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March 29, 2012

ASHP eLearning Offers Rich, Interactive CE

Filed under: ASHP News,InfoCentral — Kathy Biesecker @ 2:15 pm

With ASHP eLearning, you can prepare for certification or recertification, earn continuing education credits, and enhance your understanding of specific topic areas, anytime, anywhere. ASHP’s Core Therapeutic Module (CTM) series helps you prepare for a Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) exam with a base knowledge of a variety of topics including cardiac arrhythmias and advanced cardiac life support, diabetes, congestive heart failure, management of shock, psychiatric disorders, statistics, women’s health, HIV/AIDS, and more.

With a total of 14 modules offering 16 hours of CE credit, there is something for everyone regarding various topics and disease states. Available as individual modules or as a package.

March 28, 2012

New ASHP Certification Courses Now Available

Filed under: ASHP News,InfoCentral — Kathy Biesecker @ 2:25 pm

ASHP is now offering a better way to prepare for the Board of Pharmacy Specialties’ (BPS’) Pharmacotherapy Certification Examination with the Pharmacotherapy Review Course on ASHP eLearning. Designed based on the domains, tasks, and knowledge statements developed by the BPS for the exam, the course will help you prepare by identifying areas needed for in-depth review of pharmacotherapy issues. Available as a package or as individual modules.

In addition, look for the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Specialty Review Course that will provide materials to help you prepare for the BPS exam in this specialty. Once certified, these activities are offered for those wishing to recertify via a continuing education program.

The components of the Ambulatory Care Review Course are available as individual modules or as a whole package. Modules range from .75 to 2.5 CE hours for a total of 16 hours of CE credit. The Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Preparatory Review Course may be completed for recertification credit, either in live or home study format, up to two times, in nonconsecutive years, during the seven-year certification cycle. An online assessment process ensures that participants have mastered the content and maintained contemporary knowledge and skills in all domains.

Available now through ASHP eLearning are Literature Study Modules that provide BCACPs with material on contemporary topics related to the five domains of ambulatory care specialty practice, and are available for recertification CE credit.

December 20, 2011

Job Market Survey Reveals High Anxiety

Filed under: Feature Stories — Tags: , , , , , , — Kathy Biesecker @ 12:06 am

PHARMACY STUDENTS ARE WORRIED about finding a job or residency after they graduate, and new practitioners are concerned about their future career growth. Those are the main findings of  ASHP’s new Job Market Perceptions Survey of 1,516 students and 614 new practitioners. The survey also revealed the following:

  • 2011 pharmacy school graduates started their job searches earlier and applied for more positions and residencies than peers who graduated in previous years.
  • 2011 graduates who found a residency position made compromises more than previous graduates with regard to location, salary and hours worked.
  • More 2011 graduates reported difficulty finding residencies (and finding them in their practice areas and geographic locations) than did previous graduates.
  • Seventy percent of pharmacy students who expect to graduate in 2014 or after are worried about finding jobs or residencies, compared with 81 percent of those graduating in 2012.
  • Seventy-seven percent of pharmacy students who expect to graduate in 2014 or after are worried about finding a residency after they graduate, compared with 85 percent of those graduating in 2012.
  • Fifty-one percent of pharmacy students who expect to graduate in 2014 or after are worried about finding a job after completing a residency, compared with 68 percent of those graduating in 2012.
  • Forty-three percent of pharmacy students who expect to graduate in 2014 or after are confident they will be employed within three months of graduation, compared with 34 percent of those graduating in 2012.

November 1, 2011

ASHP Applauds Presidential Executive Order on Drug Shortages

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — Kathy Biesecker @ 11:51 am

ASHP applauds President Obama for signing an executive order Oct. 31, 2011, taking action on the public health crisis of prescription drug shortages. The President’s order directs the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to broaden reporting of potential shortages, expedite regulatory reviews, and increases staffing resources for the FDA’s Drug Shortages Program.

The President also expressed support for bipartisan legislation that would require drug manufacturers to notify the FDA six months ahead of a potential shortage so that the FDA can help facilitate increased product availability from other manufacturers.

ASHP has advocated strongly in support of this legislation together with the American Hospital Association and co-conveners of a drug shortages summit last year. “The President’s leadership to address this public health crisis is an encouraging signal that we might fix the problems that are causing patients to go without life-saving drugs,” said Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D. “ASHP has been working hard to focus public attention on this national health crisis and we applaud President Obama for taking action today.”

The Executive Order reflects actions that ASHP has been advocating for some time, including requiring reporting of expected shortages and attention to the secondary market. “We hope this action today will help Congress move forward with the bipartisan legislation (H.R. 2245 and S. 296) as soon as possible,” said Manasse.

ASHP has also been advocating for increased FDA funding to address this and other issues through its work with the Alliance for a Stronger FDA,. “The FDA has been working hard to address drug shortage for some time, but needs more people and more funding to address the broad-based issues that cause drug shortages,” added Manasse.

ASHP reports 232 shortages in 2011 on its drug shortages resource center,  which tracks shortages and provides information about alternative treatment options.

February 17, 2011

Help Build Support for Drug Shortages Legislation

You can help ensure that the FDA has the tools it needs to help minimize the impact of drug shortages on patient care by urging your senators to cosponsor the Preserving Access to Life Saving Medications Act (S. 296).

This legislation, introduced this week by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Robert Casey (D-Pa.), is an important first step towards preventing the patient harm that often occurs when a medication is in short supply.

Use the resources on ASHP’s online ASHP Advocacy Center to contact your senators and let them know about the impact of drug shortages on the patients you serve.

To contact your senators, log onto the Grassroots Advocacy Center using your member id number and password and follow the instructions on the page.

ASHP worked closely with Klobuchar’s and Casey’s offices as they developed the legislation and will strongly advocate along with you for its passage by soliciting cosponsors in the Senate.

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