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N.C. pharmacist wins NCPA honor

BY David Salazar

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The National Community Pharmacists Association’s 2015 Annual Convention has been a productive one — the organization has recognized two outstanding adherence practitioners and given out its Prescription Drug Safety Award and Corporate Recognition Award.

Joe Moose, the 2015 Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the Year winner, is also among those honored this past weekend. The independent pharmacist and co-owner of Moose’s Pharmacy in Concord, N.C., was honored at the convention’s first general session on Sunday with the award, which is sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories.

One of Moose’s notable achievements is his role as the lead community pharmacy coordinator for Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), which came about as the result of his involvement in a $15 million grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, which supports pilot programs aimed at improving outcomes and lowering costs.

“Joe Moose is at the forefront of efforts to make independent community pharmacies an integral part of a more coordinated and efficient health care delivery system,” NCPA President John T. Sherrer said. “Joe’s central role in a federally funded pilot program in North Carolina has been well-chronicled … and serves as a model for other pharmacies looking to be on the cutting-edge of patient care.”    

Through his role with CCNC, Moose has built a network comprised of more than 200 community pharmacies working to improve outcomes while providing value for payers. He serves on his state’s Medicaid Drug Utilization Review and has established collaborative practice agreements to integrate community pharmacy into medical homes. He has also established Medication Therapy Management as one of the services his pharmacy offers.

“Upsher-Smith values the critical role that pharmacists play in improving patient health,” said Rusty Field, President of Upsher-Smith Laboratories. “We are proud to join NCPA in honoring Joe Moose, PharmD, who has done so much to innovate within the profession and to improve the health of his patients, his community and his state.”

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — In recognition of their commitment to improving medication adherence, John Sykora and Jan Kavookjian were honored with the 2015 NCPA Outstanding Adherence Practitioner Award, sponsored by Mirixa, and the 2015 NCPA Outstanding Adherence Educator Award, respectively, at the National Community Pharmacists Association’s 2015 Annual Convention a
 
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The NCPA Outstanding Adherence Educator Award recognizes a pharmacy educator who has made a significant contribution to the education of pharmacy students in the area of medication adherence. The award also recognizes educators whose contributions to medication adherence education are made through developing innovative course content and toolkits, as well as developing unique teaching strategies and active learning techniques. 
 
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Kavookjian teaches Health Behavior Change at HSOP, where students are provided the opportunity to role play in order to more fully understand why patients struggle with medication adherence. In addition to her course teachings, Kavookjian has been the faculty advisor for the school of pharmacy’s Script Your Future Adherence Challenge team; a competition that emphasizes inter-professional collaboration for patient medication adherence. Kavookjian also launched a school-wide study on patient medication adherence, as part of the pharmacy practice experience program, incorporating validated measures of adherence, and developing a toolkit for students to have for patient communications. 
   
“We are pleased to recognize Dr. Jan Kavookjian as the winner of the 2015 NCPA Outstanding Adherence Educator Award,” said Sherrer. “Dr. Kavookjian is a tireless, dedicated leader in empowering her pharmacy students to become practicing pharmacists who are at the forefront of efforts to drive greater medication adherence. Her approach is embodied in a quote from Benjamin Franklin, who once said ‘Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.’”
 
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