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RxOwnership’s expanded partnership with NCPA empowers all pharmacists

BY Michael Johnsen

ORLANDO, Fla. — Expanding its support of independent pharmacy ownership, McKesson’s RxOwnership team has partnered with the National Community Pharmacists Association to sponsor a series of educational programs aimed at current and future pharmacists considering pharmacy ownership at the NCPA Annual Conference here.

“McKesson RxOwnership is dedicated to supporting the future of pharmacy ownership by giving pharmacists the knowledge, support and tools required to achieve their ownership goals,” said Chris Cella, national VP McKesson RxOwnership. “We are particularly excited to expand our partnership with NCPA to include both current and future pharmacists. We feel it is important to empower any and all pharmacists who are interested in owning and operating an independent pharmacy. We are proud to promote programs like this one and our Women in Pharmacy – Own It Program we recently launched.”

The Women in Pharmacy – Own It Program focuses on four key areas: ownership, mentorship, leadership and work/life balance for women. Creating a community of women helping women succeed, the program includes matching pharmacy students with owners and empowering pharmacy ownership.

Serving as the sponsor of the NCPA Pharmacy Ownership Workshops for the eighth year, McKesson added support for the Student Ownership Boot Camp Series. The Pharmacy Ownership Workshop and Student Ownership Boot Camp sessions are designed to provide current pharmacists and pharmacy students with tools to guide them in pharmacy ownership and enhance their current management skills. More than 50% of past Pharmacy Ownership Workshop participants currently own their own pharmacy.

The NCPA’s Student Affairs program fosters interest in community pharmacy ownership and entrepreneurship among the future leaders of their profession. This year, McKesson has sponsored 26 NCPA Foundation Presidential Scholarships, designed to recognize leadership qualities and academic accomplishments.

For the second year, McKesson RxOwnership took part in the official NCPA student education program on Oct. 14. Kim Diemand, VP North Central Region, McKesson RxOwnership, presented “The Importance of a Business Plan to Your Success.” The session reviewed why a business plan is critical to starting and operating an independent pharmacy. RxOwnership is also participating in the Student Chapter Business Card Swap, which gives hundreds of NCPA student members the opportunity to connect with peers and experienced ownership advisors.

In the past year, RxOwnership assisted more than 400 owners in launching a new pharmacy. Since 2008, the RxOwnership team aided in the ownership-transfer process of more than 4,000 pharmacies.

 

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NCPA convention kicks off with awards

BY David Salazar

ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Community Pharmacists Association is in the middle of its 2017 Annual Convention, and the organization started off the four-day gathering by honoring a standout independent pharmacist, and kept the spirit going by recognizing another pharmacist’s dedication to patient safety.

At the event’s Opening General Session, NCPA awarded the 2017 Willard B Simmons Indepdnent Pharmacist of the Year award to Lynn Connelly, of Chapin, S.C. The award, sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories and named for a former NCPA executive secretary, was conferred on Connelly for his leadership and commitment to independent pharmacy in his community.

In addition to being politically active in pharmacy issues, Connelly has helped pass legislation around prescription drug monitoring, transparency in generics reimbursemants, creating an ‘any willing provider” provision and allowing pharmacists to administer immunization. He has owned his storye, Medicine Mart Pharmacy, since 1982, and he runs a pharmacy residency program that employs roughly six pharmacy students every year.

And Connelly hasn’t been the only pharmacist recognized as a standout at the NCPA Annual Convention. Trenton Jenks, who owns Prescription Pad Pharmacy in Fruitland, Id., received the 2017 Prescription Drug Safety Award, sponsored by Computer-Rx. The award recognizes pharmacists who have reached out in their communities to educate patients on the benefits of correctly using prescription drugs, as well as the hazards of their misuse.

“We are pleased to name Trenton Jenks the winner of the NCPA 2017 Prescription Drug Safety Award,” NCPA President DeAnn Mullins said. “His comprehensive approach to patient care is what the future of pharmacy looks like. Whether it’s his collaborative work with other health care providers, utilizing medication adherence-driving programs, or his proper disposal of unused medications, Jenks is making a profound difference in his community.” 

The awards come as NCPA rolls out its 2017 NCPA Digest, which found that the state of independent community pharmacies continues to grow and expand the scope of services pharmacists can offer their patients. Standout statistics include a slight drop in the estimated number of independent community pharmacists, from 22,160 to 22,041, and the fact that community pharmacies make up some 26% of the pharmacy marketplace. As for the pharmacy’s role in the healthcare system and patients’ lives, the digest notes that 81% of community pharmacists serve populations with 50,000 or fewer people.

“Independent community pharmacies remain indispensable for patients, especially in underserved communities, according to the latest  ‘NCPA Digest,’ NCPA CEO Doug Hoey said. “This occurs because of the quality of services, which are growing as pharmacists find new ways to drive better health outcomes for their patients, and through civic engagement in their communities.” 

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Janssen’s Stelara gets FDA nod for adolescent indication

BY David Salazar

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Janssen Biotech’s Stelara (ustekinumab) has a new indication. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the drug to treat adolescents ages 12 years and older with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis.

According to the World Health Organization, roughly one-third of patients diagnosed with plaque psoriasis is younger than 20 years of age, and adolescents in particular have limited treatment options.

“Psoriasis can affect many aspects of everyday life and the visible plaques, itching and discomfort can take a particular toll on adolescents,” Janssen VP medical affairs Dr. Andrew Greenspan said. "With today's approval, Stelara has the potential to make a meaningful difference in the lives of these young adults."
 

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