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Pharmacy is on the Move

Published Online: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
At the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP) Summer Meeting held in Las Vegas from May 31 through June 4, the organization introduced a new logo and tag line, "Pharmacists Advancing Healthcare.” Those present could feel that pharmacy is on the move. I left the meeting feeling encouraged because I sensed that the ASHP leadership now realizes that collaboration between pharmacists in all setting is needed and the same is true for pharmacy organizations.
Paul Abramowitz is the ASHP’s CEO, and I sense that the new direction being taken by the organization is supported and has maybe even been encouraged by him. For example, Abramowitz mentioned in his address to the ASHP House of Delegates that he is working closely with the American Pharmacists Association. When the 2 largest pharmacy organizations are committed to working together, every pharmacist stands to benefit, whether a member of the organizations or not. As Abramowitz said to the House of Delegates, "This is a great time to be a pharmacist." I agree.
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.
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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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