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Get Ready to Join the New ASHP Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners

By Paul Abramowitz posted 08-20-2018 13:47


As many of you know, the ASHP Board of Directors approved the creation of a new Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners during its June meeting. The creation of this important new section is an example of how ASHP is providing leadership to shape the evolving healthcare landscape. The new section is the membership home for all pharmacy practitioners who are interested or engaged in specialty pharmacy.

All current and new members who practice in broad and diverse specialty pharmacy areas are invited to join the new section. We encourage those who provide direct patient care services and help manage and support the interface between specialty pharmacies, their organizations, and the patients they serve to also join the new section. ASHP members can add the section to their already existing benefits, providing an enhanced value to their membership at no additional charge.

Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioner members will provide ASHP with overall direction for a broad range of education, tools, resources, strategic initiatives, professional policies, and more. This member-driven approach ensures that the resources ASHP provides reflect the current and future state of pharmacy practice, and it does so in a way that helps pharmacists provide optimal care to their patients. We’re eager for the members of the new Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners to contribute in meaningful ways and guide ASHP on the path forward for specialty pharmacy practice.

The new section will meet the needs, address the challenges, and identify opportunities this unique and growing industry and patient populations. The role of specialty pharmacy practitioners is vital to improving health outcomes, identifying accessible and affordable medications for rare and chronic conditions, and ensuring the highest quality of care for these complex and highly specialized patients. ASHP envisions many new professional growth opportunities for our members in this exciting and evolving pharmacy practice area.

We plan to have the new Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners fully up and running this fall. The inaugural ASHP Section Executive Committee will be appointed at the end of August and will begin its important work on behalf of the new section during its first meeting in October. ASHP will be seeking additional volunteers to serve in advisory group capacities. We will be reaching out to you soon to encourage you to join the ASHP Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners and spread the word about this new endeavor.

The energy and excitement for the new ASHP Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners very high, and we look forward to engaging many current and new ASHP members in its important activities.  

Thank you for being a member of the fastest-growing and most forward-looking organization in pharmacy, and for everything you do for your patients and our profession.   



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