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Counterfeit drugs

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If you are like me, your first reaction to the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) was "that couldn't happen in the US... could it?" I attended the IHFDA Annual Meeting in Frisco, TX last week (some really meaty presentations) and listened to a presentation by Shabbi J. Imber Sadfar, the Executive Director of the Partnership for Safe Medicines on counterfeit drugs. The presentation left me shaken... it can, and does happen in the US. While this happens primarily in the retail and internet sectors, it has also happened to hospitals. Counterfeit drugs enter the US supply chain either by US citizens purchasing drugs from internet pharmacies or by counterfeiters ...
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Jennifer Wick, PharmD, MPH, PGY-2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident, Palm Beach Atlantic University Amy Henneman, PharmD, BCACP, BCPS, CDE, PGY-2 Ambulatory Care and PGY-1 Residency Program Director, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Palm Beach Atlantic University Why is the Interview so Important? New pharmacy graduates are encountering a previously unseen amount of competition in both the job market and in postgraduate training.  From 2000 to 2017, according to AACP’s annual pharmacy student profile, the number of annual graduates has nearly doubled.  While this number continues to increase, demand for pharmacists has been unable to ...
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Being More Productive

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Jill Tipograph in 9 Focus-Forming Habits to Lengthen Your Attention Span offers these are small and totally doable actions that, with a little practice, can help you focus and get more done. From the infinite scroll of Facebook and Instagram to the temptation of a perfectly sunny day, there are a lot of distractions that prevent you from zeroing in on your work. With lengthy work hours, increased workloads, boss expectations, and shared office spaces, one needs to have a box of tips and tools to stay focused for longer periods of time So how to you meet your deadlines? Try these focus-forming habits that help to lengthen your unpredictable attention ...
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From Technical Expert to Leader Learning Management Skills (Mind Tools) shares the following. Taking a leadership role can leave you feeling out of your depth. So, you finally earned the promotion you dreamed about. Because of your technical expertise and your ability to reach performance goals consistently, your organization made you a leader You're thrilled with the idea of advancing your career... until reality hits you. After a few weeks, you start to realize that you're spending very little time doing what you used to do best – that is, using your technical skills. Instead, you're spending a lot of your time dealing with "people problems," navigating ...
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​ Innovation in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Recently a post came through on ASHP Connect where a student pharmacist was asking if there is room for innovation in ambulatory care pharmacy. I responded with an astounding yes! And I though this could make a good blog post. I think there is tons of room for innovation in all practice settings including ambulatory care. I am incredibly fortunate to work for a health-system that encourages innovation and is not afraid to try new ideas. I would like to describe two new clinical services that I was recently involved in starting hat I think might fit the label of innovative. I will close with a few clinical ...
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I am pleased to share with you that over the last year ASHP has continued to increase our efforts to support the well-being and resiliency of the pharmacy workforce. ASHP is an original sponsor of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience and is honored to support the pharmacy profession on this important patient care and workforce issue. As the NAM Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience approaches the two-year mark, I would like to share some updates with you on our efforts to help address this important issue facing pharmacists, pharmacy residents, student pharmacists, and pharmacy ...
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Office politics came up when I ask for input on what you would like in these posts. Keep in mind that as pharmacists this is a challenge as it is an art and not a science but it is key to effective leadership for Big L (formal title leaders) and all pharmacists who need to be little l leaders on their shift or in their practice. Pharmacy is such a key throughout the organization that we need to maximize our knowledge in support of patient care and that means being good at positive politics.   7 Ways to Use Office Politics Positively Getting What You Want Without "Playing Dirty" from Mind Tools offers the following advice. What do you think of when ...
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Just Culture

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Today I received an email from the Medication Safety Officer's list service from a team at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi containing a link to a video on Just Culture . It is well done, and I recommend it you your viewing. It doesn't take long.  The video focuses on that portion of Just Culture that deals non-punitively with error and focuses, instead on the system issues that may have created an environment in which errors are more likely to occur. As I viewed this video, I found myself thinking of recent conversations I have had with colleagues in which the notion of Just Culture was considered synonymous with never being punitive. While there is no doubt that ...
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ASHP Section Advisory Group on Compensation and Practice Sustainability (CPS SAG) Networking Session at the 2018 ASHP Summer Meeting The ASHP Section Advisory Group on Compensation and Practice Sustainability (CPS SAG) hosted an engaging Networking Session at the 2018 ASHP Summer Meeting. Here, we hope to share a summary of the discussion, stimulate further discussion using ASHP Connect, and encourage you to come to our upcoming ASHP Midyear Networking Session on Tuesday, December 4th at 12:30 pm at ASHP Midyear. Let us know what you think. And we will see you in Anaheim! The summer session had three topics. All participants were given time to comment ...
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The annual ONC meeting's Plenary Sessions on November 29-30 will be available via webcast.  Registration is not required to view the webcast. To view the webcast, please click on  http://events.tvworldwide.com/Events/ONCAnnualMeeting2018 Hope to see everyone at Midyear.  Best, Amey FINAL ONC Annual Meeting Agenda Available The   final   agenda for the 2018 Annual Meeting,   Highlighting Progress, Driving Success , is now available. ONC is delighted to be welcoming U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) along with Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, Eric Hargan, to this year's mainstage. ...
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Dealing With Stress

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David Meltzer Get Back to Center: How to Deal With Stress in the Workplace suggests the following. When you allow stress to take over, your mental and physical health suffer .Stress and anxiety are a part of almost everyone's life. Some of us feed into this anxiety and stress, making the situation even worse, and preventing ourselves from recovering quickly. And when stress becomes chronic, it can lead to any one of a number of life-threatening diseases. Things like time pressure and the demand for perfection are a couple of the most common stressors. As pharmacists we must let go of perfection other than with patient drug therapy such as changing ...
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Elevator Speeches

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I recently ask for input on what you would like more information on and as a result a couple of you suggested Elevator Speeches. Elevator Speeches Given the name elevator speeches are obviously meant to be the time of an elevator ride, which is about 15 seconds to 2 minutes. Think of it as a sound bite or a newspaper headline It’s being able to use the brief chance encounter, such as with senior administration, key department leaders, key physicians or other VIPS/informal leaders. While these examples are in your organization also think about being at a professional meeting and running into the ASHP president or state president, professional organization ...
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Hi, can you let me know if your Society uses SurveyMonkey. If so, how many users do you have?  If nor, how do you process the evaluations for your meetings?  Thanks
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At the upcoming ASHP Anaheim MCM we are conducting a Women (Men Welcome) Networking Session, Monday 12/3 11:15-12:15 in Room 154 of the Convention Center so plan to participate.  I am seeking Table Moderators so if you are interested either reply here or send me an email Rxsjw@Yahoo.com . As a Table Moderator I will route you suggested questions but feel free to bring up any topic. I am encouraging the Table Moderators to have notes taken and posted on Connect so everyone can benefit from the rich discussion.  The following folks have already volunteered to be Table Moderators: Monica Green             Margaret Anderson              Doina Dumitru ...
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​ Good afternoon colleagues, Our cath lab uses intracoronary nicardipine (50 mcg/mL) in the treatment of no-reflow during percutaneous coronary interventions. Does anyone prepare this solution for their cath lab and if so, how do you prepare it and what dating do you give it? Thank you, Kelsey Overfield
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More on EHR's

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Today I read two articles (one from Fortune and one from MedScape ) that arose out of a conference last week at Stanford University about the current state and future of electronic health records. These articles focused more on causes of physician satisfaction in interacting with (primarily providing information to) these systems rather than the systems as repositories of information. I have to admit that I am not abundantly surprised at what was written. I actually practiced institutional pharmacy in a time when what was in the patient's record was whatever the physicians decided to write or dictate, which often did not include things like dates and times ...
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Population Health Management ; This is a buzz phrase that we hear all the time.  This verbiage is thrown around at a steadily-increasing rate by those who understand it, by those who want you to think that they understand it, as well as by those that obviously don’t understand it at all. Wikipedia (Because what more reputable resource exists than Wikipedia!?!?) defines Population Health as The health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group .  I guess that makes sense… But what does that really mean?  And how does Pharmacy Practice actually fit into that? I suppose I could list what I feel my ...
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Hello, my name is Kellyn Engstrom, and I'm a current fourth year student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. Myself and several other members of the PSF Leadership Development Advisory Group came up with a list of tips for pharmacy students who will be selecting their APPE rotations in the upcoming weeks. Please see below for advice and guidance on how to navigate rotation selection. Best of luck to all students taking part in this important process! ASHP APPE Selection Tips 1. Try to take your interests into account when timing various rotations. Rotation experiences can help you make an informed decision about where you want to ...
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Whew! What a week that was! A full work week of pharmacy-related policies. It was exhilarating to see all of ASHP’s dedicated council members, board of directors, staff members and senior leaders come from all parts of the nation to participate in Policy Week. The members of each council spent full days reviewing and discussing professional issues on pharmacy-related policies from their appropriate councils which included: Therapeutics, Public Policy, Pharmacy Practice, Education & Workforce Development, and Pharmacy Management. During Policy Week, there were guest speakers which provided such great opportunities for networking. While networking, I certainly ...
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Colleagues, For National Health IT Week 2018 , I have been ruminating about the theme of Supporting Healthcare Transformation, described as: “the many ways in which health IT is driving transformation in healthcare delivery including improvements in quality and safety, interoperability, advances in innovation, and patient and consumer activation and engagement.” [1] The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) defines an electronic health record (EHR) as “a digital version of a patient’s paper chart. EHRs are real-time, patient-centered records that make information available instantly and securely to authorized users.” ...
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