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Dwight Tousignaut Awarded ASHP's Francke Medal

Dwight R. Tousignaut, Pharm.D., a pioneer in electronic drug information resources, has become the eighth recipient of the prestigious Donald E. Francke Medal, established by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to international pharmacy practice. He was presented with the award today during ASHP’s Summer Meeting in Las Vegas. 

Tousignaut has a long history of service to ASHP, joining the Society in 1966 as director of the Professional Practice Division and editor of International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (IPA). He retired from the position of vice president of ASHP’s Publications and Drug Information Systems Office in 2001. In his more than thirty years with ASHP, Tousignaut oversaw the growth of its drug information resources to include both print and electronic editions of respected publications such as AHFS Drug Information and the Handbook on Injectable Drugs.

Early in his tenure at ASHP he helped establish traineeship program to orient community pharmacists to institutional practice and acted as the Society’s committee liaison with numerous organizations, including the White House Council on Information, American Hospital Association, and American Nurses Association.

Tousignaut’s international experience includes his editorship of IPA, a computerized publication that draws from more than 850 primary journals from throughout the world. He was instrumental in bringing about an agreement with Datastar to offer IPA, which was the start of ASHP’s international database activities and led to partnerships with other worldwide distributors, such as Silver Platter, DIALOG, and First DataBank. Inclusion of ASHP’s databases in international online systems also led to professional partnerships for ASHP outside the drug information realm, including ties with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

A strong believer in the importance of expanding pharmacy resources into global markets, Tousignaut traveled extensively for ASHP to create additional international exposure for its drug information databases. He has given nearly a hundred presentations and workshops in more than 20 countries. His workshops trained attendees from all over the world in using computerized drug information and educated them on its importance to pharmacy practice.

Tousignaut also has lived and worked abroad, including practicing and teaching in Australia and Egypt. He spent two years in Egypt as a Fulbright professor at the University of Cairo, where he established a graduate program in hospital pharmacy. Tousignaut is a member of the Federation Internationale Pharmaceutique (FIP) and a past president of the Drug Information Association. He has been recognized in Who’s Who and American Men of Science.

“Dwight Tousignaut has been on the forefront of adapting information technology to meet the evolving needs of medical professionals, and has been instrumental to expanding ASHP’s outreach to practitioners overseas,” said Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D., ASHP executive vice president and chief executive officer.  “He has been a valuable ambassador to the international pharmacy community and the Francke medal recognizes his groundbreaking efforts to share drug information on a global level.”

Donald E. Francke a key leader of ASHP in the Society’s formative years, was noted for his long-time service to American and international pharmacy; he served as the first American vice president of the International Pharmaceutical Federation’s Section of Hospital Pharmacists. Francke was also the editor of the American Journal of Hospital Pharmacy for 22 years and was the founding editor of the International Pharmaceutical Abstracts and the American Hospital Formulary Service. The Donald E. Francke Medal was established in 1971.  The ASHP Board of Directors selects recipients upon unanimous vote.  

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP, which has a long history of medication-error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines.  Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their professional practice, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs. For more information, visit or