Code of Conduct

Thank you for being part of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) community. To ensure the best possible experience for all of our community members, we have established some basic ground rules for participation.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. If you have questions, contact the member services department. In order to preserve a climate that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violate these rules.

By joining ASHP Connect and using this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules. You also agree to reserve discussions and shared files and content to that best suited to the medium. This is a great medium with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. Questions should be directed to ASHP via the Contact Us link on this site.

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Quality of Content. Post quality content. Messages must add to the body of knowledge. Ensure your communication and intent are clear and that your involvement maps to objectives created for the profession or the social web. We reserve the right to reject any message for any reason.

Consideration. Be courteous and don’t attack others. The discussions and comments are meant to stimulate conversation, not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you would like to have yours.

Promotional Messages. Do not post promotional messages on any discussion list, resource library entry, or other area where others might see it. Promotional messages include announcements about webinars, conferences, symposia, etc. Contact people directly with product and service information if you believe it would help them.

Job Postings. Avoid posting job announcements. As a viable alternative, community members are encouraged to post their job listings and resumes on ASHP’s job board, CareerPharm, at  

Pricing/Salary Data. Do not post specific or current pricing or salary data. Messages that mention specific salaries, prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale are prohibited. To comply with antitrust laws, messages should not, either implicitly or explicitly, appear to encourage or facilitate community members to arrive at any agreement that leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. 

Product Info. Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the lists and in the libraries is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws. (See Pricing/Salary Data for more info.)

Links to Social Networking Sites.
Links to third-party social networking sites (including but not limited to blogs, discussion forums, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) are prohibited. Instead, we ask that you keep the discussion here on ASHP Connect to better engage with your professional colleagues in our trusted setting.

Offensive and Illegal Content.
Do not post offensive or illegal content. All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, and offensive language is strictly prohibited. Do not post illegal topics or material on any discussion list, resource library entry, or other area where others might see it. Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.

Abide by our legal rules. Please note carefully all items listed in the disclaimer and legal rules below, particularly regarding the copyright ownership of information posted.

Reproduction of Posts.
You can reproduce postings. Remember that other participants have the right to reproduce postings to this site unless you specify otherwise.

Post in the appropriate place(s). Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate lists or libraries. Do not spam several lists or libraries with the same message.


  • Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, and location.
  • State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject.
  • Include only the relevant portions of the original message in your reply. Delete any header information, and put your response before the original posting.
  • Only send a message to the entire list when it contains information that everyone can benefit from.
  • Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals — not to the entire list. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link to the left of every message.
  • Do not send administrative messages, such as remove me from the list. Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing e-mail addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new e-mail address. Simply change your settings.
  • Warn other list subscribers of lengthy messages either in the subject line or at the beginning of the message body with a line that says "Long Message.

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Do not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright, trademark or patent laws without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns intellectual property rights with respect to such material or has received permission from the owner. In addition, the posting party grants ASHP and users of this site the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

Messages should not be posted if they encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either implicitly or explicitly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers. ASHP does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings and does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of ASHP we will take all necessary action. ASHP reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these ground rules.