BETHESDA, Md. —The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has named A.J.M. (Ton) Hoek, M.Sc., an honorary member of the Society for his sustained contributions to international pharmacy practice. Hoek’s widow, Wijnandien Hoek-Scholten, accepted the honor during the opening session of ASHP’s 47th Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas. Hoek passed away on July 28, 2012, after a short battle with cancer.
Hoek led the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) from 1999 until his death. Hoek’s leadership propelled FIP from an organization that focused on national pharmacist organizations to one that helps pharmacists talk with a diverse constituency of people who have an impact on health care. He helped make FIP a founding partner in the World Health Professions Alliance, which brings together the national leaders of organizations representing dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, and physicians to discuss collaborative practice and access to quality care.
In July 2012, Hoek received a royal declaration by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands naming him an officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau.
“Ton leaves a legacy that is truly global and one that will help pharmacists throughout the world advance the practice of pharmacy and improve patient care,” said ASHP President Kathryn R. Schultz, Pharm.D., M.P.H., FASHP.
Hoek studied pharmacy in the Netherlands, obtaining his master’s degree in 1983 and graduating as a pharmacist in 1984. He worked 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry before becoming the CEO and general secretary of FIP.
ASHP is the national professional organization whose nearly 40,000 members include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students who provide patient care services in hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory clinics. For 70 years, the Society has been on the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP's website, www.ashp.org, or its consumer website, www.safemedication.com.