BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Specialty pharmacy integrator Shields Health Solutions today announced that new or renewed certifications and credentials have been awarded to 34 Shields pharmacists by multiple national leading specialty pharmacy organizations and associations in 2021. Specifically, the following certifications and credentials have been awarded:
- American Academy of HIV Medicine HIV Pharmacist
- Board Certified Medication Therapy Management Specialist (BCMTMS)
- Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP)
- BPS Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist (BCPPS)
- BPS Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS)
- BPS Board Certified Transplant Pharmacist (BCTXP)
- The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers’ MS Certified Specialist (MSCS)
- National Association of Specialty Pharmacy Certified Specialty Pharmacist (CSP)
The complete list of newly certified and credentialed pharmacists at Shields can be found here.
Shields Clinical pharmacists working at over 70 partner health systems leverage Shields’ integrated patient care model, which has demonstrably led to improved clinical outcomes and increased patients’ quality of life. With these new certifications and credentials, Shields demonstrates its commitment to specialty pharmacy excellence through the support of ongoing professional education and training across various disease states.
Of note, Vicky Liu, PharmD, BCPS, BCTXP, was one of the first pharmacists in the nation to earn the BCTXP certification in solid organ transplant pharmacotherapy. This credential was offered for the first time in the Fall of 2021 and currently, there are only approximately 150 registered pharmacists with this exclusive certification in the U.S.
“We are proud to have some of the most talented and passionate specialty pharmacists in the nation as part of our integrated care teams,” said Brian S. Smith, chief pharmacy officer at Shields. “These new certifications and credentials recognize the hard work our pharmacists do each day to ensure excellence in patient care and we sincerely congratulate all of them on these notable achievements. Shields is proud to actively encourage continued learning and development of our pharmacists.”
Unlike the mandatory state-specific licensure process, these certifications and credentials are elective programs that identify and distinguish individuals who exhibit the aptitude and expertise to administer specialty pharmacy services in their designated specialized areas. Employers, manufacturers, providers and patients depend on certifications and credentials such as these to ensure pharmacists are comprehensively trained, adept in various practice settings and meeting requirements for professional development through continuing education.
The continued growth in the number of new credentials and certifications available, as well as an increase in the pharmacists receiving these qualifications, illustrates the specialty pharmacy industry’s continued growth and steadfast commitment to providing high touch, patient-centric and safe pharmacy patient care.
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About Shields Health Solutions
Shields Health Solutions is a specialty pharmacy integrator and care provider dedicated to helping hospital leaders create, grow and manage hospital-owned specialty pharmacy programs. With a purpose-built technology platform, access to over 80 percent of all limited distribution drugs (LDDs), as well as most (health insurance) payers in the nation, Shields provides the fastest, lowest risk model for standing up health system owned specialty pharmacies.
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