Alexandria, Virginia — Pharmacists who have earned credentials through the National Institute for Standards in Pharmacist Credentialing (NISPC) now qualify for the designation Certified Disease Manager (CDM).
Pharmacists qualify for the credential, and in turn the designation, by passing NISPC credentialing examinations in one or more of four disease states – anticoagulation, asthma, diabetes and dyslipidemia.
"We are excited to be unveiling this designation for these Certified Disease Managers," said Eleni Anagnostiadis, NISPC’s executive director. "We believe with support and use the designation will gain national recognition and pharmacists who have earned the designation will gain recognition for their expertise from their patients and payors."
Licensed pharmacists in good standing with their respective state boards of pharmacy are eligible to take the exams. Two years of practice experience is recommended. Pharmacists who are interested in taking one or more of the DSM exams and subsequently earning the CDM designation may request an application or additional information by contacting NISPC by fax at (703) 683-3619 Attention: NISPC, or by phone at (703) 299-8790.
NISPC was formed in 1998 by the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) to create a consolidated, nationally-recognized, disease state management credential for pharmacists. Since 1998, NISPC has credentialed nearly 1,000 pharmacists nationally in anticoagulation, asthma, diabetes, and dyslipidemia.