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President's Message - Time to Be Bold

I would like to take a minute to thank Tom Westerkamp. Of course we all should thank him for his service to ICHP – for his commitment, patience, persistence, judgement, and good sense. Can I add a personal note of thanks? One or two of you might ... Read More

Illinois Pharmacists Urging Flu Vaccinations in October as part of National Pharmacists Month

October is a great time to begin preparing for this year’s flu season. It’s a time when consumers are inundated with myths regarding the seasonal influenza vaccination.  Every year, inaccurate facts are distributed to consumers that de... Read More

Directly Speaking - The Movers and the Shakers

On Friday evening, September 20th, I had the privilege and pleasure to stand before nearly 250 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy students, ICHP staff, their spouses and guests and speak about ICHP Leaders. Many of those leaders were sitting r... Read More

President's Message - People Don’t Care How Much We Know Until…

A year ago, I selected the theme of “Caring” for ICHP and asked members to reconnect with their patients, to be compassionate, to make a difference, and to get involved. I reminded all of us of why we chose careers in pharmacy, and how impo... Read More

Directly Speaking - Tech-Check-Tech: A Dream That Will Soon Come True!

I think we formed the first Tech-Check-Tech (don’t try to say that fast three times…you will fail) task force within ICHP back in the early 1990s. We even had a bill introduced in the General Assembly in 2011!  It looks like hospital ... Read More

President's Message - Discovery at a Local Affiliate Meeting

I attended a local affiliate continuing education (CE) meeting recently and was impressed by the quality of the speakers and Q&A that followed the presentation. There were three speakers who presented the results of their residency projects. Based ... Read More

Directly Speaking - It's Time to Trade Shoes

We’ve all heard the quote, “Before you judge someone, walk a mile in their shoes”, or at least something very close to that. My searches on the internet did not yield any definitive answers other than the original saying was a Native ... Read More

President's Message - Can We Change Course?

I recently was invited to attend the college graduation of a family member from a prestigious military academy out east. While there, the family walked around the beautiful, historic campus and met several high-ranking officials. All were cordial and s... Read More

Directly Speaking - Is Pharmacy Compounding Headed for Its Own Cherry Mine Disaster of 1909?

In late April, my wife scheduled a family field trip (She and I and both of my parents) to Malden, Illinois and a supposedly cute restaurant with great food. Well the restaurant was cute in a country sort of way and the fried chicken was good but the o... Read More

President's Message - If We Only Knew?

At the keynote address at the recent MSHP/ICHP Spring meeting, Scott Knoer, the Chief Pharmacy Officer at the Cleveland Clinic, shared an inspirational video that portrayed patients, visitors, and staff at a busy hospital with silent captions over thei... Read More

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