MTM is a priority, new APhA chief proclaims

WASHINGTON The American Pharmacists Association’s newly installed president is making the expansion of medication therapy management delivered by community pharmacists a catchphrase of his administration.

Harold Godwin, named president of the nation’s oldest national pharmacy organization during APhA’s 158th Annual Meeting & Exposition in mid-March, is urging members to make a priority of “helping patients take responsibility for their medication therapy.” In his remarks at the meeting's second general session, Godwin told attendees that pharmacists' services to improve patient medication use must be a prime focus of their professional practices.

“Whether you are a student pharmacist or a seasoned pharmacist like me, we all seek the same thing: recognition and ability to utilize our knowledge and skills to take care of patients,” said Godwin, who is professor, chair of pharmacy practice and associate dean at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy.

Godwin noted the current “medication use crisis” afflicting the United States. However, he added, pharmacists, “when empowered…can fix it.”

Godwin told APhA members at the meeting, held in Washington, that 2010 will be a year of challenges and opportunities. “We've made great strides,” he said. “But we must continue to advance our goals in policy, advocacy, MTM and immunizations.”

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