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June Faces of Pharmacy
Sun, Jul 11, 2021 9:00 PM UTC
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June Faces of Pharmacy:
Allison Clendenin, CPhT
Allison Clendenin, CPhT at Atrium Health Specialty Pharmacy, Charlotte North Carolina. Atrium Health is a nationally recognized leader in shaping health outcomes through innovative research , education and compassionate patient care, as well as being an integrated, nonprofit health system with more than 70,000 teammates serving patients at 42 hospitals and more than 1,500 care locations.
Allie first started as a technician in Houston Texas at Kroger Pharmacy in 2008. She joined the Atrium Health Specialty pharmacy in 2019 at the Levine Cancer Institute, which has about 20 physicians across the Carolinas that specialize in liquid tumors such as multiple myeloma, leukemia and lymphoma. She felt an instant connection when she joined this unit, primarily due to her being a strong advocate and cheerleader during her father’s cancer treatment at MD Anderson. She carries that same passion for patient advocacy in her daily work with each of her patients she encounters. She tirelessly explores all options to make certain that each patient receives authorizations necessary to get oral chemotherapy prescribed, as well as researching insurance and grants to maximize payments for those medications that are often financially overwhelming. Many times, patients do not have any kind of insurance, which requires additional applications to seek manufacturer assistance. She focuses on medication assistance with the goal of obtaining those high cost medications at little to no cost to the patient. That focus has led to hundreds of patients each month being able to obtain medications they would not normally be able to afford, which often helps prevent the need for additional and more costly consequences from not being able to receive their oral chemotherapy they need.
In her spare time, she judges cheerleading competitions, honing ax throwing skills in a league, loves outdoor activities with her dog , and relaxing at the beach any chance she gets.
Matthew London, PharmD
Matthew London, PharmD is a 2010 graduate from the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy. After graduation, Matt completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at the University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH) where he began his career as a Clinical Pharmacist. He spent the early part of his career as a clinical pharmacist in adult medicine and subsequently transitioned to pediatrics for the next 5 years. Matt also served as the Pediatric Pharmacy Supervisor for several years and during that time collaborated with the UNM College of Pharmacy to develop and implement a pediatric pharmacy student elective which continues to this day. He also worked to expand pediatric pharmacy services at UNMH into key areas such as the pediatric intensive care unit.
Most recently, Matt’s clinical focus has shifted to the hospital-based infusion center. In this role, he has been part of a multidisciplinary team of physicians and nurses, working to improve patient safety through the creation of infusion protocols, electronic order sets, quality improvement projects and staff development. Matt also works to support formulary decisions related to monoclonal antibodies. He is currently completing the ASHP Revenue Cycle Certificate to better support patients and the hospital to balance the financial impacts of expensive treatments. He works closely with Kristin a great pharmacy tech to provide care for underserved patients through patient assistance foundations.
Matt also works collaboratively with Neurology services and has been part of the team establishing spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) care at UNMH. They have been able to build up the treatment offerings for SMA patient in New Mexico to include Spinraza as well as other gene therapies such as Zolgensma.
Matt really enjoys learning about the latest medications and establishing protocols to provide cutting edge treatments for New Mexicans. As the premiere academic center for New Mexico, we are able to help support a huge geographic area and provide excellent care to our state. He feels very fortunate for the many opportunities his pharmacy career has brought to his life.
When not working at the hospital he enjoys spending time with family and friends outdoors, hiking or biking in the beautiful Sandia Mountains.