Opening Keynote Panel: Pharmacists Today…5 Years from Now…10 Years from Now and Beyond

NCPDP handpicked six industry leaders to offer a thought-provoking look at the future of pharmacy interoperability and innovation and the evolving role of pharmacists for its Opening Keynote Panel on Tuesday, May 7th at its 2024 Annual Technology & Business Conference, Innovation Starts Here, at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. The opening session will be a provocative 90-minute discussion on Pharmacists Today…5 Years from Now…10 Years from Now and Beyond with perspectives from government, pharmacy, patient advocacy, industry analyst and more.

Panelists will look down the road at key topics including reimbursement; workforce challenges and opportunities; policy/regulation; and innovation for predictions such as: How much time will pharmacists spend dispensing five years from now? How will the clinical pharmacy model be different from the retail model? When will pharmacists be paid for clinical services? How will artificial intelligence (AI) change the role of pharmacists and their engagement with patients? Where will we be with health equity?

Panelists include following esteemed industry leaders representing diverse perspectives in pharmacy related to their individual specialties:

Joel White

Joel White

Founder and President of Horizon Government Affairs, NCPDP’s government and public affairs consultant, will moderate and participate in the discussion.


Tricia Lee Rolle, Pharm.D., MS, PhD

Senior Advisor at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.


Christian Tadrus, Pharm.D., NSC

Vice Chair, NCPDP Board of Trustees, a primary care pharmacist. He owns independent community pharmacies and direct primary care clinics in rural Missouri that work within communities to improve health outcomes and address health disparities.


Amina Abubakar, Pharm.D., AAHIVP

An internationally recognized clinical pharmacist, certified HIV Specialty Pharmacist, and the owner and CEO of Avant Pharmacy & Wellness Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is founder and president of the Avant Institute, which offers training to pharmacies across the country on the practical application of clinical pharmacy services through developing sustainable physician collaborations.


Melissa Paige

Co-CEO of the Healthcare Advocate Summit and serves as President at National Association of Medication Access & Patient Advocacy.


George Van Antwerp

Managing Director, Life Sciences and Health Care with Deloitte Consulting, with over 20 years of experience both in industry and as a consultant. He leads the firm’s efforts around the Future of Pharmacy and Future of the Pharmacist.

Questions for our panel can be sent in advance of the Annual Conference to

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