From the Publisher January 2008

January 2008 - Vol. 5 No. 1

LIke many of you, we spent the first week of December in Las Vegas at the 2007 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, taking full advantage of the variety of educational sessions and well-populated exhibit floor the society offered this year. And we hope that – like us – you’ve returned from the show even more energized and motivated to improve the practice of hospital pharmacy.We found that the educational sessions at this year’s meeting were of particular relevance to the kind of content we publish each month in PP&P – with presentations on topics ranging from smart pump technology to antimicrobial stewardship, and from USP <797> to medication distribution systems. In fact, we were quite pleased that Michelle Mandrack of ISMP presented data from PP&P’s “State of Pharmacy Automation” survey in her discussion of “Current Issues with Medication Distribution Systems in Automated Environments” on the morning of Tuesday, December 4th.

There were also many familiar faces at the podium: A number of PP&P authors and editorial advisors, including Jim Besier, Burnis Breland, Lorrie Burns, Bill Churchill, Janice Dunsavage, Barbara Giacomelli, Sara Griesbach, Daniel Hays, Eric Kastango, Patti Kienle, Joanne Kowiatek, Cheryl Krempa, Fred Massoomi, Michael McCarrell, Michael McGregory, Natasha Nicol, Amy Pick, Marc Scheetz, Jerry Siegel, Mark Siska, and Jim Wagner, gave presentations, moderated sessions, and/or displayed posters at the 2007 ASHP Midyear.

In addition, we took note of the number of new vendors exhibiting at the show, as well as the breadth of product classes they represented – from clinical intervention documentation systems to medication carts, and from telepharmacy services to medication order management systems. And of course, even familiar vendors announced some exciting product launches. All in all, spirits were high in the meeting rooms and on the exhibit floor, and even after leaving Las Vegas, we at PP&P find that energy to be infectious as we head into 2008.

This year promises to be another exciting one for our publication, with new supplements and the third installment of the “State of Pharmacy Automation” survey in the works. Don’t miss out on any of our content in 2008; renew your subscription to PP&P today at or use the free reader service card bound in this issue. However you choose to do it, you won’t regret continuing your support of our magazine, as we are committed to continually publishing the information you need to further improve the practice of hospital pharmacy.

All the best,

R. Mitchell Halvorsen


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