Leadership Blog

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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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