ONS and Walgreens Forge New Partnership for Oncology-Trained Pharmacists

ONS to Provide Oncology Training for Walgreens Pharmacists
Thursday, September 15, 2016

To continuously improve the quality of care for patients with cancer as they progress through the treatment of their disease, ONS and Walgreens pharmacies have announced a new collaboration.

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ONS and Walgreens have embarked on a new collaboration to improve the quality of care for patients with cancer as they progress through the treatment of their disease. As part of this collaboration, select Walgreens pharmacists will join ONS and gain access to oncology-specific resources, which will allow them to provide specialized care for patients with cancer. This collaboration will help to ensure that the Walgreens pharmacy staff have the latest, evidence-based standards and guidelines for oncology care. 

Through the use of ONS-created educational materials, the pharmacists will be able to interact with and learn from the clinical and operational training that ONS provides. Training will include instruction for blood, prostate, colon, lung, and breast cancers, the latter of which is being developed and curated by ONS. 

The collaboration will leverage the expertise of ONS’s resources with the reach of Walgreens pharmacies throughout the country. Michele McCorkle, RN, MSN, ONS executive director, said, “As ONS advances the quality of cancer care and patient and staff safety, we believe our educational content and programs are excellent resources for many healthcare professionals caring for patients with cancer.” 

In the coming months, ONS and Walgreens will be working to create additional resources to support the training and integration of pharmacists into the cancer continuum. ONS is continuing to develop quality oncology resources for industry professionals to train their representatives and healthcare providers who are working with patients with cancer. 

ONS is a professional association of more than 39,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. Learn more at www.ons.org.