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Directly Speaking - Compounded Sterile Preparations: What’s in Your Pharmacy?

Compounded sterile preparations continue to make the news these days with more recalls from small outsourcing pharmacies around the country, a grand jury determining if criminal charges are appropriate in Michigan, State and federal governments... Read More

Feature Article - ICHP Creates the Amy Lodolce Mentorship Award

Feature Article - ICHP Creates the Amy Lodolce Mentorship Award Amy Lodolce was a University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy faculty member who touched the lives of pharmacy students, residents, and colleagues through her passion for ... Read More

President's Message - Roses and Thorns

“We can complain that a rose bush has thorns, or we can rejoice that a thorn bush has roses” - Abraham LincolnI love that quote. It resonates in my brain as I drive along I-55 and think about the ICHP Spring Meeting with MSHP in St. Cha... Read More

Directly Speaking - Building Alliances and Accepting Compromise

Last time I checked, Illinois was still part of the United States of America, and the USA was still a democracy. And while hospitals and health-systems don’t always function as democracies, there are some lessons to be learned for a properl... Read More

President’s Message - Our Role in Healthcare: a Personal Reflection

My older brother, Jack, was diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer in November 2011. We know the devastation of this disease, and as cancers go, this is typically an aggressive, relentless disease with a grim prognosis – not a good one to ge... Read More

PTCB Extends March 2013 Recertification Deadline until April 30

Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) due to recertify by March 31, 2013 will remain in “active” status during April, and automatically receive an additional 30 days, until April 30, to submit their recertification appl... Read More

PTCB Announces Certification Program Changes

WASHINGTON, DC — The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) announces future changes to the PTCB Certification Program. The new changes will advance pharmacy technician qualifications by elevating PTCB’s standards for national certi... Read More

Directly Speaking - Board Certification: The Great Equalizer

There’s been a lot of discussion lately relating to pharmacy credentialing, and I thought as an “old-timer” I should finally weigh in. My guess is that most of you that read this column have yet to go out onto the ASHP Connect P... Read More

President's Message - Communicate and Be Heard

Over the holidays I got a chance to go to the movie theater. My extended family was in from out of town and stayed at our house, so it was good to get out with everyone and go to a large movie complex so everyone could select the movie they wante... Read More

Directly Speaking - Medication Errors: They're Everyone's Business

The fallout from the New England Compounding Center contaminated products continues to reign down on pharmacy across the nation and here in Illinois. While I wouldn’t call that problem a true medication error, in several ways it is. More importan... Read More

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