Pharmacy Times

REFLECTION ON THE PAST TO PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE

Author: Fred M. Eckel, RPh, MS, Pharmacy Times Editor-in-Chief

As a year comes to an end, we have the opportunity to evaluate accomplishments, determine what the future may hold, and decide on any course correction needed. Will pharmacy practice undergo more change in 2005 than we experienced in 2004? Will pharmacists be expected to perform different services in 2005? Will you need to develop new skills to be able to provide services that Medicare Part D will expect from pharmacists? With Republicans in control of the White House and Congress, will 2005 bring legislative changes that will benefit or perhaps hurt the pharmacy profession? How are you going to decide your answers to these questions? If you want to influence how these questions will be answered, how will you do it? My point is that, unless we plan for changes and work at making them happen, we may be caught off guard and be disappointed by what does happen.

I believe that we determine the future by the decisions we make today. The profession does not take care of itself. Pharmacists have to take care of the profession. What steps are you going to take in 2005? As 2004 comes to an end, it is a great time to make those decisions.

This season for many is a time to give to others, spend time with those we care about, and enjoy the holiday season. Pharmacy Times' wish for you is that hope will always mean more than memories. You can ensure that this wish will come true as you work to make your profession better in 2005.

Thank you for the positive comments you have shared with us about our publication. We will strive to improve it by listening to your suggestions. We will continue to provide you with useful information resources to help you take better care of your patients in 2005. May you have a great 2005!