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BPS Cites Increased Demand for Board-Certified Pharmacists
BPS certification is a voluntary process by which a pharmacist’s education, experience, knowledge, and skills in a particular practice area are confirmed beyond what is required for licensure. BPS board-certified pharmacists are trained and educated to manage patients with complex or special medication therapy needs.
Pharmacists can become BPS board-certified in six specialty areas: ambulatory care pharmacy, nuclear pharmacy, nutrition support pharmacy, oncology pharmacy, psychiatric pharmacy, and pharmacotherapy. Each specialty is overseen by a specialty council composed of pharmacists who are board-certified in that area. BPS currently is evaluating critical care pharmacy and pediatric pharmacy, and plans to double the number of specialties for which pharmacists can become BPS board-certified by 2016.
Board-certified pharmacists assist in designing or modifying existing medication regimens; monitor for and prevent adverse medication reactions; customize medication regimens for patients taking multiple medications; and recommend the most effective treatments.For more information, read the full news story.