We are a National Specialty Pharmacy serving the needs of our members since 2003. PharmBlue is a pharmacy services organization that provides personalized care to a specialized client and patient population, and the clinicians who serve them. We serve thousands of enrolled members throughout the country and fill all member pharmacy needs with a special focus on HIV and AIDS, Hepatitis C, and Behavioral Health members.
Our original pharmacy was founded in 2003 in a small farming community called Evans City, north of Pittsburgh, PA. The founder, was involved in a research project studying patients with HCV. Many of these patients struggled to gain access to healthcare. He and his family started a pharmacy on the family farm, in a converted chicken coop, to help take care of these patients. Every day, they would deliver needed medications to these patients all over the Pittsburgh area.
The pharmacy gained a loyal following. Because of the focus on HCV, the pharmacy staff became expert in not only the treatment of HCV, but of commonly related conditions. Many of these patients had coinfections of HIV and an almost equal number had multiple diagnosed behavioral health conditions. We have never forgotten our roots. Today, we continue to focus on the needs of patients with multiple chronic conditions.
Joseph P. Pohl III
Joe is the Chief Executive Officer of PharmBlue, being named to the position after serving as PharmBlue’s General Counsel, and prior to that, acting as one of PharmBlue’s regular outside attorneys since its founding.
As the General Counsel to PharmBlue, Joe handled a variety of legal issues facing the company, in areas including but not limited to corporate, contract, employment and regulatory law, as well as litigation and corporate transactions. He also worked closely with other senior executives at the company to develop and execute on strategic and day-to-day plans for the business.
Prior to joining PharmBlue, Joe spent 19 years in private law firm practice, focusing on business and corporate litigation, financial services litigation and healthcare litigation in federal and state courts and arbitrations. He also represented clients in internal investigations, responding to various federal and state regulatory inquiries, and defending against class action lawsuits.
During his career in private legal practice, Joe served two 6 month “secondments”—acting as dedicated in-house counsel to clients for sixth month periods—one for Bank of America’s Global Wealth and Investment Management (“GWIM”) group, handling pre-litigation customer complaints, regulatory inquires and internal investigations for Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust, and one for the PNC Financial Services, Inc.’s government and regulatory enforcement group, assisting with internal and regulatory investigations across various lines of PNC’s business.
Joe earned a B.A. in Economics and Computer Applications, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He was selected for Phi Beta Kappa at Notre Dame, and was named to the Order of the Coif and the Law Review at Pitt Law. He is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and before all courts of Commonwealth, as well as the United Stated District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Joe is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Allegheny County Bar Association and the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy.
Ms. Beaudin is the Chief Financial Officer of PharmBlue. She previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Foundation Radiology Group, a multi-state professional radiology services organization serving community hospitals.
Ms. Beaudin also served as Vice President of Finance for Specialty Pharmacy at Walgreen Co. In that capacity, Ms. Beaudin was responsible for all accounting, financial reporting and analysis, pricing strategy and compliance, contracting, reimbursement and coordinating mergers and acquisitions for the Specialty Pharmacy Division. Previously, she was Chief Financial Officer of Medmark Inc., which was acquired by Walgreens in 2006 to become the platform company of Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy Division. Medmark was formed in 2003, and Ms. Beaudin was responsible for cash management, developing and implementing reimbursement, accounting and finance policies and procedures, as well as overseeing the human resource functions. Before coming to Medmark, she was Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Alliance Ventures, Inc., a Highmark Company. While there, Ms. Beaudin engaged in turnaround activities including renegotiating employment and affiliation agreements affecting over one hundred physicians and 500 staff.
She earned a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with an emphasis in accounting, from the California State University at Long Beach. She was selected as a finalist for the Pittsburgh Business Times “CFO of the Year” Award in 2010 and 2006.
Louis E. Dell'Olio
Vice President and Managing Pharmacist
Mr. Dell’Olio previously served as the Director of Contract Management for Integrated Pharmacy Solutions. In the position, he provided oversight management to multiple accounts and projects, including 340B health center and community retail pharmacy programs.
Prior to serving in the position, he served as the Executive Director for the State Office of Pharmacy Services. Under his leadership, over 24,000 patients across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts received comprehensive pharmacy services. Prior to that he was Pharmacy Director, Mental Health Department, Worcester State Hospital.
Mr. Dell’Olio has over 35 years of experience in the health care industry specializing in managerial, administrative and operations within the area of pharmacy practice and administration. His background also includes Director of a Psycho-Geriatric & Special Needs Program, Director of Ancillary Medical and Support Services, Director of Hospital Pharmacy. Louis has experience in acute and long term care pharmacy operations, mail-order pharmacy programs, clinical pharmacy services and 340B program implementation. He is also experienced in JCAHO, Title XIX and URAC compliance
Louis graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Services with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and has completed a Masters in Business Administration.
Michael E. Peterson
Director of Business Development
Mike is passionate about innovation and value creation for customers as well as investors. He has over 25 years of sales, marketing and business leadership experience in both managing turn arounds and in high growth companies. In his current role, he is responsible for identifying opportunities and creating new business platforms for PharmBlue. This includes understanding customer needs and delivering products and services that are complimentary to the core pharmacy business. He will be looking for ways to leverage technology to further our mission of providing the best care possible for our patients. Contact him if you would like to discuss how we can partner together.
Prior to PharmBlue, Mike led the First Aid & Safety business for Acme United Corporation. Through a series of acquisitions and new product launches he tripled the size of the business in five years. The business was consolidated under the First Aid Only Brand creating the number three brand in a one-billion-dollar category.
Mike earned his B.S. in marketing, cum laude, from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and his M.B.A. from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.
Board of Advisors
Mr. Nelson has a long history of entrepreneurship and in managing high growth companies. He is a founder of PharmBlue Holdings LLC, created to acquire and build excellence in pharmacy and related services. He is Chairman of PharmBlue Holdings and was previously CEO of PharmBlue LLC and RX Blue Star Solutions LLC. He is Founder and CEO of Redwind Innovations LLC, an advisory firm focused on technology-based innovation and early stage investing.
Recently President, Director and COO of Raleigh-based RadarFind Corporation, a high growth technology company serving the health care market. He oversaw all aspects of this company including direct and channel sales, marketing, hardware/firmware/software engineering, implementation & training and supply chain. Under his direction installations doubled, sales increased tenfold and production and new product development increased accordingly. He drove the acquisition of this company by Teletracking Technologies, Inc.
Prior to RadarFind, Mr. Nelson was President and Director of Boston-based Injured Workers Pharmacy, L.L.C. (“IWP”), a high growth national pharmacy serving the needs of patients in the Workers’ Compensation system, and specializing in drug therapy protocols for pain management. He was responsible for all operational and strategic aspects of this company. Under Mr. Nelson’s direction, IWP has seen significant growth in sales and EBITDA margin as a result of new product offerings and an expansion of the existing sales force. He attracted 3 offers to purchase IWP from private equity investors.
He earned his BS from the University of Pittsburgh and his MBA from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.
National Sales Manager
For the last ten years, Gabriel has worked in the specialty pharmacy services space with behavioral health, FQHC, ASO, and primary care organizations. He values spending time with the executives, all the way down to the front-line care providers, in order to understand their needs and how to best provide services to both their staff and their clients.
During his career, he has placed more than one hundred programs around the country. He is proud to say that all those programs are still active today. Gabriel’s passion is visiting healthcare facilities, learning everything he can about their needs, and then proposing the program that provides the maximum benefit to the clients and staff. He has developed some truly great clients, as well as life-long friendships, over the years. He would love to add you to the list of organizations he has helped.
Regional Sales Representative
Westin graduated from the Business school at University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in December of 2016. His major was Marketing and he had an extensive focus on sales inside and outside of the classroom. Westin is based out of Boston, Massachusetts, but will also cover Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New York. He is extremely motivated and will go above and beyond to help our current clients and portray Pharmblue’s extraordinary services to capture new ones.
Regional Sales Representative
Tina is the Regional Sales Representative over the Southwest region. Her territory includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. As an Oklahoma native, she pursued her BBA in finance at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining PharmBlue, Tina was a multi-site Operations Director for a leading urgent care and occupational health organization. Tina focuses on using her background and knowledge in clinic operations to help create pharmacy solutions for her clients to enhance their patient’s overall clinical experience. When she’s not servicing her clients and their patients, she enjoys spending time with her family, fitness, and trying new restaurants in her hometown of Dallas, Texas.
Anna received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from LECOM School of Pharmacy. She has worked in pharmacy for 5 years. Her previous experience includes hospital and long term care.
Bobby Clay received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Houston. Bobby has served in various leadership roles within multiple community pharmacy organizations. His previous experience includes serving as Director of Pharmacy for a 6,000 bed correctional complex.
Ashley received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University. Her previous experience includes retail pharmacy.
Christina received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kansas. She has worked in pharmacy for more than 16 years. Her previous experience includes Indian Health Service, Medical Information and Retail Pharmacy.
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Nikita received her Master of Pharmacy from L M College of Pharmacy, Ahmedabad, India. Her previous experience includes 14 years in retail pharmacy.
Megan Elias Masse
Megan received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island. She has worked in pharmacy for 10 years. Her previous experience includes retail pharmacy CVS Health and ambulatory care at the University of Rhode Island Health Services Pharmacy.
Clinton Sanders received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy. His previous experience includes more than 10 years of managing retail chain pharmacies.
Mike received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from LECOM School of Pharmacy in 2013. His previous experience includes working in retail pharmacy for 5 years.
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Edward Szczypiorski received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University. He has worked in retail, mail order, and specialty pharmacy as a licensed pharmacist for 11 years.
Hilary A. Szczypiorski received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. She has worked in pharmacy for 11 years. Her previous experience includes retail and long term care pharmacy.
Cathy Vance received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. She has worked in pharmacy for 12 years with previous experience in retail pharmacy.
Patient Medical Information Disclosure & Access Notice
How PharmBlue May Use and Disclose Your Health Information
PharmBlue protects the privacy of your health information. For some activities, we must have your written authorization to use or disclose your PHI. However, the law permits PharmBlue to use or disclose your PHI for the following purposes without your authorization:
For treatment: Example: Information obtained by the pharmacy will be used to dispense prescription medications to you. We may disclose health information about you to pharmacists and other persons who are involved in dispensing your prescription.
For payment: Example: We will contact your insurer or pharmacy benefit manager to determine whether it will pay for your prescription and the amount of your co-payment responsibility. We will bill you or a third-party payer for the cost of prescription medications dispensed to you. The information on or accompanying the bill may include information that identifies you, as well as the prescriptions you are taking.
Communication with individuals involved in your care or payment for your care: Health professionals such as pharmacists, using their professional judgment, may disclose to a family member, other relative, close personal friend or any person you identify, your health information relevant to that person’s involvement in your care or payment related to your care.
As required by law: We will disclose health information about you when required to do so by federal, state or local law.
For health care operations: We may use and disclose health information about you for pharmacy operations. We may send materials related to your health care to your home.
Health oversight activities: We may disclose health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities include audits, investigations, and inspections, as necessary for our licensure and for the government to monitor the health care system, government programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.
Lawsuits and disputes: If you are involved in a lawsuit or a dispute, we may disclose health information about you in response to a court or administrative order. We may also disclose health information about you in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process by someone else involved in the dispute, but only if efforts have been made to tell you about the request or to obtain an order protecting the requested information.
To avert a serious threat to health or safety: We may use and disclose health information about you when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another person.
Public health risks: We may disclose health information about you for public health activities. These activities include the following: (1) to prevent or control disease, injury or disability; (2) to report reactions to medications or problems with products; (3) to notify people of recalls of products they may be using; (4) to notify a person who may have been exposed to a disease or may be at risk for contracting or spreading a disease or condition; (5) to notify the appropriate government authority if we believe a person has been the victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence (we will only make this disclosure if you agree and when required or authorized by law).
For specific government functions: We may disclose health information for the following specific government functions: (1) health information of military personnel, as required by military command authorities; (2) health information of inmates, to a correctional institution or law enforcement official; (3) in response to a request from law enforcement, if certain conditions are satisfied; and (4) for national security reasons.
Workers’ Compensation: We may disclose your health information for workers’ compensation or similar programs.
Organ and tissue donation: We may also disclose your PHI to organ –procurement or similar organizations for purposes of donation or transplant.
Coroners and Funeral Directors: We may release your PHI to a coroner or medical examiner, for example, to determine a person’s cause of death. We may also disclose your PHI to funeral directors consistent with applicable law to enable them to carry out their duties.
Your Health Information Rights
You have the right to request restrictions on our use or disclosure of your health information. PharmBlue is not required to agree to those restrictions. If we do agree to any restriction, we will put the agreement in writing and follow it, except in emergency situations. We cannot agree to limit the uses or disclosures of information that are required by law.
You have the right to inspect and copy your health information as long as PharmBlue maintains the health information. Your health information usually will include prescription and billing records. To inspect or copy your health information, you must submit a written request to PharmBlue. We may charge you a fee for the costs of copying, mailing, or other supplies that are necessary to grant your request. We may deny your request to inspect and copy in certain limited circumstances. If you are denied access to your health information, you may request that the denial be reviewed.
You have the right to request that PharmBlue amend your health information that is incorrect or incomplete. You may request an amendment for as long as we maintain the PHI. In addition, you must include a reason that supports your request. In certain cases, we may deny your request for amendment. If we deny your request for amendment, you have the right to file a statement of disagreement with the decision.
You have a right to receive an accounting of disclosures of your health information we have made after September 1, 2003 for most purposes other than treatment, payment, or health care operations. The accounting will exclude disclosures we have made directly to you, disclosures to friends or family members involved in your care, and disclosures for notification purposes. The right to receive an accounting is subject to certain other exceptions, restrictions, and limitations. Your request must specify the time period, but may not be longer than six years. The first accounting you request within a 12 month period will be provided free of charge, but you may be charged for the cost of providing additional accountings.
You may request communications of your health information by alternative means or at alternative locations. For instance, you may request that we contact you about medical matters only in writing or at a different residence or post office box. Your request must state how or when you would like to be contacted. We will accommodate all reasonable requests.
For More Information or to Report a Problem
If you have questions or would like additional information about PharmBlue privacy practices, or if you would like to exercise any of the rights outlined above, you may contact our Privacy Officer. If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you can file a complaint with our Privacy Officer or with the Secretary of Health and Human Services. To reach our Privacy Officer, please call 724-779-4720 or email us. There will be no retaliation for filing a complaint.