ISOPP President's Message

The past two years have been challenging for us all and the situation around the world is still precarious; however, ISOPP is as committed as ever to support our members by continuing to provide virtual education, resources and connections!

2021 was the year ISOPP turned 25. You may remember the fun times we had in 2016 in Santiago, Chile celebrating our 20th. For a flash back, visit ISOPP’s Past Symposia section of the website. There is a PowerPoint of photos taking us through the ages. We will add the next five years for another look back during ISOPP’s 2022 Virtual Symposium taking place March 4 and 5, 2022. Be sure to register using your personal link emailed to you on November 24 and visit the website for program details. 

In 2016, just five short years ago, we were light years away to the technology savvy environment we live in today. In keeping with the times, ISOPP recently launched a complimentary online accredited program, for members only. Hours of work went into creating this first class learning tool on Oncology Pharmacotherapy and Applications of Biosimilars (OPAB). The program consists of 10 online courses (total of 25 hours) and an opportunity to meet at ISOPP’s 2023 Symposium in Spain to expand the Biosimilars Expert Network. It is accredited by the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists and made possible through an educational grant from Pfizer. Many kudos to the Faculty members, Reviewers, Task Force members and the Society Management Office for an incredible effort. We hope you take advantage of this learning opportunity. 

Our virtual world brought together ISOPP experts and Saudi Arabian oncology pharmacy practitioners for the inaugural Saudi Arabia Regional Oncology Pharmacy Conference, attended by participants in person and virtually. A huge welcome to all our new members from Saudi Arabia! 

We are putting the finishing touches on the revised Standards of Practice, which should be published in time for when we see each other virtually in March at the Virtual Symposium. This is an accomplishment that was achieved thanks to the effort and expertise of many members!

Be sure to renew your ISOPP membership if you haven’t already (look for an email with the subject line ISOPP renew your membership for 2022 sent on December 9th), so that, in addition to benefiting from membership opportunities, you can join us for our Annual General Meeting on March 5, 2022. We will discuss the Standards and also share upcoming activities ISOPP’s leadership has planned to achieve the Strategic Plan objectives as we continue on our journey to improve the lives of patients in our care and to make an impact. Please continue to spread the word about the value of ISOPP and encourage others to join. 

On behalf of the ISOPP Secretariat, Chairs of Committees, Task Forces and Work Groups and our Society Management Office, we want to wish you all the very best for 2022. Happy Holidays and stay safe!

Shaun O’Connor
ISOPP President