Lynn Eschenbacher

Lynn Elaine Eschenbacher

Manager, Pharmacy at WakeMed

Location:
3000 New Bern Ave., Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Company:
WakeMed
HQ Phone:
(919) 350-8000

General Information

Education

ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Leadership Academy

Bachelor of Science degree  - biology , Indiana University

MBA  - 

Master of Business Administration degree  - Fuqua School of Business at Duke University

Pharm.D.  - 

PharmD  - University of Texas at Austin

Affiliations

Board Member  - North Carolina Association of Pharmacists

Medication Safety Officer  - Duke University

ASHP Delegate  - Acute Care Forum

Recent News  

"We use a checklist of all the pieces that have to be put in place when you make a change," said Lynn Eschenbacher, Pharm.D., MBA, the pharmacy's clinical manager.
"We look at the data, determine how much drug we need, how much we have on hand, what the therapeutic alternatives are, and what our options are." The process is driven by a committee that includes WakeMed's product buyer, business manager, operations manager, pharmacy director, medication safety officer, and Eschenbacher. "We meet to decide when to take a shortage to our P&T committee to get approval for a formulary change," she said. The plan also accounts for technical changes that must be put in place, such as adding new products to the pharmacy order system or rotating items from automated dispensing cabinets on the patient care units back into the pharmacy, Eschenbacher added. The Problem With Third Parties Coping with shortages is a time-consuming, labor-intensive task, according to Eschenbacher. "On any given day, I can spend two to four hours working on a shortage," she said. "You have to figure out what the restrictions are for therapeutic substitution and decide if and when to go to a third party, such as a compounding pharmacy." Buying from third parties is an expensive option. For example, during a shortage of prefilled syringes of epinephrine, WakeMed chose to contract with compounding pharmacies even though the system would not be reimbursed for the markup. "We felt that safety outweighed the cost," Eschenbacher said. "The alternative would be mixing and pulling up a syringe in a crisis.

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Lynn Eschenbacher, Pharm.D., MBA, FASHP, has a strong interest in process improvement, staff development and competency and is currently the National Director of Pharmacy Operations at The Resource Group and the Residency Program Director for the PGY2 Health-System Corporate Pharmacy Administration Residency Two-Year Program.
In this role, she is responsible for collaboration of operational pharmacy services across the health system. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Indiana University in Bloomington, she attended the University of Texas at Austin to obtain her Pharm.D. degree. She then completed a pharmacy practice residency at Parkland Health & Hospitals in Dallas. Dr. Eschenbacher worked at Duke University Hospital as a clinical pharmacist, clinical coordinator and medication safety officer. Additionally, she completed her Master of Business Administration degree at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She most recently was the Assistant Director of Clinical Services at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency Program Director. Dr. Eschenbacher has received the Circle of Excellence award at WakeMed for Market Development and Quality Outcomes. She is also the ASHP Delegate for the Acute Care Forum in North Carolina, a past chair of the ASHP Section Advisory Group for Medication Safety, and past chair for the ASHP Section for Inpatient Care Practitioners. She received the 2015 ASHP Distinguished Service Award and is the editor of the ASHP Clinical Coordinator Handbook.

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Lynn Eschenbacher, PharmD
Assistant Director, Clinical Services, WakeMed Health & Hospitals Continuing Education Credit

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