9/17/2001

Society Leaders Speak Out on Terrorism Incidents

Cheryl A. Thompson

ASHP President Steven L. Sheaffer, Pharm.D., FASHP, and ASHP Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D., sent the following letter to members.

 

Dear Member:

We are writing ASHP members in a spirit of solidarity and shared grief in the aftermath of the worst act of terrorism in the world’s history. We share your sense of shock and revulsion over the senseless acts that killed and injured so many Americans, and extend our heartfelt condolences to the families affected by this tragedy. We also are grateful for the heroic efforts of the rescuers and health professionals who continue to work so tirelessly at the disaster sites.

This week saw the gathering of ASHP’s councils, Commission on Therapeutics, and Board of Directors at the Society’s headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C. Despite the uncertainty of the events unfolding around them, members decided to stay and continue the important work they had begun. We deeply appreciate the personal sacrifices these members made by being away from their families in a time of national crisis.

Rest assured that ASHP is in close touch with federal defense and public health officials to ensure that medicines and pharmacist services are available where they are needed most. We also stand ready to assist you in your work by creating a special resource center on www.ashp.org that offers:

  • Links to:
    • News on the evolving situation in New York and the Washington, D.C., area,           
    • Aventis information on the current availability of tetanus–diptheria vaccines, and           
    • The ASHP Drug Product Shortages Management Resource Center and the Society’s statement on bioterrorism
  • Updated bulletins from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,           
  • Reprints of international emails of support from ASHP colleague organizations and businesses worldwide, and           
  • E-mail capabilities that allows members to submit comments, suggestions, or information requests to ASHP on this issue.

You may also be interested in the following list of relief agencies that are collecting donations and goods on behalf of the victims and rescue workers:

American Red Cross National Capital Chapter
2131 K St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
202-728-6400
www.redcrossdc.org/TopMenu/make_a_donation.php3

United Way of the National Capitol Area
95 M St., SW
Washington, DC 20024
202-488-2000
www.unitedwaynca.org/Template.cfm?
Section=MakeaDonation&NavMenuID=24

United Way of New York City
2 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
212-251-4035
www.unitedwaynca.org/Template.cfm?
Section=MakeaDonation&NavMenuID=24
 

New York Fraternal Order of Police Fund
911 Police Plaza
c/o Robert Lucente
Hicksville, NY 11801
888-NYS1FOP
www.nysfop.org/WTCdisaster/Fund.html

The Salvation Army
2626 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20037
202-756-2600 or toll free at 866-399-2684
www.salvationarmy.org
The Salvation Army is collecting prepared foods for personnel assisting victims at the crash sites in both Washington D.C. and New York.

Washington Family Relief Fund
c/o Riggs Bank
Lincoln Office
800 17th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20006

Greater N.Y. Hospital Association Foundation
555 W. 57th St., 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019
212-246-7100
www.gnyha.org

Pentagon Victims Funeral Fund
c/o Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington
200 N. Glebe Road, Suite 506
Arlington, VA 22203
703-841-3830
www.ccda.net

International Association of Fire Fighters
The New York Fire 9-11 Relief Fund
9658 Baltimore Ave., Suite 350
College Park, MD 20740
www.firehouse.com

Catholic Charities Disaster Relief Fund
924 G St., NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-772-4300
www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/donation/donation.htm

National Organization for Victim Assistance
1730 Park Rd., NW
Washington, DC 20010-2101
202-232-6682
www.icheck.net/nova/checkbyweb/index.asp

As we go forward into this new era of heightened public awareness, please know that both of us, and the entire Society, stand ready to support you and your patients.

Sincerely,

 

Steven L. Sheaffer, Pharm.D., FASHP
President, ASHP

Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D.
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President, ASHP


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