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12/3/2001
Press Release

ASHP Publishes Biopreparedness Drug Information Reference

Monographs from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ (ASHP) highly respected AHFS Drug Information are the foundation for a new publication that will give pharmacists and other health professionals comprehensive drug information on medications that may be needed to counter a terrorist attack.

The newly released AHFS DI Bioterrorism Resource Manual contains 21 monographs drawn from AHFS Drug Information that provide information on the vaccines and anti-infective medications that will most likely be used to treat patients who have contracted anthrax, smallpox, or plague. The monographs include discussions of the therapeutic roles of medications such as ciprofloxacin (for treatment of anthrax), gentamicin (for treatment of plague), and smallpox vaccine. The monographs also include information on:

  • Drug interactions, toxicity, and cautions,
  • Dosage and administration,
  • Preparations, chemistry, and stability, and
  • Pharmacology and pharmacokinetics.

The manual also includes the most current recommendations on prevention and treatment of infectious diseases from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the Public Health Service Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and others.

"It is essential that pharmacists in hospitals and health systems have access to comprehensive drug information as they take part in emergency-preparedness activities," said ASHP President Steven L. Sheaffer, Pharm.D., FASHP. "This reference will be an invaluable guide as pharmacists take on new roles on the front lines of public health."

AHFS Drug Information is a tested and proven source of comparative, unbiased, and evaluative drug information on virtually every molecular drug entity available in the United States. Drug monographs, which have been written and reviewed by drug information pharmacists and other professional editorial and analytical staff, incorporate the advice of more than 500 independent expert reviewers, including leading medical scientists, physicians, pharmacists, pharmacologists, and other clinicians.

For more information on ordering the AHFS DI Bioterrorism Resource Manual, call ASHP Customer Service at (301) 657-4383 or visit the Society’s Web site at www.ashp.org.

ASHP is the 31,000-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.