Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Branson pharmacist awarded pharmacotherapy specialist certification

Cox Medical Center Branson’s Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator Ethan Osborn, Pharm.D., has been awarded certification as a pharmacotherapy specialist through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS).

“As a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist, Ethan has the advanced knowledge to optimize medication use, improve patient outcomes, and serve as a source for therapeutic information and recommendations,” explains Pharmacy Manager Kirsten Dougherty. “Ethan has the expertise to work with our physicians to design medication therapy regimens for our patients and recommend adjustments to dosage or alternate medications when appropriate.”

Nationwide, there are approximately 300,000 licensed pharmacists, however only 25,000 pharmacists worldwide are BPS certified.

“While the certification was challenging, I saw this as an opportunity for myself to grow clinically and be the best I can be for our patients,” Osborn said.

Osborn completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and completed his pharmacy practice residency at the University of Toledo Medical Center.

Throughout the CoxHealth system, 35 percent of pharmacists maintain BPS board certification with areas of practice including pharmacotherapy, pediatrics, nutrition support, critical care, ambulatory care, oncology and psychiatric pharmacy. CoxHealth pharmacists also hold certifications in pain management, geriatrics, infectious disease and anticoagulation.