACPE Activity Number: 0204-0000-19-005-H04-P /  0204-0000-19-005-H04-T
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Expiration Date: February 26, 2022
Activity Type: Knowledge-based  
CE Credits: 1.0 hour, no partial credit
Activity Fee: Members – Free / Non-Member – Not Available  

This activity is a recording from a live webinar and those that claim credit for the live webinar should not claim credit for this activity

Activity Overview

Specialty pharmacy is the fastest growing revenue and profit sector of pharmacy and differs in several areas from traditional ambulatory pharmacy practice. Health systems are well positioned to provide exceptional and seamless patient care while participating in this profitable area. Health systems must evaluate opportunities as well as challenges in order to maximize success. This program will provide an overview of specialty pharmacy practice from a health systems’ perspective and provide insight to the key factors of success from currently practicing specialty pharmacy leaders.   


The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Target Audience

This continuing pharmacy education activity is designed for health system pharmacists and technicians interested in starting, expanding, or streamlining their specialty pharmacy practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how to assess specialty pharmacy opportunities in health systems.
  • Identify key differences between specialty pharmacy and regular ambulatory pharmacy practice.
  • Discuss ways health systems provide integrated pharmacy care to specialty patients with complex therapies.
  • Discuss key influencers (PBMs, Plan Sponsors, etc.) and how they may impact your path to success.

Schedule of Activities

  • Provide overview of specialty pharmacy.
  • Explain how health systems assess and execute against a health system’s specialty pharmacy opportunity.


  • Lonnie Smith, Manager,Specialty Pharmacy Services, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Samaneh Wilkinson, Pharmacy Director, Ambulatory/Specialty Manager, The University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, KS
  • (Moderator) Steve Zabriski, B.S.Pharm., M.B.A., Senior Director, Payer Strategies, Acentrus Specialty, Irving, TX


In accordance with the ACPE's and ACCME's Standards for Commercial Support, anyone in a position to control the content of an educational activity is required to disclose to the accredited provider their relevant financial relationships. In accordance with these Standards, all potential conflicts of interest have been resolved.  An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she (or spouse/domestic partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the activity content over which the individual has control.

As defined by ACCME, a commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The Standards for Commercial Support do not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. The existence or non-existence of relevant financial relationships will be disclosed to the activity audience. All identified conflicts of interest must be resolved prior to the activity.

  • All planners, presenters, reviewers and ASHP staff report no financial relationships relevant to this activity.

Methods and CE Requirements

This activity consists of a recordings of faculty slides presentations, active learning activities, discussion, and handouts. Participants must participate in the activity in its entirety to claim continuing pharmacy education credit online at ASHP eLearning Portal. Follow the prompts online to complete the evaluation, claim credit and view the statement of credit immediately after completing the activity.

Per ACPE requirements, CPE credit must be claimed within 60 days of being earned. Claim your CE at http://elearning.ashp.org. Once you have processed and claimed your CE credit, we encourage you to check your NABP eProfile account to verify your credits were transferred successfully before the ACPE 60-day deadline. It is an electronic direct-report process so your credits should appear in your account within a few minutes. After the 60 day deadline, ASHP will no longer be able to report your credit(s) for this activity.