Volume 23 | No. 1 | March 2021

As the world looks with hope to COVID vaccination occurring throughout the world, ISOPP members continue to push forward in providing best possible care to our patients. I am immensely proud of the efforts of our members who are contributing to care in the face of these challenging times.

In spite of these extra demands, ISOPP, through its volunteer members, is continuing to work towards several important Society projects. These projects build upon the Society’s 2016 to 2020 strategic plan, which holds us in good stead as we navigate the pandemic and the years to come.

Since ISOPP’s official formation in 1996, the international symposium has been its primary source of revenue, supplemented by membership dues. Back in 2016, we recognized that in order to financially support being a society that delivers value to its members and has an impact on advancing cancer care, ISOPP’s revenue sources needed to diversify. This journey of diversification began with the creation of ISOPP’s Virtual Library and offerings of Masterclasses globally, then the expansion of Regional Symposia into more areas of the world, and today, the development of online education programs paid for through grants.

Even in today’s world, so much that Moe Schwartz, Vision Task Force Chair and a Past President, talked about five years ago in a 2 minute video where she explained ISOPP’s three strategic priorities (education, advocacy and engagement), holds true. As we strive to be a high performing society, embracing and implementing a comprehensive strategic management model, we will share with you, during our upcoming Annual General Meeting on April 24 at 9am EDT (part of ISOPP’s inaugural Virtual Symposium), the outcomes achieved thus far. In addition, the Secretariat and other member volunteers will meet for the next Strategic Planning Session in the coming months to discuss further revenue generating ideas, and ways to ensure a happy, engaged and growing membership.

In the meantime, ISOPP education offerings are on the rise through new initiatives and collaborations, as well as the work of many ISOPP volunteers, such as:

  • Himanshu Patel, Education Committee Chair, is leading the development of the Oncology Pharmacotherapy and Applications of Biosimilars Program (OPAB), to be launched mid-year. This 10-module online program is complimentary to members and registration opens in April. More information is shared in the Newsletter and on the ISOPP website. Watch your inbox and/or social media for updates.

  • The Immunotherapy Task Force, led by Lynne Nakashima, is identifying current and ongoing educational and professional needs of pharmacy professionals, and developing a White Paper on the role of the oncology pharmacist in immunotherapy. To this end, the volunteers are commissioning a survey to establish current practices across the globe to help identify and respond to the needs of ISOPP members. Watch your inbox for the survey to participate!

  • The work of the Credentialing/Specialization/Scope of Practice Task Force has recently come to an end with the soon-to-be-published paper titled “ISOPP Position Paper for the Role of the Oncology Pharmacy Team in Cancer Care.” Many congratulations and thanks to Co-chairs Barry Goldspiel and Lisa Holle, and the many volunteer authors, for all their hard work and expertise. Watch your inbox and/or social media for notification of its publication. 

I hope you will enjoy reading the newsletter and all that ISOPP has to offer. A big thank you to all those who participated in the 2021 Secretariat Election, a warm welcome to our newly elected Secretariat members, and much gratitude and appreciation to our outgoing Secretariat members. 

Stay safe and see you online.
Shaun O’Connor
ISOPP President
ISOPP Business News
2021 ISOPP AGM – Save the Date

ISOPP’s 2021 Annual General meeting (AGM) will take place on Saturday, April 24 at 09:00 EDT (click here for your local time) during ISOPP’s 2021 Virtual Symposium. A more detailed notification about the AGM will be distributed once finalized. 

In the meantime, review the 2020 AGM minutes, PowerPoint presentation, and recording in the member only section (log in as a member).
ISOPP 2021 Secretariat Election Results

ISOPP’s 2021 Secretariat election took place in February and an impressive 54% of members voted. Thank you all for your participation and welcome aboard to our newly elected Secretariat members:
  • Evelyn Handel (President-Elect)
  • Tiene Bauters (General Member)
  • Netty Cracknell (General Member)
  • Hisanaga Nomura (General Member)
Much gratitude and appreciation to the outgoing members: Alex Chan (Past President), Marliese Alexander (Secretary) and Aygin Bayraktar-Ekincioglu (General Member).
Watch your inbox for an Immunotherapy
Task Force Survey

Immunotherapy is an important emerging therapy in the treatment of malignant disease. ISOPP recognizes and supports the contributions of pharmacists in providing safe and effective care to patients receiving treatment with immunotherapy; andis committed to developing and defining the role of pharmacists in this field.
ISOPP has therefore established the Immunotherapy Task Force to identify current and ongoing educational and professional needs of pharmacy professionals, and to develop a White Paper on the role of the oncology pharmacist, in immunotherapy.
To this end, the Task Force has commissioned a survey to establish current practices across the globe to help identify and respond to the needs of ISOPP members.
Watch your inbox in coming weeks for the Immunotherapy Task Force survey!
Upcoming ISOPP Publications  

Please watch your inbox for these upcoming        
ISOPP Publications:
  • ISOPP Standards of Practice: The finishing touches are being done to all the Standards of Practice chapters include incorporating feedback and comments from the membership. Watch your inbox for the release in JOPP!
  • ISOPP Position Paper for the Role of the Oncology Pharmacy Team in Cancer Care: The position paper developed by the Credentialing/Specialization/Scope of Practice Task Force has been approved by the ISOPP Secretariat and it’s on the way to JOPP for publication. Watch your inbox for a notification of its publication.  
ISOPP Online Education
A Joint CAPhO, ISOPP and BOPA Complimentary Webinar for Members -
Vaccine Considerations in Patients with Cancer
Receiving Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (including COVID-19)

Monday, April 12, 2021 at 12:00 PDT (click here to find your local time)

Join us for this member’s only complimentary panel discussion on the timely topic of vaccine considerations in cancer patients. All presenters are authors of the paper Clinician FAQs And Guidance On Covid-19 Vaccine For Patients Receiving Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (Sact) published by the UK Chemotherapy Board. 

Visit ISOPP’s website for information about the presenters and program.
ISOPP offers online educational opportunities specific to the needs of oncology pharmacy practitioners, and facilitated by ISOPP leaders and oncology pharmacy experts. Is your national / regional organization interested in a joint webinar with ISOPP? Please contact the Education Committee Chair, Himanshu Patel, at education@isopp.org.  
Register Now for the ISOPP’s 2021 Virtual Symposium – the Program is Launched! 

Use your personalized link emailed to you on March 4th, with the subject line “ISOPP 2021 Virtual Symposium Registration Now Open”, to register for the International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioner’s 2021 Virtual Symposium (ISOPP 2021), taking place on April 23-24, 2021, 8:00 to 12:15 EDT (Click here to find your local time). Registration is complimentary for ISOPP members. Unable to locate your personalized link email? Email membership@isopp.org.

Join us for leading edge education to advance your pharmacy oncology knowledge from wherever you are! Topics presented by experts from around the world include:

In addition you will:
  1. Engage in hot topics led by facilitators on a wide range of timely topics 
  2. Gain valuable insights during Sponsored Symposia. BD will hold a sponsored Symposium on Friday, April 23 at 10:30-11:30 EDT 
  3. Connect through Discussion Forums and a Meeting Networking Hub with colleagues from around the world 
  4. 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. 

Be sure to keep visiting the ISOPP 2021 website for program updates and to learn more about our presenters. 

Spread the word using #ISOPP2021VS 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
Many thanks to the Task Force for the hard work in developing the program. 

See you online in April 23-24, 2021!

Thank you to our Sponsor:

Satellite Symposium Sponsor
Oncology Pharmacotherapy and Applications of Biosimilars Program

Watch for the launch of ISOPP’s virtual education program on Oncology Pharmacotherapy and Applications of Biosimilars in 2021; made possible through an educational grant from Pfizer.  

Recognizing that there is a rapid expansion of Biosimilars usage in clinical practice, and that the role of an oncology pharmacist is evolving and further integrating as a key member of a multidisciplinary healthcare team, ISOPP is developing an online education program that supports oncology pharmacists to safely and confidently introduce Biosimilars into their clinical practice and multidisciplinary healthcare team. ISOPP will present this education program in a novel way by giving both fundamentals and advanced aspects of 1) pharmacotherapy of various cancers, 2) implementation of biosimilars in oncology practice and 3) interpretation of available scientific and regulatory data and pharmacist’s recommendations for using biosimilars in different cancers. 

The program is aimed at oncology pharmacists who have practiced for at least one year in the area of oncology pharmacy, and will consist of 10 online courses (25 hours) and an opportunity to meet at ISOPP’s 2022 Symposium in Spain to expand the Biosimilars Expert Network. 

Click on the module topic below for more details on the authors and module learning objectives.

Oncology Pharmacy Around the World
10th Brazilian Congress of Oncology Pharmacists (SOBRAFO 2020)
By Elaine Lazzaroni, Executive Vice President, SOBRAFO

With the central theme "Opportunities and challenges to the pharmacist in oncology: from patient safety to precision medicine", the 10th Brazilian Congress of Oncology Pharmacists (SOBRAFO 2020) took place between the 16th and 21st of November 2020 in a completely online edition due to the restrictions imposed by the Brazilian health authorities against the pandemic caused by Sars-CoV-2.

During a week with more than 40 hours of scientific programming and more than 1,600 registrants, the SOBRAFO 2020 counted on the participation of renowned national and international speakers who addressed themes related to four main fields of oncology pharmacy - manipulation, management, clinical activities and contemporary topics. The opening session addressed "The growing role of precision and personalized medicine for cancer treatment" and highlighted the importance of new aspects of medicine to oncology pharmacists.

World Cancer Day: 
Raising Awareness, Improving Education and Catalysing Action

The graphic above, We are ISOPP, was created by ISOPP’s volunteer leadership in support and celebration of this year's World Cancer Day's theme - ‘I Am and I Will', which is all about you and your commitment to act.  

World Cancer Day, a global uniting initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), takes place every February. It raises worldwide awareness, improves education and catalyses personal, collective and government action. We're working together to reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equal for all - no matter who you are or where you live.

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.
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.  

Members and non-members have access to certain resources complimentary and others through a paid subscription.

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

The COVID-19 Resources, Biosimilars Toolkit of Resources, recording of past Regional and International Symposia, webinars and much more are available in the Virtual Library!
The 81st 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 in April 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.

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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’ during the COVID19 outbreak 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 Evelyn Handel, Newsletter Editor at newsletter@isopp.org to submit an article.  
Evelyn Handel
Newsletter Editor

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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