Magazine article Drug Topics

Practice Changes Move ASHP to Vote on New Name

Magazine article Drug Topics

Practice Changes Move ASHP to Vote on New Name

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Perhaps too stressed out from the rapid pace of change at work, ASHP delegates were almost phlegmatic at their annual meeting in Reno this month. There was so little debate on the floor that the house of delegates wrapped up its meeting ahead of the scheduled time.

About the only issues that drew sparks were:

* Ethics and the termination of life. In a throwback to years past, delegates were again hotly divided on this issue. The solution? Delegates moved to explore this knotty issue some more.

* ASHP's name change from American Society of Hospital Pharmacists to American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Some thought this issue would provoke much debate, but it passed the house handily. This paves the way for state chapters to change their names, too, if they so desire.

* Direct-to-consumer advertising. The house passed a motion to support the practice, even though some delegates felt that such advertising, which stimulates utilization, goes against a capitated environment.

* Patient-focused care. Delegates also voted to support this practice, even though its definition is still evolving.

One of the most alarming messages attendees picked up from the convention came out of a session on health-care reform. ASHP staffers warned attendees that not only could pharmaceutical care not be covered in health reform, the drug benefit itself may be at risk because of the costs involved. Mary Wallace, ASHP's director of government affairs, told the audience that, to prepare for the worst, Rep. Ron Wyden (D, Ore.) has planned an amendment to the health reform bill that will have a strong patient counseling provision in it in case the drug benefit doesn't survive. …

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