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NACDS and NACDS Foundation honor pharmacy faculty, students with new awards

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. An organization catering to the retail pharmacy industry announced the recipients of awards as it kicked off its annual Pharmacy & Technology Conference.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and NACDS Foundation announced two new awards at the 2009 NACDS Pharmacy & Technology Conference held this week in Boston.

The Community Pharmacy Faculty Award, sponsored by Wyeth, was established to recognize a pharmacy school full time or shared faculty member who has made significant contributions to the practice of community pharmacy through innovations in patient care. Faculty members are assessed on their accomplishments in advancing patient care through community pharmacy as well as preparation of future leaders in pharmacy care.

This year’s first-place award recipient is Jean-Venable “Kelly” R. Goode, RPh, from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. The School of Pharmacy will receive a $5,000 stipend for a project in Dr. Goode’s area of community pharmacy practice. She also serves as the Director of the Community Pharmacy Practice Program and the Community Pharmacy Practice Residency Program.

The first runner-up is Stefanie P. Ferreri, PharmD, CDE, FAPhA, from the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, and the second runner-up is Kimberly Crosby, PharmD, BCPS, GCP, from The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy.

“The NACDS Foundation recognizes the important role community pharmacy faculty play in preparing students for careers as care givers in community pharmacy, as well as advancing patient care in community pharmacy,” said Edith A. Rosato, RPh, IOM, president of the NACDS Foundation. “We are pleased to honor these inaugural award recipients and their significant accomplishments in advancing pharmacy care.

Meanwhile, NACDS established the Student Pharmacist Advocacy Competition to promote interest in pharmacy advocacy among student pharmacists as well as recognize student pharmacists who are making a positive impact on the pharmacy profession through advocacy. Applicants were assessed on the creativity and originality of their advocacy efforts, effort to engage a variety of advocates, planning and execution procedures, the sustainability of the advocacy efforts and follow-up actions.

The first-place award winners are Julie Hull and Tessa Rife from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. Hull and Rife led efforts that mobilized 55 pharmacy students to participate in a Pharmacist’s Legislative Day at the West Virginia State Capitol. They displayed a multi-faceted approach to advocacy, developing education sessions, presentations, pamphlets and other resources to educate students on how to be advocates for the pharmacy profession.

The first runner-up is Andrew Helm from the Washington State University College of Pharmacy. Helm took action when a proposal that would have made Washington’s state reimbursement to pharmacies the worst in the nation was put forth in the state legislature. Helm is working with faculty at Washington State University to develop a curriculum for leadership, advocacy, and professional development. In addition, he led a team of 76 students to Washington’s State Pharmacy Legislative Day.

The second runners-up are John Hudson and Kassie Castranova from the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy. Hudson and Castranova led a team of 65 student pharmacists to Pharmacists’ Day at the West Virginia Legislature. They advocated for the inclusion of “pharmacist” and “pharmacy” into the state’s Medical Professionals Liability Act by arranging meetings with legislators, providing talking points and other materials. Hudson and Castranova also organized a letter writing campaign to show support for Pres. Obama’s investment in public health and wellness.

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Asteres to debut new automated pharmacy kiosk at NACDS Pharmacy & Technology Conference

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN DIEGO A company that makes automated pharmacy kiosks plans to unveil its latest products at an upcoming conference.

Asteres, which makes the ScriptCenter kiosk, announced this week that it would debut ScriptCenter 24/7 Automated Pharmacy Services at the 2009 National Association of Chain Drug Stores Pharmacy & Technology Conference in Boston, which begins Saturday.

“To date, ScriptCenter has enabled retailers to reduce pharmacy hours and increase customer services,” Asteres CEO Mark de Bruin said in a statement. “The addition of 24/7 Automated Pharmacy Services will expand customer engagement opportunities and drive incremental store sales leveraging kiosk, online and cell technologies.”

The services include the Express Prescription Pickup, Prescription Drop Off Anytime, one-touch pickup for families, ScriptCenter.com and others.

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Sciele Pharma announces availability of head lice treatment

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NEW YORK A new drug for treating head lice has become available from a subsidiary of a Japanese drug company.

Sciele Pharma, part of Shionogi, announced this week the availability of Ulesfia (benzyl alcohol lotion 5%). The medication kills head lice by asphyxiation without potential neurotoxic side effects, the company said.

Head lice infestation affects 6 to 12 million children between the ages of 3 and 12 every year. To breathe, head lice use breathing holes that close upon contact with most liquids, which allows them to go into suspended animation and survive for hours without respiration, but Ulesfia prevents them from closing their breathing holes, causing the insects to asphyxiate.

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