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Healthcare Groups Urge Congressional Action on Drug Shortages

ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists), together with five other healthcare organizations, today sent a letter to Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) — the Vice Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations — asking Congress to take immediate action to address the public health crisis caused by persistent shortages of critical medications.

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Pharmacists Offer Recommendations for Managing Shortages of Small-Volume Parenteral Solutions

ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) and the University of Utah Drug Information Service have developed a fact sheet that provides an outline of potential actions for healthcare organizations to consider in managing shortages of small-volume parenteral solutions (SVPs).

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National Pharmacy Practice Survey Finds Nearly All U.S. Hospitals Use EHRs, CPOE Systems

Technologies that improve medication use have been adopted by nearly 100% of hospitals across the United States, according to the “ASHP National Survey of Pharmacy Practice in Hospital Settings: Prescribing and Transcribing – 2016.” Implementation of technologies such as electronic health records (EHRs), computerized prescriber-order-entry (CPOE) systems, and barcode-assisted medication administration systems support pharmacists in their efforts to increase medication safety and provide effective and efficient patient care.

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Pharmacist Group Strongly Opposes Proposed Changes to Medicare Reimbursement

ASHP Opposes CMS Cuts to 340B Reimbursement

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ASHP Contributes Medication-Use Recommendations to Choosing Wisely Campaign

ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) released five recommendations to facilitate optimal medication use for patients in acute and ambulatory care settings as part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign.

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ASHP Releases AHFS Drug Information, 2017 Edition

Trusted, Evidence-based Resource Helps Practitioners Make Informed Drug Therapy Decisions

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Interdisciplinary Teamwork Yields Improved Antibiotic Stewardship

A hospital engaged in a quality improvement program launched by ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) has identified weaknesses in existing antibiotic stewardship initiatives and implemented workflow changes that resulted in faster antibiotic administration. St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Wash., was recently featured in ASHP’s InterSections, which highlights the hospital’s team approach to improving infection treatment with IV antibiotics.

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Standardize 4 Safety Initiative Releases Final IV Recommendations for Medication Safety

ASHP announced that its Standardize 4 Safety initiative has finalized its list of recommended concentrations for adult IV continuous infusions. The list, which marks the first major milestone in Phase I of the initiative, is posted on ASHP’s Standardize 4 Safety website. ASHP also announced today that it is now seeking comments and discussion on dosage recommendations for compounded oral liquids. The comment period begins today and will remain open for 60 days.

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Pharmacy Journal Examines National Trends in Prescription Drug Spending

A sharp rise in prescription medication prices — driven by the introduction of new, expensive specialty medications and huge increases in the costs of older drug products with few competitors — drove an 11.7 percent increase in hospital and clinic spending on medications in 2015, according to a new report published in AJHP (American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy). AJHP is the peer-reviewed, scholarly publication of ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists).

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Pharmacist Association Calls for Ban on Prescription Drug Advertising

At the annual meeting of the ASHP House of Delegates during ASHP’s 2016 Summer Meetings and Exhibition this week in Baltimore, ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) approved a policy calling on Congress to ban all direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription drugs and medication-containing devices.







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