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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

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 August 30, 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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