As I write this, a federal jury in Boston is hearing testimony in the criminal trial of New England Compounding Center (NECC) president Barry Cadden. The 2012 NECC tragedy, the largest and most publicized of the many cases of patient harm related to contaminated compounded sterile preparations, has been a key driver in regulatory reform.… Continue Reading Sterile Compounding Remains a Hot Topic
Article by TAISON BELL, MD | PHYSICIAN | MARCH 24, 2017 Dear pharmacist, You just paged me and, I must admit, I’m not feeling excited to call back. I estimate that I probably get paged, called, texted or stopped in person by you exactly X·102 per day, where “X” is the number of days I’ve… Continue Reading A tribute to the pharmacist
For many decades pharmacists have used patient characteristics to individualize drug therapy, initially deploying simple patient characteristics such as age, body weight and/or renal function to determine appropriate dosages. This process has continued to grow in sophistication and now utilizes genetics and many other biological and pharmacological variables. In that respect, the concept of “precision… Continue Reading Precision Pharmacy: Integrating Pharmacogenomics in Clinical Practice
Vacancy Announcement – Associate Executive Director About the Job The Associate Executive Director is the #2 administrative leader of Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS), reporting to the Executive Director in addition, this position is also responsible for BPS interprofessional activities. The Associate Executive Director develops and maintains active engagement with other health professional societies… Continue Reading Vacancy Announcement – Associate Executive Director
The number of BPS specialties now stands at eleven following the merger of the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist credential with existing BPS specialties and the approval of Cardiology and Infectious Diseases Pharmacy as specialties. The growth in specialties parallels the growth of PGY2 residencies and more importantly follows the increasing responsibilities that pharmacists have as part… Continue Reading Update on Specialties
Scores for the Spring 2017 examination window are expected to released on or around July 7th. Candidates will be emailed as soon as their scores are available via their MyBPS accounts.
Jerry McKee Pharm. D., M.S., BCPP Medical Affairs Director of Pharmacy Community Care of North Carolina Mental illness is common throughout the United States, affecting tens of millions of people each year, and overall, only about half of those affected receive treatment1. For those with mental illness, there are many barriers to accessing optimal… Continue Reading Reducing Stigma for Persons with Mental Illness – Our Professional Role
As I survey the landscape of health care delivery and finance, I am reminded of the difference between cost and worth. Cost, of course, defined by the Oxford Dictionary as the “required payment before something can be acquired or completed;” as opposed to worth, “the value equivalent to that of someone or something under consideration.”… Continue Reading Medication Optimization and the Value of Board Certification