Solid Organ Transplantation Practice Analysis Taskforce Appointments

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) recently approved a practice analysis or role delineation study in Solid Organ Transplantation. Conducting a role delineation study is a critical step in evaluating a proposed specialty. The purpose of the role delineation study is to determine whether this practice area is based upon specialized knowledge of the pharmaceutical sciences, as well as specialized functions routinely performed by practitioners in the proposed specialty.

Board of Pharmacy Specialties® Announces Results of Spring 2016 Exams

The results of the Spring 2016 BPS specialty certification and recertification exams were announced today by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties® (BPS), the premier post-licensure certification organization serving the pharmacy profession. A total of 1963 pharmacists passed the initial exams in the eight specialties currently offered by BPS: ambulatory care pharmacy, critical care pharmacy, nuclear pharmacy, nutrition support pharmacy, oncology pharmacy, pediatric pharmacy, psychiatric pharmacy and pharmacotherapy. There are now 26,457 BPS board certified pharmacists worldwide.

BCOPs: Bridging the Gap in Oncology Patient Care

Because of the aging population and the rising incidence of cancer it is expected that in the next 5-10 years, there will be a shortage of oncology physicians in the US. In 2007 the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) reported that by 2020, the increased demand for oncology services would exceed the increased supply of oncology physicians by about 34%. In a 2014 update, ASCO confirmed the earlier information, predicting a shortfall in the number of oncology providers to keep up with the increasing demand for oncology services. They estimated that by 2025 there will be a 40% increase in the need for oncology services with only a 25% increase in the number of oncology physicians.

On Comprehensive Medication Management–and Getting the Meds Right.

In May, health care industry insiders and outsiders alike were stunned. A report announced medical errors are the third leading cause of death.
Me? I’m not stunned. Forgive me, but this is not news. We’re coming up on 17 years since the release of To Err is Human, the Institute of Medicine’s damning report on patient safety, and we still see similar headlines every few years. The fault lies with our uncoordinated system of care, with medications being the least coordinated of all.

Recertification of BPS Board Certified Pharmacists

A board certified pharmacist’s commitment to career-long learning and continuing competence is an important differentiator of a certification program compared to a pharmacy degree, a pharmacy residency program, or a practice-based continuing education certificate of completion. The knowledge and skills required of a pharmacist specialist evolves as treatment guidelines change and new medications are available to patients.