Entrepreneur of the Year
Bob Lomenick, RPh
Tyson Drug Company
Holly Springs, MS
Bob Lomenick was ahead of his time when he began a patient-centered pharmacy practice focused on pursuing and implementing methods to improve medication adherence. With the knowledge gained from running a successful independent business, he now works to share his innovations with other pharmacists.
Recognizing an adherence problem in his small, rural community, Lomenick created a program to synchronize patient refills. He then introduced strip packaging technology to his pharmacy to help ensure dispensing accuracy and to allow patients to check when they last took their medication. In addition to this technology, his pharmacy offers a comprehensive medication therapy management process.
To assess the effectiveness of his adherence approaches, Lomenick is currently working with researchers from the University of Mississippi. The research so far indicates that patient adherence has improved by more than 26% overall. Excited by the success of the program, Lomenick has shared his strategies with pharmacists and associations across the country.
“At his core, Bob is a collaborator,” his nomination reads. “He is committed to the advancement of pharmacy by passing along best practices and sharing information so everyone can benefit.”
He has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to share the advantages of his process.
Lomenick’s efforts to improve pharmacy practice involve more than just technology, however.
“When you walk into a Tyson Drug Company Pharmacy, you step into a patient-focused business where old-fashioned customer service meets the latest technology to ensure the highest standard of accuracy and care,” his nomination form reads.
Outside of the pharmacy, Lomenick serves on the Dean’s Advisory Committee at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.