TAMPA, Fla., May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy™ (NASP™) and the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) announced today that representatives from the organizations will start discussions about the role specialty pharmacy plays within the aging market during the upcoming ASCP Spring Conference in Orlando, May 14 – 17, 2013.
"Treating patients in a senior care setting is not without its challenges, but the fact is that the use of specialty drugs is on the rise within this market and as the population ages we will see this trend increase," Gary M. Cohen , BSPharm, RPh, NASP CEO, said. "NASP offers a centralized location for specialty pharmacy education and certification curriculum that will allow practitioners to expand their knowledge and skill to meet the needs of these patients."
The increase in the use of specialty drugs is well documented in the aging population. A 2013 Managed Health Care Associates (MHA) Independent Long Term Care Member Study showed growth in prescription count among specialty categories within long-term care pharmacies from 2011 to 2012 which included:
"We are excited to start discussions with NASP about optimally meeting the needs of seniors with regard to specialty medications, and how this may affect ASCP members, as well as other senior care pharmacists," Vera Jackson , PhD, ACSW, ASCP's Ex
|SOURCE National Association of Specialty Pharmacy|
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