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About the ASCP Foundation

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Foundation was established in 1982 in memory of Larry Niemerow, one of the Society’s early leaders and its president in 1976-77. The Foundation -- a 501(c)(3) charitable organization -- is the research and education affiliate of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP).

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists is the international professional association that provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to advance the practice of consultant and senior care pharmacy. Consultant pharmacists specializing in senior care pharmacy practice are essential participants in the health care system, recognized and valued for the practice of pharmaceutical care for the senior population and people with chronic illness. In their role as medication therapy experts, consultant pharmacists take responsibility for their patients' medication-related needs; ensure that their patients' medications are the most appropriate, the most effective, the safest possible, and are used correctly; and identify, resolve, and prevent medication-related problems that may interfere with the goals of therapy. ASCP's 6,000 members manage and improve medication therapy and improve the quality of life of geriatric patients and other individuals residing in a variety of environments, including nursing and subacute care facilities, assisted living communities, psychiatric hospitals, hospice programs, and in home and community-based care.

The ASCP Foundation’s focus is the practice of senior care pharmacy and the use of medications to treat diseases that disable elderly people and diminish their quality of life.

The ASCP Foundation strives to advance the profession of senior care pharmacy through the re-engineering of pharmacy practice, providing leadership and innovation and promoting patient-centered principles and practice. To achieve this, the Foundation:

  • Designs, conducts, coordinates, and funds educational programs and initiatives that:
    • Foster the re-engineering of pharmacy practice.
    • Empower pharmacists to change the way they perceive their role in patient care.
    • Enhance the clinical competence and confidence of pharmacists.
    • Create pharmacist advocates for appropriate care and treatment of their patients.
    • Develop mentors and role models in senior care pharmacy.
  • Funds, coordinates, and conducts research that:
    • Creates the foundation for payment for pharmaceutical care.
    • Demonstrates the value of senior care pharmacist services.
    • Evaluates innovative practice models.
    • Identifies patient outcomes influenced by pharmaceutical care.

The ASCP Foundation strives to improve the health and well-being of older persons through appropriate, effective, and safe medication use.  To achieve this, the Foundation:

  • Funds, coordinates, and conducts research that centers on geriatric pharmacotherapy.
  • Designs, conducts, coordinates, and funds educational programs and initiatives that enhance appropriate, effective, and safe medication use in the senior population.
  • Addresses the information and education needs of consumers, families, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and the aging network regarding appropriate medication use in the senior population.
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