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  • 11/12/2020 3:19 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    The ASHP Task Force on Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invite ASHP members to participate in an important member survey. The purpose of the survey is to collect feedback on the preliminary recommendations from the ASHP Task Force on Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Please review the following information and then use the link below to access the survey which should take 15-20 minutes of your time to complete.

    Follow this link to the Survey:  Recommendations Feedback

    Or copy and paste the URL into your internet browser:

    ASHP and its members have long been committed to eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare and recognize the need to further strengthen that commitment following the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and other Black Americans. ASHP further seeks to help eliminate racism, discrimination, and inequities that impact other minority and underrepresented populations and to help improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare and society more broadly.

    While the Task Force developed the preliminary recommendations with a specific focus on Black Americans, the Task Force members believe that many of the recommendations should also support other communities of color. In order to reflect more inclusive language within its recommendations, the Task Force decided to use the term “Black, Indigenous, and People of Color,” also referred to as BIPOC throughout the recommendations. Mental Health America (MHA) considers the following communities as BIPOC: Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Native and Indigenous, and Multiracial.

    The deadline for this survey is December 10, 2020. Please be assured that your responses will be anonymous. The Task Force plans to review comments and prepare a final report and recommendations to the ASHP Board of Directors in January 2021.

    Thank you in advance for your time and support.


    Paul C. Walker, Pharm.D., FASHP
    Task Force Chair and ASHP Board Liaison

  • 11/12/2020 2:35 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Kathy Koehl-VSHP 2020 Pharmacist of the Year

  • 11/12/2020 2:28 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Tyler Sledge-VSHP 2020 Clinical Pharmacy Practice Achievement Award

  • 11/12/2020 2:20 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Khalida Amini-VSHP 2020 New Practitioner of the Year

  • 11/12/2020 2:03 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Jessica Franklin-2020 VSHP Technician of the Year

  • 10/31/2020 5:55 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Carrie Carter, Lark Dunton, Emily Hand and Sarah Wheeler winners of our 2020 Trivia Contest during Pharmacy Week

  • 10/12/2020 6:12 PM | 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 current leaders and the trailblazers 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 and continue to comprise many of the leadership roles: Natalie Nguyen is Secretary; Tolu Akinbu is Board Member At Large; eight of 12 Region Presidents or Presidents-Elect; and nine of 12 committee chairs are women. VSHP has had 17 women Past Presidents, including 11 of the past 30, with Cindy Williams (Immediate Past President last year) being the most recent. Women have made, and continue to make, significant contributions every year to the progress of VSHP.

    ASHP, whose first CEO was Gloria Niemeyer Francke, is offering an opportunity 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 honestly in awe of, the contributions of women pharmacists!

    For more information:

  • 10/05/2020 11:32 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Effective October 1, 2020, Veklury (remdesivir) will no longer be allocated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and State Departments of Health. This change is possible given that there is now sufficient supply of Veklury (remdesivir) to meet demand, even if a surge of COVID-19 cases occurs.

    See additional information:  AmerisourceBergen Remdesivir Distribution.pdf

  • 09/21/2020 11:55 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    DHP has recently been made aware of a scam that is being attempted on some DHP licensees.  You may wish to notify your members of the  below information. Please contact me if you have any questions, thank you. 



    The Department of Health Professions (DHP) has been made aware that some licensees have received fraudulent communications from individuals claiming to be from one of our licensing boards, such as the Board of Pharmacy, or another agency, such as the DEA. The communications, often by phone, may threaten arrest or license suspension, demand personal information, or require the payment of fines. 

    Please note:

    ·       Phone calls may “spoof” DHP or a Board and appear to be from our number;

    ·       If you need to verify the identity of a DHP investigator or inspector, call (804) 367-4691 or email;

    ·       DHP will never demand that you provide personally identifying information, such as social security number, date of birth, bank or credit card account numbers over the phone;

    ·       These types of licensing scams are a problem nationwide.


    If you believe you are the recipient of a fraudulent communication claiming to be from DHP:


    ·       Notify DHP at 804-367-4691, or email;

    ·       Report the communication to local law enforcement or the Virginia State Police;

    ·       The Federal Trade Commission also accepts reports about “Imposter Scams” through the FTC Complaint Assistant, or at 1-877-382-4357; these reports are used to aid ongoing investigations.


    The Drug Enforcement Administration also has warned of imposters posing as DEA agents. Information and reporting of these scams can be found at this DEA website.  


    David E. Brown, DC


    Virginia Department of Health Professions

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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