Last week, I was very encouraged but humbled, to receive the following email from my friend, Dr. Dan Degnan and his colleague Dr. Ephrem Abebe at Purdue University College of Pharmacy. They had invited me to speak last… Read More
To see the full details of a state’s scorecard including the categories ranked, grading criteria definitions, and the actual state laws that are currently in effect, click the state on a desktop computer or tap once on a mobile device.
Important Note: This interactive map, was conceived, created and is maintained by EJF, with the guidance, ongoing support, and partnership with the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), which is solely responsible for ALL of the objective scoring methodology currently used to quantify each state’s score fairly and impartially. Special thanks to ASHP for their incredible work and partnership in this endeavor!
As with the heartbreaking story of my beautiful little girl Emily in 2006 (see Emily’s Story for details) the general public is not made aware of the fact that they are routinely put at risk within our nation’s medical facilities until it is too late. Similarly, a majority of the public is not aware of the fact that in all of our nation’s medical facilities, pharmacy technicians not trained pharmacists are being used to compound virtually all of their intravenous medications (IV medications) while they receive treatment. To make matters even worse, there are still many states that have absolutely no requirements, or proof of competency, whatsoever, for the pharmacy technicians who routinely compound patient’s IV medications on a day-to-day basis. The Emily Jerry Foundation’s National Pharmacy Technician Initiative and Scorecard aims to change that. With the interactive map above, we have attempted to increase the flow of information to the general public and to our lawmakers about these reversible conditions and to become a catalyst for change. We hope to highlight the states that are doing a great job of protecting their patients through strict controls and educational requirements for pharmacy techs, as well as encourage those that are lagging behind to make improvements in their own standards in order to improve care and potentially save lives. That is the goal of the Emily Jerry Foundation, and myself as a patient safety advocate, to help save lives through reducing and eliminating the human error component of medicine. We hope this initiative will continue the momentum of our progress in that area.
Very best regards,
Christopher S. Jerry
President & CEO, The Emily Jerry Foundation