Submission Deadline Extended for the Pharmacy Leadership Institute

Apply by April 18 for the institute, which features a customized curriculum, high-quality instruction, and peer interaction to foster the critical business and managerial skills needed by today's pharmacy leaders.  Conducted by Boston University Questrom School of Business and sponsored by Fresenius Kabi, in cooperation with the ASHP Research and Education Foundation.

Early Bird Deadline is on April 25! Last chance to save up to 20%

Join us in Boston June 8–12 and make meaningful personal connections through small-group discussions and networking activities in an intimate setting with both like-minded peers and pharmacy influencers.


ASHP’s Pharmacy Residency Match Meets Increased Need for Postgraduate Training

ASHP’s 2019 Match concluded on April 10, as 5,090 individuals matched with nearly 2,500 pharmacy residency programs across the country. The Match was conducted in two phases to meet the needs of the rapidly growing number of pharmacists and student pharmacists seeking residencies as well as residency programs seeking applicants. Over the last five years, residency positions have increased by 1,473 positions, or 40 percent, nationwide.


ASHP Launches Professional Certificate for Sterile Product Preparation
Online Program Recognized as a Training Program for Technicians Pursuing PTCB Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician Certification. ASHP  has launched a Sterile Product Preparation Certificate to teach pharmacy personnel the fundamental concepts required to ensure safe and compliant sterile product preparation. This self-guided, online continuing education program is the tenth offering in ASHP’s Professional Certificate line. Designed for pharmacy technicians and pharmacists, the Sterile Product Preparation Certificate offers 29 hours of ACPE-accredited continuing education credit.

Learn to Submit a Successful ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Residency Excellence Award Application

New BCPS Recertification! Register and Earn 50 BCPS Recertification Credit Hours in 12 Months

Enjoy unlimited access to our entire online library. Select from multiple topics and formats with immediate pass-fail notification and real-time reporting with BPS. REGISTER

Pharmacy Employers Cite Safety Benefits of Employing PTCB-Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technicians (CSPTs™); More Than 550 Technicians Have Earned the CSPT™ Credential as Number Grows  Click to read the full article.  (source: PTCB March 28, 2019)

New On-Demand CE Focuses on Gene Therapy

Gain expert insight into both the challenges and opportunities related to gene replacement and gene modifying therapy through this new on-demand continuing education activity. This online activity is free, and ASHP membership is not required.

PTCB Develops Work-Based Certification Path for Pharmacy Technicians

Starting next year, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) will offer a new certification option for technicians who have at least 500 hours of work experience but did not complete a PTCB-accredited training program.

ASHP is the Place for Preceptors

Are you a preceptor looking for ideas and resources? ASHP has tools available at your fingertips! Resources for preceptors of pharmacy students include orientation guides, Busy Day Toolkit, checklists, specific rotation examples, sample schedule, and more! Check back soon for updates and more Busy Day Toolkit modules.


Save $100 and Earn a Certificate in 340B Operations
This program is designed to enhance the skills and resources of pharmacy informaticists who serve an integral role in managing medication-related information. Now featuring expanded and additional modules, including one on Blockchain. REGISTER NOW (source: ASHP NewsLink 2.12.19)

AHFS Drug Information ® , 2019 Ed.

Make sure you have the most recently updated, revised and expanded content in AHFS Drug Information ® , 2019 Edition — new drug approvals, therapeutic recommendations, pharmacokinetics, off-label uses and related dosing options.

Join us May 2-4 in Minneapolis, MN for an intense 3-day live course for those seeking to become board certified in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy, Geriatric Pharmacy, and Oncology Pharmacy and those seeking to maintain board certification status. These comprehensive courses provide 23-25 hours of CE and a robust preparatory curriculum for the high-level pharmacy professional using an interactive case-based approach.

Good-bye, Bulky Poster Tubes. Hello, EasyTravel™ Fabric Posters

ASHP State Affiliates – Are your members tired of dragging around or shipping posters in a tube?   ASHP has partnered with as our preferred poster printing vendor to provide discounted poster printing services to our poster presenters and we are extending this benefit to state affiliated associations. No more stuffing poster tubes in airplane overhead compartments, inconvenient places, or carrying tubes to meetings! Click here for more information or to order a poster and click on "other". (Source: ASHP Affiliates NewsLink 1.16.19)

ASHP Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practice Practitioners

The Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners provides an enhanced focus to optimize patient care and comprehensive medication management in the specialty pharmacy environment. ASHP Members are invited to join the new ASHP Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners at no additional cost. (source: ASHP NewsLink 1.8.19)

ASHP/ACPE-Accredited Tech. Training Programs Are Path to CPhT

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board now recognizes ASHP/Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education–accredited education and training programs as one of the new pathways to prepare pharmacy technicians for the certification exam.


Changes Are Coming in 2020 for Initial CPhT Candidates

We are preparing for significant Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) Program changes for initial candidates that will take effect on January 1, 2020. Announced in January 2018, these changes reaffirm PTCB’s commitment to ensuring that our CPhT Program advances medication safety and patient care.

  • We have updated the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) content outline with specific knowledge areas to be reflected in the updated PTCE beginning January 1, 2020.
  • Beginning in 2020, PTCB will offer two pathway options to eligibility. Applicants must complete either: 1) a PTCB-recognized education/training program; OR  2) equivalent work experience.

ASHP Foundation Releases 2019 Trends Report to Assist Pharmacy Leaders in Strategic Planning

Report available now online and has been published in January 15th issue of AJHP

The ASHP Foundation is excited to announce that the Pharmacy Forecast 2019: Strategic Planning Advice for Pharmacy Departments in Hospitals and Health Systems is now available online! This useful companion will also be published in the January 15, 2019, issue of AJHP, making it easily available to all ASHP members.


Order Demystifying Opioid Conversion Calculations

Now in its second edition, this updated reference is a must-have for clinicians involved in pain management at all levels. Author Mary Lynn McPherson uses an engaging approach to teach a complex subject.

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 their own PGY1 or PGY2 residency. 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 State Affiliate NewsLink 9.25.18)


New Pharmacogenomics Certificate!

Now available for pre-sale, the Pharmacogenomics Certificate is the newest addition to the professional certificate program line. The online program covers rationale and process for using pharmacogenomics to improve medication use, and provides more than 20 hours of continuing education.  (source: ASHP State Affiliate NewsLink 9.25.18)

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


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)

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)

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)


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 can be sued 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.

    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.

    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)


    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)


    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.

    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.

    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)

    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".

    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)

    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)

    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