Role of the Pharmacist in Specialty Pharmacy (Home Study)

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Pharmacists play an important role to ensure patients and payers are receiving optimal outcomes from specialty pharmaceuticals.  Pharmacists in a specialty pharmacy practice setting perform a variety of clinical tasks to optimize therapy, reduce waste, and assist patients with adhering to their medication.  Pharmacists provide care coordination between patient and prescriber to improve outcomes from specialty medications. 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this application-based activity, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the role of specialty pharmacists in ensuring medication adherence and therapy optimization.
2. Discuss the financial landscape around specialty medications and ways in which specialty pharmacists contain costs for patients and health systems.
3. Illustrate effective care coordination among pharmacists, prescribers, and patients to improve care delivery for patients receiving specialty medications.

Activity type: Application-based

Target Audience: Pharmacists 

Learning Level: 2

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The following activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour of CPE credit (0.1 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-9999-18-255-H04-P.

To obtain credit for completing Role of the Pharmacist in Specialty Pharmacy (Home Study), watch the archived webinar, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation questions, and then CLAIM credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript. 

Initial release date: September 27, 2018
Expiration date: September 27, 2021 


Role of the Pharmacist in Specialty Pharmacy (Home Study) is an archived, online educational activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association.


Autumn Zuckerman, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVP, CSP, and APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, visit the APhA website at

Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, PharmD, BCACP, Associate Director of Content Development at the American Pharmacists Association. 


There is no fee associated with this activity.

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements in order to have a positive learning experience.