California Specialty Pharmacy in Whittier California provides specialty medications, non sterile and sterile compounding, an infusion center and even a clinical research organization (CRO) affiliated with it. I visited with Cris Craw, PharmD, Senior Vice President and Ethan Huynh, PharmD, Vice President of Pharmacy Operations on June 1, 2017. WesternU student pharmacist Cindy Mar, PharmD Candidate 2018 and West Coast University student pharmacist Katelyn Liao, PharmD Candidate 2018 were working on optimizing the therapy of a multiple sclerosis patient during my visit.
Cindy Mar described her rotation at California Specialty Pharmacy:
"I conduct care plans, assess patient management and learn about compounding regulations. I enjoy working with Dr. Ethan Huynh along with his team to familiarize with the operation of a specialty pharmacy including billing process, prior authorizations and filling prescriptions. I was also afforded with the opportunity to call patients and understand how specialty pharmacies can help improve their quality of life through mandatory patient management."
Posted by Sam Shimomura, PharmD, FCSHP, FASHP