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CHIEF PHARMACY OFFICERS (CPOs): Who has them? What is the value added?

It’s possible to begin to compile a list of chief pharmacy officers by using this search strategy on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/title/chief-pharmacy-officer.  We notice right away that CPOs are employed at the big insurance companies and at large hospitals and health systems, among other organizations.

Here are some recent articles that address the value of creating a CPO position.

Gittlen (2016) is a brief news story about the experiences of the CPOs at RWJBarnabas Health (New Jersey), Ascension Health (St. Louis), and Froedtert Hospital (Milwaukee).

ASHP (2015) reviews the characteristics of pharmacists that make them good candidates for leadership positions.

ASHP (2004) pinpoints the beginning of the trend towards naming CPOs at health system headquarters.


Gittlen, S. (2016, June). The value of the chief pharmacy officer. HealthLeaders, 19(5), 32-34.  Click here: http://www.healthleadersmagazine-digital.com/healthleadersmagazine/june_2016?pg=34#pg34

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). (2015, Jan. 9). Pharmacists in the c-suite offer new perspectives on patient care. ASHP Intersections. http://www.ashpintersections.org/2015/01/pharmacists-in-the-c-suite-offer-new-perspectives-on-patient-care/

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). (2004, Sept. 15). Hail to the chief…pharmacy officer. Pharmacy News. http://www.ashp.org/menu/News/PharmacyNews/NewsArticle.aspx?id=1658  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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