See and Be Seen!

June 2016 - Vol.13 No. 6 - Page #1

With the results of our 9th annual State of Pharmacy Compounding survey now available in a convenient PowerPoint slide package (, we are looking ahead to other excellent opportunities for networking, peer-to-peer communication, and survey benchmarking.

Whether you attend the Summer ASHP meeting and exhibition in Baltimore, the Health Connect Partners’ hospital pharmacy conferences in Los Angeles and Chicago, or one of many local and state pharmacy association meetings, these shows provide numerous opportunities to discuss the practice of health system pharmacy and continue to refine best practices through evidence-based medicine.

In addition, we hope you will keep an eye out for PP&P’s upcoming State of Pharmacy Automation survey. This long-standing survey enables the trending of data over time and always reveals exciting data about hospital pharmacy practices. Likewise, we encourage you to participate in the 2016 USP <797> Compliance Study, which is open now (visit: This year’s compliance study will provide the opportunity to perform a complete USP <797> and <800> gap analysis, or there is the option to answer questions related to USP <800> only, after you complete the initial demographic and general compounding sections. Either option will produce a results summary, as well as a detailed action plan to assist your compliance program.

In all of these cases, the value of interconnection among professionals shines through, and it is the recognition of this value that drives the content of Pharmacy Purchasing & Products. We ask that you continue to participate in our practice improvement surveys and we also hope to see you at the upcoming national trade shows.

All the best,

R. Mitchell Halvorsen

PS: The staff of PP&P would like to congratulate the winner of our recent Going Green survey sweepstakes—Peter Barber, assistant director of pharmacy at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Elmhurst, New York. Peter was the randomly selected first place winner and received a Garmin FitBit Flex.

Congratulations and a heartfelt thank you to all the pharmacy directors who participate in PP&P surveys; the data we collect help establish valuable practice benchmarks and we are happy to offer the chance to win a great prize!

In the April issue, Eric Kastango’s article—The Upcoming USP <797> Revision—inadvertently contained a misprint. In Table 1, the proposed viable air sampling and surface sampling both should be monthly, not quarterly. We apologize for this error and have corrected it in our digital versions.


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