Available Until 1/27/2025

Freeing the Pharmacist from Dispensing to Expand the Patient-care Role: Is it Time to Consider Central Fill?

ACPE Numbers: 0204-0000-22-408-H04-P/T
Release Date: February 11, 2022
Expiration Date: January 27, 2025
Activity Type: Application-based
CE Credits: 1 contact hour (0.1 CEU)
Activity Fee: Free of charge

Activity Overview

This activity will explain how central fill, which leverages the capabilities of workflow and dispensing automation, is a means of standardizing processes, reducing costs, improving efficiency, and affording pharmacy staff the opportunity to focus on non-dispensing tasks, such as patient-care services.

This activity was presented as webinar. Learners who claimed ACPE credit for these activities as part of that meeting should not claim ACPE credit again.


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

This activity was planned to meet the educational needs of pharmacists. The target audience for this educational activity is pharmacists who practice in hospitals and health systems.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize reasons for implementing central fill.
  • Explain a process for implementing a central fill automation solution.
  • Justify using central fill in a health-system which frees up pharmacist time to focus on direct patient care.

Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Tim Weber, R.Ph., M.B.A.

What is “Central Fill” and what solutions can it provide my health system?
Tim Weber, R.Ph., M.B.A.

Key Considerations with Implementation of Central Fill
Kristopher Rusinko, Pharm.D., M.B.A., M.Ed, M.S.

Questions and Answers
Tim Weber, R.Ph., M.B.A.
Kristopher Rusinko, Pharm.D., M.B.A., M.Ed, M.S.

Kristopher Rusinko, Pharm.D., M.B.A., M.Ed, M.S.
Director of Operations
Johns Hopkins Home and Community Based Services
Baltimore, Maryland

Kris Rusinko was an Air Force Officer before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree. He completed the 2 year Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and his M.B.A. from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He is currently the Director of Operations for the Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, including Specialty, Home Infusion and Outpatient Pharmacy Services. Dr. Ruskinko is also working on his Ph.D. in healthcare administration and serves as the Secretary of the Maryland State Board of Pharmacy.

Tim Weber, RPh, M.B.A.
Director of Pharmacy Services
System Executive Director, Pharmacy
UNC Health
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Tim Weber, RPh, M.B.A. is System Executive Director of Integrated Pharmacy Supply Chain Management at UNC Health in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, leading UNC Health’s pharmaceutical sourcing, distribution, and 340B programs. Mr. Weber received his B.S. degree from Rutgers University and M.B.A. from American Public University. He serves a member of ASHP’s Pharmacy Practice Accreditation Commission and as a member of various committees with the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists. Mr. Weber was the recipient of the Next Generation Pharmacist Award in Civic Leadership in 2016.

No one in control of the content of this activity has a relevant financial relationship (RFR) with an ineligible company. 

As defined by the Standards of Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education definition of ineligible company. All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated prior to the CPE activity.

Activities which can be completed in any order. Each activity consists of audio, video, and/or PDFs and evaluations.  Learners must review all content and complete the evaluations to receive continuing pharmacy education credit for each activity. 

Follow the prompts to claim, view, or print the statement of credit within 60 days after completing the activity. 

Provided by ASHP
Supported by an educational grant from iA.