ASHP Releases Second Edition of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy


Updated resource can help improve medication management for seniors.


As our population ages, pharmacists and other healthcare providers face greater medication management challenges. ASHP has published the second edition of Fundamentals of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy to help improve the often complex care of elderly patients.

In addition to staying on top of new medications and therapies, practitioners with geriatric cases must be prepared to address a wide range of other concerns. Written by geriatric specialists, Fundamentals of Geriatric Therapy provides proven treatment strategies and up-to-date information on major issues that may impact therapy, such as coordination of care across multiple facilities and caregivers. This unique text includes:

Summarized treatment guidelines

Evidence based reviews

Recommendations for frail elderly

Case studies and clinical pearls

Self-assessment questions

The second edition also includes two new or substantially revised chapters. One addresses palliative and hospice care. The other focuses on major infections, with detailed descriptions of the changes in the immune system with age and ways to ensure proper antimicrobial stewardship for older adults, especially those in long-term care settings.

Fundamentals of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy offers a comprehensive overview for all healthcare professionals who treat elderly patients, and can serve as a core textbook for students. Web-based materials such as course outlines and lesson plans will be available to facilitate incorporation of the book into education on geriatric competencies.

To place orders for the print (ISBN: 978-1-58528-435-1) or eBook versions of Fundamentals of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, visit ASHP’s online store at Or, please email or call 1-866-279-0681 (US & Canada), 001-301-664-8700 (International). To arrange an interview, book signing, or to discuss co-marketing or bulk sales, please contact Rachel Gellman at

About the AuthorsLisa Hutchison, Pharm.D. , MPH, FCCP, BCPS

Lisa Hutchison is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Clinical Pharmacist at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. Dr. Hutchison earned her BS pharmacy (1982) and her PharmD (1983) at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis. In 1984, she completed a Pharmacy Residency at Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She earned her MPH (2001) from the University of South Florida College of Public Health in Tampa and is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist since 1992.

Rebecca B. Sleeper, PharmD, FASCP, BCPS

Dr. Sleeper is the Division Head of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy’s Geriatrics Division in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. She received her PharmD from the University of Rhode Island and Specialty Residency training in Geriatric Pharmacotherapy from TTUHSC School of Pharmacy In Amarillo. Following this, she joined the faculty at the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy’s Lubbock campus in 1999. She became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist in 2000 and a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists in 2002.

About ASHP

ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s more than 40,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. For over 70 years, ASHP has been on the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists advance healthcare, visit ASHP’s website,, or its consumer website,

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