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Erica Diamantides

Candidate for Director-at-Large 2021-2023

Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners
Erica Diamantides

ERICA DIAMANTIDES, Pharm.D., M.H.A., BCPS (ediamant@uw.edu), is the Specialty Pharmacy Manager for the University of Washington (UW) Medicine in Seattle, Washington where she oversees the Specialty Pharmacy program (SPP) and medication access services across two academic medical centers. She is also a clinical instructor with the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and precepts students and residents.

Diamantides earned her Pharm.D. from Northeastern University, followed by a health- system pharmacy administration two-year residency at UW Medicine combined with her M.H.A. from the University of Washington. Initial years of experience focused on expansion of specialty pharmacy services into new disease states, URAC specialty pharmacy accreditation, and growth of other medication access services.

Diamantides’s ASHP involvement includes serving as a member of the Section of Pharmacy Practice Leaders SAG on Leadership Development for the past four years and she is currently Chair of the Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners SAG on Outcomes and Values.

 

I have been inspired by the care that our pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and clinical teams provide for patients on specialty medications across the care continuum, and I have been frustrated by the barriers posed to patients and the health systems supporting them in accessing these essential therapies. The challenges, like patient choice for delivery of pharmacy services, limited distribution models, collection and analysis of outcomes data, and demonstrating the value of health-system specialty pharmacy services are priority areas for health-system specialty pharmacies to focus on. ASHP’s creation of the Section for Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners gives us the platform to collaborate and strategize the best ways to break these barriers to access down.

Thank you for the honor of this nomination. If elected, I look forward to advocating for the health-system role and value in delivery of specialty pharmacy care, facilitating the sharing of best practices across ASHP, supporting alignment in how our specialty pharmacies collect and disseminate data related to our patients’ outcomes, and promotion of the specialty pharmacists’ and pharmacy technicians’ role in patient's care. Together we can improve our patients’ access to specialty medications.