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HOPA Introduces Scope Of Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Practice
Date:10/22/2013

ument will foster a more unified approach to data-driven, evidence-based support for the inclusion of oncology pharmacists into all cancer care settings," states Dr. Laura Michaud PharmD BCOP, co-editor. 

The Scope of Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Practice was developed to demonstrate that hematology/oncology pharmacists facilitate and improve patient care through evidence-based treatment selection, medication monitoring and modification, and symptom management.  Hematology/oncology pharmacists are also on the front lines addressing insurance coverage issues, providing patient education and advocating for improved cancer care in the health policy arena.  "Oncology pharmacists are involved in these aspects with individual patients, but are also involved in developing policies and guidelines that can improve patient safety as it relates to medications and their use in a variety of different health care settings. If more pharmacists were involved in these processes, patient care may be improved further," says immediate past president of HOPA and co-editor, Lisa Holle PharmD BCOP. 

A copy of the Scope of Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Practice can be found here.

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HOPA is a nonprofit professional organization formed in 2004 to help oncology and hematology pharmacy practitioners and their associates provide the best possible cancer care. HOPA supports research, conducts educational conferences to advance knowledge, encourages professional development and advocates for health policy issues that improve patient care. HOPA has nearly 2000 members and includes oncology pharmacists, as well as pharmacy interns, residents, nurses, technicians, researchers, and administrators specializing in hematology/oncology practice. To learn more about HOPA, visit www.hoparx.org

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