ASHP Announces New Director of Industry Relations
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has named Colleen O'Malley, M.S., to the newly created position of director of industry relations. In this role, O'Malley will work to build strategic partnerships between the Society and various industries that will advance the role of pharmacists in the medication-use process.
In her new position, O'Malley will coordinate the Society's activities with the pharmaceutical industry and will identify collaborative projects, including publishing and educational activities. O'Malley was previously the director of the ASHP Center on Managed Care Pharmacy, an information source for ASHP members and other health professionals on pharmacy benefits management, formularies, and other issues within managed care. During her tenure, the Center launched several groundbreaking activities, including a nationwide survey of ambulatory and managed care pharmacy programs in health systems. "I'm looking forward to working with ASHP's industry partners to identify common goals and develop initiatives that meet the needs of health-system pharmacists," said O'Malley.
Before joining ASHP, O'Malley served as regional director of pharmacy for Community Health Plan in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
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 delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs.