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The Next 5 Years: Pharmacy Forecast 2014-2018

Published Online: Thursday, January 23, 2014
The new Pharmacy Forecast 2014-2018 from the ASHP Research and Education Foundation’s Center for Health-System Pharmacy Leadership is now available and offers predictions regarding 8 trends that are likely to challenge health-system pharmacy practice leaders.
I call your attention to this report, available online from the ASHP Foundation, as it offers a close look at what is happening in pharmacy in general.
Although written from the health-system perspective, this report is of value to all pharmacy leaders. For one thing, health systems are becoming competitive in all areas of pharmacy, so seeing how those in this practice setting see the current state of pharmacy and how it is changing is essential. Keeping up with what is happening in another pharmacy sector can provide insights into what is likely to happen in your own sector later. Getting a glimpse of how futurists are forecasting changes in the health-system sector can help you anticipate how change may affect your own future.
Being aware gives you the opportunity to prepare.
Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times
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This blog focuses on what our Editor-in-Chief sees as the future of pharmacy.
Author Bio
Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, is the Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times, a position he has held since 2002. Mr. Eckel is a professor at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves as executive director of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.

In this blog, Eckel will provide commentary on relevant issues impacting pharmacists and pharmacy professionals, including the merging of pharmacy benefit managers, the implications of health care reform, the conversion of major drugs from prescription to over-the-counter, trends in pharmacy careers, and opioid abuse. He will also discuss legislative issues that impact pharmacists, and comment on the evolving role of the pharmacist.
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