• Tuesday, November 17, 2020 5:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are all aware of the ongoing efforts to create a COVID-19 vaccine or vaccines and that one or more may become available within the next several months. As a result, there is an abundance of information now circulating on how to prepare for the vaccination process.

    The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has created a COVID-19 Vaccine Subcommittee. The Subcommittee has two pharmacist members – Kerry LaPlante, Pharm.D. from URI and a RISHP member and Eugenio Fernandez, Pharm.D., a member of RIPA from Asthenis Pharmacy. This Subcommittee has been reaching out to hospitals, RISHP and RIPA within the State to assist with the vaccination plan.

    Part of that plan has included referencing the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdiction Operations. A link has been included here.


    Members of the RISHP Board became acutely aware last week of two pharmacist-specific sections within the “Playbook”. Those two sections are Section 5 and Appendix F. The most concerning issue to pharmacists is the statement within Appendix F “the licensed pharmacist must complete a minimum of two hours of ACPE-approved, immunization-related continuing pharmacy education during each State licensing period” .

    The RISHP Board of Directors has taken the following actions on behalf of our members:

    • Board President Mark Rogers has reached out to Peter Ragosta at the Board of Pharmacy (BOP) concerning the two CE requirement, which differs from our RI BOP and RIDOH requirements. We have received clarification that the two CE hours is NOT an issue for the State of RI. The State already states pharmacists as qualified and we can continue to administer under these regulations. Amy St. Amand, RISHP Board Member for Legislation will continue to monitor BOP actions.

    • Standing Alternate Delegate Martha Roberts has reached out to the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) of which RISHP is an affiliate member. The Board’s concerns that the pharmacist is the only practitioner with specific requirements for immunization practices within the “Playbook” was expressed to ASHP. Martha urged ASHP to address this concern during their federal lobbying and legislative meetings.

    • RISHP member Kerry LaPlante has also provided key guidance to the Board during this time.

    We will continue to share information with the membership as quickly as it is received. We would also like each member to consider how they may be able to assist in upcoming vaccination efforts through-out the State. A survey is being planned.

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s that time of year to solicit nominations for the various RISHP awards and 2021 vacant RISHP Board positions. 

    The vacant positions for 2021 include the following:

    • President Elect
    • Treasurer
    • Board Member at Large
    • Director for Membership
    • Standing Alternate Delegate
    • Technician Representative

    Nomination names for the above mentioned positions can be submitted to Karen Nolan (knolan@lifespan.org) or Mark Rogers (Mark.Rogers@LMHOSP.ORG).  The deadline for submission of board nominations is Friday, October 2nd. 

    Additionally, we are seeking nominations for our various RISHP Awards which are presented at our Installation Dinner.  A description of the awards can be found here. Health System Pharmacist of the Year nomination letters should be forwarded to Ruth Dapaah-Afriyie ( rdapaahafriyie@Lifespan.org). All other award nominations can be forwarded  to Karen Nolan or Mark Rogers. The deadline for submission of award nominations is Wednesday, October 14th

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 3:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Two additional free CE's are being hosted by RISHP:

    Tuesday, June 23 2020 12-1pm
    Lunch & Learn 006 – Methodology & Interpretation of Early Phase Oncology Clinical Trials
    Mark Sorial, PharmD, PGY2 Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Resident, Rhode Island Hospital
    Registration Link:

    Thursday, June 25 2020 12-1pm
    Lunch & Learn 007 – Pediatric Medication Errors & Non Vitamin K Antagonist Oral Anticoagulants for Venous Thromboembolism
    Erin Dudolevitch, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident, Rhode Island Hospital
    Michael Consaga, PharmD, PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident, Rhode Island Hospital
    Registration Link:

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020 6:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Each year RI delegates present policy recommendations on behalf of RISHP members for inclusion into ASHP national policies.  This is your chance to guide policy creation that impacts the future of our profession.  Click on the link below to review the policies and provide feedback!


  • Monday, May 18, 2020 12:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Details on each award can be found here:  Awards 

    Congratulations to all of our winners announced at the 2020 RISHP Installation Dinner!

    Pharmacist of the Year:  Michelle Kelley

    Resident of the Year:  Melissa (Missy) Riester

    Technician of the Year:  Paula Robenhymer

    Bill Pires New Practitioner:  Ashley Rimay

    Bob Goulet Student Scholarship:  Lauren Dodd

    Louis P Jeffrey Student Scholarship:  Anne Dionne

    Edward Gilberti Student Scholarship:  Brooke Szachnowicz 

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020 6:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rhode Island Board of Pharmacy released emergency pharmacy regulations effective 04/27/2020 for a duration of 180 days.  Scroll below or Click here to review the emergency regulations in their entirety, some key elements include:

    • Remote work for pharmacists and technicians
    • Pharmacist authorized 90 day emergency supply of non-control medication
    • Automatic substitution within the same therapeutic class
    • Extension of pharmacy retail licenses to alternate healthcare site locations

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