A Few Words About Us

Personalized patient care committed to improving specialty education, clinical research, and practice management

The practice was started in 1991 delivering drug information support and medication consult services to assist patients, prescribers, and healthcare facilities. Our services are designed to improve prescribing, health outcomes, and patient safety. They have expanded to include clinical research, medical education, and forensic pharmacology. Our team of specialists are leaders in the field of clinical pharmacology and pharmacy practice management. We are committed to helping you achieve your healthcare goals.

History

Clinical Pharmacology Services, Inc (CPS), located in Tampa, Florida, is a medical specialty practice that provides drug information, medication therapy management, and clinical research services.  The practice was developed by Dr. Daniel E. Buffington, in 1991 and has continued to evolve to provide medication therapy management consultation for patients, physicians, healthcare facilities, insurance companies and pharmaceutical manufacturers with an emphasis on optimizing health outcomes related to medication therapy while also helping to reduce or avoid unwanted side effects.

Dr. Buffington has served on the faculty of the University of South Florida College of Medicine since 1991.  In addition to USF College of Medicine, he also serves as faculty and preceptor for several other medical, pharmacy and nursing schools from around the United States. He provides practice-based training and specialty lectures in the area of clinical pharmacology for students, residents and fellows.

CPS is a nationally recognized practice model that provides a functional platform for collaboration between the patient, practitioners, and insurers to improve medication therapy management.

The practice provides consultative support for pharmaceutical manufacturers, hospital, managed care plans, government agencies, and patient support organizations. The focus includes the development of clinical research design, health policy, standard of care, and treatment guidelines.

Staff

Practitioners:
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Daniel E. Buffington, PharmD, MBA
Practice Director
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Sean Casella, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacology Fellow
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Marcus Campbell, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacologist
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Office:
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Margie Kopec
Director, Billing and Finance
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Agnes Besser
Health Information and Regulatory Coordinator
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Awards & Recognitions

06/24/08

2008 APHA Pinnacle Award - Daniel E. Buffington, PharmD, MBA

Washington, DC – June 24, 2008 – The APHA Pinnacle Award recognizes the delivery of exceptional pharmaceutical care by an individuals, group practices/health-systems and voluntary health agencies.

Each year a recipient in each category is selected to receive the Pinnacle award for being pioneers who found innovative ways to improve the medication use process. If you or someone you know has been successful in increasing patient adherence, reducing drug misadventures, promoting the use of national treatment guidelines, improving patient outcomes, or enhancing communication among the members of the health care team, consider a nomination for the Pinnacle Awards.

This year, Dr. Buffington received the Individual Award for Career Achievement because he has demonstrated exceptional leadership in enhancing health care quality and medication use.

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08/10/08

American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) awards Dr. Daniel E. Buffington with the 2008 Award of Excellence

Established in 2005 as the successor to the ASHP Certificate of Appreciation, the ASHP Award of Excellence may be conferred annually to an individual or group of individuals in recognition of a specific recent contribution or achievement that has advanced the ability of hospital and health-system pharmacists in the United States to serve the needs of patients. Pharmacists and non-pharmacists, regardless of practice area or ASHP-membership status, are eligible. There is no limit to the number of awards that may be made annually. The award is intended to recognize an individual or group of individuals for a recent singular, nationally significant achievement or contribution rather than for career-long contributions.

Previous recipients include:

2007 – Lyle Bootman, PhD
2007 – Indian Health Services (MP Lee, TM Murray, RR Schupbach, JN Sparkman, TE Watts)
2006 – Marvin Shepherd
2005 – Jimmy Mitchell

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08/10/08

Buffington Honored with ASHP Award of Excellence

Seattle, WA - June 10, 2008 - The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) honored Daniel E. Buffington, PharmD, MBA, with the esteemed ASHP Board of Directors Award of Excellence for his work to develop payment models that will appropriately reimburse pharmacists for their therapy-management services. Buffington, president and chief executive officer of Clinical Pharmacology Services (CPS) in Tampa, Fla., received the award during ASHP's Summer Meeting in Seattle.

Buffington is founder of Clinical Pharmacology Services (CPS), a multi-specialty group practice that provides patient care services and operates as a clinical research center and training site for medical and pharmacy students. He is also a clinical faculty member at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Previously, he held a full-time faculty position at that university, where he helped develop the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, conducted clinical research and managed clinical services. He began his career as a clinical pharmacist at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa.

Throughout his career, Buffington has actively participated in several nationwide collaborative initiatives and organizations that deal with reimbursement for clinical pharmacy services, including the Pharmacist Services Technical Advisory Coalition, where he represents ASHP and was instrumental in securing the approval of permanent CPT codes for medication therapy management services. Buffington was also active on the American Medical Association's Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Panel and the CPT Allied Health Committee.

"Dr. Buffington's commitment to seeking reimbursement for clinical pharmacy services has moved health-system pharmacy forward and increased awareness that pharmacists are medication-use experts who are equipped with extensive clinical knowledge," said ASHP President Janet A. Silvester, M.B.A., FASHP.

As a consultant to other pharmacists and healthcare institutions, Buffington helps to shape advanced practice models, clinical services and the overall future of the pharmacy profession. In presentations to participants in medical, nursing and pharmacy continuing education programs, Buffington underscores the value pharmacists bring to healthcare teams. He has spoken as a pharmacy expert in many radio, television, and newspaper interviews, discussing topics involving medication therapy management and clinical pharmacy services.

Buffington received his PharmD and MBA degrees from Mercer University in Atlanta and completed a general residency and clinical pharmacology fellowship at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

About ASHP

For more than 60 years, ASHP has helped pharmacists who practice in hospitals and health systems improve medication use and enhance patient safety. The Society's 30,000 members include pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who practice in inpatient, outpatient, home-care, and long-term-care settings, as well as pharmacy students. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP's Web site, www.ashp.org, or its consumer Web site, www.safemedication.com

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  • “I was having side effects and confused about taking my medications. I have learned how to take my medications correctly and I am back to feeling like myself again......”Vivian L.
    Patient
  • “Too many doctors and different medications. Now all my doctors are on the same page.
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  • “Their understanding of research practice and clinical documentation sets an example for other research centers. Very professional and qualified staff...”Darryl S.
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