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AJHP’s December 1 Theme Issue Focuses on Precision Medicine

Practical Guidance for Implementation of Pharmacogenomics Programs

11/29/2016

The December 1, 2016, Precision Medicine theme issue of AJHP (American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy) marks the first time that a pharmacy journal has dedicated an entire issue to the topic of precision medicine. This special issue of ASHP’s peer-reviewed, scholarly publication highlights the important role of pharmacogenomics in the ambulatory and inpatient settings.

The Precision Medicine theme issue of AJHP highlights several cutting-edge pharmacogenomics programs that have been successfully implemented across the country. These articles may be used as blueprints for pharmacists, physicians, and other health professionals interested in developing pharmacogenomics care programs at their own organizations.

“Pharmacists have emerged as leaders and early adopters of pharmacogenomics in clinical practice,” said AJHP Editor in Chief Daniel J. Cobaugh, Pharm.D., DABAT, FAACT. “This special theme issue of AJHP amplifies how pharmacists are participating members of frontline healthcare teams that are using pharmacogenomics and other precision medicine approaches to improve patient care.”

AJHP’s issue on precision medicine, which is now available to view online ahead of print, covers a variety of pharmacogenomics topics, including the following:
 
  • A practice model for precision medicine in oncology
  • Implementation of pharmacogenomics programs in inpatient and ambulatory care settings
  • Integration of pharmacogenomics into electronic health records
  • Education strategies and regulatory considerations for pharmacogenomics program implementation
  • Clinical and regulatory considerations in pharmacogenetic testing

The issue also includes two thought-provoking editorials by international precision medicine experts and a commentary by pioneering pharmacogenomics expert Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D. These opinion pieces explore complex issues as AJHP readers consider the role of pharmacogenomics in medication use and patient care.
 
“The era of precision medicine offers pharmacists an unprecedented opportunity to implement pharmacogenomics in the clinical setting,” said Philip E. Empey, Pharm.D., Ph.D., guest editor of the AJHP Precision Medicine theme issue and Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. “As medication experts, pharmacists are poised to spearhead the widespread adoption of pharmacogenomics initiatives.”

In addition to the special AJHP theme issue, precision medicine is also highlighted during ASHP’s 2016 Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas. Russ B. Altman, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Bioengineering, Genetics, and Medicine at Stanford University, is this year’s Spotlight on Science speaker. He will discuss harnessing big data’s power to predict how medications will work based on individualized patient factors.

Looking ahead to 2017, AJHP will continue to address complex healthcare matters and innovative approaches to patient care through special theme issues. Distinguished and respected pharmacists will serve as guest editors of some of the theme issues, and readers are welcome to suggest topics for future issues. Upcoming issues will focus on innovative approaches to pharmacy residency education (March 2017) and population health management (July 2017).

About ASHP
ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s more than 43,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For over 70 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists advance healthcare, visit ASHP’s website, www.ashp.org, or its consumer website, www.SafeMedication.com.
 
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