Dr. Roberto Frontini, Ph.D., director of pharmacy at the University Hospital of Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany, and immediate past president of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP), is the recipient of ASHP’s 2015 Donald E. Francke Medal. Dr. Frontini received his award and presented his lecture on Monday, December 7, 2015, at ASHP's 50th Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition in New Orleans.
During his time as EAHP president, Dr. Frontini led efforts to promote patient safety and ensure the continuous improvement of pharmaceutical care and outcomes for hospitalized patients. He also oversaw EAHP’s first European Summit on Hospital Pharmacy, which led to the development of the first professional standards for hospital pharmacy across Europe supported by patients, physicians, and nurses.
Dr. Frontini led EAHP projects related to pharmacy education, pharmaceutical pricing, and reimbursement, and he oversaw the publication of the EAHP Surveys of Hospital Pharmacy Practice across Europe.
A researcher in patient safety, Dr. Frontini lectures on pharmacoepidemiology and economics, and has served as a trainer for pharmaceutical technology at the Chamber of Pharmacy, Hannover, Germany.
Widely published, Dr. Frontini has lectured and written about topics important to the global healthcare community, including the use of multidisciplinary hospital teams, the importance of collaboration between academia and hospital pharmacy, and medication shortages across Europe.
“Dr. Frontini’s work to advance medication safety, encourage interprofessional collaboration, and improve patient outcomes highlights how much pharmacists can do to advance healthcare in Europe and around the world,” said ASHP President John Armitstead, R.Ph., M.S., FASHP. “We are proud to present Dr. Frontini with the 2015 Francke Medal in recognition of his important achievements.”
ASHP established the Francke Medal to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to international pharmacy practice. Francke, a key leader of ASHP in its formative years, was noted for his longtime service to American and international pharmacy. He served as editor of the American Journal of Hospital Pharmacy for 22 years and was the first American vice president of the International Pharmaceutical Federation’s (FIP’s) Section of Hospital Pharmacists.
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 at 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, www.ashp.org, or its consumer website, www.SafeMedication.com.