Volume 24 | No. 4 | December 2022
President's Message
Get ready for our 2023 International Symposium - just less than 6 weeks  away! The ISOPP 2023 Symposium Scientific Program Task Force has lined up top-notch global experts, inspiring sessions, and tons of networking opportunities. ISOPP 2023 is the ideal place to learn, grow, and connect with your colleagues across the world. Join us on March 2 to 4, 2023, followed by two half-day Masterclasses on March 5, at the Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento in Seville, Spain. Be sure to register!
Membership renewal is underway. Be sure to renew if you haven’t already done so - a personalized link was sent to you on January 16, 2023. As you will have seen, the membership period has changed from a calendar year (Jan to Dec) to twelve months from date of joining / renewal.
Another ‘new for 2023’ member benefit is that virtual library access is available free to all members – no more additional fees to take advantage of all the virtual resources on our website. We hope you will continue to invest in the acquisition of leading edge knowledge and best practices through opportunities that ISOPP provides. These opportunities are not only offered through the Society’s educational events, but also through its Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners (JOPP), this newsletter, the Virtual Library and the Virtual Journal Club.
An impressive election slate has been put forward for 2023 ISOPP Election. Please take the time to vote. The election closes on February 2, 2023, and you must have renewed your membership in order to vote.
Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on Friday March 3, 2023 – either in person at our Symposium in Seville or online. We will share upcoming activities ISOPP’s leadership has planned to achieve the Strategic Plan objectives as we forge ahead on our quest to improve the lives of patients in our care and to positively impact the practice of oncology pharmacy.
To our new members (and existing too): you are most welcome to join our committed team of volunteers! It’s a rewarding way to meet your global colleagues and enhance your practice and career. Have a look at the About page of the website for a list of Committees and Task Forces to find the right one for you. 
Please spread the word about the value of ISOPP and encourage others to become members. Look for Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter posts and be sure to log in to the website for news and events.
On behalf of the ISOPP Secretariat, Chairs of Committees, Task Forces and our Society Management Office, we want to wish you all the very best for 2023.
See you online and in person in March at ISOPP 2023 in Seville, Spain!  
Evelyn Handel
ISOPP President
ISOPP Business News
Save the Date for the
2023 ISOPP Annual General Meeting (AGM)

ISOPP’s 2023 Annual General meeting (AGM) will take place on Friday, March 3rd at 14:45 to 15:45 CET (click here for your local time) during ISOPP’s 2023 International Symposium. The meeting will be livestreamed so you can take part virtually.

A more detailed notification about the AGM will be distributed once finalized. 

In the meantime, review the 2022 AGM minutes, or watch a recording of the meeting on the website (log in as a member).

It’s Time to Renew your Membership for the next 12 months!

It’s that time of year again! Membership renewal for 2023 has started already! Check your inbox for an email which was sent on December 13th and January 16th with directions on how to renew. 

Membership for 2023 is required to be eligible to vote in the 2023 elections and for complimentary ISOPP offerings, such as the Virtual Library and OPAB Program.
Through the Society’s educational resources and events, the Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice (JOPP)newslettersblogsawards and grantsand website, we connect you with leading edge oncology knowledge, best practices and essential professional networks.
Cast your vote in the 2023 ISOPP Election 

ISOPP's elections will be held in January 2023. The candidates are ISOPP members from all parts of the globe.

Members who have renewed for 2023, were sent a personalized email containing information on how to vote on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 PST. If you did not receive the email, please contact the Society Management Office via email at services@isopp.org.  

Read all of the candidates' letters and vote by the deadline of Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 11:59pm GMT.

Candidates for 2023 Election are:
1.    Kofi Boamah Mensah
2.    Manit Saetaew
3.    Netty Cracknell
4.    Tiene Bauters
President Elect recommendation to membership:
  • Netty Cracknell
ISOPP feedback on Social Media Language - Survey
By Netty Cracknell, Chair, Engagement & Communications Committee

ISOPP wants to communicate better with our members in non-English speaking countries. Get ISOPP messages in a way that works for you. Tell us what you think in the quick survey sent this week to members in non-English countries.
We need your feedback. Please take 2 minutes to help us connect more effectively with you and others in oncology pharmacy worldwide. 
We value your opinion greatly and ask you to give us this feedback to help us achieve our goal of communicating more effectively with our members and oncology pharmacy stakeholders worldwide.  

Please contact us at membership@isopp.org if would like to participate and did not receive the survey via email.
ISOPP is honored to formally endorse the FIP commitment on building vaccine confidence.

FIP has noted that vaccine hesitancy is a major threat to global health and an important barrier to the success of vaccination strategies worldwide. They say vaccination strategies will not be universal and fully successful until the global challenge of vaccine hesitancy and complacency is adequately addressed. Addressing vaccine hesitancy, building vaccine confidence and effectively communicating the value of vaccines to patients is an imperative for global health and for the pharmacy profession in particular.

This document states the commitment of FIP and pharmacists worldwide to counter vaccine hesitancy and misinformation by leveraging pharmacists' expert knowledge and trusted position in communities. 
This commitment can be used to highlight this role to the World Health Organization and other stakeholders, and to support FIP member organizations at country level in advancing and highlighting this important role of pharmacists, especially as so much hesitancy to vaccines has arisen in recent times. 

FIP will present the commitment with the endorsements at an online summit on "Vaccination needs of special-risk groups" - an intersectoral roundtable event.

ISOPP Advocacy Committee Update

By Esin Aysil Kandemir, Pharmacist, Turkish Medicines And Medical Devices Agency, and Chair, Advocacy Committee

With a new year ahead, the Advocacy Committee is in close collaboration with international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO). The Cancer Manual includes resources adapted treatment regimens for low- and middle-income countries and is also linked to the WHO Essential Medicines List (EML). It will be developed in collaboration with WHO in the following months of this year. 

The members of the Advocacy Committee will also participate in the working groups of the Cancer Manual and will represent ISOPP. Karunrat Tewthanom from Thailand takes part in the Lung Cancer Working Group, while I joined the essential medicines list (EML) cancer working group. Alexandre (USA), Monica (Malaysia), Lisa (USA), Mario (Brazil), and Amah (Ghana) are currently working on the anti-emetic recommendations for the Cancer Manual.

Besides that, the Advocacy Committee will be starting to work on the survey/audit of compliance to ISOPP Standards for the Safe Handling of Cytotoxics (doi: 10.1177/10781552211070933) in collaboration with the International Union for Cancer Control (UICC). 
Another task is writing a position paper about the healthcare disparities between high-income countries and lower- and middle-income countries due to the healthcare professional exodus. We will create a working group in a short time and start with the position paper.

If you are interested in joining the Advocacy Committee, feel free to contact me (esaykandemir@gmail.com) or John (john.wiernikowski@gmail.com).
Oncology Pharmacy Around the World
Asia Journal Club
By Dr. Karunrat Tewthanom, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, Silpakorn University, Thailand

The Asia Journal Club is organized by Hitoshi Kawazoe, R.Ph., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Keio University Faculty of Pharmacy and Associated Professor Suphat Subongkot, Faculty of Pharmacy, KhonKhan University, Thailand.
This journal club is held every 2 months via Zoom. The content focuses on Oncology. The forum is invitation-only and participants come from USA, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan and Japan. 
I think this activity will be useful to update the scientific content of Oncology and exchange experiences for taking care of patients with cancers by Oncology Pharmacists.
Anyone who is interested in this club can send an email to Dr. Hitoshi Kawazoe, RPh, PhD. Associate Professor, Keio University, Faculty of Pharmacy, Japan. Email: kawazoe-ht@keio.jp
Register Now
and Boost your Oncology Pharmacy Knowledge!

The ISOPP 2023 Symposium and Masterclasses are less than 6 weeks away! Join us for leading edge education to advance your oncology pharmacy knowledge in scenic Seville! 
Register now to guarantee your place for this three day program consisting of plenary speakers, a sponsored symposium, hot topic discussions, ISOPP’s Annual General Meeting, and more!
“Great speakers, … assistance was helpful, great content” (Past attendee).

Top Reasons to Attend - Get the Latest Tools and Insights
Attend ISOPP 2023 and you will:
  • Gain inspiration - from a comprehensive, impactful program addressing leading edge topics during five plenary and six concurrent sessions
  • Update your perspectives - with the latest information presented by global experts in sponsored symposia and sponsor and exhibitor displays
  • Boost your career - invest in your oncology pharmacy expertise and improve patient care
  • Transform your oncology pharmacy practice gain tactics and ideas through collaboration
  • Achieve breakthrough strategies - sharing of perspectives from all around the world will provide the catalyst to foster ideas for innovation

5 More compelling reasons to be there:

  1. Gain valuable insights during Sponsored Symposia.
  2. Connect with colleagues from around the world in the Meeting Hub, in discussions, at networking events and in corridors
  3. Participate in ISOPP’s Annual General Meeting to stay informed of past and upcoming activities and interact with ISOPP’s leadership to guide the future of ISOPP. Hear the latest on initiatives to realize the strategic plan.
  4. Visit the exhibition and meet leading oncology pharmacy suppliers and experts
  5. Get hands-on, practical learning in the two post-Symposium Masterclasses.

View the program at a glance to see all the plenary and concurrent session topics. Session descriptions and speaker biographies are being added to the ISOPP 2023 website as information is received.
Past participants and ISOPP members, use your personalized login sent via email on November 18, 2022. Contact register@isopp.org in case you missed it!
Rave Reviews from our recent Symposia

Topics were well researched and touched on latest developments in oncology e.g. immunotherapy and biosimilars.

This was a great meeting. The topics and speakers were very good.

Great job, all around. Many thanks! :)

Good content and well organised
Visit the ISOPP 2023 website for further program updates and to learn more about the presenters
Spread the word using #ISOPP2023 and please forward this notice to your friends and colleagues who may be interested in what the Symposium has to offer and encourage them to join ISOPP. 
See you in Seville on March 2 - 5, 2023!

Evelyn Handel
ISOPP President
Estela Moreno
ISOPP 2023 Symposium Chair and
Scientific Program Co-chair
Oncology Pharmacotherapy and Applications of Biosimilars Program
Have you signed up for the Oncology Pharmacotherapy and Applications of Biosimilars (OPAB) Program yet? It is complimentary for ISOPP members and geared towards oncology pharmacists who have practiced for at least one year in the area of oncology pharmacy. 

There are 10 modules (25 hours), and you can choose to take the accredited program, earning you a Certificate of Completion with 25 CEUs, or the non-accredited program, receiving a Letter of Participation with no CEUs awarded.
If you haven’t already, be sure to register to receive access to the program and begin your training! 
The Biosimilars Masterclass post-Symposium workshop at ISOPP 2023 in Seville is open to OPAB Program registrants who have completed the programRegister now.
Share the OPAB Program information with your colleagues!
You can share knowledge by promoting the OPAB Program to oncology pharmacists in your region!
Download an OPAB poster for display at your institution or for emailing on to your local association’s membership. There are two formats: 8.5 x 11 for North America and A4 for the rest of the world. Download 8.5 x 11 OPAB Poster  Download A4 OPAB Poster 
If the poster size does not work for the paper size of your country, please let us know and we will send you a version with the correct dimensions. 

See other ways to promote OPAB here from adverts to slides to marketing emails and more, including PPT slides to add in to any presentations you might be making in the near future. 

We acknowledge the Faculty members, Reviewers and Task Force members for their contributions to the OPAB Program.

  • Faculty - Joseph Bubalo, Tegan Bilse, Aygin Bayraktar, Kellie Jones Weddle, Lisa Holle, Islam Konaissi, Judith Smith, Lillian Cortez, Emma Foreman, Alex Chan, Emma Foreman
  • Reviewers - Joseph Bubalo, Bruce Burnett, Carole Chambers, Melanie Danilak, Evelyn Handel, Lisa Holle, Tom McFarlane, Maggie Patterson, Rowena Schwartz, Aygin Bayraktar, Netty Cracknell, CheaXin Lim, May Oh, Himanshu Patel, Chiajie Tan
  • Task Force - Aygin Bayraktar, Alex Chan, Netty Cracknell, Emma Foreman, CheaXin Lim, May Oh, Himanshu Patel, Chiajie Tan

The OPAB Program is supported by an educational grant from Pfizer.
Accreditation for the OPAB Program is provided by the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP). CSHP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
Highlighted Education Resources
ISOPP offers online educational opportunities specific to the needs of oncology pharmacy practitioners, facilitated by ISOPP leaders and oncology pharmacy experts.

Log in as a member to learn from ISOPP’s previously recorded webinars. Members have complimentary access for one year from the date of the webinar:

Interested in presenting a webinar? Please contact the Education Committee Chair, Himanshu Patel, at education@isopp.org.
Only ISOPP members have full access to resources in the virtual library. These resources are complimentary to ISOPP members. 

The Virtual Library serves as a hub for oncology pharmacy practitioners from around the world to access the breadth and depth of knowledge of ISOPP members and others on a 24-hour basis.  

The following will help you to explore ISOPP’s Virtual Library:

The COVID-19 Resources, Biosimilars Toolkit of Resources, Immunotherapy Toolkit, recordings of past Regional and International Symposia, webinars and much more are available in the Virtual Library!
The 102nd issue of the Virtual Journal Club (VJC) is available. To access it, visit the Virtual Journal Club Surveys page or follow the direct link to the survey.  
Members are encouraged to read articles and then answer a series of multiple choice questions through the Virtual Journal Club Surveys.

After completing the questionnaire, a certificate will be available. Although not formally accredited for continuing medical education (CME) points, participation is equal to one hour of CME activity.
The Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice (JOPP) is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal dedicated to educating health professionals about providing pharmaceutical care to patients with cancer. It is the official publication of the International Society for Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners (ISOPP).  

JOPP is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and is free for ISOPP members.  

You can access JOPP issues online anytime via ISOPP website (log in as a member). Please note that a hard copy of the Journal is no longer available.  
Did you know?
Membership Benefit: Sosido
ISOPP members have access to Sosido, an online knowledge sharing platform designed to speed clinical knowledge transfer between healthcare professionals.
Are you a new ISOPP member? Then, you will receive an email to set up access to Sosido!
Through Sosido, ISOPP members will receive a weekly email digest summarizing all activity in the ISOPP community. You don’t have to log in to participate, and anything that’s important will come to your inbox, including:
  • Updates on all publications authored by ISOPP members that week. Sosido automatically delivers a current and complete snapshot of the work of our ISOPP community.
  • A summary of new articles released that week from journals chosen by you.
  • Access to a secure ISOPP members-only forum to ask and answer questions.
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ISOPP is the world’s gateway to oncology pharmacy research and practice. This is the place you come to learn about the latest developments in oncology pharmacy, to connect with pioneers in cancer treatment, and to expand your knowledge of oncology pharmacy practice worldwide.

Follow us on the following ISOPP’s Social Media to stay informed of upcoming ISOPP activities and conversations.  

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Quarterly Newsletter Author 

Would you like to contribute articles to be published in the ISOPP Newsletter
We would love to hear about: conferences (virtual or in person) and/or education events / program you may have attended, or a ‘Day in the life of a <name country> oncology pharmacist’ or anything else you would like to share with ISOPP members in oncology pharmacy and your practice.

ISOPP’s Newsletter, published quarterly and sent via email directly to members, is the home of international discussion on oncology pharmacy research and practice and ISOPP news and business. We are always looking for contributions.  
Contact Netty Cracknell, Editor, at newsletter@isopp.org to submit an article.  
Netty Cracknell, Editor
ISOPP Newsletter

Are you or your national organization looking for a way to reach ISOPP members for a research study, to share information or other related oncology pharmacy matters?
There are several ways to reach ISOPP members:

ISOPP will distribute your survey, if it meets set criteria. This service is free if the principal investigator or co-investigator is an ISOPP member, and is available to non-members for a fee of $750 CAD. 
Many ISOPP members are part of healthcare teams involved in cancer prevention, treatment, supportive care, and symptom management. If you would like to reach them to share information about a job posting, a product launch, a conference or other related oncology pharmacy matters, ISOPP will distribute an email on your behalf and post the information to the ISOPP website. Check out the cost for a one-time email distribution!

Visit the ISOPP Website for more information on how to reach our members.
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ISOPP's Society and Symposium Management Office

Sea to Sky Meeting and Association Management is ISOPP's Society and Symposium Management Office. We support ISOPP’s volunteer leadership (Secretariat, its Committees, Task Forces and Work Groups), its members and other stakeholders to help achieve ISOPP’s mission to advance oncology pharmacy care for patients around the world. If you have any questions about membership, services, Symposium or the Society, please contact the ISOPP Office directly as follows:

Direct: +1-604-984-6455
Suite 206, 201 Bewicke Avenue 
North Vancouver, BC Canada V7M 3M7