This podcast explores the recent activity on the advancement of pharmacist recognition on the state and federal levels. Kasey Thompson and Tom Kraus discuss how the environment has changed on this issue and where pharmacist recognition is being advanced.
Kasey K. Thompson, Pharm.D., M.S., M.B.A., is Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Thompson has published numerous articles on medication-use safety and health policy, and is co-editor of the 2005 book: Medication Safety: A Guide for Health Care Facilities. Dr. Thompson has given presentations nationally and internationally; has testified before the United States Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and before a variety of federal agencies; and has served on numerous advisory committees and governing boards for various public and private sector organizations.
Dr. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in cellular biology from Northeastern Oklahoma State University; and Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Oklahoma, College of Pharmacy. He also holds an M.S. in Information Technology and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland University College.
Tom Kraus is Vice President for Government Relations at ASHP. He is a graduate of University of Michigan (BS Biology), Georgetown University Law Center (Doctor Of Law), and The Johns Hopkins University (MHS, Health Policy).
Tom previously served as the Chief of Staff and Associate Commissioner for Legislation at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He was also a senior policy advisor to Sen. Ted Kennedy and Sen. Tom Harkin on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, where he served as Deputy Staff Director for Health.