TAMPA, Fla. — A nonprofit organization that will be dedicated to representing all specialty pharmacy stakeholders and providing a voice in the specialty pharmacy industry will make its debut in October.
The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy announced it is scheduled to launch the organization and its marketing campaign this coming month. NASP's mission is to provide educational programs, certification curriculum and professional networking forums for specialty pharmacy healthcare professionals to promote the safe and appropriate use of specialty medications, and improve clinical and economic outcomes for patients. NASP's goals include providing a certification curriculum in order to assist pharmacists in gaining this deeper knowledge. The organization said it hopes to create a strong voice in specialty pharmacy by improving communication among stakeholders by establishing forums for members to network and collaborate on a national level.
"Specialty therapy management is a critical success factor in achieving the health outcomes desired by a patient's physician," said, Jeffrey Bourret, senior director of medical affairs for Pfizer's specialty care business unit. "The rapid pace of healthcare change and the emerging science continues to create complexities in specialty therapy management and an increased need for strong collaboration amongst the healthcare team. NASP will provide a unique forum for specialty pharmacy practitioners to share information and experiences that support the management of patients prescribed specialty pharmaceuticals."
Walgreens VP specialty pharmacy development Ray Tancredi added. "The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy will fill the pressing need for the specialty pharmacy industry. The landscape continues to evolve rapidly, and NASP will be there to guide, educate and report on the most exciting aspects of pharmacy today and in the future."