Best Practices

Position & Guidance Documents of ASHP

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More than half a century ago, ASHP developed its earliest proposed practice standard—the Proposed Minimum Standards for Pharmacies in Hospitals.

Today, ASHP continues to foster concrete improvements in pharmacy practice and in the therapeutic use of drugs with its annual compilation of ASHP guidance documents: ASHP Best Practices. These guidance documents have stimulated improvements in pharmacy practice and operations; influenced accreditation standards, laws, and regulations (both in the United States and in other countries); and contributed to an awareness among consumers and policymakers of the vital patient care role of pharmacists.

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The Most Comprehensive Set of Quality Guidelines Available to the Pharmacy Profession

ASHP positions and more than 80 ASHP guidance documents of varying scope provide ongoing advice to practitioners and health systems to help improve the medication-use process, patient care and safety, and patient outcomes and quality of life.

  • ASHP Statements
  • ASHP Guidelines
  • Technical Assistance Bulletins
  • Therapeutic Position Statements
  • Therapeutic Guidelines
  • ASHP-Endorsed Documents

New or revised material in this edition includes:

  • Revised Consensus Guidelines and Review: Therapeutic Monitoring of Vancomycin for Serious Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections
  • ASHP Guidelines on Preventing Diversion of Controlled Substances
  • ASHP Guidelines on Medication-Use Evaluation
  • ASHP Guidelines on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and the Formulary System
  • ASHP-SIDP Joint Statement on the Pharmacist’s Role in Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • ASHP Guidelines on Emergency Medicine Pharmacist Services
  • ASHP Statement on Telehealth Pharmacy Practice
  • ASHP Statement on the Pharmacist’s Role in Clinical Pharmacogenomics
  • ASHP Statement on Pharmacist Prescribing of Statins

ASHP is the author of the publication.

Bruce Hawkins is Editor, Best Practices, and Director, Policy Development Operations, Office of Practice Advancement, ASHP.