PHARMACY LEADERS

Scott Pace

Kavanaugh Pharmacy

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About

An Arkansas-based pharmacist and lawyer, Scott Pace is passionate about advancing patient care at the governmental level. Serving as the COO of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association, Scott acts as a leading voice in public health policy — most recently fighting for legislation against PBMs in his home state. In addition, he serves as a partner at Impact Management Group, where he works to improve government relations and affairs, and co-owns Kavanaugh Pharmacy with his wife, Anne. Scott’s involvement in both political and public issues grants him a unique opportunity to act as a mediator between lawmakers and patients. With his platform, he is working to bridge the gap.
Organizations
  • Arkansas Pharmacists Association - Former VP and Chief Executive Officer
Notable Achievements
  • 2015 - “40 Under 40” Arkansas Business Award
  • 2018 - NCPA John W. Dargavel Medal
  • 2020 - Unanimous victory in Rutledge v. PCMA case
Areas of Focus and Expertise
  • Legislation and Advocacy
  • Politics and Law
  • Pharmacy Ownership

About

An Arkansas-based pharmacist and lawyer, Scott Pace is passionate about advancing patient care at the governmental level. Serving as the COO of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association, Scott acts as a leading voice in public health policy — most recently fighting for legislation against PBMs in his home state. In addition, he serves as a partner at Impact Management Group, where he works to improve government relations and affairs, and co-owns Kavanaugh Pharmacy with his wife, Anne. Scott’s involvement in both political and public issues grants him a unique opportunity to act as a mediator between lawmakers and patients. With his platform, he is working to bridge the gap.
Organizations
  • Arkansas Pharmacists Association - Former VP and Chief Executive Officer
Notable Achievements
  • 2015 - “40 Under 40” Arkansas Business Award
  • 2018 - NCPA John W. Dargavel Medal
  • 2020 - Unanimous victory in Rutledge v. PCMA case
Areas of Focus and Expertise
  • Legislation and Advocacy
  • Politics and Law
  • Pharmacy Ownership
“I guarantee you if pharmacies go away, if patients get their drugs from a mailbox and not from a human being who is trained and knows how to prevent interactions and knows how to communicate with a prescriber, healthcare’s going to become more expensive."

As a pharmacist, every frustration you encounter is shadowed by the satisfaction your work brings you.

But what if that frustration can’t be solved with better technology or more innovation? What if it’s a matter of bureaucracy, and rather than being influenced by pharmacists, pharmacists are being pushed and pulled by it?

Scott Pace, an Arkansas-based pharmacist and lawyer. As COO of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association, he is situated perfectly in Arkansas politics, especially those concerning pharmacies. His position, however, does not confine him to a stuffy board room; Scott is also the co-owner of Kavanaugh Pharmacy, a family-owned operation that he shares with his wife, Anne. Although Scott has a positive impact on patients through his pharmacy, his political affiliation empowers him all the more. “During pharmacy school I worked for a large volume independent pharmacy in central Arkansas and loved politics,” he recalls. “I knew I wanted both to be involved in pharmacy but also be involved in politics. I’ve really found that the two mesh quite well because there are a lot of political issues that happen in the profession of pharmacy, and it’s also great to be a people person in both of those professions.” Kavanaugh offers him insight into the issues independent pharmacists face, thus helping him be a more informed, sympathetic politician who can properly represent other independent pharmacists. Of course, Scott has found a way to multi-task, but there must always be a Pace at Kavanaugh Pharmacy…

About Anne Pace

Anne Pace: pharmacist, educator, and mentor. As Scott takes on the political arena, Anne conquers her own daily battles between managing Kavanaugh, raising their two kids, and keeping a close eye on each of her patients and their health. As Scott influences pharmacy politics, Anne plays a major role in impacting the next generation of pharmacy leaders by working alongside pharmacy students. Before taking on Kavanaugh, she was an instructor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for six years. “When I was at the college of pharmacy, I developed an elective class on political advocacy,” Anne recounts. “Multiple students in the class said, ‘I don’t care about politics, and it’s not going to affect me,’ and by the time they were done with the class, they realized this was as important as those drugs they were learning about.” Today, she hires pharmacy students and gives them first-hand experience in the benefits of operating an independently-owned pharmacy. “I tell this to the pharmacy students I have on rotation: It’s all about making the patient happy and giving them the best care possible. There’s no one telling me on a day-to-day basis what I can or cannot do because somebody’s made up a rule that I can’t do that.”

Political Involvement

As an independent pharmacist, Scott believes the biggest challenge his colleagues face is a crisis of attitude that boils down to two issues: “Number one, thinking we’re dealing with [pharmacy challenges] alone, but we’re not. Just knowing that is a bit comforting. Number two, we think we’re powerless against them.” Despite the temptation to think negatively or see the future of pharmacy as bleak, Scott remains positive:

“I guarantee you if pharmacies go away, if patients get their drugs from a mailbox and not from a human being who is trained and knows how to prevent interactions and knows how to communicate with a prescriber, healthcare’s going to become more expensive because people are going to be sicker, and we’re going to see adverse events because of drug misuse. We’re going to see people use the emergency room because they can’t walk into a pharmacy and be triaged by a healthcare provider who’s the most accessible in healthcare community.”

Therefore, there will always be a need for pharmacists, especially the independents.

Scott also acknowledges the need for smarter inventory. “Inventory management is absolutely key in today’s drug marketplace,” he says. He explains the struggle pharmacists have with prescription drug price jumps, and he advises these pharmacists to anticipate changing prices when they purchase drugs. “People who are buying smart pay attention to all those trends,” he remarks, and he relates it to the “buy low sell high” stock market mindset.

A major part of Kavanaugh’s success is the Paces’ ability to recognize every patient that walks through the door and treat them like friends, not customers. “You can’t own a small business in the community and not be involved in and make sure the community’s successful,” Anne affirms. Community involvement is a huge contributor to a small business’ success, and the Paces have embraced the Little Rock and ensured that they and their children do their part.

Scott and Anne both urge pharmacists to be ardent in their political involvement. As mentioned earlier, politics have a strong tie with the pharmacy world, and it’s up to pharmacists to sway politics in their favor, rather than have politics sway them. And as tempting as it may be to see other parties (PBMs, insurance companies, etc.) as “enemies,” Scott advises pharmacists to, instead, work with them.

Apart, Scott and Anne are successful on their own, but together? The Paces are a dynamic duo who embody teamwork and demonstrate it as they leave their mark on Arkansas politics, pharmacy, and the Little Rock community.

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Podcast

Podcast

Episode
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Part 1: Behind the Scenes of Rutledge v. PCMA

In this episode we are joined by Scott Pace, one of the major figures contributing to the creation of Act 900. He served as the COO of the Arkansas Pharmacy Association during this time and was integral to the unanimous success of independent pharmacy in Rutledge v. PCMA. Listen as he tells the story behind winning the case and the obstacles in lobbying against PBMS. Pace is a pharmacy owner with his wife Anne, and is currently using his law background as a partner at Impact Management Group, a government relations company where he does contract lobbying for the pharmacy industry.
In this episode we are joined by Scott Pace, one of the major figures contributing to the creation of Act 900. He served as the...
Legislation • Payment Model
Episode
21

Part 2: A COVID-19 Investment That Really Paid Off

A silver lining of the pandemic has been the creation of new opportunities for some independent pharmacies, and the common thread between these stores is their preparation and planning. Kavanaugh Pharmacy has been busy with distributing, storing, and administering the Covid vaccine as well as performing thousands of Covid tests for their community. According to Scott Pace, it’s all about doing your “late night homework” and planning ahead so you can position yourself to be considered for these opportunities. In this case, a $6000 investment that was collecting dust at their pharmacy ended up being their key to getting the vaccine.
COVID-19 • Networking & Relationships • Clinical Services
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