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E-Prescribing: Pharmacy Practice in the Digital Age & Cybersecurity Concerns

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Produced on December 01, 2015

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Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

There has been an exponential increase in the use of electronic prescribing, especially since the passage of the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) in 2003. Several states are contemplating making e-prescribing mandatory for all prescriptions. Although e-prescribing seems to provide many beneficial outcomes for healthcare, it also raises concerns regarding cybersecurity. In this course, Wilentz’s Angelo Cifaldi and Satish Poondi discuss these changes and address the federal and state regulations that apply to e-prescribing. 


Learning Objectives: 

I.      Define key terms 

II.     Discuss the impact of e-prescriptions on medication error rates 

III.    Review state and federal regulations regarding e-prescribing and the filing of e-prescriptions for CDS 

IV.    Identify potential cybersecurity concerns relating to e-prescribing


Satish V. Poondi

Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A.

Satish Poondi is an associate at the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. and a member of its Mass Tort/Class Action Team. Mr. Poondi is also a registered pharmacist, completing the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Rutgers University.


Mr. Poondi is active in the field of pharmacy academia. He is an advisor to multiple pharmacy organizations and a guest lecturer at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University. Mr. Poondi regularly presents continuing education seminars relating to important pharmaceutical legal issues for programs sponsored by academic institutions, professional organizations, and retail chains. He routinely represents healthcare professionals before licensing boards, such as the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy, New Jersey Medicaid, Medicare, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Office for Civil Rights, and many other regulatory agencies, as well as third party insurance companies. Additionally, he routinely provides guidance on the regulatory responsibilities associated with the sale and purchase of pharmacies. His clients include independent pharmacies, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, retail chains, wholesalers, hospitals, and compounding pharmacies. 


In addition to his administrative law practice, Mr. Poondi also represents patients who were injured by pharmaceutical products against large pharmaceutical companies. Presently he is representing:

  • Patients that developed bladder cancer after taking Actos, a diabetes medication
  • Patients that developed heart attacks/strokes after taking Avandia, a diabetes medication
  • Patients that developed gastrointestinal complications, such as ulcerative colitis, after taking Accutane, a medication used to treat acne
  • Patients that suffered from psychotic episodes after taking a generic version of Wellbutrin XL that was recalled by the FDA
  • Patients that lost limbs after being administered Heparin, an anti-coagulant


Mr. Poondi also represents clients with lung cancer and mesothelioma caused by their exposure to asbestos.


Mr. Poondi is also an active member of the community. He is the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Asian American Retailers Association and Director of Communications for the Indian Business Association. He previously served on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Community Relations for the township of Edison. In addition, Mr. Poondi is on the Executive Board of various Middlesex County based community associations.

Angelo Cifaldi

Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A.

Angelo Cifaldi is a shareholder with Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer P.A., where he is Co-chair of the Mass Tort/Class Action Team, a member of the management committee and the firm’s Vice President. He has been with the firm since he graduated cum laude from Seton Hall Law School in 1984. Before law school he graduated from Rutgers College of Pharmacy with high honors in 1981 and became a licensed pharmacist in New Jersey, a license that he still maintains. Mr. Cifaldi has two primary areas of practice: mass tort litigation and pharmacy administrative law.


During the past 30 years, Mr. Cifaldi, in conjunction with his Mass Tort/Class Action Team, has collected over one billion dollars for his clients. Mr. Cifaldi has successfully represented clients who have been the victims of asbestos exposure, including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, defective prescription drugs and medical devices, chemical exposure, and environmental pollution, including ground water and air contamination.


Notably, Mr. Cifaldi has been on the forefront of asbestos and environmental litigation, and has achieved several successful single case recoveries. He achieved $38.5 million and $17.5 million resolutions for the victims of a ground water contamination. He has also handled various pro bono matters, the most notable being the representation of widows and relatives of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.


As to his pharmacy administration practice Mr. Cifaldi represent hundreds of pharmacies, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, wholesalers, and other healthcare providers in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. He is considered a leading authority on pharmacy law in New Jersey and has handled numerous matters and hearings before the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy, DEA, FDA, Medicare and New Jersey Medicaid.


Mr. Cifaldi is also an adjunct associate professor of Pharmacy Law and Bioethics at Rutgers College of Pharmacy. He has been teaching Pharmacy Law at the school for over 25 years. In addition Mr. Cifaldi presents numerous continuing education seminars on pharmacy law related issue for groups such as Rutgers University, New Jersey Pharmaceutical Association, Garden State Pharmacy Owners Association, Indo American Pharmaceutical Society, New York State Department of Health-AIDS Institute, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education and others.


Mr. Cifaldi is also involved in civic activities as the chairman for the North Haledon Recreation Commission. He has held that position since 1983. He serves as the regional vice president of the American Amateur Baseball Congress. He also coaches a team of college and ex professional baseball players (over 25 years) in the Met League, a summer baseball league in Northern New Jersey. He is a former Councilman and Council President of the Borough of North Haledon and continues to be active politically in Passaic County.


Adele W.

Very helpful and practical review of e-prescribing by attorney faculty who are also pharmacists.

Jennifer H.

Really good together, informative and interesting

Charlene A.

very interesting and easy to understand material

Russ R.

Well done! Interesting presentation.

Rhonda R.

Presenters provided excellent advice.

Michael G.

good presentation

John K.

This was an interesting new technological lecture area, and it was covered in an interesting and effective way. Thank you.

Walter T.

Thanks. Nice, candid presentation.

arthur f.

2 presenters are pharmacist/lawyers in NY.

tim r.

Well coordinated speakers.

Kathleen M.

Really enjoyed the way the 2 presenters worked together--kept the program interesting.

Terry S.

Very informative and enlightening

Leonard S.

Very informative and current

Jennifer D.

Informative and entertaining. Thanks!

Michele C.

Very Interesting subject matter

Helen Z.

Fantastic and up to date. I am a Pharmacist and Attorney and was extremely pleased with this presentation Thank You

Kathryn W.

This lecture presented some provocative security issues concerning Rx.

Michael L. Simonini S.

very instructive

Tamber R.

Interesting discussion and well presented.

Gerardo G.

Very instructive.


Very Informative.

John C.

Great presenters.

Charles G.

Very informative!

Chukwuka O.


Daniel O.

Interesting program.

Alison C.

Useful information well presented.

Jeffrey T.

Speakers are clearly very well qualified.

Robin M.

I really enjoy when there are multiple people teaching.

Elizabeth Z.

Thank you - very interesting!

Nytasha T.

Very good and timely I appreciate that although they used NY law they discussed issues that were applicable to any jurisdiction.

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