New Membership Section to Provide Valuable Opportunities for Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners
and Enhanced Focus on Important Specialty Pharmacy Issues
On June 2, 2018, the ASHP Board of Directors voted unanimously to create a new ASHP Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners. The new section will provide an enhanced focus on ASHP’s efforts to help its members provide optimal patient care and comprehensive medication management in the specialty pharmacy environment in hospitals and health systems.
The new ASHP Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners will be composed of ASHP members who practice in broad and diverse specialty pharmacy areas, as well as individuals who help manage and support the interface between specialty pharmacies, their organizations, and the patients they serve. Members of the new section will be vital leaders in shaping ASHP’s agenda to provide a broad range of education, tools, resources, strategic initiatives, professional policies, and advocacy in support of their interests as specialty pharmacy practitioners.
“ASHP is extremely excited about the creation of this important new Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners,” said ASHP Chief Executive Officer, Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP. “We believe that ASHP is the perfect home for all pharmacy practitioners in hospitals and health systems who are interested or engaged in specialty pharmacy, including pharmacy technicians, residents, and students. We look forward to the formation of the new section executive committee so that we can quickly advance ASHP’s efforts to provide the education, tools, and resources to help them be effective practitioners and leaders on behalf of their organizations and the patients they serve.”
ASHP is now working to appoint the new section executive committee that will begin meeting in fall 2018. Membership and engagement in the new section will be available to all ASHP members soon thereafter. More information about the new section will be made available this summer.
ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s 45,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For more than 75 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists advance healthcare, visit ASHP’s website, www.ashp.org, or its consumer website, www.SafeMedication.com.