By Jake B. Guinto, PhD, Manager, Oncology Drugs & Biologics
On Saturday, November 12, 2011, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) hosted the NCCN Pharmacy Best Practices Congress at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, PA. The one-day session was attended by more than 130 clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals interested in the clinical and policy needs of pharmacists involved in the treatment of patients with cancer. Faculty speakers included experts from the following NCCN Member Institutions: Dana-Farber/Brigham and Woman's Cancer Center, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, and The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at John Hopkins.
Speakers focused on a variety of topics, and the program provided continuing education credits to pharmacists. The congress was moderated by Philip E. Johnson, MS, RPh, FASHP, who gave a presentation on the impact of REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies) in oncology practice. Other presentations by the esteemed faculty included a session on VTE (Venous Thromboembolism) and anticoagulation for the patient with cancer, updates in supportive care, management of product shortages affecting oncology care, and cost-containment strategies regarding drug utilization and drug expenditures. The congress concluded with presentations and a panel discussion on best practices in implementing computer order entry systems.
Topics discussed at the NCCN Pharmacy Best Practices Congress were very enlightening and provided a rich educational experience for all who attended. For those who were not able to participate in this meeting, a series of live webinars is taking place now through Thursday, December 15, 2011. To register for a convenient webinar or for more information, including topics, presenters, dates and times, please visit: http://www.nccn.org/professionals/meetings/webinars/best_practices.asp.