Anthony Morreale serves as the associate chief consultant for clinical pharmacy and policy for the Department of Veterans Affairs Pharmacy Benefits Management in VA Central Office. For the past 8 years he has served as the assistant chief consultant for clinical pharmacy services and healthcare services research. Morreale has led multiple initiatives focused on organizing, standardizing and expanding the scope of clinical pharmacy practice throughout the VA. His major responsibilities are focused on identifying and resolving gaps in patient care in which clinical pharmacists have demonstrated positive outcomes and to establish new roles in complex medication management environments where clinical pharmacists can use their knowledge and training to improve patient care.
His long career as a clinical pharmacist, married with his interest in pharmacoeconomics, formulary management and clinical pharmacy health services research, resulted in the creation and implementation of numerous innovative practices for clinical pharmacists. Some of Morreale’s groundbreaking accomplishments include creating the first VA pharmacoeconics and pharmacogenomics pharmacist positions, serving as a founding member of VA’s national formulary and PBM outcomes research group, establishment of the first accredited oncology, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacogenomics, nephrology and clinical informatics residency programs in VA, and establishment of the national VA PBM Clinical Pharmacy Practice Office, which led to the development of comprehensive programs involving integration of clinical pharmacy specialists (CPS) into Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT), mental health, pain management, antimicrobial stewardship, hepatitis C, and rural health.
Morreale is board certified in pharmacotherapy and has been the recipient of numerous professional recognitions and awards including being recognized as a Fellow of the American and California Society of Health Systems Pharmacists for his many contributions to the profession. He has also been recognized as an honorary member of the United States Public Health Service for his dedication to public health initiatives. He is a past recipient of the ASHP Best Practice Award, ASHP Literature Award for innovation, VA Under-Secretary’s Innovation Award, JMCP Quality Reviewer Award for Accuracy and Thoroughness, San Diego Society Pharmacist of the year, Pharmacy Foundation of California Michelotti Public Health Prize, and most recently the AMCP Steven G. Avey Award and the APhA Distinguished Federal Pharmacist award, which recognizes sustained, exemplary and distinguished service to the profession. Morreale has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer reviewed articles, has served on editorial boards, and as reviewer on a number of journals and has been actively involved in leadership roles within many pharmacy organizations, both nationally and internationally.