2019 Chair of the Board BPS Leadership Blog

The start of a new year frequently brings new goals, resolutions and hopeful aspirations. As the 2019 Chair of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS), I have various thoughts and hopes; including, continuing to support growth in board certification for pharmacist specialists as a critical strategy for improving patient care and health outcomes in the US and internationally. Continue Reading 2019 Chair of the Board BPS Leadership Blog

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Pharmacy Profession Moves to Recognize Knowledge and Skills in Compounded Sterile Preparations

Patient Safety and Quality Addressed Through Certification Jointly Written by BPS and PTCB     The issues related to safety and quality in providing patients with Compounded Sterile Preparations has been well documented. “According to the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), millions of medications are compounded each year to meet the unique needs of patients,” explained BPS Executive… Continue Reading Pharmacy Profession Moves to Recognize Knowledge and Skills in Compounded Sterile Preparations

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Substance Use Disorder and the Opioid Epidemic

Jerry McKee, PharmD, MS, BCPP Clinical Pharmacy Specialist-Psychiatry BalladHealth-Woodbridge Psychiatric Hospital   Substance Use Disorder and the Opioid Epidemic: How Pharmacists Can Help Despite much local, state, and national attention, opioid drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), deaths from drug overdose are… Continue Reading Substance Use Disorder and the Opioid Epidemic

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Progress on Sterile Compounding Initiatives

James A. Ponto, MS, RPh, BCNP Chief Nuclear Pharmacist, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Clinical Professor, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy       Progress on Sterile Compounding Initiatives The 2012 New England Compounding Center tragedy shined a spotlight on problems with some sterile compounding practices, especially when greed overrides safety. Although owner Barry… Continue Reading Progress on Sterile Compounding Initiatives

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