Tampa Bay/Hudson, Florida – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announces that Jessica Chan, Pharm. D, BCPS, Tamara Richards, Pharm. D, BCPS and Nicholas Rigopoulos, Pharm. D, BCPS have just received certification in pharmacotherapy by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties® (BPS). All three pharmacists passed a rigorous certification exam by the BPS.

“This ensures that they possess the knowledge for the safe, appropriate, and economical use of medications as part of inter-professional treatment teams in a variety of settings including hospitals and health systems,” said Kriston L. Bottrell, Director of Pharmacy at RMCBP.

The BPS Board Certified Pharmacotherapy specialist has the advanced knowledge and expertise to optimize medication use, improve patient outcomes, and serve as an objective,evidence-based source for therapeutic information and recommendations.

As healthcare enters an era of greater accountability, BPS board certification is an important part of the quality assurance process. The BPS board certification can be used to objectively determine and validate the ability of pharmacists to manage patients with complex or special medication needs.

Jessica Chan, Tamara Richards, Nicholas Rigopoulos and other clinical pharmacists at RMCBP apply their specialized knowledge of medications and work directly and collaboratively with physicians, nurses, and other health professionals to ensure that the medications prescribed for patients contribute to the best possible health outcomes. They evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of the patient’s medications by assessing and recognizing the status of the patient’s treated or untreated health problems and consult with patient’s physicians in selecting the medication therapy that best meets the patient’s needs.