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ASHP in the News

Oct 09, 2009

ISSUES THAT AFFECT hospital and health-system pharmacists have received media coverage in recent months. A story about recent Department of Health and Human Services recommendations to expand comparative effectiveness research highlighted the need for dissemination of the research findings. Cynthia Reilly, director of the ASHP’s practice development division, noted that expanding the data infrastructure was important. However, “unless you put [this evidence] in the hands of the clinicians and the patients, it’s limited in its value,” she said. The story appeared on Nextgov.com, a Web site that focuses on IT management issues in the federal government.

Reilly was also quoted in a U.S. News & World Report article about the safe use of pain medication, noting that ASHP was disappointed that the FDA did not pull propoxyphene from the market. “Considering the number of other options, and considering the safety and effectiveness concerns, we hoped that it would’ve been withdrawn from the market,” she said.

Bona Benjamin, ASHP’s director of medication-use quality improvement, was quoted in an article on MSN.com about 10 common medication mistakes. She warned consumers that sometimes the wrong frequency is put on a prescription medication, leading to overdose.

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