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6/10/2002

Sheaffer, Devereaux Address Summer Meeting 2002 Attendees

Kate Traynor

ASHP will not rest until every patient knows who pharmacists are and how they help improve medication use, ASHP Immediate Past President Steven L. Sheaffer vowed June 3 at the Opening Plenary Session of ASHP Summer Meeting 2002.

Sheaffer noted that in 1997, when ASHP was preparing to launch its enhanced consumer outreach campaign, 1 percent of focus-group participants knew that pharmacists worked in hospitals. But, Sheaffer said, a recent survey found that nearly 25 percent of patients recall speaking to a pharmacist while in the hospital.

Click here for the full text of Sheaffer's speech.

Incoming ASHP President Debra Devereaux, in her June 4 inaugural address, called on colleagues to rethink what it means to be a pharmacist.

"We must recapture our passion for practice," she said. "We need to recenter ourselves on the original social mission of our profession—helping patients achieve the best use of medicines."

Click here for the full text of Devereaux's speech.