The PQI Podcast is presented by NCODA, Inc. This podcast will provide an overview of new Positive Quality Intervention (PQI) documents as well as PQI in Action articles and other oncology topics. Hear from clinical and administrative experts who are utilizing these documents at their cancer centers nationwide. Hosted by NCODA’s Senior Manager of Clinical Initiatives, Ginger Blackmon, PharmD.


Season 2 Episode 19 - Oncology Pharmacy Technicians - Vonda McClendon, CPhT and Rebecca Garland, RPhT

On this week’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Vonda McClendon, CPhT and Rebecca Garland, RPhT to discuss their paths to becoming oncology pharmacy technicians, the aspects of their roles they most enjoy, how pharmacy technicians can make a difference in patient adherence, and the value in NCODA’s Oncology Pharmacy Technician Association (OPTA).

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Vonda leads the STAR Compliance Retail Services team at Texas Oncology. Rebecca is the Pharmacy Adherence Manager at Florida Cancer Specialists & Reserach Institute – Rx To Go Pharmacy. Vonda and Rebecca are also active members of OPTA.

For more information on OPTA contact Taryn.Newsome@ncoda.org.

Season 2 Episode 18- Proactive Symptom Management in Myelofibrosis

On this week’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Kristyn DiSogra, PharmD, BCOP and Justin Arnall, PharmD, BCOP. Dr. DiSogra and Dr. Arnall worked on a myelofibrosis quality improvement project while clinical pharmacists with the Atrium Health Specialty Pharmacy Service in Charlotte, North Carolina. We had the opportunity to discuss myelofibrosis, Atrium Health’s myelofibrosis quality improvement project, the Proactive Symptom Management in Myelofibrosis PQI, and how other clinics can implement this telehealth-based project.

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Dr. DiSogra completed her PGY1 residency at Mayo Clinic Hospital and her PGY2 oncology residency at the University of Washington after graduating from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She joined the CMC team in January 2019 after two years with the University of Washington Medical Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance as an inpatient Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant and inpatient Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. Her professional interests include hematology, oncology, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, international health, and antimicrobial stewardship in cancer patients. She is currently taking time away from pharmacy and fulfilling the most important role of mother.

Dr. Arnall completed his PGY1 and PGY2 oncology residency training at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after graduating from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Since completing his residency, he has practiced in malignant hematology and bone marrow transplant in both inpatient and outpatient roles. In his current role he works with both non-malignant and malignant hematologic conditions and coordinates the bleeding disorders and non-malignant hematology service line for the specialty pharmacy and rounds daily with the hematology consult team at the primary referral site for the Charlotte Metro health system.

Read the corresonding PQI in Action HERE.

Season 2, Episode 17 - Dr. Annemie Galimont - Oncodermatology

On this week’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Dr. Annimee Galimont to discuss oncodermatology and supportive care for skin and nail related side effects of cancer treatment.

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Dr. Galimont is a dermatologist in the Netherlands and participates in Dutch and international expert groups to create information material and guidelines for safe care. She is Secretary of the Dutch Association of dermatology and works with the multinational association of supportive care in cancer on various initiatives.

More information on MASCC can be found here: https://www.mascc.org

Season 2, Episode 16 - Linda Carlson, PhD- Integrative Oncology and Mindfulness

On this week’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Linda Carlson, PhD to discuss the basics of Integrative Oncology and the Society for Integrative Oncology. We also discuss Dr. Carlson’s work in mindfulness and cancer patients, and how chronic stress affects the body, including tips for our healthcare providers.

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Dr. Carlson holds the Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology, is Full Professor in Psychosocial Oncology in the Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology. She also has worked as a Clinical Psychologist at the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC) since 1997. Dr. Carlson’s research in Psychosocial Oncology, Integrative Oncology and Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery has been published in many high-impact journals. She is the current president of the Society for Integrative Oncology.

Season 2, Episode 15 - Disparities in the Oncology Space & How Legislation Can Impact Positive Change - Debra Patt, MD Barry Brooks, MD and Kevin Scorsone

On this week’s episode of the PQI Podcast we welcome Dr. Debra Patt, Oncologist with Texas Oncology, Dr. Barry Brooks, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, and Kevin Scorsone, Legislative & Policy Liaison with NCODA, to discuss the disparities in the oncology space and how legislation can make a major impact moving forward. We also had the opportunity to talk about the new NCODA Oncology State Legislation Tracking Tool.

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Dr. Patt is an expert in healthcare policy, she has testified before Congress to protect access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. She chairs the Council on Legislation for the Texas Medical Association and works to formulate responsible healthcare policy that improves the health of Texans. She serves as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Clinical Oncology Clinical Cancer Informatics, and drives engagement in clinical informatics solutions to enhance healthcare. Her research is in clinical decision support, predictive analytics, telemedicine, HEOR, tools for patient symptom management and quality improvement.
Dr. Brooks Barry D. Brooks, M.D., is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas, Texas. He is the author of several publications and abstracts. Dr. Brooks is also Vice-Chairman of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and serves as Chairman of the Contracting Subcommittee for The US Oncology Network. He has been essential in the growth of legislative efforts in the world of oncology and serves on the NCODA Legislative and Policy Advisory Committee.
Kevin Scorsone is NCODAs Legislative and Policy Liaison and oversees the efforts of the NCODA Legislative and Policy Advisory Committee. He previously was a Legislative Communications Coordinator for the New York State Assembly and the Manager of Political Engagement for the North Carolina Nurses Association. In addition to his Legislative efforts, Kevin previously ran and worked on various political campaigns on the local, state and federal levels.

Season 2, Episode 14 - The Role Of An Oncology Pharmacist - Andrew Ruplin, PharmD

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Andrew Ruplin, PharmD to discuss his path to become an oncology pharmacist, his clinic and team processes, current challenges his clinic is facing, updates in GU oncology, and the process of authoring a PQI.  Andrew is an outpatient clinical oncology pharmacist at the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA).

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Andrew obtained his PharmD from Drake University in Iowa before completing his PGY1 residency at the University of Chicago Medicine, and then went on to complete his PGY2 residency in oncology with the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. His disease specialties include gynecologic, neurologic, kidney, melanoma and non-melanoma skin, genitourinary, and breast cancers. I addition to his clinics, he is heavily involved with precepting clinical experiences, writing, and research projects in the residency program and serves as a student coordinator for general oncology advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs). Outside of work, he enjoys the fantastic hiking and outdoor opportunities in Washington, movies, games, and exploring the food of Seattle. He can be found every weekend at the local dog parks with his Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Winnie.

The study Andrew references on the podcast can be found here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1558767321001956.

This episode is brought to you by Cardinal Health™ VitalSource™ GPO. Our Site of Care Dispensing Solutions provide the end-to-end expert support you need to launch and maintain a successful dispensing program. From initial evaluation, to design and implementation, to ongoing operations and patient monitoring, VitalSource™ GPO provides tools, resources and expertise to help you deliver exceptional patient care, gain additional revenue and protect reimbursements. To connect with a Cardinal Health team member to learn more, go to cardinalhealth.com/dispensing 

Season 2, Episode 13- Josh Raub, PharmD, BCPS- Personal Cancer Story and Pharmacist Journey

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Joshua N. Raub, PharmD, BCPS to discuss his personal cancer story, pharmacist journey, and tips for current pharmacy students in finding their career paths. We also discuss his book Through the Eyes of Cancer: A reflective journey of living with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His book is available for purchase HERE.

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Josh earned his PharmD degree from Wayne State University’s (WSU) Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Currently, he practices as a Medical Science Liaison for Seagen and is an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHP). As a cancer survivor and author, he is proud to share his journey and fulfill the role of patient advocate.

Season 2, Episode 12 - Digital Solutions in Monitoring Patient Reported Outcomes - Dr. Ethan Basch

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Ethan Basch, MD, MSc. Dr. Basch is an oncologist and outcomes researcher at the University of North Carolina, where he is Chief of Oncology and Physician-in-Chief of the North Carolina Cancer Hospital.  

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Dr. Basch has led a research program for many years focused on bringing the patient voice into cancer drug development and into daily oncology practice.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of ASCO, an editor for JAMA, and has served on the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute. Today we discuss his research in patient-reported outcomes tools.

Season 2, Episode 11: Updates In Pain Management

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Mark Garofoli, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, CPE. Dr. Garofoli is Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Experiential Learning for the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, along with being a Clinical Pain Management Pharmacist at the WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management, and teaching pharmacology within the WVU School of Medicine Chronic Pain Fellowship Program. Today we discuss updates in the opioid epidemic, peripheral neuropathy, cannabinoids and legal updates.

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Dr. Garofoli has been a consultant in the field of pain management on many different avenues such as being a grant reviewer for the CDC, an expert witness in multiple criminal and civil court cases, and numerous interviews and articles locally and nationally, He is a certified pain educator and the host of Pain Pod on the Pharmacy Podcast Network.

You can listen to Pain Pod here: https://pharmacypodcast.com/podcast/pain-pod/.

Season 2, Episode 10: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Arturo Loaiza-Bonilla, MD, MSEd, FACP and Tamunosa Abbey, PharmD, MBA, BCPS from Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

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Dr. Bonilla is the National Gastrointestinal Program Director and Medical Director of Clinical Research for CTCA. He earned a medical degree from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, Colombia. Following medical school, he completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Harbor Hospital Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Loaiza-Bonilla also completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida.

Tamunosa is a pharmacist with over 8 years of experience dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration at CTCA in Atlanta, GA. During her tenure as a clinical oncology pharmacist, Dr. Abbey was instrumental in the establishment of a clinic-based pharmacy presence.  In her current role as the Inpatient Pharmacy Supervisor, she oversees the pharmacy operations that serve the center’s outpatient clinics, infusion center, surgery department, and inpatient units to bring outstanding quality cancer care to the patients of CTCA.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Today we discuss the importance of a multidisciplinary team along with updates in colorectal cancer.

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Season 2, Episode 9: Horst Schulze, Founder, Former President & COO of The Ritz Carlton, Author of Excellence Wins and Cancer Survivor

A legend and leader in the hotel world, Horst Schulze’s teachings and vision have reshaped the concepts of service and hospitality across industries.

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Mr. Schulze’s professional life began more than 65 years ago as a server’s assistant in a German resort town. Throughout the years he worked for both Hilton Hotels and Hyatt Hotels Corporation before becoming one of the founding members of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in 1983. There Mr. Schulze created the operating and service standards that have become world famous.

During his tenure at The Ritz-Carlton, Mr. Schulze served as President and COO, responsible for the $2 billion operations worldwide. It was under his leadership that The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company became the first service-based company to be awarded the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award — twice.

After leaving The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Mr. Schulze went on to found The Capella Hotel Group. This luxury hotel company managed some of the most elite properties worldwide, and gave Mr. Schulze the opportunity to further define the luxury hotel industry, receiving countless awards and recognitions.

Today, Mr. Schulze serves as Expert in Residence at Arch + Tower, a boutique, organizational strategy consulting firm. He also recently completed his first book, titled “Excellence Wins.”
Today we discuss customer service, the need for “care” in healthcare, leadership, vision, his book “Excellence Wins”, and Mr. Schulze’s personal cancer story. Mr. Schulze will be a keynote speaker at NCODA’s 2022 International Spring Forum. You can find his book here: https://www.amazon.com/Excellence-Wins-No-Nonsense-Becoming-Compromise/dp/0310352096

Season 2, Episode 8: Physical Activity, Cognition, and the Cancer Patient - Elizabeth Salerno, PhD, MPH

Elizabeth Salerno, PhD, MPH is a biobehavioral scientist with training in kinesiology and epidemiology. She is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences and Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine.

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Her research focuses on the determinants and outcomes of physical activity behavior at the intersection of cancer and aging. Specifically, Dr. Salerno is interested in how physical activity and other lifestyle behaviors can be implemented into the standard of care to combat accelerated aging and improve cognitive, physical, and psychosocial health during survivorship. A large focus of her work is building community-based, scalable physical activity interventions to bring health benefits to all cancer patients.

Today we discuss her recent study on the relationship between cognition and physical activity in breast cancer patients that was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, as well as other projects related to physical activity and cancer patients.
The ACSM exercise directory discussed in the podcast can be found here: https://www.exerciseismedicine.org/eim-in-action/moving-through-cancer/exercise-program-registry/.

Season 2, Episode 7: Clinical Pharmacy Services, Telehealth and Financial Toxicity of Oral Chemotherapy Treatment with Guest, Charita Marthone, PharmD, BCOP

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Charita Marthone, PharmD, BCOP. Charita is a Clinical Oncology Specialist at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC.

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Today we discuss her role as a Clinical Oncology Specialist and the development of Sibley Memorial Hospital’s clinical pharmacy program, telehealth and financial toxicity of oral chemotherapy treatment.

Season 2, Episode 6: Deb Lawry, RN, OCN- Oncology Nurse Navigator

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Deb Lawry, RN, OCN. Deb is a registered nurse, nationally certified in Oncology.  She has over 33 years of oncology experience. Deb graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a bachelor’s degree in biology & psychology.  She obtained her nursing degree in her hometown of Ventura, CA through Ventura Community College.  

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Deb initially worked in oncology, at the bedside, at St John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA. She then spent several years as the nursing supervisor for Ventura County Hematology Oncology Specialists – a private medical oncology practice.  From there she worked as an Oncology Clinical Nurse Educator with the biotech company AMGEN.  Deb came to the Community Memorial Health Systems Cancer Center, Ventura, as the Oncology Patient Nurse Navigator in February of 2016.

Today we discuss the oncology nurse navigator role and the importance of this service for patients.

This episode is brought to you by Cardinal Health. At Cardinal Health, we understand that oncology nurse and patient navigators are often faced with challenges in managing large patient populations and prioritizing their time to deliver the highest impact for optimal patient care. That’s why we support oncology care teams with AI-enabled technology through Navista TS, tapping into vast amounts of socioeconomic, behavioral and health data and identifying high-risk, modifiable patients so you can make a meaningful impact on patient care. To connect with a Cardinal Health team member to learn more, go to cardinalhealth.com/navista

Season 2, Episode 5: Nigel Brockton, PhD – Cancer Prevention and the New American Plate

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Nigel Brockton, PhD. Dr. Brockton is the Vice President of Research at American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).  Dr. Brockton earned his PhD in the genetic epidemiology of colorectal cancer from the University of Aberdeen followed by post-doctoral studies at the University of Dundee.

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As the Vice President of Research for AICR, he oversees all research-related aspects of the organization including the Research Grant Program, the AICR Research Conference and the research that supports AICR’s policy objectives and AICR printed and digital materials.  He also contributes to the WCRF/AICR Continuous Update Project (CUP), that reviews, analyses and summarizes the global literature regarding diet, physical activity, obesity and cancer.

He maintains an appointment (adjunct Associate Professor) at the University of Calgary, Department of Community Health Sciences, and continues to conduct collaborative research using the rich data and biospecimen resources within the prospective longitudinal studies that he established in Alberta.  These studies examine the patterns of adherence to lifestyle recommendations among cancer patients, the impact of modifiable lifestyle factors on cancer metastasis and survival and provide data and biospecimens for external collaborative projects.

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. Today we discuss Dr. Brockton’s personal cancer story, the American Institute for Cancer Research, current recommendations from AICR on how to prevent cancer, the Healthy 10 Challenge and New American Plate. You can find information on all of AICR’s programs including the Healthy 10 Challenge at https://www.aicr.org.

Season 2, Episode 4: Phil Stover – Community Oncology CEO and Living with Anxiety after Surviving Cancer

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Phil Stover, JD, MBA. Phil is the Chief Executive Officer of Mission Cancer + Blood in Des Moines, Iowa. He is an accomplished businessman and attorney with over 15 years of experience in management, business process improvement, negotiations and contracting.

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Phil graduated from Drake University Law School with a Juris Doctorate Degree with Honors and from University of Iowa Tippie School of Business with a Master of Business Administration Degree with Distinction. Phil is a cancer survivor and is humbled by the opportunity to work for this amazing group as CEO and to be able to serve the physicians and staff that are dedicated to treating those affected by cancer.

Today we discuss his role with Mission Cancer + Blood and the great work the practice is doing. We also discuss Phil’s personal story as a cancer patient and survivor. We talk about the information found in his recent blog post “Living with Anxiety after Surviving Cancer:  4 Keys to a Happier Life.” His original post can be found here: https://www.missioncancer.com/living-with-anxiety-after-surviving-cancer-4-keys-to-a-happier-life-by-phil-stover-ceo-of-mission-cancer-blood/

Season 2, Episode 3: Recent Updates in Breast Cancer Therapeutics

This week’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Kevin Kalinsky, MD, MS from Emory Winship Cancer Institute. Dr. Kalinsky is an Associate Professor in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine. He serves as the director of the Glenn Family Breast Center at Winship where he is tasked with fulfilling the vision to improve breast cancer outcomes by aligning research and education with cancer treatment and prevention.

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A breast cancer physician and investigator, Dr. Kalinsky’s research focus is in developing new therapeutic approaches to patients with breast cancer.

Today we discuss recent updates to the RxPONDER trial and other important updates from the recent San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Season 2, Episode 2: Disparities in Chronic Pain Management

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Krystal Preston, PharmD, BCPS and Randall Knoebel, PharmD, BCOP.

Dr. Krystal Preston earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from Chicago State University and is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy. She recently began a new career journey working as a Clinical Specialty Pharmacist-Oncology with Amita Health St. Joseph Hospital Chicago. She also works part time as a Clinical Pharmacist at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. She has made it her life mission to end disparities in healthcare.

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Dr. Randall Knoebel obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy.  He worked as a clinical pharmacy specialist in Leukemia for several years before moving into pharmacy leadership positions, now working as Pharmacy Director of Health Analytics and Drug Policy in UChicago Medicine’s Department of Pharmacy. He also serves as the PGY1 pharmacy residency program director; and as the pharmacy director of Pain Stewardship at the University of Chicago a committee charged to lead efforts institutionally to improve the quality and safety of pain care.

Today we discuss disparities in chronic pain management and Krystal’s personal story in dealing with Sickle Cell disease. Randy’s recent article can be found here: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/heq.2020.0062

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Season 2, Episode 1: Cancer and the Microbiome

On today’s episode of The PQI Podcast we welcome Nadim Ajami, Ph.D. Nadim serves as the Executive Director of Scientific Research for the Program for Innovative Microbiome and Translational Research (PRIME-TR) at The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Nadim earned his PhD from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and his career goals are centered on addressing unmet clinical needs with translational research. He has worked closely with clinicians in various settings to identify opportunities to study microbe-host interactions in the context of health and disease.

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Today we discuss the Prime-TR program and microbiome as it relates to cancer and anti-cancer therapies. More information on the Prime-TR program can be found here:



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Becki Tinder and Taryn Newsome

Equity and Disparities in Oncology with Dr. Carmen Guerra

Music as Medicine and the Science Behind Music Therapy with Tim Ringgold

Immunotherapy in Breast Cancer Treatment with Cesar Santa-Maria, MD

Inspiring Young Adults Living With Cancer with Kaitlyn Ash and Lauren Stafford

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Bob Phelan

Howard Cohen, RPh, MS, FASHP

Dr. Kashyap Patel

David Hughes, PharmD, BCOP

Dana Ingoglia RD, CSO, LDN

Carmine Gallo

Dallas Lawry, DNP, FNP-C, OCN and Ken Lynch, JD, CG-C

Derek Gyori, PharmD

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