American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Drug shortage help on horizon
Drug shortage help on horizonWhile hospitals continue to face IV saline shortages after two hurricanes significantly damaged infrastructure in Puerto Rico, the situation should improve early this year.
Campaign gears up to combat high drug pricesWalmart, CVS Health, and a number of other healthcare organizations are supporting a new multi-million dollar consumer campaign to combat high prescription drug prices.
Top 9 current drug shortagesOn July 7, the FDA updated its list of drugs that are in short supply. Some of the drugs – such as Sodium Chloride 0.9 percent Injection Bags – have been in short supply for months, while others have become more problematic recently.
The 4 most problematic drug shortagesDrug shortages are significant public health threats. They can delay, or even deny, critical care for patients. Here are the four drugs in shortage that are among the most problematic.
Governors support provider status for pharmacistsA group representing the nation’s governors has endorsed provider status for pharmacists as a way to improve medical outcomes and lower healthcare costs.
Compounding may not be best option during saline shortageThe shortage of saline solution among hospitals is ongoing and doesn’t appear to be resolving anytime soon, according to a quality executive with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). In addition, safety concerns make it prohibitive for hospitals to compound their own solutions.
ASHP: Residency and technician programs increasingThe American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) announced that pharmacy residency programs have increased by 77% and pharmacy technician programs by 131% over the last seven years.
ASHP announces courageous service awards winnersAn Oklahoma pharmacist and the pharmacy department at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston have received the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP’s) Chief Executive Officer’s Award for Courageous Service.
Advancing pharmacy practice model initiativesCurrent healthcare reform initiatives emphasize high quality, safe, and cost-effective care, and greater accountability for those who seek to provide it. The ability of key stakeholders along the care continuum to work collaboratively will be critical to achievement of these goals. In response to these priorities, the Hospital and Health-System Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI) highlights a future-oriented model that supports and recognizes the impact of pharmacists, in particular, as providers of direct patient care.
ASHP offers quality improvement strategies in new resource centerThe American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) is providing quality improvement strategies for pharmacy practice settings across the continuum of care.