The practice of hospital pharmacy has become increasingly dynamic over the last few decades and the number of staffing, patient safety, and operational improvement opportunities facing hospital pharmacy directors is circumscribed only by the number of hours in a day. Given the myriad challenges facing pharmacy, it can, at times, be beneficial to take a pause and remember the primary function of the pharmacy: To advise, enable, and ensure the proper course of therapeutic treatment using medications. Central to these activities, of course, is the responsible procurement and management of numerous pharmaceuticals.
In this month’s issue, we tackle a number of pressing issues, including biosimilar adoption, reimbursement for white bagging, and drug shortage trends, which are addressed in our Generic Drugs supplement.
What this information tells us, among other things, is that never has it been more important for pharmacy leadership to claim its proper role at the forefront of health care delivery and have its voice recognized. A simple reflection of the importance of pharmacy’s voice is illustrated in the following figure:
It is encouraging to see that formulary additions contrary to pharmacy leadership’s opinion are far from commonplace, yet I would posit that perhaps the percentage of drugs in the zero category should be even higher. Undoubtedly, there are mitigating circumstances surrounding some of these situations, but Pharmacy Purchasing & Products seeks to amplify the opinions and expert advice of those most intimately familiar with pharmaceutical science and application. We hope you will continue sharing your stories with us and with your colleagues, peers, and perhaps most important, those future leaders who look up to you.
We expect to see many familiar faces at this year’s ASHP Summer Meetings and Exhibition in Minneapolis. Please stop by Booth 809 and let us know what successes (and challenges) you have faced recently. Like you, we are always looking for ways to improve.
All the best,
R. Mitchell Halvorsen