PP&P is Looking to the Future!

July 2013 - Vol. 10 No. 7 - Page #1

Pharmacy Purchasing & Products is particularly pleased to lend our congratulations to two of our outstanding editorial board members: Eric Kastango and Deb Saine. Both Eric and Deb have been valuable resources in guiding PP&P’s editorial content, as well as skilled authors, for many years now, and their recent accomplishments are indicative of their respective pursuits to further the practice of health system pharmacy. 

At the 2013 ASHP Summer Meeting, Deb’s book (coauthored by Connie M. Larson) Medication Safety Officer’s Handbook was among the top five best sellers! Available as both a print and e-book, the Medication Safety Officer’s Handbook offers expert guidance in every area of a medication safety officer’s practice, from setting up systems to dealing with personnel problems, and provides sample forms, checklists, and other resources. Congratulations, Deb! 

The Medication Safety Officer’s Handbook is available for purchase through the ASHP website: http://store.ashp.org

In addition, we would like to extend our congratulations to Eric Kastango, who was awarded for his contributions to the profession of pharmacy in serving on the governor of Massachusetts’ commission on compounding pharmacies by the Massachusetts Association of Health-System Pharmacists (MASHP). Eric was recognized for his excellent work along with another PP&P author, Michael Cotugno of Brigham & Women’s Hospital, as well as committee chair, Christian Hartman, and MASHP president, Gary Kerr. 

As we approach the apex of the summer season, we are also excited about the forthcoming PP&P State of Pharmacy Automation issue in August. Presenting the results of our 8th annual survey of health system pharmacists, the data found in this issue will illustrate the most robust and comprehensive automation practices available today. This data can assist you in setting benchmarking goals and planning for future automation purchases, as well as gaining insight into the current state of automation use in hospital pharmacies and how this use has evolved over the last several years.

With new initiatives and methods of bringing you the most up-to-date information on hospital pharmacy practices, PP&P’s future looks bright indeed. We thank our readers, authors, and supporters across the country for helping us to continue delivering the valuable information you need.

All the best,

R. Mitchell Halvorsen


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