President's Message from Alex Oschman
"So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life is a great balancing act." – Dr. Seuss
The past two months have been interesting to say the least. Hospitals, the public, and other organizations have had to make significant alterations to their daily work and planning due to the recent cases of COVID-19 across the globe. As I watch these events unfold, it strikes me how quickly things change and how we all react and/or adapt to these changes.
The world of pharmacy is a quickly changing world as well. New graduates have fewer job options to choose from. Pharmacist wages in some areas are significantly decreasing. Drug shortages and prices continue to increase while reimbursement decreases. The number of medical professions looking to expand their role in healthcare continues to increase. Pharmacists have always been good at adapting to the situation and taking on challenges, which is why I believe pharmacists will continue to push the envelope. The formation of a new Pharmacy Leadership Collaborative is the first step to unifying pharmacists in Missouri and I hope an effective way for us to push the envelope. MSHP is continuing to be involved in legislative activities and continuing to look for ways to move forward.
Fifty years ago in May, a group of pharmacists registered for the first MSHP meeting where MSHP installed its first Board of Directors. We are working hard to put the final touches on our Spring meeting this year to celebrate 50 years of striving to improve patient care and professional practice. I look forward to seeing you in Overland Park as we network, share ideas, and celebrate 50 years of MSHP!
Alex Oschman, PharmD, BCPPS