OncoMed selected Ellen Scharaga in 2009 as its Senior Vice President of oncology pharmacy services. In this role she serves as the main supervisor and primary advisor on pharmacology-related matters. The company chose Ellen Scharaga for this crucial because of her demonstrated success in the pharmacy industry.
Ellen Scharaga’s current responsibilities encompass overseeing pharmacy dispensing operations, implementation of legal best practices, and operation of pharmacy benefit programs. In addition, Ellen Scharaga conducts contract negotiations with pharmacy vendors and specialty contractors, while providing key training support to OncoMed professionals. During less than a year at OncoMed, Ellen Scharaga grew operations staff by 50 percent, reduced turnaround time for prescription processing by 30 percent, and achieved Joint Commission Accreditation for a number of critical OncoMed facilities.
Prior to joining OncoMed, Ellen Scharaga was Vice President of Pharmacy at General Health Incorporated, where she was responsible for the operations and finances of the company’s New York branches. She oversaw vendors, including providers of prescriptions, home infusion, and specialty injection drugs, whose medical services affected 1.7 million residents throughout the state of New York. During her time at OncoMed, Ellen Scharaga transitioned a $300 million prescription drug program into a new performance benefit manager, negotiating changes in fees and discounts to achieve over $25 million in savings. Ellen Scharaga delivered similar results for her former employer, Group Health Incorporated, where she increased revenue by 25 percent during her time there.
Ellen Scharaga is a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, and the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists. She also supports a number of medical charities, including the American Cancer Society, Inc. and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Pharmacology from St. John’s University.