Mike Podgurski, RPh


Michael Podgurski is currently a consultant in the pharmacy profession focusing on regulatory compliance, pharmacy automation and pharmacy operations. His career has encompassed all aspects of pharmacy including community pharmacy operations, third party administration, business re-engineering, information technology, licensing and pharmacy services. Dr. Podgurski also has recently served as an expert witness on pharmacy operations, pharmacy automation and medication errors.

Previously, as Vice President of Pharmacy Services, he managed all state and Federal legislative initiatives, Board of Pharmacy issues and relationships, regulations and all licensing matters for all Rite Aid pharmacies in 31 states and the District of Columbia. Prior to this responsibility, he was Vice President of Pharmacy Operations where he was responsible not only for the day-to-day operations of all Rite Aid pharmacies, but also all technology initiatives which included pharmacy systems, design, workflow, automation and e-prescribing.

Dr. Podgurski was selected and has served on numerous National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) committees and task forces, American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Community Pharmacy Practice Standards Development Committee, APhA Health Care Reform Stakeholders Committee, APhA Work Group on the Future of Pharmacy and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Risk Communication Advisory Committee.

Dr. Podgurski was a member of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Policy Council for 12 years, serving as Chairman in in 2013, American Society for Automation in Pharmacy (ASAP) Board of Directors for 11 years, serving as President from 2016 to 2018 and is currently the President of the American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL). He is a member of the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy Dean’s National Advisory Board Legacy Society and previously served on West Virginia University’s School of Pharmacy Board of Advisors for 17 years.

Dr. Podgurski received the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Honorary President award in 2015 and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Harold W. Pratt Award in 2018 acknowledging his contributions to the profession and the industry. Dr. Podgurski received a BS in Pharmacy from West Virginia University and is licensed in five states. He was appointed to the Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy in 1997 and served for 15 years which included being elected Chairman of the Board for 8 of those years.