Jul 26, 2015 is an interactive online community created and support by our members. Our goal is to empower practitioners to apply the best evidence to patient care in ambulatory care settings. iForumRx is a not-for-profit endeavor. We depend on volunteers to serve on the editorial board, to write commentaries, to participate in panel discussions, and to perform peer reviews. In order to maintain...

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Oct 9, 2014

Achieving provider status has been the latest buzz for many pharmacy organizations over the past year. Provider status will likely lead to increased access to pharmacists' services in the ambulatory care setting and inclusion of medication therapy management by pharmacists as an essential benefit in emerging healthcare delivery models. Arguably the most important goal in achieving provider status is payment for pharmacists' patient care services under Medicare Part B.  The key to achieving...

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Sep 7, 2014

More and more healthcare professionals are using Twitter as a professional development tool. iForumRx now has a twitter feed ... and you can follow iForumrx @iforumrx.


The BC Patient Safety and Quality Council published a nice guide to ...

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Apr 25, 2014

Vaccinations have repeatedly proven to save lives by preventing disease, yet they remain underutilized in American adults. Depending on age and various indications, adults are recommended to receive up to 12 routine vaccines by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The Vaccine Policy Collaborative Initiative conducted a survey of American physicians to assess perceived barriers in stocking and administering vaccines for adult patients. They found that common barriers were...

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Sep 14, 2013

Story by Anusha McNamara, Pharm.D.

During the American Medical Association’s (AMA) 2013 Annual Meeting, the AMA House of Delegates adopted several policies that could shape the future of medicine.  Most of the media attention focused on the vote to recognize obesity as a disease.  But pharmacists should take notice of AMA resolution 218 entitled AMA Response to Drug Store Intrusion into Medical Practice.  This resolution was a stern warning against “...

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Jul 24, 2013

For more than 30 years, the National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has released blood pressure (JNC I - 1976), cholesterol (NCEP ATP I - 1988), and obesity (1998) treatment guidelines.  These guidelines have had an enormous impact on ambulatory care pharmacy practice because they are considered the standard of care, influence collaborative practice agreements, and are used by payers and accreditation bodies to set performance metrics.  In June, Gary Gibbons, the director of NHLBI...

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Jul 23, 2012

Recently, delegates from the 2012 meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) voiced opposition to state and national legislation to allow pharmacists the authority to prescribe medications without a valid prescription.  Read more about the FDA proposal here and here.  The recent response from...

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Feb 7, 2012

The 9th edition of the ACCP Antithrombotic Therapy and Prevention of Thrombosis Guidelines are published! 

Read the executive summary and listen to the CHEST podcast, which summarize major changes since the 8th edition.

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Feb 6, 2012

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently published a position paper to address their view of the pharmacist’s role in patient care.

It addresses issues related to pharmacists’ expanded scope of practice, collaborative practice agreements, and prescriptive authority.  Do you think AAFP’s position is consistent with the vision within the pharmacy profession?  Read the full...

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Jan 24, 2012

recent editorial and "open letter" published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes questions the continued use of LDL targets to guide treatment decisions. Similar to an iForumRx commentary entitled "Is It Time To Stop Titrating Statin Doses" published nearly two years ago, the editorial by Hayward and...

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Jan 17, 2012

If you haven't read Improving Patient and Health System Outcomes through Advanced Pharmacy Practice. A Report of the US Surgeon General, you should! The report articulates what we’ve known for a long time – the knowledge and experience of pharmacists, particularly in primary care settings, is underutilized and that current payment...

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Jul 26, 2011

The first Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) Certification in Ambulatory Care PharmacyExamination is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2011.    The application deadline for this year’s examination is August 1st.  

You can submit your ...

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Apr 21, 2010

In June 2009, the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (now called the Board of Pharmacy Specialties) officially recognized Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice as a specialty.  The petition to recognize Ambulatory Care Pharmacy was jointly sponsored and drafted by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Pharmacists Association, and American...

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