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Specialty Pharmacy Forum

Join us for a virtual IPA Member Forum highlighting topics for pharmacy professionals interested in learning more about specialty pharmacy. Members will have the opportunity to hear from pharmacy leaders about biologics and biosimilars, the payer side, and more! All ENGAGED Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician and Student Pharmacist members are invited to join, learn and participate in this event at no charge!


February 8, 2023
12:00-1:30 PM

Agenda at a Glance – Wednesday, Feb. 8
12:00 PM
Opening Remarks
Cheri Schmit, BS Pharm, Senior Manager, Product & Solutions Marketing, Pharmacy of the Future – Clinical, Cardinal Health; IPA President  
Kate Gainer, PharmD, Executive Vice President & CEO, IPA
12:10 PM
Environmental Scan – Get to know pharmacy professionals across the state! 
12:25 PM
Opening Session:
Managing Biologics and Biosimilars 
​Emily Hoefing, PharmD, Manager, Specialty Pharmacy Services, University of Iowa Health Care

Marie Shinkle, PharmD, BCOP, BCPPS, BCACP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Hematology, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital

12:45 PM
Second Session:
Managing Specialty Pharmacy – The Payer Perspective 
Chad Mentele, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist – Specialty Drug Program, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
1:10 PM
Large Group Discussion
What are you experiencing in Specialty Pharmacy practice?
1:25 PM
Closing Remarks
Kate Gainer, PharmD, Executive Vice President & CEO, IPA