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ASHP Launches Bold Initiative to Improve Practice by 2015

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) is launching a landmark initiative to significantly improve the practice of pharmacy in health systems by 2015.

Patterned after the Healthy People 2010 project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Health-System Pharmacy 2015 Initiative will identify the most important medication-use quality gaps which health-system pharmacists can influence.

The 2015 Initiative grew from ASHP’s Vision Statement for Pharmacy Practice in Hospitals and Health Systems, which was approved by the Society’s House of Delegates in June 2001.  The vision statement identified key goals for the ideal practice of health-system pharmacy, including strengthening the health-system pharmacist’s patient-care and medication-management roles.

“The vision statement is aspirational in its reach—it conceptualizes how practice should look in the future,” said ASHP President Debra S. Devereaux, M.B.A., FASHP.   “The 2015 Initiative will specify ambitious goals, objectives, and measurement targets for key improvements that ASHP will help health-system pharmacy practitioners accomplish by 2015.  We’ve targeted improvements we believe will yield the greatest good for patients and we will conduct ongoing assessments to gauge the extent to which the improvements are being achieved.” 
ASHP is currently seeking comments from members on the proposed goals and objectives.  Some of the objectives under consideration include:

  • 75 percent of hospital inpatients discharged with highly complex and high-risk medication regimens will receive discharge medication counseling by a pharmacist. 
  • 100 percent of health-system clinic patients who receive new medications will be counseled by a pharmacist. 
  • 100 percent of medication doses dispensed by hospital pharmacies will be verified by machine-readable coding.

After a period of member review, final goals and objectives will be announced this fall.  Progress reports on the success of the initiative will be released periodically.

For more information about the ASHP 2015 Initiative and the ASHP Vision Statement, go to

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, ambulatory care clinics, 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 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 professional practice, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs. For more information, visit or