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9/6/2000
Press Release

ASHP Practice Standard Collection Revised for Easier Use

Health care professionals searching for ways to improve patient safety and ensure appropriate medication use can find guidance from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists' (ASHP's) newly updated reference, Best Practices for Health-System Pharmacy: Positions and Practice Standards of ASHP. The 1999-2000 edition has been revised to help readers quickly locate relevant guidance documents.

The reference now organizes ASHP's policy positions and more than 70 guidance documents by practice topic. ASHP positions, statements, guidelines, and technical assistance bulletins on topics such as medication safety, the pharmacists' role in specific treatment areas, and minimum standards for pharmacies in components of health-systems are grouped together for easier use. The new edition also features material recently approved by the 1999 ASHP House of Delegates, including 19 new policy positions, three practice statements, one new and two revised practice guidelines, three new therapeutic position statements, and two new and two revised therapeutic guidelines. 

Practice standards are drafted by health care experts and undergo rigorous peer review before being approved officially by ASHP. Topics for practice standards are identified by the Society's councils and commissions, which are composed of members who have expertise in specific areas of pharmacy practice or therapeutics. 

The complete library of practice standards is available in a searchable database on ASHP's Web site (www.ashp.org) and as individual documents using the Society's Fax-on-Demand service (301-664-8888). To order the print version of the new Best Practices for Health-System Pharmacy, call ASHP Customer Service (301-657-4383) or order online at www.ashp.org. Questions regarding the practice standards may be directed to Joseph Deffenbaugh, M.P.H., professional practice associate and editor of Best Practices for Health-System Pharmacy, at (301) 657-3000, ext. 1250. 

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 believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medications. 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 delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.