ASHP seeks to increase dialogue between patients, hospital R.Ph.s

August 29, 2007

The "Just Ask!" campaign features a tool kit that can be used to urge patients to talk to hospital pharmacists when they have questions about their medications.

ASHP has launched a national campaign to encourage patients to discuss their medications with hospital pharmacists. The "Just Ask!" campaign features a tool kit that can be used to urge patients to talk to hospital pharmacists when they have questions about their medications. Some materials in the kit are written in Spanish. "This campaign will give hospitals affordable, easy-to-use tools to help raise awareness of hospital staff, visitors, and especially patients about the important role pharmacists play in making sure that patients use medications safely and effectively," said ASHP president Janet A. Silvester. ASHP also is releasing a public service announcement to broadcast and print media highlighting the role hospital pharmacists play in helping patients use their medications safely and effectively. "Just Ask!" tool kits can be obtained by calling 1-(866) 279-0681 or logging onto ASHP's Web site,