Pharmacy Times® Partners with Infectious Disease Pharmacists

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Alliance Delivers Critical Information to Pharmacists

PLAINSBORO, N.J. (September 20, 2016) - Pharmacy Times® and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP) have established a strategic partnership to provide antimicrobial expertise and infectious disease education to pharmacists.

The collaboration between SIDP and Pharmacy Times® will serve as a link between infectious disease experts and a platform to disseminate important and well-timed information to health-system and retail pharmacists through print and digital media.

As multidrug-resistant organisms become an increasingly important public health threat and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services begins to require antimicrobial stewardship as an accreditation standard, expert knowledge on infectious diseases is essential for pharmacists.

“By its very nature, the specialty of infectious diseases is constantly changing as pathogens express resistance to currently available drugs and new pathogens emerge,” said SIDP President Jason C. Gallagher, PharmD, FCCP, FIDSA, BCPS. “This partnership allows the readership of Pharmacy Times® to benefit from the expertise of SIDP members, who are specialists in infectious diseases pharmacotherapy and antimicrobial stewardship.”

Mainstream media information on infectious diseases may not be accurate or up-to-date. Part of SIDP’s mission is to ensure that this information, such as updates to guidelines and new threats (e.g., the Zika virus), is interpreted properly by experts.

“Our membership has been contributing timely and pertinent articles to quarterly newsletters that, up until now, have only been able to reach the SIDP membership,” observed SIDP Publications Committee Chair Milena McLaughlin, PharmD, MSc, BCPS-AQ ID, AAHIVP. “This is an exciting partnership with Pharmacy Times® that will open many doors and allow us to provide important educational information to a broader audience.”

About Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists

Founded in 1990, SIDP is an association of pharmacists and allied health care professionals dedicated to promoting the appropriate use of antimicrobial agents. For more information, visit sidp.org and follow SIDP on Twitter @SIDPharm.

About Pharmacy Times®

Pharmacy Times® is the leading media resource for pharmacists and the pharmacy industry, providing practical clinical and professional information pharmacists can use in their everyday practices when counseling patients and interacting with other health care providers. The website and each issue contain articles and features covering industry trends, medication errors, drug interactions, patient education, disease state management, patient counseling, product news, pharmacy law and more. Additionally, Pharmacy Times Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Pharmacy Times® is part of Michael J. Hennessy Associates, Inc., a full-service health care communications company offering education, research and medical media.

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Pharmacy Times® Media Contact:

Becky Taylor, 609-240-6886, becky@btaylorpa.com

SIDP Media Contact:

Stephanie Bulak, Associate Executive Director, 512-328-8632

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