Rick Giannini, PharmD, BCOP, Pharmacist at the Cancer Care Center at Warren General Hospital, recently completed rigorous requirements to achieve an Oncology Pharmacy Specialty certification. Dr. Giannini, through his efforts, has joined a group of specialized practitioners. Nationally, there are less than 1000 Board Certified Oncology Pharmacists.
Board certification is a way of demonstrating that an individual possesses a certain high level of expertise. It signifies that an individual pharmacy specialist holds a body of knowledge and skill in addition to that of a general practitioner. Thus, patients are able to identify practitioners who can satisfy special needs. "Rick has been a valuable resource to the Cancer Care Center and his knowledge of Oncology Pharmacy is utilized by our doctors every day," says Terry Cook, Nurse Manager at the Cancer Care Center, "We are truly proud and excited to have a pharmacist specifically certified in Oncology working among our dedicated staff."
Through pharmacy licensure, state boards of pharmacy ensure that an individual is competent to dispense drugs and understands the legal requirements of pharmacy practice. Board certification in a pharmacy specialty recognizes an individual who has gained additional knowledge, experience, and skills in a defined area of pharmacy practice.
Dr. Giannini has been employed at Warren General Hospital for the past 15 years and has been the Cancer Care Center Pharmacist since its opening in 2003. Dr. Giannini, his wife Carin and family reside in North Warren.