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The mission of the Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacists is to inspire innovative pharmacy practice by promoting education, advocacy and collaboration to help people achieve optimal health outcomes. We work towards fulfilling our mission every year through education of our members via region meetings, statewide meetings, newsletters, and our website; fostering professional standards; educating the public about the role of health system pharmacists; monitoring legislative issues that affect pharmacy; and by promoting health system pharmacy as a career path for future pharmacists. The majority of our Society's work is done by member volunteers working through our committees. You can play a vital role by serving on one of our committees.

What will you get out of it?  You will meet and get to know many of the current and future pharmacy leaders in Virginia.  You will have the professional satisfaction of helping shape and advance health system pharmacy in Virginia.  You will make new friends.  You will build your resume. 

If you are interested in serving on a committee for VSHP, please visit the link below.  Committee involvement typically takes less than 1 hour per month and is facilitated through conference calls.

The Committee Chair will contact you regarding upcoming meetings or other opportunities to participate.  


COMMUNICATIONS: The Communications Council and Editorial Board is responsible for the direction, development, and quality control of all VSHP publications, including the VSHP web site. 

EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS:The Educational Affairs Committee is responsible for planning, coordinating, and evaluating educational content of the 2 statewide VSHP meetings. 

GRANTS: The Grants Committee will review requests from individuals and groups in need of grant funding for specific programs or program elements which match the mission of VSHP.

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: The Legislative Affairs Committee is responsible for informing the VSHP membership and Board of Directors of important legislation and regulations and how they will impact pharmacy practice in organized health care settings in Virginia. 

MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT: The Membership Engagement Committee reviews and suggests ways for the membership of VSHP to become more engaged in VSHP. 

ORGANIZATIONAL AFFAIRS:The Organizational Affairs Committee reviews and analyzes the VSHP organization and make recommendations to increase its effectiveness.   

PAC:  The Political Action Committee works to raise monies for the VSHP PAC and determines the best uses for the funds raised.

STUDENT and RESIDENTS COMMITTEE: The Student and Residents Committee provides input to VSHP on how to get students interested in health-system pharmacy practice and how to get them interested and involved in VSHP. 

TECHNICIAN TASK FORCE: The Technician Task force provides input to VSHP on how to increase technician membership in VSHP and membership activities to provide VSHP.

Make a commitment to get involved with a VSHP Committee. 

To join a committee:

Deadline September 15


Call for Pearl Presentations-VSHP Fall Seminar

VSHP is now accepting Pearl Proposals for the VSHP Fall Seminar, Nov 8-9, 2019 Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, VA

We are looking for real-life experience related to practical ideas, concepts, lessons learned, innovative practices, and implementation strategies based on knowledge and experience, as opposed to a literature review. Pearl presentations are limited to 10 minutes each

Please see the attached form for topics and deadlines.  Deadline 5pm on Friday September 6, 2019

call for pearl presentation fall 2019 vshp.docx


VIrgiNia Student Health-System Pharmacy Societies Recognized by ASHP

ASHP offers Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHPs) nationwide the opportunity for official "ASHP-SSHP Recognition".  Criteria for recognition encourages SSHP activities that:

·         Promote interest in membership in local, state, and national health-system organizations

·         Stimulate interest in acute and ambulatory settings

·         Encourage career development and professionalism among students

Congratulations to the Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy who have earned official recognition from ASHP for 2019-2020

For more info see:


Call for 2019 Award Nominations

Each year, VSHP recognizes pharmacy practitioners that have demonstrated outstanding service to the pharmacy profession within Virginia. 

VSHP Annual Awards include:

VSHP Technician of the Year

VSHP New Practitioner of the Year 

VSHP Pharmacist of the Year 

Clinical Pharmacy Practice Achievement Award 

R.D. Anderson Distinguished Leadership Award


To nominate:

Additional details on award criteria and nomination process can be found at Annual Awards.  The deadline for award nomination is Friday, October 4, 2019.  Awards will be presented during the VSHP Fall Seminar on November 8, 2019.  

Call for VSHP Grant Submissions-Deadline extended to 9/13/2019

This year, $7,000 has been set aside by VSHP for its grants program. This program allows VSHP members to apply for a grant in order to fund a project which will improve health - system pharmacy services and patient care in Virginia.

There are several conditions for a successful grant application:

   The application must be filed by a current member of VSHP via this link, by September 13, 2019

   All grants will be reviewed by the VSHP Grants team and results will be provided by October 15th, 2019

   All grant funds must be used within 12 months of the grant's approval date

   Any unused funds must be returned to VSHP

   Updates to VSHP must be provided quarterly and a followup report to VSHP must be written within one year of disbursement of funds, or when the project has been completed (whichever occurs first)

Questions? Please contact Brian Baird at or 804-586-4156.

ASHP 2019 House of Delegates Update

The Virginia Delegation at ASHP’s 2019 House of Delegates were represented by Scott Anderson, Katelyn Hipwell, Craig Kirkwood and Natalie Nguyen.

Delegates participated in members’ open forum, house caucuses, and house of delegates meetings. The House of Delegates reviewed and approved resolutions and policy statements that were presented from councils and other groups.  Many of these resolutions and statements were amended in caucuses or meetings by the delegates. Policies and statements reviewed and approved through this session included:

-          Joint Council Policy

o   Suicide Awareness and Prevention

o   Safe Administration of Hazardous Drugs

-          Council on Pharmacy Practice Policy

o   Pharmacy Authority to Provide Medication-Assisted Treatment

o   Emergency Refills

o   340B Drug Pricing Program Sustainability

o   Credentialing and Privileging by Regulators, Payers and Providers for Collaborative Practice – Delegates deliberated at length regarding the terminology to describe the role of pharmacist within this scope, and how to differentiate from traditional practice settings. There was consensus that there is an opportunity for ASHP to review how we as a profession market our services and what that “common language” would be.

o   Notification of Drug Product Price Increases

o   Preventing Drug Product Shortages

-          Council of Therapeutics

o   CBD Therapeutic Use of CannabidiolDelegates deliberated at length regarding the need to distinguish the profession’s stance on supporting therapeutic uses of CBD oil and the stance against unregulated CBD-containing products. The Virginia Delegation provided comments to increase the awareness of Virginia Board of Pharmacy approved dispensaries/ pharmaceutical processors as part of this discussion. The delegation submitted a formal recommendation that ASHP work to provide guidance for health-systems on handling this emerging area within the best interests of patient care and safety.

-          Education and Workforce Development Policy

o   Pharmacy Technician Training and CertificationThis policy is critical to the current deliberations by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy as we look to advance our pharmacy practice by standardizing the training of the people who support our pharmacists. This policy supports the adoption of national technician training standards, specifically the ASHP/ACPE standards that were developed following the 2017 Pharmacy Technicians Stakeholder Conference that incorporated pharmacy technician stakeholders across the industry. The 2020 Virginia Legislative session will be a very exciting year for us. More to come!

-          Council on Pharmacy Management Policy

o   Pharmaceutical Distribution System

o   Safe Medication Preparation in All Sites of Care

o   Intimidating or Disruptive Behavior

o   Pharmacy Department Business Partnerships

-          Pharmacy Technician Forum

o   Pharmacy Technician Student Drug Testing

-          Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners

o   ASHP Statement on the Role of the Medication Safety Leader


In addition, ASHP has been working hard to support its members. Highlights included:

-          Growth in membership, of over 50,000 members (13.5% increase!)

-          New Specialty Pharmacy and Pharmacy Technician Forums in 2018

-          Addressing issues that impact practice and patient safety:

o   Drug pricing awareness in Congress

o   ASHP opioid task force to address the opioid crisis, joined as a sponsoring organization for the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Countering the US Opioid Epidemic

-          Advancements

o   New partnership with AJHP and Oxford University Press to increase impact

o   Updated ASHP.ORG site

o   NEW! Professional Certificate Programs: Emergency Medicine Certificate, Nutrition Support Certificate, Compounded Sterile Preparations Certificate for Pharmacists, and Sterile Product Preparation Certificate, Pharmacy Informatics, and Clinical Skills Certificate for International Pharmacy

o   Pharmacy Advancement Initiative (PAI) 2030 will be introduced at the 2019 ASHP Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas

o   ASHP Innovation Center… coming soon!

Even though the ASHP House of Delegates sessions has concluded, our work is not done. The delegates will have a virtual meeting this fall with continued discussion on important topics.

If you have any thoughts, comments, or would like to get more involved in policy and advocacy, you can join our VSHP Legislative/Regulatory committee! Please reach out to Natalie Nguyen (

Natalie Nguyen, PharmD, MSHA

Manager, Pharmacy Services

Virginia Commonwealth University Health System


ASHP Regional Delegate Conference

Virginia delegates Natalie Nguyen, Scott Anderson and Katelyn Hipwell at the ASHP Regional Delegate Conference in Baltimore April 29-30.

ASHP Announces Candidates for 2019-2020

Presidential Candidates (2020-2021)

1.       Lea S. Eiland, Pharm.D., BCPPS, BCPS, FASHP, FPPAG, Clinical Professor and Associate Department Head, Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn, AL

2.       Thomas J. Johnson, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCCCP, BCPS, FASHP, FCCM, Assistant Vice President — Hospital Pharmacy, Avera Health, Sioux Falls, SD


Board of Directors Candidates (2020-2023)

1.       Leigh A. Briscoe-Dwyer, Pharm.D., B.S.Pharm., BCPS, FASHP, Vice President Network Pharmacy, Westchester Medical Center Health Network, Valhalla, NY

2.       Dan D. Degnan, Pharm.D.,  M.S., CPPS, FASHP, Associate Director of the Professional Program Laboratory, Purdue University College of Pharmacy, West Lafayette, IN

3.       Rafael Saenz, Pharm.D., M.S., FASHP, Administrator, Pharmacy Services, University of Virginia Health System, Assistant Dean, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Pharmacy – UVA Division, Charlottesville, VA

4.       Jamie S. Sinclair, B.S.Pharm., M.S., R.Ph., FASHP, Director, Pharmacy Services, Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, IA


Treasurer Candidates (2019-2022)

  1. Roger W. Anderson, M.S., B.S., Dr.P.H., FASHP, Retired, McKinney, TX
  2. Christene M. Jolowsky, M.S., R.Ph., FASHP, System Pharmacy Director, Hennepin Healthcare

Minneapolis, MN

Updated Accreditation Standards for Pharmacy Technician Education and Training

ASHP and ACPE have released new standards for technician education.  See the ASHP Press release


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