Board of Pharmacy Specialties Receives Petitions to Recognize Cardiology and Infectious Diseases as Pharmacy Specialties

Public Comment Period Closes December 9, 2016

Washington, D.C. – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) has received petitions to recognize Cardiology and Infectious Diseases as pharmacy specialties and has opened the public comment period.

The petition to recognize Cardiology as a pharmacy specialty was submitted by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Pharmacists Association, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Contributors to the petition on behalf of those organizations were:

Vicki Basalyga, PharmD, BCPS

Samuel G. Johnson, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS-AQ Cardiology

Joel C. Marrs, PharmD, FCCP, FASHP, FNLA, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, BCACP, CLS

James A. Owen, PharmD, BCPS

Brent Reed, PharmD, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, FAHA

Jo Ellen Rodgers, PharmD, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, FCCP, FHFSA

Jann B. Skelton, RPh, MBA served as a consultant in developing this petition.

The petition to recognize Infectious Diseases as a pharmacy specialty was submitted by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists. Contributors to the petition on behalf of those organizations were:

Vicki Basalyga, PharmD, BCPS

Stephanie Bulak

Patrick G. Clay, PharmD, AAHIVP, CPI, CCTI, FCCP

Sandy Estrada, PharmD, BCPS(AQ-ID)

Jason C. Gallagher, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS,FIDSA

Mitchel C. Rothholz, RPh, MBA

Douglas Slain, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, FASHP

Edwin Webb, PharmD, MPH

Patti G. Manolakis, PharmD served as a consultant in developing this petition.

As part of this deliberation, the BPS Board of Directors reviewed the role delineation studies conducted in these two pharmacy practice areas and found the results supportive of further consideration of Cardiology and Infectious Diseases as pharmacy specialties.

The petitions will need to address, in detail, each of the criteria deemed necessary for a new specialty to be recognized by BPS.  Those criteria include:

  • Need
  • Demand
  • Number/Time
  • Specialized Knowledge
  • Specialized Functions
  • Education and Training
  • Transmission of Knowledge

A public comment period is now open for interested parties to review and comment on the petitions. The public comment period closes on December 9, 2016.

The links to the petition and survey to recognize Cardiology as a pharmacy specialty can be accessed below:

Petitionhttps://www.hightail.com/download/cUJXQk15OC90Ni9OTzhUQw

Survey: https://fs24.formsite.com/BPSforms/form158/index.html

The links to the petition and survey to recognize Infectious Diseases as a pharmacy specialty can be accessed below:

Petitionhttps://www.hightail.com/download/cUJXQk15OC9JMHNLSk5Vag

Survey: https://fs24.formsite.com/BPSforms/form160/index.html

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