The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy to Compete in National Consumers League Script Your Future Inter-Disciplinary Challenge to Improve Medication Adherence
Charleston, WV – From January 15 to March 16, 2018, an interdisciplinary student team from the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP), nursing, and physician assistant programs will kick off a series of community outreach activities throughout West Virginia and southern Ohio to raise awareness about the health consequences of not taking medication as directed. They will join with health professions students across the country in the 2018 National Consumers League Script Your Future: Medication Adherence Team Challenge, a two month-long inter-collegiate competition among health profession student teams and faculty for creating solutions to raise awareness about medication adherence as a critical public health issue.
Outreach activities for this year’s campaign include: community health fairs; a radio blog series; advocacy events during the West Virginia legislative session; distribution of informational flyers with patient prescriptions at surrounding Fruth Pharmacy locations; Generation Rx outreach presentations to over 25 third-grade classrooms, and more. Locations, dates and times of the activities will be posted on the UC School of Pharmacy website and on the UC School of Pharmacy blog (www.ucsopblog.com).
“As the most accessible health care professionals in our communities, pharmacists are in a unique position to educate the public about taking medication as prescribed. Not taking medications as directed can lead to other health problems, especially if you already have asthma, diabetes, or high blood pressure,” said Dr. Susan Gardner, UCSOP’s assistant dean for professional and student affairs. “For example, more than one in three medicine-related hospitalizations happen because that person did not take their medicine as directed. Not taking your medicine as directed can do more than just send you to the hospital – almost 125,000 people die every year because they did not take their medicine as directed.”
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 2017, UCSOP received the National Award for their efforts in the campaign. It was the fourth time and third consecutive year that UCSOP has been recognized with this accolade since the campaign’s conception in 2011.
To learn more about the 2018 Script your Future Medication Adherence Challenge, visit the Script Your Future website.
For more information pertaining to UCSOP events, community outreach, and academic offerings, please visit our website at http://www.ucwv.edu/Pharmacy and follow us on social media. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCSOP/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/UCWV
Attached is a poster with upcoming events SYFPoster