As many of you may have noticed, Pharmacy Purchasing & Products is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, giving us a chance to look back and see how the publication has evolved over the last decade, as well as how the practice of hospital pharmacy has developed. Suffice it to say, we have witnessed a great deal of change.
It is amazing to consider all the dynamic issues that have transformed, matured, perished, and reemerged since the first issue of PP&P was published back in the Spring of 2004. Whether this involved the numerous practitioners who moved past their initial reluctance to embrace the tenets of USP <797>, or learning to navigate the ever-changing landscape of CMS, Joint Commission, and Meaningful Use mandates, health system pharmacy practice has gone through many changes for the better in just ten short years. Some of the nascent challenges we noted back in 2004, such as increased waste management regulations, greater emphasis on compounding safety, and reducing readmissions through medication reconciliation have certainly come to the forefront of health system pharmacy management.
Our goal at PP&P has always been to support and encourage best practices in hospital pharmacy, and our ability to share the experiences, advice, and success stories of leading pharmacists across the nation continues to be motivated by your tireless efforts.
Naturally, we hope you read PP&P from cover to cover. Perhaps, not every topic area fits your practice, but we like to think the advice and information presented by your colleagues would be of interest at any level. As always, if there are any issues, challenges, or success stories you would like to see featured in PP&P, just drop us a note!
All the best,
R. Mitchell Halvorsen
PS: We would like to share in congratulating two of our editorial board members—Robert Granko and Stephen Eckel—for their accomplishments in winning gold and silver awards in the 2013 L.E.A.P. awards presented by Baxter Healthcare Corporation. The Leadership Excellence Awards in Pharmacy recognize leadership excellence within various disciplines in pharmacy management and daily practice. We are proud to acknowledge Bob and Stephen, both of University of North Carolina Hospitals, and their colleagues for the outstanding work they’ve contributed to the practice of health- system pharmacy.