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Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education to work with francophone counterpart on pharmacy education standards

BY Alaric DeArment

CHICAGO — The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education has established a memorandum of understanding with an organization of French-speaking pharmacy school deans and educators to cooperate and collaborate to advance the quality of pharmacy education around the world.

The ACPE announced the memorandum with the Conférence internationale des doyens de pharmacie d’expression française, or CIDPHARMEF, saying the two groups would engage in ongoing communication and information exchange regarding educational quality, policies and procedures and operational tools and resources. Leaders of both would observe site visits and study each other’s quality assurance systems and processes.

"Cooperation with other organizations working to improve pharmacy education is a priority in our actions and, in particular, with ACPE, with whom we intend to work together to improve and expand our actions in the field of pharmacy to offer our future pharmacists quality training tailored to the pharmacy field," CIDPHARMEF president Dolla Karam Sarkis said. "ACPE has developed quality standards that have been inspiring and very useful for CIDPHARMEF when developing its own quality guidelines."

 

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CVS/pharmacy’s myWeekly Ad in the spotlight; what does it mean for vendors?

BY Antoinette Alexander

CVS/pharmacy’s SVP and chief marketing officer Rob Price was recently featured on Yahoo! Finance’s Big Data Download to talk about the launch of its new myWeekly Ad, which is a digital circular powered by its ExtraCare loyalty program.

This is important as it demonstrates that CVS/pharmacy continues to get major attention for the new program, and it further illustrates the push — major push — that the retailer is making on personalization.

It was indeed the topic of discussion when Drug Store News traveled to CVS Caremark’s headquarters in Woonsocket, R.I., a few months ago to talk about the company’s retail initiatives for a report in the Oct. 14 issue of the magazine. Now, CVS/pharmacy is hitting the airwaves to talk about the initiative.

The message for vendors is that there is no one size fits all any more. Vendors must recalibrate what success looks like. Personalization, segmentation and clustering means that a vendor can have better results in 1,000 stores today in the right markets with the right customers, than it could have in 7,000 stores sending out tons of product that never turns.

It also means that you have to have a firm view of who your customer is, and what the role for your product is in their lives.

 

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NASP launches medical marijuana task force

BY Alaric DeArment

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy has launched a task force to investigate pharmacological management of medical marijuana, the group said.

Currently, according to NASP, there are no national standards of practice for the management of medical marijuana, though according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 21 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Two of those states, Washington and Colorado, have legalized recreational use as well.

The NASP’s professional practice committee will oversee a group of volunteers representing various stakeholders to develop a framework for educational content, practice parameters and other standards of care.

"Medical marijuana has come to the forefront of patient care in many of the diseases that specialty pharmacists treat, including multiple sclerosis, cancer, HIV and others," NASP CEO Gary Cohen said. "More education for physicians, pharmacists and patients is needed to ensure individuals receive the correct product with the correct efficacy and drug delivery system to fit their disease. As an organization, NASP believes that it has the responsibility, intellectual advisers and obligation to take the lead on this emerging area of medical care."

 

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