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  • 05/25/2022 4:55 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Date: Friday, July 15, 2022

    Time: 9:00am-4:30pm

    Location:UVA, Charlottesville

    Tentative Agenda

    9:00-9:15am Arrival and Networking

    9:15-9:30am Welcome and VSHP Introduction

    9:30-10:30am Keynote- Residency Updates

    10:30-11:30am IRB

    11:30am-12:30pm Lunch and Networking

    12:30-1:30pm Panel- New Practitioners/PGY2 residents

    1:30-2:30pm GRIT

    2:30-3:30pm Financial Planning

    3:30-4:30pm Time Management

    To Register

  • 04/27/2022 11:11 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP Grants Program Update

    In 2021, the VSHP Grants team evaluated several requests for grants and funded two of them. One of the projects which was funded provides intranasal naloxone to patients who are admitted to the UVA ED for opioid overdose, or who have a history of opioid use disorder. Although naloxone can be purchased at pharmacies, the project’s goal is to remove as many barriers as possible, and get the naloxone into the hands of the high - risk patients who would benefit from it. Providing education to the recipients is another part of the program.

    As of April 2022, the program is active. The photos show ED physician education on the program, and also some of the naloxone provided by VSHP’s funding.


    Photo credit: C Morgan Morrell

  • 03/31/2022 1:28 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Interested in presenting a Poster at the 2022 VSHP Spring Seminar in Richmond, VA, Saturday, April 23, 2022

    • The deadline for all abstract submission is Friday, April 15, 2022.
    • IMPORTANT: The Primary Author must be the person submitting the abstract. Primary Authors can only submit ONE abstract, however, a primary author can be an additional author on other abstracts. Submitting an abstract on behalf of someone else is prohibited.
    • Poster session is Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 1130a-12 noon

    For more information on the Spring Seminar see:  Spring Seminar 2022

  • 03/11/2022 10:35 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    The 2022 VSHP Committee on Nominations is pursuing members who wish to get or stay active and involved in VSHP. These candidates should exhibit qualities of leadership, vision and professional awareness that will sustain the enterprising and pioneering spirit that has characterized VSHP.

    The offices of President-elect, Secretary, Board Member at Large, and Technician at Large are included in this election cycle.

    Nominees for President-elect, Secretary, Board Member at Large must be a pharmacist member of VSHP. 

    Nominees for Technician Board Member at Large must be a technician member of VSHP.

    The term of office for the President-elect will be June 2022-June 2023; President from June 2023-June 2024; Immediate Past-President June 2024-June 2025.

    Secretary and Board member at large are 2 year terms from June 2022-June 2024.

    Technician Board Member at Large is a one year term from June 2022-June 2023.

    Position descriptions may be found on the VSHP website at:

    Additionally, VSHP is accepting nominations for Regional President-elect for each of the 8 VSHP Regions.  (see map attached).

    Region Presidents-elect are 2 year terms from June 2022-June 2023 as president-elect and June 2023-June 202 as Region president.

    All interested VSHP members who would like to self-nominate or nominate a colleague for any VSHP or Regional office are encouraged to do so via email to the VSHP Nominations Chair, c/o Steve Glass, Executive Director (  Nominations will be accepted through Friday, April 15, 2022.

    Although any member may nominate a pharmacist for VSHP office, VSHP bylaws state that only pharmacist members may vote in the election. 

    Candidates for state office will be vetted by the VSHP Nominations Committee and ballots will be administered electronically after nominees have accepted and been verified.

  • 01/12/2022 5:07 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Please join VSHP as we celebrate National Pharmacist Day!

    While we know, and are continually reminded each day, that it takes a team for pharmacy services to function, for today VSHP would like to recognize the pharmacist’s contribution. Health-system pharmacists’ daily commitment to patient care and advancement of pharmacy practices have set the foundation of pharmacy in our country and the world.

    The origin of this less-recognized pharmacy observance is unknown, according the National Day Calendar crew:

    In honor of the day, the U.S. Census department has picked up on the changes to pharmacy practice over the years:

    On behalf of VSHP, we hope you have a Happy National Pharmacist Day!

    Craig Kirkwood

    VSHP President
  • 01/04/2022 2:03 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP Board approves Strategic Plan for 2021-2022

    To view the plan:  Stategic Plan 2021-2022

  • 12/16/2021 4:25 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    2022 Spring Seminar Presentation Call for Presentations

    Submission for April 22-23, 2022, Virginia Crossing Hotel, Richmond, VA

    VSHP is accepting speaker proposals that will provide quality continuing education to our members. Please submit your completed proposal form to by Friday, January 14.

    Thank you for supporting the educational mission of VSHP!

    Here is the Submission Form

  • 11/18/2021 10:25 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    The winner of the 2021 VSHP Jennifer E Stallings College Bowl is Alecia Guishard and Ashley Guishard from Hampton University!

    Alecia Guishard

    Ashley Guishard

  • 10/12/2021 2:42 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    National Women Pharmacist Day

    #WomenPharmacistDay (WPD) is today!

    Please join us as we celebrate women in pharmacy. VSHP honors, not just the trailblazers and current leaders who have made such progress possible, but all women in pharmacy including technicians, pharmacists and students. Their daily commitment to patient care and the advancement of pharmacy practices have set the foundation of pharmacy in our country and the world.

    Women pharmacists have been a cornerstone of VSHP. VSHP has had 17 women Past Presidents, including 11 of the past 31, with Cindy Williams being the most recent (Immediate Past President two years ago). Women continue to comprise many of the leadership roles: Kathy Koehl is President Elect, Natalie Nguyen is Secretary, and Lisa Hammond is Treasurer. Currently six of 8 Region Presidents and five of 8 committee chairs are women. Women continue to make significant contributions every year to the progress of VSHP.

    ASHP, whose first CEO was Gloria Niemeyer Francke, provides opportunities to hear women about their professional journeys. Here is a snippet of the offerings, with more available on the ASHP web site:

    ASHP Official Podcasts



    On behalf of VSHP, we are honored to recognize and applaud the contributions of women pharmacists.

    For more information:

  • 09/21/2021 5:05 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)


    Like ASHP, ACCP and several other professional organizations, due to the latest surge of COVID with the Delta variant, the VSHP Board of Directors has voted to move our 2021 Fall Seminar to a virtual meeting.  We had hoped that we could overcome the current surge; however, we have learned there is no guarantee of arresting this virus especially in two months. The Fall Seminar meeting dates will remain the same:  November 5-6, 2021.

    This decision was difficult as all of us long for the professional interaction, with the sharing of progress and the stimulation of new ideas, that more readily comes from live, in-person meetings.  We consider your health and wellness (as well as your families’ and patients’ health) to be most important and any increase in risk from an in-person meeting may jeopardize that. I believe the Board made the most responsible decision and I am certain we will again provide an excellent, complete seminar.

    On the bright side, the Education Committee has already made the pivot. I anticipate the Residency Showcase, Pearls Session, Poster Session, Reverse Expo, Commonwealth Leadership Forum, and awards presentations will continue to be offered, in addition to outstanding CE presentations that VSHP is known for. The details with days and times for the virtual events will be announced in the near future.  Similar to last year, the Spring Seminar will closely follow, and I am looking forward to returning to an in-person seminar in 2022!

    Thank you for all that you continually do on behalf of your patients and the profession!


    Craig Kirkwood

    VSHP President


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VSHP Members,

As healthcare providers, we are essential personnel on the front lines of the nation and state response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In an effort to keep our members up-to-date, we have compiled the information below.  Recent information includes:

Sterile Compounding Resources

1.  Critical Point hosted a webinar on March 18th.  The link to a recorded version and the slides will be available on Critical Point website later today or tomorrow.  Also, you can register, for no charge, as a silver member of Critical Point in order to get access to additional tools.


2.  USP published guidelines today related to re-use of garb used in sterile compounding during COVID-19 pandemic.  It can be found at


3.  USP has also published guidelines related to pharmacy compounding of hand sanitizer.


4. ASHP Planning Resources:

ASHP has developed a checklist that can be utilized to assist health system pharmacy departments and leaders in comprehensive planning.


ASHP has also made their COVID-19 resources available to non-members.


5.In response to Governor Northam’s declared state of emergency in Executive Order Number Fifty-One (2020) regarding COVID-19 and as authorized in §54.1-3307.3 of the Code of Virginia, the Virginia Board of Pharmacy has approved emergency provisions for the duration of the declared emergency.


Please let us know additional resources that would be beneficial as we work together to continue to support our communities as essential healthcare personnel.


Thank you,

VSHP Executive Committee


Virginia Board of Pharmacy

Important COVID-19 Information

In response to Governor Northam’s declared state of emergency in Executive Order Number Fifty-One (2020) regarding COVID-19 and as authorized in §54.1-3307.3 of the Code of Virginia, the Virginia Board of Pharmacy has approved emergency provisions for the duration of the declared emergency.  Click here to access the information.

Questions may be directed to


VSHP participates in ASHP Comments to CMS Regarding Scope of Practice

ASHP, in collaboration with other national pharmacy groups and their affiliates including VSHP, has submitted extensive recommendations to CMS regarding the elimination of regulations that limit pharmacists from practicing at the top of their license. CMS requested additional input and recommendations under the Oct. 3, 2019, Executive Order “Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors.”



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