Dr. Deborah Milito

Dr. Deborah Milito

Indiana-based Diamond Pharmacy Services has received the 2018 Herb Langsam Pharmacy Provider Services Award from the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Foundation for their distinguished Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP).

Bestowed annually by the foundation, the award acknowledges a pharmacy organization that is an exemplary provider of pharmacy services.

Diamond, established in 1970, has grown into the nation’s largest correctional pharmacy provider and Pennsylvania’s largest independently owned long term care pharmacy.

Dr. Deborah Milito, Pharm.D., BCGP, FASCP, of Diamond Pharmacy Services, developed the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, incorporating the Centers for Disease and Control core elements for nursing homes. The basis of the program is to provide other consultant pharmacists with the educational background to optimize antimicrobial prescribing and improve outcomes while empowering them to become educators and facilitate staff training within their own facilities.

The ASP, which was launched in 2016, identified some early goals to help Diamond facilities drive their antimicrobial stewardship initiative.

These goals include lowering the amount of urinalyses ordered, determining an appropriate diagnosis of all antimicrobials and identifying a discontinuation date.

Since the inception of the ASP, Diamond has realized a reduction in unnecessary urinalyses by up to 75 percent in some facilities in the first quarter of 2018, increased the use of facility specific antibiograms by almost 70 percent, and stayed focused on obtaining cut dates for all antimicrobial orders.

In addition to Milito, Integral to the continued success of the ASP, is the leadership provided by Joan Zilner, R.Ph., president; Gilbert Zilner, R.Ph., P.D., FASCP, vice president; Mark Zilner, R.Ph., chief operating officer; Matthew Valasek, R.Ph, MBA, director of pharmacy operations; and Paul Daisley, R.Ph., director of long-term care.

The ASCPF is the research and education affiliate of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.