TAMPA, Fla., May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy™ (NASP™) announced that the Specialty Pharmacy Education Center (SPEC), an online educational school focused on both clinical and business-related content in more than 20 therapeutic categories, launched today. NASP members enjoy complimentary access to SPEC courses.
"SPEC will transform specialty pharmacy education and training for professionals working in this growing area of the pharmacy industry and allow professionals to expand their knowledge and skills to improve patient outcomes," Emile J Guillot, BS, Executive Vice President of SPEC, said. "An educated workforce helps to protect the public by improving health outcomes and reducing medication errors."
SPEC provides educational programming for all healthcare professionals and provides enhanced career development opportunities, including preparation for certification as a Certified Specialty Pharmacist ™ (CSP™, http://www.spcboard.org/). The goal of the content, developed by leaders in specialty pharmacy and the various therapeutic categories, is to create an awareness of the quality of life issues for the specialty patient and the care management programs to address them.
"Given the fact that 50 percent of the drug spend into the foreseeable future is specialty pharmaceuticals, education is needed for the various stakeholders working together in a collaborative environment in the pursuit of improved outcomes and quality measures," Burt Zweigenhaft, CEO, Onco360™ and NASP Board Member, said.
"The programs that went live today are only the tip of the iceberg," Guillot stated. SPEC is currently developing more than 250 hours of specialty pharmacy education with more than 75 faculty experts from pharmacy schools and specialty pharmacies. Each therapeutic area offers a certificate program, and will also qualify for educational requirements for taking the CSP exam, which will be offered in October of this year.
"The content launched today provides participants with a deeper knowledge into rare diseases, drug therapies and specific specialty drug nuances," Gary M. Cohen, BSPharm, RPh, NASP CEO, said. "One of the most important benefits of NASP membership is complimentary access to this unmatched educational resource."
NASP, founded in 2012, represents specialty pharmacy professionals in all settings and highlights the unique value its members bring to patients and the healthcare system. Specialty pharmacy is the fastest growing segment in the industry today and NASP provides valuable benefits to members by creating strong, unified voice for all stakeholders.
Source: National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (www.nasprx.org)
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