Through September 1, 115 pharmacists took 1,346 exams resulting in the 618 pharmacists who became eligible for 672 NISPC credentials, breaking down to 439 in diabetes, 149 in asthma, 68 in anticoagulation and 65 in dyslipidemia.
Although the NISPC focus thus far has been limited to anticoagulation, asthma, diabetes and dyslipidemia, the institute will consider developing additional standards based upon the interest from practitioners, pharmacy schools, payers and other health care groups.
The NCPA and the NABP are the other organizations that founded the NISPC in June.
Competency statements for each exam were based upon standards set by the NISPC coalition, pharmacy practitioners and PCS Health Systems Inc.
The three founding groups formed the NISPC in June in response to the interest of members of the pharmacy profession in establishing uniform standards for the credentialing of pharmacists in disease state management programs.
The NABP is using the NISPC standards to create examinations in those four fields.
"The APhA is pleased to join the governing body of the NISPC," comments John Gans, executive vice president of the association.
Senior APhA staff members have joined a working group comprised of representatives from each of the founding organizations to coordinate activities of the NISPC.