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PSHP at the 2018 ASHP Summer Meeting

Tuesday, June 26, 2018  
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This year’s ASHP’s Summer meeting was in Denver, Colorado!  The meeting hosts the lively House of Delegates and notable Pennsylvanian’s committed to patient care were showcased.


House of Delegates

The House of Delegates is the ultimate authority over ASHP professional policies, which express our national organization’s stance on important issues related to pharmacy practice and medication use in society. Most ASHP professional policies originate within the five ASHP councils: 

  • Pharmacy Management 
  • Pharmacy Practice 
  • Public Policy 
  • Therapeutics 
  • Education and Workforce Development

ASHP delegates from across the country discuss proposed professional policies, potential amendments, areas of unmet policy need and resolutions.  Starting Sunday morning, delegates were amending and debating language among our peers; all policies are finalized by Tuesday afternoon.  Delegates officially convene four times throughout the year, the Regional Delegate Conference, virtual meetings in March and November and twice at the Summer Meetings.

On behalf of Pennsylvania:  Lawrence Carey, PharmD; Nishaminy Kasbekar, PharmD, FASHP; William O’Hara, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP; Christine Roussel, PharmD, BCOP; Jean Scholtz, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP.
 
ASHP Policies are available at: https://www.ashp.org/pharmacy-practice/policy-positions-and-guidelines
The abbreviated policies that were passed are listed at the bottom.

Four Meetings in One!

The Summer meeting is unique in that there are four individual meetings held concurrently:  

  • Ambulatory Care Conference
  • Informatics Institute
  • Medication Safety Collaborative
  • Pharmacy Practice and Policy

Pennsylvania was well represented by several informative and energetic speakers:

Institute for Safe Medication Practices Updates for 2018 including By Christina Michalek, R.Ph., B.S., FASHP and Michael Cohen, R.Ph., Sc.D. (Hon), DPS (Hon.), M.S., FASHP; both from the Institute for Safe Medication Practice in Horsham, PA.

Patricia Kienle, B.S.Pharm,., M.P.A., FASHP, of Wilkes-Barre, PA, a former PSHP President, is also this year’s recipient of ASHP’s John W. Webb Lecture Award.  The John W. Webb Lecture Award recognizes a pharmacy practitioner who has fostered excellence in pharmacy administration.  Ms. Kienle presented two programs: “Chapter Tales: Practical USP Updates for 2018” and “Revisiting Best Practices in IV Preparation and Administration Post Shortages: Coming Out of the Storm.

Many would argue that the highlight of the ASHP Summer Meeting is the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award, which is considered to be the highest honor in the profession of pharmacy.    2018 had Pennsylvania’s feeling proud as Dr. Rebecca S. Finley, PharmD, MA, FASHP; the current Dean at Jefferson School of Pharmacy, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

Dr. Rebecca Finely gave an inspirational acceptance lecture that focused on the importance of professional advocacy and the need for healthcare workers to build in resilience and reflection into the world place.  A self- described "professional organization junky", Dr. Finley spoke about the importance of professional relationships and collective accomplishments.  She has dedicated her career to clinical excellence and advancing the collective knowledge of the profession through pharmacy education and research.   But pharmacists must take steps beyond patient care to advocate for access to safe and effective medication therapy, promote public welfare, and participate in pharmacy organizations.    Dr. Finley spoke passionately about pharmacy professionals spending "too much time in the performance zone and not enough time in the recovery zone," suggesting to instead "follow effective action with quite reflection."  Reflections form the foundation for our success and resilience.   Her message was well received by the audience: Careers are not a sprint but a marathon, so we must set recovery as an expectation.  


Previous honorees with Pennsylvania roots include:  Herbert L. Flack (1961), Joseph A. Oddis (1970), Sister M. Gonzales, R.S.M.(1971), Joe E. Smith (1988), John A. Gans (1998), Neil M. Davis (2000),Michael R. Cohen (2002), Daniel M. Ashby (2011).
Nishaminy Kasbekar, PharmD, FASHP has received an official nomination and is a candidate for the ASHP Board of Directors, and voting will be held electronically this month for all the national ASHP elections.

Most ASHP professional policies originate within the five ASHP councils (and some new policies approved at the Summer Meeting) 

  • Pharmacy Management 
    • Manufacturer-sponsored Patient Assistance Programs 
    • Product Reimbursement and Pharmacist Compensation 
    • Patient Access to Pharmacist Care Within Provider Networks 
  • Pharmacy Practice
    • Availability and Use of Appropriate Vial Sizes 
    • Use of Closed-System Transfer Devices to Reduce Drug Waste
  • Public Policy 
    • Direct and Indirect Remuneration Fees 
    • Impact of Drug Litigation Ads on Patient Care
  • Therapeutics 
    • Approval of Biosimilar Medications 
    • 340B Drug Pricing Program Sustainability
    • Federal Review of Anticompetitive Practices and Price Increases by Drug Product Manufacturers 
    • Federal Quality Rating Program for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers 
    • Intravenous Fluid Manufacturing Facilities as Critical Public Health Infrastructure 
  • Therapeutics
    • Responsible Medication-Related Clinical Testing and Monitoring
    • Medication Overuse
    • Clinical Practice and Application on the Use of Biomarkers
  • Education and Workforce Development
    • Clinician Well-being and Resilience
    • Student Pharmacist Drug Testing 
    • Promoting the Image of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
    • Pharmacy Practice Training Models
 

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