Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy Fills Out Editorial Team

New Assistant Editors have Research, Industry and Policy Backgrounds


For Immediate Release


Alexandria, Va., August 8, 2013 — The Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy (JMCP) today announced the appointments of Laura E. Happe, PharmD, MPH, Karen L. Rascati, RPh, PhD, and Eleanor Perfetto, PhD, as assistant editors. The peer-reviewed JMCP is the official journal of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.

“We are very pleased that these three well-published researchers agreed to share their expertise with JMCP authors,” said Editor-in-Chief John Mackowiak, PhD. “With their extraordinary experience, qualifications and commitment, Drs. Happe, Rascati and Perfetto will boost JMCP’s reputation as a widely read and quoted journal describing cutting-edge research and practices in managed care today.”

“The Journal now has the team in place to take AMCP’s strategic commitment to supporting innovative research to the next level,” added JMCP Publisher and AMCP CEO Edith A. Rosato, RPh, IOM. “With Drs. Happe, Rascati and Perfetto on board, JMCP will bring to the fore the kind of research that will accelerate improvements in care delivery and patient outcomes.”

AMCP’s new assistant editors are, as follows:

  • Dr. Laura E. Happe is Associate Professor of Pharmacy Administration and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Development at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy. With over 10 years in managed care pharmacy, Laura is an authority on health economics and outcomes research and an author of over 20 peer-reviewed publications. Her research interest is in assessing the impact of population-based interventions on patient outcomes.
  • Dr. Karen L. Rascati is the Eckerd/Turley Centennial Endowed Professor of Health Outcomes & Pharmacy Practice at The University of Texas College of Pharmacy. She has conducted over 50 funded research-projects on economic and outcomes evaluations for disease states and pharmacy services—she‘s also authored or co-authored over 200 publications and presentations. The second edition of her textbook, Essentials of Pharmacoeconomics (2008), will be available in October.
  • Dr. Eleanor Perfetto is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and member of the Pharmacy Quality Alliance and Health Industry Forum Board. Previously, she was Senior Director, Federal Government Relations for Pfizer; she’s also served on boards and committees for CMS, National Quality Forum, and Center for Medical Technology Policy. Earlier, she worked for the U.S. Public Health Service, as a pharmacist and pharmacoepidemiologist, and the Agency for Health Care Policy & Research.

In their brief time with JMCP, Happe, Rascati and Perfetto have already had an impact, Mackowiak said. Even though manuscript submissions are up 55 percent this year, the time a manuscript spends in JMCP’s high-quality review process has decreased significantly.

“As word of that gets around, even more managed care authors will be submitting their best work to JMCP,” he said. “With this team of editors, we will be the go-to place for great research and commentary.”

JMCP’s new editors offered different reasons for joining JMCP. Dr. Happe was inspired by “the power of the innovative research to transform health care delivery—specifically, JMCP’s role in preparing the next generation of managed care pharmacy researchers to lead the ever-changing health care system.”

A leading authority on pharmacoeconomics, Dr. Rascati sees her new role as an opportunity. “I want to contribute to JMCP’s success as well as give back to managed care pharmacy,” she said.

“JMCP is the right forum for disseminating information about the rapid changes in health care and translating its real-world, practical implications,” said Dr. Perfetto, who’s also a nationally known advocate for patients with head trauma-related dementias.

About JMCP
JMCP publishes peer-reviewed original research manuscripts, subject reviews, and other content intended to advance the use of the scientific method, including the interpretation of research findings in managed care pharmacy. It is dedicated to improving the quality of patient care by providing its readers with the results of scientific investigation and evaluation of clinical, health, service, and economic outcomes of pharmacy services and pharmaceutical interventions, including formulary management. For more information, visit www.jmcp.org. 

About AMCP
The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy is a national professional association of pharmacists and other health care practitioners who serve society by the application of sound medication management principles and strategies to improve health care for all. The Academy's nearly 7,000 members develop and provide a diversified range of clinical, educational and business management services and strategies on behalf of the more than 200 million Americans covered by a managed care pharmacy benefit. It is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013. More news and information about the Academy can be found at www.amcp.org. 

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