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A New Day For Pharmacy Practice

Jan 21, 2010
Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D.

Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D.

THIS ISSUE’S COVER STORY highlights the ways in which health care reform may impact pharmacists in their day-to-day work. It is truly an exciting time to practice pharmacy. But we must remember that the future of our profession is still unwritten. We still haven’t reconciled our traditional notions of what pharmacists do with the new patient-care-oriented training and capabilities that today’s pharmacy school graduates bring to the table.

I believe that pharmacy will be relegated to an ancillary service in the future if we fail to utilize this talent more actively and more effectively. We need a practice revolution of sorts. We need to have a spirited discussion about what our profession should look like in the future.

There is no better time than now, a time when drug therapy is riskier and more complex than ever, a time when pharmacists are proving the value of having a medication expert involved in therapy decisions, and a time when our hospitals are coming under increased pressure to adopt best practices and quality guidelines.

As it has done so often in its history, ASHP is stepping up, taking on the issue of practice model reform. Together with the ASHP Foundation, we have launched a Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative to begin examining these important questions.

This multi-year initiative has a number of components, including an invitational consensus summit, a robust social marketing campaign, and demonstration projects. The initiative will focus on five areas to shape the future of our profession:

• Fostering the creation of new pharmacy practice models that ensure that all hospital and health-system patients receive safe, effective, efficient, accountable, and evidence-based care

• Highlighting patient-care-related services that should be consistently provided by departments of pharmacy in hospitals and health systems

• Identifying which technologies support this new practice model

• Ensuring that pharmacy resources are deployed as efficiently as possible

• Identifying specific actions that we can all take to bring about practice change

We want the Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative to be an ongoing conversation that happens among all members, and we are encouraging pharmacists to participate through a number of avenues. We have a robust website (www.ashp.org/ppmi) with lots of resources for you to delve into. And there will be wide-ranging discussions on ASHP Connect, our online community. Change will only happen if every pharmacist gets involved. Join us. This is your revolution!

Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D.

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