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Monkeypox and What You Need to Know

Broadcast Date: September 28, 2022


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Monkeypox was first detected in the United States in May and earlier in August, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared monkeypox a public health emergency (PHE), signaling increased urgency as the Biden administration broadens the push to contain the virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a global health emergency on July 23, and health officials in many states, including New York, California, and Illinois, have made similar declarations. This podcast will highlight what you need to know for yourself, your community, and your patients.


Melody BergMelody Berg, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, is the Editorial Director for Patient Medication Information for ASHP. She completed her PharmD at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy, Masters in Public Health at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and residency training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Midwestern University. Prior to coming to ASHP, Dr. Berg worked as a clinical pharmacy specialist in internal medicine, HIV and tuberculosis; as well as a content specialist for drug-drug and drug-allergy interaction content for embedded clinical decision support systems at Wolters Kluwer.

Alexander NovinAlexander Novin, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP, completed his pharmacy degree at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, after which he worked for 4 years at Danville Regional Medical Center in Danville, VA. Following that he completed a PGY-1 acute care residency at the UC San Diego Health and then a PGY-2 infectious diseases residency with the University of Colorado Hospital. He currently co-chairs antimicrobial stewardship for the southern Colorado region of UCHealth and focuses in inpatient infectious diseases.

Gina LuchenGina Luchen, PharmD, serves as the ASHP director of Member Relations for the Sections of Pharmacy Educators and Community Pharmacy Practitioners. In this role, Dr. Luchen leads initiatives that influence practice and education across the care continuum. Dr. Luchen completed her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas, a postgraduate year 1 Community-Based Residency with the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and Balls Food Stores, and the Executive Fellowship in Association Leadership and Management at ASHP.

Bayli LarsonBayli Larson, PharmD, MS, BCPS, is strategic initiatives associate at ASHP. In her role she helps manage and lead a variety of collaborative cross-organizational strategic activities to help advance ASHP’s mission and vision and is also co-coordinator of the ASHP Executive Fellowship in Association Leadership and Management. She completed her PGY1 residency at UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo., and earned her Pharm.D. from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The information presented during the podcast reflects solely the opinions of the presenter. The information and materials are not, and are not intended as, a comprehensive source of drug information on this topic. The contents of the podcast have not been reviewed by ASHP, and should neither be interpreted as the official policies of ASHP, nor an endorsement of any product(s), nor should they be considered as a substitute for the professional judgment of the pharmacist or physician.