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Apothecare Pharmacy, LLC

Apothecare Pharmacy, LLC and MCPHS University offer 2 postdoctoral pharmacy fellowships:

  • Fellowship in Pharmacy Operations & Medication Therapy Management (MTM)
  • Fellowship in Compounding

Headquartered in Brockton, MA, Apothecare Pharmacy, LLC is a quickly growing independent pharmacy specialized in servicing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities residing in community-based settings. Our vision is to provide the highest value and most comprehensive care to our customers, which elicits multiple daily deliveries to homes across the state, execution on complex patient-specific medication packaging, and 24/7 access to a pharmacist for medication consulting and dispensing.

Our automated packaging and dispensing technology, cutting edge workflow management systems, and investments from our strategic business partners allow for a consistently growing population of over 6,000 patients. We intend to leverage our unique high-touch service model to expand operations into new markets across the state.

Apothecare’s reputation has made the pharmacy one of the area’s largest and most respected providers for residential programs, assisted living and independently living seniors, and hospice. We work hard to expand our services across the country in providing excellent patient care at the convenience of our customers and caregivers. As we pursue this goal, the Fellow will gain unique exposure to investment-driven acquisition-based growth strategies.

Apothecare’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, established in 2015, focuses on providing comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of pharmacy operations from the ground up by establishing Fellows’ understanding of workflow requirements of each department, integrating Fellows into the company’s management team, and pushing Fellows to make impactful business decisions. Graduates of the Fellowship are well-equipped to pursue management opportunities in diverse settings such as pharmacy ownership, pharmaceutical industry, or corporate enterprise.

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For more information on any of the fellowships, please contact the Fellowship Program Director:

Brian Franks, COO
Chief Operating Officer at Apothecare Pharmacy, LLC
Director of Apothecare Pharmacy Fellowship Program
Apothecare Pharmacy, LLC
629 Centre Street
Brockton, MA 02302
Phone: 508.588.6800
Email: bfranks@apothecareinc.com

Fellowship in Pharmacy Operations & Medication Therapy Management

This 2-year Fellowship is designed for pharmacists to develop skills in the area of pharmacy operations and initiate and maintain a Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program.

The purpose of this two-year Fellowship program is to develop graduate pharmacists in the area of pharmacy operations and medication therapy management by immersing the Fellow into the workflow of the pharmacy floor and medication adherence programs. The operations component includes taking on escalating responsibilities that will cultivate abilities in purposefully assigning work tasks, quickly adapting to new priorities, making fiscally driven decisions, and efficiently resolving problems. Through multiple medication adherence packaging programs and MTM platform, the Fellow will also be able to conduct effective case management, coherent utilization of given resources, and implementation of new processes based on multimodal feedback.

Operational activities will include training in inventory purchasing and management, reimbursement trend analysis, and policy creation and implementation. The Fellow will also take part in new patient outreach and on-boarding, root-cause analysis methodology, and ensuring optimal therapy.

The Fellow will gain experience in teaching within the academic setting at MCPHS University which will develop skills to train students, technicians, and employees in the business and community setting.

The Fellow will:

  • Create and implement training programs and procedures to assist with on-boarding of new employees and ongoing education of current employees in all departments;
  • Effectively manage workflow to ensure prescriptions are inputted, filled and delivered in a timely manner according to priority;
  • Ensure pharmacy is compliant with all federal and state regulations and policies by conducting regular audits and managing others with compliance responsibilities;
  • Maximize efficiency of Apothecare’s dispensing technology by troubleshooting barriers and maintaining utilization at full capacity;
  • Create and implement policies to ensure third party audit success;
  • Manage the pharmacy’s CQI program which includes documenting QRE events, creating quarterly reports to analyze QRE trends, designing and implementing polices to effectively mitigate common QREs;
  • Source uncommon medications and products pursuant to customer needs;
  • Effectively bill prescriptions to ensure maximum reimbursement from third party providers;
  • Manage drug shortages by assessing current inventory and drug utilization;
  • Optimize utilization of MTM billing platforms (OutcomesMTM, Mirixa), with regard to Part D Plans’ target completion rate;
  • Perform Comprehensive Medication Reviews for eligible patients, including home visits for new patients;
  • Communicate therapy optimization recommendations to prescribers effectively and professionally;
  • Assist in organizing Apothecare’s influenza and Covid vaccination clinics servicing over 1,000 patients;
  • Precept PharmD students on introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences at Apothecare, with a focus on development of MTM skills;
  • Apply business metrics.
  • Completion of an ACPE-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program before July 1 of the current fellowship year.
  • Eligibility for licensure in Massachusetts.
  • Authorization to work in the United States throughout the duration of the fellowship as visa sponsorship will not be provided.
  • Applicants should submit a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to the Program Director.
  • Applicants must apply at: https://www.mcphs.edu/careers-at-mcphs.

Brian Franks, COO
Chief Operating Officer at Apothecare Pharmacy, LLC
Director of Apothecare Pharmacy Fellowship Program
Apothecare Pharmacy, LLC
629 Centre Street
Brockton, MA 02302
Phone: 508.588.6800
Email: bfranks@apothecareinc.com

Fellowship in Compounding

This 2-year Fellowship is designed for pharmacists interested in developing skills in pharmaceutical compounding.

The purpose of this two-year Fellowship program is to develop graduate pharmacists in the area of pharmaceutical compounding by immersing the Fellow into the workflow of the compounding lab - taking on escalating responsibilities that will cultivate abilities in coherent formulation design, quickly adapting to new priorities, ascertaining and recommending appropriate therapeutic alternatives, and targeting timely completion of preparations through personnel management.

This will include training in inventory purchasing and management, non-sterile compounding techniques, and policy creation and implementation. In addition, the Fellow will gain experience in teaching within the academic setting at MCPHS University and develop skills to train students, technicians, and employees in all areas of non-sterile compounding and formula development.

The Fellow will:

  • Develop skills and techniques necessary for non-sterile compounding of capsules, creams, ointments, gels, suspensions, suppositories, and solutions;
  • Conduct research for formula selection and development including active and inactive ingredients, equipment, procedures, beyond-use dating, and assessment of product quality through visual and quantitative measures;
  • Comprehend all regulations and standards of practice associated with a compounding pharmacy as outlined by USP <795> and <800> and accrediting bodies and employ by maintaining and revising current standard operating procedures;
  • Create and implement policy and procedures on proper storage and disposal of hazardous drugs with respect to USP <800>; train and supervise pharmacy staff on compliance;
  • Process charges based on calculation of ingredient, equipment and personnel costs in order to bill customer and/or third party appropriately for product dispensed;
  • Manage compound ingredient and product inventory and purchasing;
  • Supervise pharmacy staff compliance to established procedures concerning security of controlled substances and adherence to temperature specifications of all drug products;
  • Assist in organizing Apothecare’s annual flu vaccination clinics servicing over 1,000 patients;
  • Precept PharmD students on introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences at Apothecare, with a focus on developing compounding skills;
  • Identify under-serviced areas of the marketplace and structure a model for growth opportunities in those areas, with attention to trends in reimbursement;
  • Apply business metrics
  • Completion of an ACPE-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program before July 1 of the current fellowship year.
  • Eligibility for licensure in Massachusetts.
  • Authorization to work in the United States throughout the duration of the fellowship as visa sponsorship will not be provided.
  • Applicants should submit a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to the Program Director.
  • Applicants must apply at: https://www.mcphs.edu/careers-at-mcphs.

Brian Franks, COO
Chief Operating Officer at Apothecare Pharmacy, LLC
Director of Apothecare Pharmacy Fellowship Program
Apothecare Pharmacy, LLC
629 Centre Street
Brockton, MA 02302
Phone: 508.588.6800
Email: bfranks@apothecareinc.com