The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council

The Healthcare Compliance
Packaging Council

RxAdherence2014 is the singular educational event focusing specifically on patient adherence and compliance prompting pharmaceutical packaging. This annual conference, a respected industry event for over two decades, is co-sponsored by HCPC, Packaging Digest and Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News.

RxAdherence 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Hamilton Park Hotel and Conference Center
Florham Park, New Jersey

Registration InformationAgendaExhibitor InformationHotel/Travel Information
Now in its 22nd year, RxAdherence 2014 is the singular educational event which focuses specifically on patient adherence and compliance prompting pharmaceutical packaging. Each year, the latest trends and topics impacting this area of drug delivery are examined and addressed by speakers who have expertise in this packaging niche. Registrants will find no other conference so highly focused on how patient compliance is positively impacted through appropriate packaging.  

2014 Sponsors:

Co-Sponsored by:


Program Highlights:

  • Presentations from influential patient adherence organizations including CVS Caremark, FDA,
    National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations(NASPA), Pharmaceutical Quality Alliance (PQA), Thrifty White Pharmacy, plus more.
  • Educational Sessions from leading experts.
  • Additional Experts include representatives from leading pharmaceutical companies and much more.
  • HCPC's 2013 Compliance Package of the Year Award Presentation.
  • An Exhibition of Patient Adherence Solutions.

Who Should Attend?

  • Brand Management
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Sales & Marketing Executives
  • Patient Compliance and Persistency
  • Packaging Engineers
  • Packaging Professionals
  • Product Management
  • Business Development
  • Advertising Agency Professionals
  • Promotions Management
  • Disease Management
  • Managed Care
  • Strategy Analysis
  • Pharmacists
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Clinical Trial Operators
  • Nutritional Supplement Manufacturers
  • Formulary Directors
  • Healthcare Policy Makers
  • Anyone interested in the role that better packaging can play in improving pharmaceutical adherence and safety!

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75% of adults fail to adhere to, or comply with physician prescribed treatment regimens. - PhRMA, 2011

Join the HCPC and the editors and staff members of Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News at this premier annual educational event, April 8 in Florham Park, NJ.

Registration Information


Early bird discount codes are provided in various HCPC and UBM Canon published and electronic promotions. If you do not have a coupon code, please contact


Registration Rate


Registration Category

Early Bird Rate - Before 3/15

After 3/15


HCPC members

$ 595

$ 695

Non-HCPC Members (Suppliers, Vendors)

$ 695

$ 795

Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Employees
(including Marketing & Brand Mgmt)

$ 395

$ 495


The registration fee includes admission to the entire full day conference with meals included. Cancellations will be accepted through March 28, 2014 but are subject to a $75.00 processing fee. Substitutions will be honored at anytime, but must be submitted in writing with the substitute's information provided in the detail shown on the registration form.

Registration Questions? Contact or at 804-338-5778


Exhibitor Registration Category


HCPC members

$ 1575

Non-HCPC Members

$ 2625


The economic impact of non-adherence is estimated to cost $100 billion annually. - PhRMA, 2011

An exhibition will be held during the day-long conference and will be available to attendees during all scheduled breaks. Registration for these exhibits will be provided on a first come, first served basis via our on-line registration. Each exhibitor registration provides a complimentary registration to a member company representative.

Please note a booth number will be assigned to you in April.
For more information on exhibiting:

HCPC Members contact or at 804-338-5778
Non-HCPC Members contact Doris Luftglass at or 310-740-9073


Hotel/Travel Information

Hotel Reservations/Meeting Facility
Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel and Conference Center
175 Park Avenue
Florham Park, NJ 07932
Hotel Front Desk: 973-377-2424 | Hotel Fax: 973-377-6108

Take advantage of the HCPC negotiated rate with the Wyndham Hamilton of $181/night, available only until Monday, March 17, 2014.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

7:30 AM

Continental Breakfast (Hamilton Prefunction Area)

- Graciously sponsored by

8:30 AM

Opening Remarks (Hamilton 1 and 2)

HCPC Chairman, Ralph Mendoza, Daphne Allen, Editor, Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, and Walt Berghahn, HCPC Executive Director

8:40 - 9:20 AM

Pharmaceutical Packaging and Supply Chain Safety: Another link in the chain

The HCPC has promoted the concept that supply chain security ends when patients take the appropriate dose that has been safely delivered through the channel. A recent study conducted by pharmaceutical contract packaging and material suppliers, in cooperation with the HCPC, adds further support to this concept. The study examined product stability of three chronic condition pharmaceuticals in a normal use environment, not in pristine unopened containers as required by industry. The resulting data reveals the impact on critical product characteristics when products are packaged in different blister materials, HDPE bottles, and amber pharmacy vials and then repeatedly opened under conditions simulating in-home patient use. Discover which packaging formats provide maximum safety to doses, maintaining product efficacy throughout a typical use cycle. This may be the last link in supply chain security, ensuring the drugs that reach patients are indeed safe and effective.

Walt Berghahn, Executive Director, HCPC

9:20 - 10:10 AM

Safety Considerations for Product Design, Container Labels and Carton Labeling - the FDA Draft Guidances

The July 2006 Institute of Medicine report on Preventing Medication Errors found that on average a hospital patient is subject to at least one medication error per day, and cited labeling and packaging issues as the cause of 33% of medication errors. This session will review the FDA's draft guidances on strategies to reduce or eliminate medication errors through product design, labels, and labeling.

Irene Z. Chan, PharmD, BCPS, CDR,
U.S. Public Health Service, Associate Director, Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis

10:10 - 10:50 AM

Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Dysfunction

California has identified problems in the distribution of prescription drugs that have resulted in counterfeit, adulterated or outdated medications being identified in the supply chain by unscrupulous providers. These problems and possible solutions will be discussed during this presentation.

Virginia Herold, Executive Officer,
California Board of Pharmacy

10:50 - 11:20 AM

Networking, Exhibits & Refreshment Break

- graciously sponsored by


11:20 - 12:10 PM

Thrifty White Pharmacy's Medication Adherence Strategies: Healthier Outcomes for Patients

Medication Adherence is playing an important role in keeping our patients healthier. This talk will detail the strategies that Thrifty White Pharmacy is using to increase patient adherence to medications. It will also show the benefits to everyone involved including the patient, pharmacy, provider, PBM, government and manufacture. Details of a study with Virginia Commonwealth University will show how medication adherence will decrease overall expenditures for insurance companies and increase the health of our patients.

Tanya Schmidt, PharmD,RPh,
Central Sites Operations Manager,Thrifty White Drug Stores Inc.

12:10 - 12:40 PM

Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Accelerate Spread of Med Sync

Despite the building evidence of the value of the appointment based model, distinct barriers to its widespread implementation still exist. Pharmacy associations and others have worked to identify these barriers and identify the solutions for implementation. Legislative actions and other solutions to overcoming these barriers demonstrate the growing interest in the appointment based model as a solution to increasing patient adherence.

Krystalyn Weaver, PharmD,
Director, Policy & State Relations, National Alliance of State Pharmacy Association

12:40 - 1:45 PM

The Arrive Dining Room Luncheon

- graciously sponsored by


(Hamilton 1 & 2)

1:45 - 2:25 PM

Medication Synchronization in the Emerging Quality Landscape

The enactment of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act led to a new focus on quality improvement, including incentives for high quality health plans. CMS has initiated substantial quality bonus payments (QBPs) for health insurance companies that administer Medicare Advantage plans based on their Medicare star rating. QBPbased Medicare rebates are awarded to plans achieving a three-star rating or higher according to a sliding scale based on star performance. To capitalize on this new shift in the marketplace, health plans are utilizing a variety of methods to improve patient performance on adherence metrics. Formularies, clinical strategies, network contracts, marketing/promotions are all being aligned with star measures strategies. Health plans are also leveraging their network pharmacies, such that for some plans network pharmacies are judged according to their performance on PQA adherence and safety measures. This presentation will review how health plans and network pharmacies are working together to improve patient adherence including the Appointment Based Model (ABM) of medication synchronization, as pharmacists assume medication adherence as one of their core competencies.

Samuel F. Stolpe, PharmD,
Associate Director of Quality Initiatives, Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA)

2:25 - 3:10 PM

Driving Awareness of the Walmart® Compliance Pack Program

Did you know that up to 50% of people forget to take their medication as prescribed? Compliance packs have been proven to help patients remember their doses. Now Walmart is helping their customers not miss another dose through the launch of the Walmart Compliance Pack Program. A recent clinical study found that patients using compliance packs refilled their prescriptions five days sooner and stayed on their medication 22 days longer. Walmart wants to expand this adherence success rate through the Walmart Compliance Pack Program. In this presentation, you will hear Walmart's commitment to improving patient adherence and learn how this Walmart program is designed to raise awareness of compliance packs with physicians and patients to drive greater uptake.

Ken Begasse, Jr., Founder and CEO, Concentric Health Experience
Ross Quinn, Managing Partner, Director of Customer Integration Concentric Health Experience

3:10 - 3:30 PM

Networking, Exhibits & Refreshment Break

- graciously sponsored by

3:30 - 4:00 PM


4:00 - 4:45 PM

Industry Perspective Panel

Join our industry experts as they collaborate on the effective methods of improving patient adherence based on their knowledge and experience in the field. Understand what it is to be a pharmacist on the front line of patient adherence with unique challenges, opportunities and a wish list for improving patient adherence.

Daphne Allen, Editor, Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News

Tanya Schmidt, PharmD, RPh Central States Operations Manager, Thrifty White
Samuel F. Stolpe, PharmD, Associate Director of Quality Initiatives, Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA)
Krystalyn Weaver, PharmD, Director, Policy & State Relations, National Alliance of State Pharmacy Association
Ken Begasse, Jr., Founder and CEO, Concentric Health Experience
Ross Quinn, Managing Partner, Director of Customer Integration Concentric Health Experience

4:45 PM Closing Remarks

* Agenda is subject to change.