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ASHP Awards Lawrence A. Trissel Honorary Membership

BETHESDA, Md. —The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has named Lawrence A. Trissel, FASHP, an honorary member of the Society for his sustained contributions to health-system pharmacy practice and dedicated service to the organization. Trissel will receive the honor today during ASHP’s Summer Meeting in Denver.
Trissel is a noted leader in health-system pharmacy, researcher, and author.  He is best known for authoring the Handbook on Injectable Drugs through 16 editions, Lawrence Trissel is also author of the vast Trissel’s 2 Clinical Pharmaceutics Database, the largest electronic database of its kind ever assembled. Additionally, he is the author of Stability of Compounded Formulations, Calcium and Phosphate Compatibility in Parenteral Nutrition, Stability-Indicating HPLC Methods for Drug Analysis, and Trissel’s Tables of Physical Compatibility, among others.
As part of a team at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) that developed over 125 experimental drugs for clinical trial, a number of which were subsequently commercially marketed, Trissel became the director of clinical pharmaceutics research for The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Division of Pharmacy in 1989. There, he led a program that became one of the most successful research efforts of its kind in the world. Hundreds of research projects that greatly expanded the pharmaceutical information available for patient care were conducted.  Trissel retired from practice in 2006.
After graduating from Butler University College of Pharmacy in 1969, he completed a U.S. Public Health Service hospital pharmacy residency. He held several positions at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center before joining the NCI.
In addition to his several books, Trissel has authored over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles throughout his career reporting new information for pharmacists and nurses to use in patient care. He has served on editorial boards for numerous peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, the Journal of Intravenous Nursing, the European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, and the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding.
Trissel has received numerous professional honors and appointments, including serving as a member of the United States Pharmacopeia Expert Committees on Pharmacy Compounding (2000), member of the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board Standards Task Force for the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (2004), Chair of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy Task Force on Pharmacy Compounding (2002-2003), American Pharmaceutical Association Distinguished Achievement Award (2002), and the ASHP Foundation Award for Sustained Contributions to the Published Literature (1996).
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