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The Pharmacy Anti-Steering and Transparency Act, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020, prohibits insurers and benefits managers who have ownership in a pharmacy from steering patients to that business. The law endeavors to reduce conflicts of interests, increase transparency and give patients more choice.

The law was inspired in part by local pharmacist Jennifer Shannon, who saw first-hand how coercive steering practices can negatively impact patient care.

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A recently published Phase III Trial by Athenex, Inc. showed that oral paclitaxel in combination with encequidar was superior to IV paclitaxel for Overall Response Rate in Metastatic Breast Cancer. Patients in the oral combination group also had less incidence of neuropathy than the intravenous group.
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MISSION STATEMENT/PHILOPSOPHY:

With experience, commitment and a shared vision of how we can positively impact patients’ lives, we’re changing the future of healthcare in our community. Understanding that each of our patients is a unique individual, our goal is to: provide the most advanced, clinically-proven treatments for their disease; provide access to clinical trials; offer a place of comfort where our patients feel welcome and safe; treat not only our patients’ physical needs, but provide resources to address their emotional needs.

As a dedicated team of physicians and talented staff, we provide support for our patients, their families and caregivers, throughout their journey, with personalized care and education on how best to cope with their illness.

LOCATION(S):

  • 3945 E. Paradise Falls Drive, #105, Tucson, AZ 85712
  • 3987 E. Paradise Falls Drive, #119, Tucson, AZ 85712
  • 6288 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712
  • 514 Whitehouse Canyon Road, #110, Green Valley, AZ 85614
  • 2115 W. 16th Street, Safford, AZ 85546
  • 507 Western Avenue, Nogales, AZ 85621
  • 1710 N. Mastick Way, Nogales, AZ 85621

PRACTICE DETAILS:

Arizona Blood and Cancer Specialists (ABCS) has nine medical oncologists / hematologists, and one surgeon with Arizona Breast Health Specialists, our newest division of ABCS.

ABCS Medical Oncologists / Hematologists

  • Robert J. Brooks, MD
  • Jonathan E. Schwartz, MD
  • Manuel R. Modiano, MD
  • Guillermo Gonzalez-Osete, MD
  • Haroon Ahmad, MD
  • Bruce W. Porterfield, MD, PhD
  • Natalie Stanton, MD
  • Shamudheen M. Rafiyath, MD
  • Catherine Azar, MD

ABHS Surgeon

  • Vanessa Roeder, MD

ABCS Advanced Practice Providers

  • Nancy Taylor, FNP-C
  • Judith Slowey, MSN, NP
  • Linda Moors, PA-C
  • Molly Grassman, PA-C
  • Kathy Kennel, MSN, FNP-BC, ACHPN (Palliative Care Practitioner)

ABCS / ABHS Clinical / Administrative Staff

  • We have 68 clinical / administrative team

QUALIFICATIONS/CREDENTIALS:

We are not currently QOPI certified, but we are working to get that certification.

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACY SERVICES STAFF W/BRIEF BIO:

Each of our pharmacy techs have over twenty years of experience dispensing oral and IV chemothrapy in a community clinic setting.

  • Lela Conrad, CPhT
  • Carol Hemersbach, CPhT
  • Rosa Burchill, CPhT
  • Monica Dominguez, CPhT
  • John H. Garcia, CPhT
  • Sandra Harrison, CPhT

                                 

Tucson – Paradise Falls Team                                                      Green Valley Team

(L-R M. Dominguez, R. Burchill, C. Hemersbach, L. Conrad)      (L-R S. Harrison, J. Garcia)

DISPENSING TYPE:

Arizona Blood and Cancer Specialists will open a dispensary, however it is not currently operational.

SERVICES PROVIDED:

  • Medical Oncology / Hematology
  • Chemotherapy
  • Breast Surgery

WHY DID YOU JOIN NCODA? 

I joined NCODA because of their “passion for patients”. I share that passion and know that NCODA can aid in providing our patients with the best care.

HOW DID YOU BECOME A MEMBER?

I became a member through my affiliation with Linda Frisk, RPh. She encouraged me to become active with NCODA in order to provide a higher-quality care for oncology patients receiving oral treatments.

HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT US?

Linda Frisk, RPh, NCODA Executive Council.

HOW CAN NCODA HELP YOU?

By sharing important and relevant information about best practices, I feel that NCODA is an extremely valuable resource that can help our practice provide a higher-level of care. With the continued growth of the NCODA, and the addition of experts in oncology dispensing to the organization, the benefits to our practice will continue to to grow, and help us to provide the best care possible for our patients.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE MORE INVOLVED WITH NCODA?

I have been actively participating with NCODA for three years, having served as Chair for the Oncology Pharmacy Technician Association. I would like to assist in helping to grow the role of the pharmacy technician.

WHAT ARE SOME CHALLENGES YOU FACE NOW OR WILL FACE IN THE FUTURE OF ONCOLOGY? 

The biggest challenge is the cost and ability to obtain oral oncolytics for patients. An additional challenge is the PBM’s placing more fees and restrictions on the Medically Integrated Dispensary.

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On July 17th, the governor of Oregon signed a bill into the law; Oregon House Bill 2185 has been passed unanimously, imposing new requirements on Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) registered in Oregon. Effective January 1st, 2020, PBMs may not require a prescription to be filled or refilled by a mail order pharmacy if a dispensing pharmacy is in network. News story

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