University of Charleston School of Pharmacy earns national title in 6th annual 2017 Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge

5/26/2017

Charleston, WV – The National Consumers League (NCL) and its partners announced on Thursday the winners of the sixth annual Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge. The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) received a National Award. It is the fourth time and third consecutive year that UCSOP has been recognized with this accolade. Students and faculty at UCSOP will be formally recognized and receive the National  Award during the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) annual meeting at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee in on July 16, 2017.

The 2017 Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge is a two-month long inter-collegiate outreach project among health profession student teams and faculty for aiming to create solutions to raise awareness about medication adherence as a critical public health issue. The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy partnered with the University’s Physician Assistant Program, Nursing Program and several student organizations to sponsor 23 innovative medication adherence events and activities that reached over 750,000 people throughout West Virginia and surrounding states. The Charleston team participated in eight health fairs, partnered with local hospitals, and provided direct patient counseling, point-of-care testing, and medication reviews to three underserved rural communities. The team also introduced the “Generation Rx” program, through which more than 300 5th grade students were educated on medication adherence, medication safety, and proper medication disposal. In addition to targeted interventions addressing cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes, the Charleston team, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), incorporated educational outreach efforts to address the opioid epidemic and safe opioid use and disposal. Other activities included the distribution of 33,000 medication adherence flyers and wallet cards in partnership with Fruth Pharmacy, the coordination of a West Virginia Pharmacist’s Day at the State Legislature, and a six-part Nationwide radio series on medication adherence. 

“We are thrilled to be a four-time recipient of the Script Your Future national award, especially within three consecutive years,” stated Dr. Michelle Easton, Dean of UCSOP. “This achievement attests to the quality of our program as well as displays the enthusiasm and creativity of our students, faculty and partners.”

“The credit for this important work goes to our student pharmacists and their partners in the physician assistant and nursing programs,” said Dr. Susan Gardner, Assistant Dean of Professional and Student Affairs at UCSOP. “The commitment of our UC students to both medication adherence and public health truly provides a positive impact on our surrounding communities.” 

The Challenge is sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). In total, this year, the Challenge saw participation by 66 health profession schools hosting 300+ events in 18 states and Puerto Rico, and reaching more than 12 million consumers nationwide.