Update on Specialties

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…

Precision Pharmacy: Integrating Pharmacogenomics in Clinical Practice

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…

A tribute to the pharmacist

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…

Sterile Compounding Remains a Hot Topic

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.…

Happy 40th Anniversary Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS)!

For over half of BPS’ four decade history, it has truly been an amazing experience to have the opportunity to be a part of the exponential growth of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) and witness the increasing value of BPS Board Certification along the health care continuum from a patient’s to a provider’s perspective. During my tenure with BPS, I have worked in numerous positons, including Registrar, Website Coordinator, Certification Administrator, Associate Director and Director of Certification.

The Value of Dual Certification

Driving through Southern Idaho this summer on the way to a mountain lake vacation, I noticed something unusual in several of the sugar beet fields. A roof, completely intact, collapsed onto the ground, around the remains of a log cabin. Perhaps a hastily built home trying to avoid the endless snow and wind across the sagebrush desert? It definitely reminds us of the need to build a solid foundation, because without that, a roof on the ground doesn’t provide much shelter.