This editorial describes the purposes and content of the Special Issue for the development of a national pediatric pharmacotherapy collaborative practice network. A collaborative practice network from a population health perspective is needed to better manage the medication-related needs of children with special health care needs and medical complexity (CSHCN-CMC). Over the last 25 years, the pharmacy profession has been engaged in organized efforts both to elevate practice and educational standards for pediatric pharmacy practice and to design medication management systems that benefit children and their families and caregivers. Moreover, alignment with pediatric clinical pharmacologists will aid in the development of new practice-based research paradigms that can be applied in the clinical setting. Formalized multi-disciplinary collaboration (CPAs) with new approaches to specialized electronic medication systems and comprehensive medication management (CMM) is necessary to improve the pharmacotherapy outcomes of pediatric patients.
Keywords: accountable care organization; children with special needs; clinical pharmacology; clinical pharmacy; collaboration; comprehensive medication management; patient-centered medical home; population health.