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An Open Letter to Members

Katherine M. Bennett

As the year turned to 2000, it became apparent that widespread medication hoarding did not occur.

We believe that this is due in large part to members who heeded ASHP’s advice throughout 1999 to avoid stockpiling activities that could generate artificial shortages. ASHP worked in a variety of ways to ensure that drug shortages would not be a concern on Jan. 1 and beyond. The Society collaborated with organizations such as the National Wholesale Druggists’ Association, American Hospital Association, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America to assess the industry’s Y2K readiness and develop contingency plans if hospital drug shortages arose. We also provided updates on ASHP’s Web site and in our membership newsletter. None of these activities, however, would have succeeded if our members had decided to bank medications. Cooler heads prevailed, and I want to personally thank each of you for a job well done on behalf of patients!