ASHP Digest - September 2018

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ASHP Launches New Clinical Skills Certificate for International Pharmacy
Program Covers Fundamental Concepts of Patient-Centered Clinical Skills for Pharmacists

Clinical Skills Certificate for International Pharmacy  teaches fundamental concepts of patient-centered clinical skills for pharmacists practicing or trained outside of the United States of America.

The Clinical Skills Certificate for International Pharmacy is composed of 17 modules that cover core principles of clinical pharmacy practice and the patient care roles of pharmacists. The curriculum highlights pharmacist-led activities in key clinical areas, including infectious diseases, pulmonary disorders, cardiovascular pharmacotherapy, diabetes, chemotherapy, special populations, and more. The course further concentrates on evidence-based medicine for clinical decision-making, transitions of care, and clinical pharmacy leadership. 

This self-guided, online continuing education program is the latest offering in ASHP’s extremely popular Professional Certificate line. For more information, contact the ASHP Communications Division at 301-664-8799 or


Help ASHP Draft Comments on Proposed Revisions to USP General Chapter <797>

Complete this web survey by November 9 to help ASHP draft comments on the proposed revisions to USP General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations. Members can access the proposed revisions on the USP website. ASHP also encourages members to submit comments directly to USP; the public comment period closes on November 30, 2018.


On-Demand CE Activity Addresses Surface Contamination with Hazardous Drugs

You've made capital improvements for USP Chapter <800>, but have you developed monitoring, cleaning, and decontamination procedures? Check out this free activity to gain practical insights into methods for detecting and eliminating surface contamination in all areas of the hospital or clinic where hazardous drugs are stored or used. It provides 1.5 hours of compounding CE for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, and ASHP membership is not required. (source: ASHP NewsLink 9.10.18)

Get Ready to Join the New ASHP Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners

ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz encourages ASHP members who practice in specialty pharmacy areas to join the new Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners which will be fully up and running this fall. (source: ASHP NewsLink 8.21.18)


Resources Available from ASHP to Foster Pharmacy Workforce's Well-Being, Resilience

The new Clinician Well-Being and Resilience resource center at offers easy access to relevant articles, conversations, webinars, and other materials for  pharmacists, pharmacy residents, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. (source: ASHP NewsLink 8.21.18)


Scholarship Funding Available for 2018/2019 A3 Collaborative

The A3 Collaborative is a national learning experience designed to support organizations in making comprehensive medication management a critical part of their strategic plan. Participation in the A3 Collaborative costs $9,000; however, scholarship funding is available to help offset that fee. Applications are due by October 1. The A3 Collaborative is a combined effort by ASHP, Apexus, and the Alliance for Integrated Medication Management.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 8.21.18)


11th International Medication Safety Conference, Nov. 2–4, Abu Dabi, UAE

Registration is open for the most anticipated medication safety conference of 2018. This year's conference will attract more than 1,200 delegates from the Gulf Cooperation Council and surrounding regions and provide networking opportunities, CE, pharmacy best practices, and interactive workshops.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 8.21.18)


New Pharmacogenomics Certificate!

Now available for presale, the Pharmacogenomics Certificate is the newest addition to ASHP's professional certificate program line. This online program covers the rationale and process for using pharmacogenomics to improve medication use and provides more than 20 hours of CE. (source: ASHP NewsLink 8.21.18)

Call for Nominations: Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award

Nominate individuals for ASHP's highest award, the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award, to be presented at the Summer Meetings in Boston, Massachusetts, June 8–12, 2019. The deadline for receipt of electronic nominations is October 31, 2018.

Please review the Criteria and Procedure for Selection of the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award Recipient, and the Outline of Personal Data. Once you complete your review of these documents, you may choose to submit nomination materials for the nominee of your choice either electronically or via U.S. Mail. To submit a nomination electronically, click here OR copy and paste this URL into your browser:

You will be asked to enter your contact information along with your nominee’s contact information, and you will have the ability to upload up to three documents including an outline of personal data, Curriculum Vitae, and other supporting documentation. Please note that upload features may not be supported on mobile devices.

To submit a nomination via U.S. Mail, please send (1) an outline of personal data, (2) a copy of the nominee’s Curriculum Vitae, and (3) any additional supporting information to:

Rebecca S. Finley, Chair
Harvey A.K. Whitney Selection Committee
ASHP – Executive Office
4500 East West Highway, Suite 900
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Medication Guides Available in FDA's New Database

The new Medication Guides database from FDA offers access to the agency-approved handouts that are required to be issued with certain pharmaceuticals. Each entry in the Drug Name column links to either the freestanding Medication Guide or the first page of the Medication Guide in the product's labeling. (source: ASHP NewsLink 8.14.18)


Free Webinar: Create a Successful Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and Meet TJC Standards

Geneen Gibson on August 23 will lead a free webinar on how to implement a successful antimicrobial stewardship program at your facility and meet The Joint Commission's antimicrobial stewardship standard. The standard will be fully discussed throughout the session with examples of stewardship initiatives to meet each element of performance. This webinar is free and open to all pharmacists and healthcare professionals associated with antimicrobial stewardship efforts. (source: ASHP NewsLink 8.14.18)


Order Your Copy of Letters from Pharmacy Residents: Navigating Your Career

Get the inside story on residency programs with Letters from Pharmacy Residents, a collection of 33 inspiring letters from young practitioners who have recently completed a program. Filled with practical advice and insight on a wide range of experiences, this book is an essential guide for residents navigating their life and pharmacy journey. (source: ASHP NewsLink 8.14.18)


Order Your Copy of Biosimilars & Biologics

Get up to speed on the fastest growing pharmaceutical innovation with the only guide written for pharmacists. This authoritative, evidence-based resource provides an in-depth perspective on all areas related to biosimilars and biologics, including legislative and regulatory issues; the safety, efficacy, and interchangeability of biologics; and formulary management. (source: ASHP NewsLink 8.14.18)


Concepts in Clinical Pharmacokinetics, 7th Edition

Understanding pharmacokinetics is a challenge for many pharmacy students and practitioners. Concepts in Clinical Pharmacokinetics, now in its seventh edition, has been updated and expanded to include the latest information and insights on concepts through extensive use of correlates, figures, and review questions. Order your copy today.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 8.7.18)

Free On-Demand CE on Probiotics

The first of two free on-demand educational activities related to the use of probiotics in clinical settings is now available. This one focuses on the mechanism of action of commonly used probiotics and the role of strain specificity in achieving effectiveness. Both activities provide CE for pharmacists and physicians, and ASHP membership is not required. (source: ASHP NewsLink 7.24.18)

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Did you know that the GI Bill can be used for board certification?

Are you a Veteran, or do you know a Veteran considering a specialty board certification? The GI Bill can be used to cover the following expenses:

  • The cost of sitting for the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) exam
  • Annual recertification costs

Additionally, ASHP's Review and Recertification Reward Program (RRRP) can be used in conjunction with the GI Bill.

The RRRP is available for the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy, Critical Care Pharmacy, Geriatric Pharmacy, Pediatric Pharmacy, and Pharmacotherapy specialties. For more information on the GI Bill, click here.

Hepatitis C Virus Infection: Free On-Demand CE

This educational activity applies emerging evidence and current practice guidelines to address the contemporary challenges in achieving sustained virologic responses in patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, including those who are difficult to treat. Case studies demonstrating new approaches to managing treatment-naive and direct acting antiviral-experienced patients with resistant HCV infection are discussed. (source: ASHP NewsLink 6.26.18)

Help us help you find your next job! Do you see yourself on the same pharmacy career path in five years--or are you looking for a change? The Pharmacy Journal of New England (PJNE) designed a survey as a way to provide pharmacists in the region a snapshot of what other pharmacy professionals had to say about their current practice setting. Results will be featured in the summer issue of PJNE which is all about pharmacy careers. Take this quick job satisfaction survey below to help you make an informed decision.

On-Demand Activity Focuses on Parenteral Nutrition, a High-Alert Medication

Apply concepts related to the safe and appropriate use of parenteral nutrition to real-life scenarios in an on-demand activity that provides 1.5 hours of CE. The activity is free, and ASHP membership is not required.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 6.19.18)


Interprofessional Team Addresses Postoperative Pain Management

Learn about postoperative pain management from physician, pharmacist, and nurse perspectives in a series of e-articles, each providing 0.5 hour of CE. This e-article focuses on developing policies and protocols that incorporate the multimodal approach, which helps decrease patients' reliance on opioids. The activities are free, and ASHP membership is not required.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 6.19.18)


New State Legislative Issue Maps on

ASHP members can now get updates on the pharmacy-related legislation in their states using a new feature on Three maps tracking sterile compounding , practice act revision, and pharmacy technician legislation are now available in the Advocacy and Issues section of The maps provide a snapshot of legislative activities, including the bill text, history, and alternate versions of the legislation. New maps on drug pricing and other emerging issues will be introduced in the coming weeks. To access the state legislative maps click here  (source: May 2018 ASAE Affiliates Relations News Brief)

Take ASHP Consulting's USP Chapter <800> Quick Assessment Tool

Pharmacies and healthcare facilities are facing challenges complying with the considerable requirements set forth in the upcoming USP Chapter <800> standards. Significant renovations to physical facilities as well as changes in policies, procedures, recordkeeping, medical surveillance, and staff training may be necessary. Determine your organization's readiness for compliance by completing ASHP Consulting's USP <800> Quick Assessment Tool.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 6.5.18)


On-Demand CE Activity Addresses Surface Contamination with Hazardous Drugs

You've made capital improvements for USP Chapter <800>, but have you developed monitoring, cleaning, and decontamination procedures? Check out this new on-demand activity to gain practical insights into methods for detecting and eliminating surface contamination in all areas of the hospital or clinic where hazardous drugs are stored or used. This free activity provides 1.5 hours of CE for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, and ASHP membership is not required. (source: ASHP NewsLink 5.29.18)


ASHP Launches Two New Board Certification Resources: Cardiology Pharmacy, ID Pharmacy

Online Board of Pharmacy Specialties examination preparation resources are now available for cardiology pharmacy and infectious diseases pharmacy. Each package includes online review course modules with practice questions, coverage of research design and statistics, a practice exam with an additional 100 questions, and additional study references. The Cardiology Pharmacy package offers 20 CE credits, and the Infectious Diseases Pharmacy package offers 24.5 CE credits.    (source: ASHP NewsLink 5.29.18)


Free On-Demand CE Activity on Hodgkin Lymphoma

The CE activity Emerging Treatment Options for Relapsed/Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma reviews the pathophysiology and etiology of classical Hodgkin lymphoma. Faculty will discuss current and emerging treatments for newly diagnosed patients and for patients with relapsed or refractory disease. (source: ASHP NewsLink 5.22.18)


Optimizing Acute Pain Management — Free Enduring CE Activity

The CE activity Optimizing Acute Pain Management in the Emergency Department and Short-stay Inpatient and Ambulatory Settings reviews the pathophysiology of pain and explains how pain pathways align with analgesic mechanisms of action. Several preemptive pain management strategies are evaluated, including rapid-acting, non-invasive therapeutic methods. Patient cases are presented to illustrate the appropriate use of multimodal therapies suitable to the emergency department and short-stay inpatient and ambulatory care settings. (source: ASHP NewsLink 5.22.18)


Registration for 2018 National Pharmacy Preceptors Conference

New dates. New location. Same must-attend event! This year the ASHP National Pharmacy Preceptors Conference (NPPC) moves to Dallas, October 11–13, and will feature 40 sessions specifically designed to enhance your program and precepting effectiveness. The NPPC is the only meeting dedicated to the development and training of pharmacy preceptors and residency directors at all practice settings.


Registration Is Open for 23rd Annual ASHP Conference for Pharmacy Leaders

This year there is a new location — Dallas! — for the premier conference on today's topics for effective pharmacy leaders. The ASHP Conference for Pharmacy Leaders, October 15–16, features CE with a leadership focus and multiple networking opportunities.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 5.22.18)


Recently Released ASHP Recertification Activities

Critical Care Pharmacy Literature Study: Module 1 (10 hours)

Geriatric Pharmacy Literature Study: Module 1 (15 hours)

Pediatric Pharmacy Literature Study: Module 1 (10 hours)

Pharmacotherapy Literature Study: Module 1 (15 hours)

To read about all recertification activities currently available, select a specialty.

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy

Critical Care Pharmacy

Geriatric Pharmacy

Oncology Pharmacy

Pediatric Pharmacy


All ASHP recertification activities provide immediate pass/fail notification, and any credit earned is immediately posted to your professional profile. If you are interested in a bulk purchase of any product, contact our Sales Representative, Chris Jezowski.

'Hot' Topics Discussed During Free On-Demand CE Activity

Life-threatening hyperthermic conditions are rare, but by participating in a free on-demand CE activity you'll be better prepared to recognize and manage them. Involve your team; the activity provides 1.5 hours of CE for pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. ASHP membership is not required.   (source: ASHP NewsLink 5.8.18)

PTCB Adds 1,000 New Test Centers
PTCB has added 1,000 test center locations to the 400 existing locations where the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) is administered. The additional locations increase access for candidates to take the PTCE and earn their CPhT certifications. The new Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician (CSPT) Exam is currently available at a limited number of test centers. Log into your PTCB Account for details. Visit to find a test site.

Order Updated, Fully Referenced 2018 AHFS Drug Information

The just-released 2018 edition provides you the most comprehensive drug information to make informed treatment and drug therapy recommendations with confidence. Your team and your patients depend on you to be accurate, informed, and timely. Build strong relationships that result in advanced care and increased respect for your expertise by having access to trusted and evidence-based drug information.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 4.24.18)

ASHP Launches Pharmacy Technician Forum

ASHP on Monday announced the launch of the Pharmacy Technician Forum, a new membership home within ASHP created to further elevate and advance the pharmacy technician workforce. Much like ASHP's pharmacist-focused sections and forums, the ASHP Pharmacy Technician Forum will serve as the central point for pharmacy technician engagement in ASHP, providing tools, education, and numerous other resources to help pharmacy technicians advance their practice. The forum's first Executive Committee is comprised of five pharmacy technicians representing a broad spectrum of practice expertise.   For more information, visit ASHP’s Pharmacy Technician Forum.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 4.3.18)

Free On-Demand CE Activity Focuses on USP Safety Standards, ENFit, and ASHP's Standardize 4 Safety Initiative

Looking to keep up on USP Chapters <797> and <800>? Hear from leading experts and learn practical approaches to achieving and maintaining compliance. This on-demand activity covers these enforceable standards and other hot topics in safety, including ENFit connectors and the ASHP Standardize 4 Safety initiative. ASHP membership is not required.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 3.27.18)

Compounded Sterile Preparations Pharmacy Specialty Approved by BPS The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) last week announced approval of a specialty for compounded sterile preparations pharmacists. Fall 2019 will be the first opportunity to take the exam to be a Board Certified Sterile Compounding Pharmacist, BPS said. ASHP and the American Pharmacists Association sponsored the petition for recognition of Certified Sterile Compounding Pharmacist Specialists and collaborated in preparing responses. (source: ASHP NewsLink 3.5.18)  

Health-System Cyberattacks: The Pharmacist’s Role in Prevention, Mitigation

Click on the above title to read this article which appeared in the 2.23.18 edition of "ASHP Intersections".

New Recertification Opportunity for BCACP, BCCCP, BCGP, BCOP, BCPPS, BCPS

Online Intensive Studies/BCOP Clinical Sessions packages are now available for purchase. Based on the live sessions held at the ASHP Midyear meeting, these studies provide four to six hours of recertification credit. If you are dual- or triple-certified, some sessions offer credit for multiple specialties. Enrollees in ASHP's 3-Year Recertification Plan can find this activity in their eLearning account. Learners have until August 7 to claim recertification credit for this activity.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 2.13.18)

ASHP Foundation Releases 2018 Trends Report to Assist Pharmacy Leaders in Strategic Planning

The ASHP Research and Education Foundation has announced that the Pharmacy Forecast 2018: Strategic Planning Advice for Pharmacy Departments in Hospitals and Health Systems is now available online! Access the report via a link at It was published in the January 15, 2018, issue of AJHP, making it easily available to all ASHP members.


AHFS Drug Information 2018 Available To Order

With content supported by nearly 90,000 references and the advice of numerous subject matter experts, AHFS Drug Information® helps you protect your patients and your practice. The 2018 edition includes updated monographs and references related to revised therapeutic guidelines on the treatment of fungal infections and chronic hepatitis C. AHFS DI 2018 is the only print compendium designated by the U.S. Congress. (source: ASHP NewsLink 11.7.17)

Groups Launch Online Tool for Navigating Expanded Access Process

The new Expanded Access Navigator is intended to help patients, caregivers, and physicians work through the process of accessing investigational treatments that have not been approved by FDA. This online tool was launched on Monday by the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA, pharmaceutical industry, federal government, and patient advocacy organizations. (To find investigational treatments with expanded access programs, use the Advanced Search feature at (source: ASHP NewsLink 7.25.17)

ASHP Service: Verifying Residency Completion

With ASHP's verification service, you no longer need to go through the tenuous, time-consuming process of acquiring a residency completion certificate. The ASHP Credential Verification Service provides a thorough report in just minutes. The information comes from the only comprehensive source for ASHP-accredited residency verification as derived from the original data provided by individual residency programs.

This new service will help your organization:

  • Support internal organizational credentialing and privileging processes.
  • Confirm you are choosing the best candidates.
  • Avoid future staffing issues.

Visit the Credential Verification Service

Guide to Choices and Challenges for Young Pharmacists

ASHP has released a new book of advice for student pharmacists, residents, and new practitioners. Letters from Rising Pharmacy Stars: Advice on Creating and Advancing Your Career in a Changing Profession, by Susan A. Cantrell, B.S.Pharm., CAE, and Sara J. White, M.S., FASHP, is a collection of compelling letters from 30 early- to mid-career pharmacists who share their experiences and insights with their younger colleagues. The new book is a guide to the choices and challenges that young pharmacists face, a companion to ASHP’s Letters to a Young Pharmacist: Sage Advice on Life and Career from Extraordinary Pharmacists,.

For more information or to place an order (978-1-58528-568-6), visit, email, or call 866-279-0681 (U.S. & Canada) or 001-301-664-8700 (international).

20th Century Cures - ASHP Legislative Summary

21st Century Cures bill was passed late last year and signed by President Obama. ASHP identified those areas of the law that they think will have some impact on our members, or public health. The law is 1,000 pages so focused only on those provisions with potential impact for pharmacy and public health.  (source: ASHP 1.6.17)


New to our online catalog of recertification activities, the Core Therapeutic Modules for recertification provide up to three hours of recertification credit per specialty. For three-year subscription holders, these activities are included and are available in your eLearning account. (source: ASHP NewsLink 12.27.16)

What would you do in your first 90 or 100 days in a new managerial position? Get some ideas and offer your own by joining ASHP's Women in Pharmacy Leadership Connect Community and reading the discussion. The community, which is open to all ASHP members, provides a forum for discussion on the pharmacy workforce's changing demographics and leadership development needs.  (source: ASHP NewsLink 11.8.16)

Survey Shows Three-Quarters of Americans Would Seek Out a Pharmacy Where Pharmacy Technicians are Certified: Americans Value Certification and Expect Pharmacy Technicians To Be Certified 

WASHINGTON, DC – The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has released the findings of a 2016 public perception survey, revealing that 85% of the public believes it is very important for pharmacy technicians to be certified. Consumers feel so strongly about certification that 76% say that they would seek out a different pharmacy if they knew technicians working in their current pharmacy were not certified. The survey shows that among consumers, frequent pharmacy visitors are even more likely (79%) to seek a pharmacy where technicians are certified, and adults with children at home are most likely (82%) to look elsewhere. 

Read the full story.

Pharmacy Forecast 2016-2020 Offers Strategic Advice on the Pharmacy Work Force

Supported by the David A. Zilz Leaders for the Future Fund
How likely is it that by 2020, the salaries of newly hired entry-level pharmacy technicians in health systems will increase by at least 25 percent? Find out by visiting the "Pharmacy Work Force" section on page 25 of the Pharmacy Forecast 2016-2020. The report offers a unique perspective on predictions in eight domains that may prove to be challenging for health-system pharmacy practice leaders. For more information and to download a free copy, visit   (Source: ASHP State Affiliate NewsLink 8.30.16)

New PAI Video: The Journey to Improve Patient Care  

What began as the ASHP-ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative has evolved into the Practice Advancement Initiative, a national movement to improve pharmacy practice and patient care in both acute and ambulatory care settings. Learn more about how to get involved by viewing the video. (source: ASHP 7.26.16)

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If you are interested in a group subscription, including volume discounts and free administrative access to track progress and participation, email Chris Jezowski

Publishing Opportunities Abound for Residents in New AJHP Residents Edition See our dedicated page for residents

ASHP's Resident Reward and Recertification Program See our dedicated page for residents

Enroll in the ASHP Connect Mentor Match!

ASHP's Mentor Match allows members to connect within the ASHP Connect member community and establish mentoring relationships. Please sign up as a mentor, mentee, or both and connect with others to expand and enhance your professional network.  Once in ASHP Connect, click on the "Mentoring" tab and use the left navigation bar to enroll. Enroll in Mentor Match

Speaking Opportunities

The Leadership Speakers Bureau (LSB) provides pharmacy students the opportunity to speak with a health-system leader on the importance of building leadership skills. The LSB, launched as an initiative by the Center for Health-System Pharmacy Leadership in 2009 in response to needs expressed by pharmacy students, is a resource for student societies to host a leadership event. The LSB provides funding and a way of connecting with health-system pharmacy leaders who present the importance of leadership development as a necessary part of their professional development.

If you are a pharmacy leader and are interested in participating in the Leadership Speakers Bureau as a speaker, you are invited to submit your name. To learn more about the program please visit the ASHP Foundation’s website

Purchase ASHP eBooks directly through CSHP!

ASHP’s clinical, professional, drug information, and educational resources are now easier to access than ever with ASHP eBooks.  Use the ASHP eBooks platform as an app on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices to view your online purchases, or download them to your computer with the iOffline . Make a purchase through the ASHP eBooks store (direct link for state), then bookmark, highlight, and instantly post content on social media platforms. Once you have ordered your books through the ASHP eBooks store, then download the app by searching ASHP eBooks in the App Stores. Make sure you use the code CT2014 to benefit your state. Order at