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ACA Foundation Awards Pharmacists Mutual Scholarship to ACA Student Pharmacist Members

2024-01-03T11:04:01-06:00January 3rd, 2024|Categories: Member Benefits, Members In The News, News Release, scholarship, Student Pharmacist|Tags: , , , |

Bartlett, TN., December 15, 2023: The American College of Apothecaries Research and Education Foundation announced that student pharmacists Camila Caban, Rachel BlanchardHolly Seyler, and Alexandria Arnett have been awarded the Pharmacists Mutual | ACA Foundation Community Pharmacy Scholarship.

Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company ( donated funds to the American College of Apothecaries Research and Education Foundation to create the Pharmacists Mutual | ACA Foundation Community Pharmacy Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded to student pharmacists who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to advancing the future of community pharmacy in the United States.

The American College of Apothecaries is proud to recognize their Student Pharmacist members Holly Seyler, Alexandria Arnett & Camila Caban with the Pharmacists Mutual | ACA Foundation Community Pharmacy Scholarship 2023!

Pharmacists Mutual | ACA Foundation Community Pharmacy Scholarship Award Winners Holly Seyler,  Alexandria Arnett & Camila Caban.

Holly Seyler (PharmD Candidate 2025) from the University of Washington, a student member of the American College of Apothecaries (ACA) and the National Community Pharmacist Association (NCPA), Holly focuses on the importance of political advocacy for patient choice and access. Holly willingly advocates for the compounding pharmacy profession and volunteered her time as a teaching assistant for the UW Pharmaceutics Compounding Lab Course in Seattle, WA. Her leadership and commitment have contributed positively to the future of compounding pharmacy.

Holly is currently a Pharmacist Intern at Clark’s Compounding Pharmacy in Bellevue, WA where she continues to distinguish herself as a leader in the pharmacy community and devotes her life to patient-centered healthcare.

Alexandria Arnett (PharmD Candidate 2025) from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, a student pharmacist member of the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists (ACVP) and the American College of Apothecaries (ACA), Alexandria focuses on advancing community pharmacy patient care, compounding specific practicing, veterinary care, and the laws and regulations surrounding each of these aspects. Alexandria would like to see a growth in specialized compounding practices like cancer, diabetes, or pediatric compounding to allow for an increase in awareness for a patient care aspect that exists but is not as focused on, which would allow a variety of community pharmacies to provide increased patient-focused care. She is also interested in encouraging pharmacists to open more specialty independent pharmacies so patients can have access to specific medical therapies anywhere, including the veterinary world. Alexandria would like to push for at least one veterinary course to be taught at each pharmacy school to allow growth in compounding, which can drive more focus and funding to the specialty.

Alexandria is currently a Student Board Member of the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists (ACVP), President of Kappa Psi, and President of NCPA. In these roles, she has been responsible for organizing events, managing budgets, and coordinating educational opportunities. Her strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to communicate effectively with others have made her a valuable member of these organizations.

Camila Hernandez Caban (PharmD Candidate 2025) from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Science Campus, a student member of the American College of Apothecaries (ACA), Academy of Student Pharmacist, and President of the American Pharmacist Association UPR Chapter, Camila’s goal is to introduce a psychosocial approach to community pharmacy. She collaborates with Professors in the Ethics and Culture course at the University of Puerto Rico where she impacts first and second-year students on public health and bioethical principles in providing quality care.

Camila is currently taking a pharmacogenomics elective and working on a business plan that uses this technology to optimize opioid therapy while incorporating harm-reduction strategies. She is involved in a research project on the physical stability of extemporaneous suspensions in the pediatric population of Puerto Rico, contributing to the literature on compounding and the applicability of U.S. quality standards.

4 Ways to Combat the DIR Fee Hit Coming Next Year

2024-02-07T13:04:14-06:00November 9th, 2023|Categories: Community Pharmacy, News Release, Pharmacy Practice|Tags: , , , |

Did you miss the one hour webinar from ACA Corporate Member, WaypointRx – on “4 Ways to Combat the DIR Fee Hit Coming Next Year”


As most of you know by now, we are facing a significant headwind the first half of next year with the double DIR fee hit (the DIR Fee hangover). There are things you can do to help mitigate the hit to your cash flow right away. Please join us for a webinar to learn 4 ways to help boost cash flow beginning next year. This could go a long way in helping you survive what is coming and ultimately thrive moving forward.

This activity does not offer CE credit.

Our Panelists:


Seasoned, evidence-based, results oriented, operational executive leader focusing on connecting small and midsize companies’ vision to the bottom line through evidence-based management practices.

Christian Jewkes – Vice President of Client Relations for Jorns and Associates

Ben Coakley CFP™, ChFC, CLTC    
Director of New Business Development for WaypointRx and Lead Pharmacy Recruiter for Big Tree Medical.

Ben has been an advisor to business owners since 2004 and specializes in empowering independent community pharmacy owners to rekindle their love and passion for pharmacy. He holds himself accountable for helping the people he serves accomplish their most important life and financial goals. He is the co-creator of the Pharmacy of Tomorrow initiative, The Purpose of Capital financial success system, the Pharmacy Insurance Group, and the Families Saving Families community vitality protection program.

Ben is a lifelong resident of Summerville, SC and is passionate about giving back to his community. He was president of the Summerville Jaycees in 2006/07 and is a founding member of The Summerville Evening Rotary Club. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Clemson University, and is a graduate of Leadership Dorchester.

4 Ways to Combat the DIR Fee Hit Coming Next Year


ACA Members in the NEWS

2023-10-26T11:07:10-05:00October 25th, 2023|Categories: Members In The News, News Release|

Congratulations to ACA Fellow, Dr. Jobby John
2023 University of Texas Distinguished Young Alumnus Award Recipient

Members of The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy Alumni Association board have selected the winners of this year’s Alumni Awards. The 2023 recipients will be recognized on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at the college’s Texas Pharmacy Homecoming Tailgate, generously sponsored by H-E-B.

Dr. Jobby John is a distinguished figure in pharmacy practice, known for his innovation and dedication to patient care. By founding Lake Hills Compounding Pharmacy and Wellness Center in Austin, Texas, at just 26, he secured his place as one of the U.S.’s youngest pharmacy owners. An esteemed graduate of The University of Texas College of Pharmacy (2013), Dr. John’s work at Lake Hills emphasizes the importance of compounding in crafting individualized care. This dedication to tailoring solutions extends to his venture, Nimbus Healthcare. As a digital platform, Nimbus integrates advance technologies like AI and data analytics to revolutionize patient care, making personalized medicine both accessible and affordable.

Earning recognition as a fellow of the American College of Apothecaries and the president-elect of Texas Pharmacy Association, Dr. John’s career epitomizes the evolution of pharmacy: blending traditional wisdom with cutting-edge technology.

Congratulations to ACA Member, Brenda Jensen, owner of Compounding Consultants, LLC for receiving The USP Jacob Bigelow Award

The USP Jacob Bigelow Award acknowledges the outstanding contribution by an individual volunteer. It is presented in recognition of exceptional dedication and important contributions to the achievement of USP standards-setting and impact or improvement of USP’s standards-setting processes. The award is named after botanist, botanical illustrator, and physician Jacob Bigelow (1787–1879), who developed the materia medica list and nomenclature in the first USP.

Brenda Jensen, Chair, Compounding EC

  • Brenda’s commitment to USP is unwavering and uncompromising despite an incredibly demanding schedule with pharmacy consultation and her students.
  • As the Chair of the CMP EC, Brenda has remained a pillar of ethics and character for over a decade despite pushback from stakeholders on compounding standards.
  • Brenda’s style of leadership is rare — firm in her stance when the science is clear, she is also generous and inclusive. Quick to admit when others’ expertise is required, she values and appreciates the unique expertise that every EC member brings to the table.
  • She led the group that made possible that revisions of <795> and <797> became official.


Are you an ACA Fellow or Member being recognized, receiving an award, elected to a local or state office, or in the news? Send a photo and the information to so we can share with our members.  We are proud of the accomplishments of all our members.

ACA Members in the NEWS

2023-10-18T12:33:34-05:00October 18th, 2023|Categories: Members In The News, News Release|

WORLD ETHICS DAY 2023 – Embracing Ethics and Professionalism: Fueling our Passion in Pharmacy

Hey everyone!  Let’s take a moment to celebrate the incredible journey we’re on as healthcare professionals in the world of Pharmacy.

Every day, we’re fueled by an unwavering passion for upholding the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.  Our commitment to these principles isn’t just a duty; it’s a driving force that propels us forward, shaping the care we provide and the lives we touch.


Ethics: Our moral compass guides us in making the right choices, even when faced with challenging situations. We prioritize patient well-being above all else, ensuring that their health and safety are never compromised. With each prescription we fill and every consultation we give, we’re safeguarding the trust that patients place in us.

Professionalism: We’re not just experts in medications; we’re also ambassadors of respect, empathy, and collaboration. Whether we’re interacting with patients, fellow healthcare professionals, or the broader community, our professionalism sets the tone for effective teamwork and patient-centered care.

Our passion goes beyond the counters and shelves. It’s a commitment to lifelong learning, staying up-to-date with the latest advancements, and continuously improving our skills. This dedication not only elevates our practice but also showcases our genuine love for what we do.

As we navigate the complex landscape of healthcare, let’s remember that our passion for ethics and professionalism is a cornerstone that helps us thrive. By sharing our stories, experiences, and insights, we inspire others to join us on this rewarding journey.

So here’s to us – the passionate advocates of ethics and professionalism in Pharmacy!  Let’s continue to shine brightly and make a positive impact, one prescription, one interaction, and one step at a time. Together, we’re shaping a healthier and happier world.

Are you an ACA Fellow or Member being recognized, receiving an award, elected to a local or state office, or in the news? Send a photo and the information to so we can share with our members.  We are proud of the accomplishments of all our members.


2023-08-31T14:40:18-05:00August 30th, 2023|Categories: Member Benefits, News Release|

(Bartlett, Tennessee) – The American College of Apothecaries (ACA) was founded in 1940 in Richmond, Virginia to empower passionate pharmacy professionals to provide exceptional patient care in thriving community practices. ACA conducts educational programs, facilitates networking and mentoring, and promotes leadership that empowers pharmacy professionals to provide exceptional patient care.

The Waypoint Company (Waypoint) was formed in 2010 and serves over 800 pharmacy businesses in helping them create a plan to achieve their true purpose during and after their life in pharmacy. Their sole purpose is to protect and empower pharmacy owners because they believe successful, locally owned businesses bring greater vitality to the families and communities they serve.

Through this partnership, ACA and Waypoint look forward to serving independent pharmacy owners to find ways to generate revenue outside of the PBM model, and better serve their communities.

Matt Coakley, CEO of Waypoint, is excited to expand their services to ACA members. “We’re excited to continue to serve independent pharmacy owners and help them find ways to serve their communities and look beyond just filling prescriptions,” said Coakley.

For more information, please call 843-873-4420 or visit or


All Waypoint solutions do not charge any upfront fees.  They make money when you start benefiting from the Waypoint solutions.  Call today!


One of the most overlooked lines on a pharmacy profit and loss statement are the employee benefits. This is why the Pharmacy401k team has decided to launch the first annual pharmacy employee benefits survey. This will allow other pharmacies to benchmark their benefits against pharmacies in their state, region and across the United States.

Independent Pharmacy Benefits Survey

Building a Membership Model for Your Pharmacy Using Point of Care Services

2023-07-27T15:17:55-05:00June 22nd, 2023|Categories: Community Pharmacy, News Release, Pharmacy Practice|Tags: , , , |

Did you miss the meeting on July 18, 2023?  This meeting is now available –



Learning Objectives: 

  • Why offer a membership model for your clinical services
  • What to offer in your membership model
  • Point of care testing that you should offer year around
  • How to charge and keep track of your members

Join ACA Corporate Member POCTi for a 1 hour webinar on “Maximizing Pharmacy Profits: Unleashing the Power of Point-of-Care Services in Your Membership Model” and receive more information on how your pharmacy can get started with Point of Care testing.

This activity will not offer CE credit.

Our Panelists:

Dr. Tara Schneider, PharmD. is an experienced pharmacy leader with a demonstrated history of providing and implementing revenue generating clinical. Her mission is to empower pharmacists to maximize the profitability of Point of Care Testing and to improve patient outcomes. She specializes in implementing Point of Care Testing (POCT) services for independent pharmacies across the US. Her vision is to be the trusted source for pharmacists who are ready to advance their knowledge of POCT.

Being an independent pharmacy owner herself, she understands the day to day struggles that pharmacists face. Many pharmacists have great intentions to start a new clinical service line, but lack the time. That is where POCTi has been so impactful. She offers turnkey solutions for compliance, protocols, marketing strategy, implementation, guidance, and ongoing support to generate new revenue while improving patient outcomes through POCT. She believes in meeting her clients where they are in their journey to help them be successful in reaching their goals with POCT.

Dr. Schneider earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK. After many years practicing as a clinical hospital pharmacist and pharmacy administrator, she opened a closed door non-dispensing pharmacy that focused on POCT. Her background as a healthcare administrator gave her a deeper knowledge and understanding of compliance, operational requirements, implementation, protocols and procedures that she enjoys sharing with her members.

Chuck Schneider, MBA is the Co-founder of the Point of Care Testing Institute and is the Director of Pharmacy at Cognivue, a neuroscience testing company.

For the past decade, Chuck has worked closely with pharmacists and independent pharmacy owners to help them increase their service lines and profitability.  Prior to joining Cognivue, Chuck was the chief revenue officer at Pharmacy Development Services and more recently at Ananda Professional where he led commercial operations.

Chuck received his MBA from the Thunderbird School of International Management.  Chuck and Tara, live in Lexington, Kentucky.  Together they enjoy running, cooking on Sunday nights, and visiting National Parks.

Maximizing Pharmacy Profits: Unleashing the Power of Point-of-Care Services in Your Membership Model


2023-06-13T12:57:05-05:00June 6th, 2023|Categories: Community Pharmacy, News Release, Pharmacy Practice|Tags: , , |

Things You Should Know About Preparation For USP Changes

On Monday, June 12, 2023, ACA Compounding Faculty presented an open forum, open to all pharmacy professionals, about preparing for the upcoming USP Changes, how to prepare, what you should know. These changes will go into effect on November 1, 2023.  Will you be READY?

Host:  Ernie Gates, RPh, FACA


  • Denise Frank, RPh, FACA, FAPC
  • Brenda Jensen, CPhT, CNMT, MBA
  • Lisa Ashworth, BS Pharm, RPh, BCSCP, FACA

Recording – CLICK HERE
Audio Only – CLICK HERE




Say that Again? Community Pharmacy’s Role in Identifying Untreated Hearing Loss

2023-05-31T15:55:33-05:00May 12th, 2023|Categories: Community Pharmacy, News Release, Pharmacy Practice|Tags: , , |

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 1 in 6 U.S. adults ages 18 and over reports some trouble hearing — approximately 37.5 million U.S. adults—but less than half (46.0 percent) of them have seen a doctor or other health professional about their hearing or ear problems in the last five years.

Untreated hearing loss significantly impacts an individual’s quality of life and contributes to high health care spending. A JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery study showed that untreated hearing loss was associated with $22,434 higher total health care costs per person over a 10-year period compared with costs for those without hearing loss.

Additionally, untreated hearing loss impacts individual’s quality of life and mental health. It can lead to isolation, and has been associated with serious conditions such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, dementia, reduced mobility, and falls.

Making hearing health care more accessible and affordable is a public health priority, especially as the number of older adults in the U.S. continues to grow.

While prescription hearing aids have been available for years, NIH data shows that only one in four adults who could benefit from hearing aids has ever used them.

To address this public health issue, in October 2021, the FDA formally proposed a rule to establish the new OTC hearing aids category for adults with perceived mild to moderate hearing loss. Finalized in August 2022, the final rule allows hearing aids within this category to be sold directly to consumers in stores without a medical exam or a fitting by an audiologist.  Overall, among those reporting that they have trouble hearing, nearly two-thirds (62.6 percent) say that they have mild hearing loss, defined as “a little trouble hearing.”

The Role of Community Pharmacy

Community pharmacies are well-positioned to reach these individuals, who may not be aware of the recent availability of OTC hearing aids. OTC hearing aids that are FDA-compliance are usually more affordable than prescription hearing aids and can be FSA/HSA/HRA-eligible.

As the most accessible health care provider, pharmacists should be prepared to answer questions about OTC hearing devices and have the opportunity to discuss hearing screenings for patients during consultations.

Learn how to add a new clinical service to your pharmacy by offering in-store hearing tests and offering OTC hearing aids for adults with perceived mild to moderate hearing loss. Hearing aids for more severe hearing loss or for users younger than age 18 remain prescription devices.

Unlocking the OTC Hearing Aid Marketplace

Join ACA Corporate Member Soundwave Hearing for a 30-minute webinar on “Unlocking the OTC Hearing Aid Marketplace” and receive more information on how your pharmacy can get started with their testing and OTC hearing aid solutions.

This activity will not offer CE credit.


Unlocking the OTC Hearing Aid Marketplace

Recordings Available On-Demand

Anthony Florek
President, Soundwave Hearing LLC

Anthony has thirty plus years of medical device Sales and Marketing experience developed at leading medical equipment and consumer product companies, including Johnson and Johnson, Allergan Medical Optics and Beltone (GN Hearing Care). Anthony brings 15 years of experience from the traditional hearing aid industry and leads the development of the business model and value proposition at Soundwave Hearing.

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