Release Date: Monday, November 14, 2011
Charleston, W.Va. - The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) in conjunction with Fruth Pharmacy is proud to announce that they have received a $50,000 grant from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Community Pharmacy Residency Expansion Project (Community PREP).
Community PREP was established by NACDS to create new fully accredited post-graduate community pharmacy residency opportunities through grants to non-profit schools and colleges of pharmacy. The grants are designed to foster the creation or expansion of a patient-focused residency program where a faculty member or preceptor will oversee the selected pharmacy resident’s learning experience at a pharmacy practice site. Grant recipients were determined based on the recommendations of an independent review committee comprised of representatives from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the NACDS Foundation.
The University of Charleston worked closely with Fruth Pharmacy to develop a competitive application that features the first Fruth Pharmacy location in Point Pleasant, WV, as the headquarters for the community pharmacy residency.
Dr. Michelle Easton, Dean, UC School of Pharmacy, said, “Receiving this grant is a wonderful opportunity for us to work closely with one of our important partners, Fruth Pharmacy, to achieve a mutual goal; which is improving healthcare in West Virginia and Appalachia. It will allow us to improve patient interactions with pharmacists in rural West Virginia. It will help the pharmacist residents (selected for the program) to develop unique skill sets to address the increasing complexity of medication regimens, help patients make the best use of their medications and improve their quality of life.”
“There are a number of benefits to this program,” added Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy. “In rural areas, healthcare is often underserved. A key role of the pharmacist is to educate patients about their medications. When patients understand more about their diseases and the medications to treat those diseases, compliance to medication often increases. Providing those patient care services is the key component of this residency program.”
Some of the anticipated results of the residency grant include medication therapy management, increased patient access to immunizations, and greater patient awareness of their conditions and treatment plans.
“My father's main purpose when he founded Fruth Pharmacy was to increase rural access to healthcare, medications, and patients' understanding of their health conditions,” said Fruth. “This residency project is in direct alignment with both our core values as a company and our commitment to expanding healthcare options for our customers.”
The community pharmacy residency will begin July 1, 2012.
Information about the program will be available at www.ucwv.edu/pharmacy and www.fruthpharmacy.com.