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NACDS Foundation, AFPE join forces to promote pharmacy education initiative

BY Jim Frederick

ALEXANDRIA, Va. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation and the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education today announced the creation of a new annual award to foster faculty development and innovation in community pharmacy practice.

The AFPE-NACDS Foundation Faculty Fellowship in Community Pharmacy Practice will provide a grant of $25,000, matched by the applicant’s institution, to support faculty research and study. The goal, according to the foundation, is to promote “major improvements in pharmacy practice research, curricula, faculty development, pilot programs, and other innovative programs related to the community pharmacy practice.”

The new fellowship award will enable a full-time pharmacy practice faculty member at an accredited U.S. school or college of pharmacy to pursue, over a 6-month fellowship period, a program of advanced education, training, and research in community pharmacy practice under the guidance of a qualified mentor, according to NACDS.

“With the growing demand for pharmacy services and new opportunities such as medication therapy management, it’s important to prepare pharmacy students and faculty for the future of patient care,” said NACDS Foundation president Phil Schneider. “We are proud to support this effort that will help advance the practice of community pharmacy.” 

AFPE president Robert Bachman said the new award “will strengthen pharmacy education and pharmacy colleges by providing support to select faculty members for individual research and growth in community pharmacy practice.”

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QLT to sell off Aczone following FDA decision

BY Drew Buono

VANCOUVER, Canada QLT has announced that it will proceed with its plan to sell its topical acne treatment Aczone after the Food and Drug Administration removed key blood monitoring requirements for the treatment, according to Reuters.

The company is selling the drug as part of a multi-step process to return it to its core business of treating eye diseases. Recently the company had been delving into acne and prostate cancer treatments.

Already several companies have expressed interest in Aczone and QLT predicts the drug will be sold within the next quarter or two.

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Safeway offers Shingles vaccination

BY DSN STAFF

PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway is offering immunization against Shingles, a disease that commonly affects people over 50 or people with compromised immune systems, at 700 pharmacies in the states of Ark., Calif., Colo., Del., Hawaii, Ind., Ill., Mont., Neb., Nev., Ore., Pa., Texas, Va. ,W.Va. and Wash. The vaccine will be provided on a walk-in basis at in-store pharmacies.

“The only way to prevent against contracting this debilitating disease is to get a single shot. By administering vaccines on site, Safeway is making it easy for anyone to protect themselves,” said Dave Fong, Safeway senior vice president of pharmacy. “Receiving a shingles vaccination is as easy as stopping at the pharmacy during your regular shopping trip.” 

Safeway also offers full-service adult and adolescent immunization services for the prevention of such ailments as tetanus, hepatitis, pneumococcal, meningococcal and more.

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