Suzette Dimascio - Specialty Pharmacy Podcast

In this episode, CSI Specialty Group’s Alex Buell, vice president of business development, and Ashley Johnson, director of business development, join host Suzette DiMascio, CHE, CMCE, CPC, for an in-depth discussion and analysis of key current trends in specialty pharmacy and how they will shape the future.

They also unpack how big pharma and health systems can navigate the increasingly complex waters of specialty pharmacy to drive success and avoid costly mistakes.

Tune in to Discover:

  • How to harness a channel strategy in the launch of rare or orphan drugs
  • The optimal strategies health systems can employ to maximize success
  • Actionable tips on how to transition from the branded medication world into the world of orphan, generic, or biosimilars
  • How smaller manufacturers/SPs can achieve greater scalability to compete more effectively with bigger players
  • What makes the CSI core team, background, and pedigree second-to-none in the specialty pharmacy consulting world

Alex Buell is an experienced and successful sales and business development professional with a comprehensive background in multiple channels of the specialty healthcare industry.  Alex brings an intimate knowledge of pharma/biotech/life sciences programs and procedures that have been implemented to drive positive patient outcomes. Alex has developed a unique skill set throughout his career in the healthcare industry; and he specializes in uncovering unmet needs for clients, ultimately finding ways to better serve the patient and streamline positive outcomes.

Alex graduated from Robert Morris University with a degree in corporate communications. While earning his degree, he led and developed multiple programs to increase student and facility collaboration outside of the classroom that are still in existence today.

Previous to his role with CSI Specialty Group, Alex held a leadership role as Vice President of Business Development at a healthcare information technology company that assists in driving faster and more efficient outcomes for all stakeholders, including healthcare providers, pharma, specialty pharmacies and patients.

About Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson is a recognized leader and innovator in the Specialty Pharmacy market with over 10 years experience in Sales and Business Development within various organizations. Ashley has successfully cultivated strong relationships with National and Regional Specialty Pharmacies, Health Systems, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, and Business Leaders throughout the industry.

Prior to joining the CSI team, Ashley spent several years in Sales Management at Asembia, formerly Armada Health Care, managing an extensive portfolio of large accounts across the Southeast Region. Before that, Ashley worked as a Senior Specialty Pharmacy Representative at Commcare Pharmacy where she made a significant impact on numerous specialty disease states including Oncology, Hepatitis C, MS, HIV and more.

Ashley ranked Top 10% across the nation quarter after quarter. She is a passionate individual who strives to improve the overall patient experience in healthcare. Her message is and always has been “the patient comes first.”

Ashley is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing and Management. She was born and raised in Florida, is an avid fisherwoman, country music lover, and a true believer that the most important thing in life is family.  

About CSI Specialty Group

CSI Specialty Group is a globally recognized leadership, strategy and talent consulting firm dedicated to helping clients drive sustainable, accelerated growth while continually elevating the specialty pharmacy industry. By providing inventive specialty pharmacy consulting, workforce planning and talent acquisition solutions, CSI uniquely tailors its service offerings to help clients drive sustainable, accelerated growth. As the provider of the industry’s first, dedicated podcast for specialty pharmacy, CSI is at the forefront of pioneering innovative concepts to meet the changing needs of specialty pharmacy, home infusion, mail order/PBM, health systems and pharma/biotech clients across the USA and throughout Europe.

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About The Specialty Pharmacy Podcast

Join host Suzette DiMascio, CHE, CMCE, CPC, President and CEO of CSI Specialty Group, as she answers questions, addresses concerns and discusses the news you need to stay on top of the ever evolving world of specialty pharmacy. Tune in every episode to hear real world examples of the good, the bad and the outrageous from the experts at CSI Specialty Group, and to learn about the limitless growth opportunities available in the specialty pharmacy industry.