I’m a little late on my day 2 wrap up of the ASHP Midyear meeting. With ongoing discussions today with more pharmacists, residents and students, I can’t help but think what pharmacy is going to look like in 10 or 20 years. I think the key to identifying what’s going to happen is to think about what has taken place in the last 10 years and where we are headed.
I attended the keynote where Michelle Obama was there. I did talk to a few different for their thoughts on her presentation/discussion. She was incredibly nice, personable and at times funny. From most that I talked to, they were a little disappointed that she really didn’t relate much of anything to pharmacists until one question right at the end. It seemed like an interview that she would do for a news/entertainment program. That would be fine for most setting, but I was hoping she would maybe share some experiences where pharmacy was involved or that she didn’t realize how much pharmacy played a role in the hospital or community setting.
I’m always overwhelmed by the amount of money that is spent by the sponsors to have a spot to promote their business. As I was walking through the exhibit hall, it was hard for me to not stop and look around and see all that went into creating these displays advertising their product or service.
Medical marijuana talk was interesting as always. CHF talk was pretty good and spoke to the under utilization of aldosterone antagonists. Of course, I couldn’t resist and had to ask the question of whether you should push the dose of lisinopril to 40 mg (from 20) or start an aldosterone antagonist. It’s always fun to ask case based questions to experts in their field.
Thanks for following the blog and if you are in Orlando, you can come chat for a while today at the PPS booth for Essentia Health from 3-5 PM (Tuesday)! I will be there.
Eric Christianson, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP