Zu Afzal

On-Site Specialty Pharmacy Manager at Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy, LLC

Orange, CA

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If you want to go then quick go alone, but if you want to go far go together. That quote is something that I try to remember everyday because great changes come when an organization is able to work harmoniously. I have been fortunate to not only see this happen, but to also experience this first hand. My current position of being an onsite pharmacy manager gives me the opportunity to coach team members so that we can overcome challenges together. I enjoy being part of the team and fostering collaborations that allow us to accomplish our task. My current position as an onsite specialty pharmacy manager has given me the opportunity to work with oral oncolytics. These new medications have provided innovation in the way that we treat cancer. I have been able to collaborate with payers and providers to be able to optimize patient care. In my position I balance the responsibilities of collaboration with my team, providing excellent patient care and communicating with our oncology providers. My goal is to have a career where I can contribute to an organization’s vision and to make that vision become a reality through the process of planning and execution. I hope that my career will not just be a job, but a lifelong learning experience.

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Work experience

Jun 2016 - Present

Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy, LLC

On-Site Specialty Pharmacy Manager

- Manage and oversee pharmacy operations to ensure optimal patient experience - Interface with marketing teams and physicians groups to build collaborative relationships - Assist in the billing, handling and dispensing of high cost medications, including limited distribution drugs - Provide clinical consultations in the disease states of Hepatitis C, Chronic Inflammatory disease and Oncology

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Jul 2015 - May 2016

Walgreens

Specialty Pharmacist

- Delivered high touch patient care services for complex conditions such as hepatitis C, organ transplantation and oncology. - Utilized innovative software to track patient outcomes. - Interfaced with managed care organizations and physician offices to deliver optimal patient care. - Assisted in the billing, handling and dispensing of high cost medications. - Compounded medications in a variety of dosage forms including, capsules, creams, lozenges and suspensions.

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Jun 2014 - Jun 2015

Walgreens

PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Resident

- Managed diabetic patients under a collaborative protocol in an ambulatory care clinic. - Performed medication therapy management services in a broad range of disease states. - Staffed as a pharmacist at an innovative well experience Walgreens pharmacy. - Evaluated students in their professional skills development workshops at Midwestern University. - Precepted students at a worksite Walgreens pharmacy. - Gave lectures to pharmacy students and medical residents. - Developed, marketed and executed a research project for a smoking cessation program. - Established a pharmacy role in an international healthcare clinic in Guatemala.

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Sep 2011 - May 2014

Walgreens

Pharmacist Intern

- Assisted in the dispensing of medications at all levels of the pharmacy. - Improve patient adherence through therapy enhancement phone calls. - Promote the administration of vaccinations based on CDC guidelines

May 2011 - Aug 2011

Franklin Square Pharmacy

Pharmacist Intern

- Counseled patients in regard to prescription and over the counter medications. - Placed orders to manage drug inventory. - Contacted physicians in regards to drug to drug interactions.

May 2011 - Aug 2011

Americare Home Infusion Pharmacy

Pharmacist Intern

- Extemporaneously compounded home infusion pumps and total parenteral nutrition. - Organized home delivery infusion kits, which contain items essential to patient health.

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