Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board forms


WASHINGTON — A new organization aims to be an independent group to certify specialty pharmacists.

The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy and the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board each formed as the result of a decision to create an independent certification board. Originally, the certification board would have been an entity within a professional organization granted autonomy in making decisions regarding certification.

The SPCB said it was developing "unique and differentiated" certifications for pharmacists, nurses and pharmacy technicians to respond to unmet needs that have arisen as specialty pharmacy has grown, noting that there currently are fewer than 15,000 pharmacists certified by two other certification boards out of the more than 275,000 licensed pharmacists in the United States.

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