Script Your Future Continues!

The campaign with the goal of encouraging patients to take their medications reliably and responsibly is officially underway! As promised, the Script Your Future committee has delivered an impressive schedule with over 16 different events, many over the span of multiple days.

The committee is utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, and there are at least 25 pharmacy students involved, as well as many physician assistant students. This method allows members from different areas of the health care system to work and communicate together. This affords the patient a better and more unified treatment and experience. Professor Melissa Garrett, from the Physician Assistant Program, has been instrumental in organizing the PA students, while Dr. Susan Gardner, Ms. Jamie Bero, and P2 John Robinson have rallied the pharmacy students.

PA and PharmD students spreading the message about medication adherence.

PA and PharmD students spreading the message about medication adherence.

Appalachian Regional Hospital Educational Booth!

Appalachian Regional Hospital Educational Booth!







Supporting the School of Pharmacy’s Mission Statement, events have been aimed at targeting under served, rural communities. Individuals in these committees often have difficulty accessing reliable health care information and professional help. To aid in the Script Your Future initiative, the committee has helped at-risk patients receive the proper education to help ensure medication adherence is achieved.

Not only did the committee focus on rural community outreach, but also attempted to incorporate more technology into events. For various health fairs and booths, students were encouraged to bring their iPads with them to help further patient education. Patients are being asked to take a pledge on the Script Your Future website using the iPads, promising that they would continue to take their medication correctly.

Below is the schedule for the entire Script Your Future campaign:

Date Event Activity Timeframe Persons Responsible
January 20 Appalachian Regional Hospital (Beckley) Patient Education 1pm-4pm UC Pharmacy & PA Students/Professor Garrett (PA)
January 21 UC Student Involvement Fair Booth with information & computers for students to Take the Pledge 11:30am-1:30pm UC Pharmacy Students
January 22 Rural Health Day at the Legislature Booth with information & computers for attendees to Take the Pledge 9am-1pm UC Pharmacy & PA Students/Ms. Bero
January 22-February 22 Fruth Pharmacy (OH, KY, WV) Education materials in all prescription bags and all Fruth locations Coordinated by UC Pharmacy Students/Dr. Bennett
Week of January 26 (National Drug Awareness Week) Tweet-A-Thon Take the pledge and tweet us @UCSOP with #UCSYF Week-long Coordinated by UC Pharmacy & Pre-Pharmacy Students/Dr. Gardner
January 31, February 7 & 28 UC Basketball Games (Eddie King Gymnasium at UC) Booth with information & computers for attendees to Take the Pledge (raffle items) UC Pharmacy Students/Ms. Bero
January 31 Ripley Health Fair Health fair along with SYF information UC Pharmacy Student Organization
February 2 American Heart Association Day at the Legislature Booth with information & computers for attendees to Take the Pledge UC Pharmacy & PA Students/Ms. Bero
February 3 American Lung Association-Lung Force Breakfast (Embassy Suites) Booth with information & computers for attendees to Take the Pledge UC Pharmacy Students/Dr. Gardner/Dr. Easton
February 6 Go Red for Women Event at UC (Health Fair and Speaker) SYF/Medication Adherence information with patient discharge papers Health Fair in Rotunda 8:30am-12pm; speaker 12:15-1pm Erma Byrd Gallery (Riggleman Hall) UC Pharmacy & PA Students/Ms. Bero/Dr. Lucas/Ms. Smith/Professor Garrett/Dr. Gardner/Dr. Simon
February 10 Highland Hospital’s Health Education 101 (Advance Health Care at UC) Presentation on Medication Adherence followed by opportunities to Take the Pledge 6-7:30pmRoom 105 of the Pharmacy Building Dr. Gardner
January & February 2015 Hispanic Community Outreach Wallet cards to area restaurants UC Pharmacy Students/Dr. Gardner
February 23 Pharmacist Day at the Legislature Booth with resources, computers to Take the Pledge & Health Fair 9am-1pm UC Pharmacy Students/Dr. Lucas, Ms. Bero & Dr. Gardner/Ms. Smith
February 24 Ranielle Medical Center Patient Education 1pm-3pm UC Pharmacy & PA Students/Professor Garrett
January & February 2015 Ohio Obleness Health Hosptial SYF/Medication Adherence information with patient discharge papers UC Pharmacy Students
February 2015 New River Community & Technical College (new location in Beaver, WV) SYF/Medication Adherence information with patient discharge papers UC Pharmacy Students/NRCTC Nursing and Medical Assistant Students/Dr. Gardner (Crystal Pak, P2)

For more information on the events contact: Dr. Susan Gardner, Assistant Dean for Professional and Student Affairs,, 304-357-4879.

For more information about medication adherence:

Contributed by Peter Relvas UC SOP Pharmacy Student & Graduate Intern, Office of Professional and Student Affairs.

Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr. Day–Pharmacies, Pharmacists and Civil Rights

Students who took the History of Pharmacy at UCSOP in Fall 2014 know that Soda Fountains played a major role in American History. In fact, soda fountains, typically located inside pharmacies were central to the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself participated in soda fountain protests and cited the sit-ins as a major force in the civil rights initiatives particularly in the Southern United States.

In addition to soda fountain sit-ins, pharmacists throughout the U.S. were instrumental in fighting for civil rights—some long before the soda fountain sit-ins—all made contributions to civil rights, humanity, and the profession.

  • Aaron Henry, a pharmacist from Clarksdale was elected head of the Mississippi NAACP in 1960
  • Henry Rutherford Butler, a respected physician and pharmacist in Atlanta, Georgia was a pioneer in medicine and health care for African Americans during the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  • 1948, Chauncey I. Cooper, dean of the College of Pharmacy at Howard University, became the founding president of the newly formed National Pharmaceutical Association. Cooper’s vision for the new association was to help minority pharmacists enter the mainstream of American pharmacy. In addition to his duties as dean and leader of the National Pharmaceutical Association, Cooper waRobert Gibsons active in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the American Pharmaceutical (now Pharmacists) Association (APhA) and the Washington District of Columbia Pharmaceutical Association, where he served as executive director for 11 years.
  • In 2006,Robert D. Gibson was awarded pharmacy’s highest honor, the Remington Medal, making him the first African-American to receive it. Gibson’s career as an educator at the University of California, San Francisco, was hallmarked by his efforts to gain inclusion for all minorities.

Learn more about these contributors to the history of our country and the profession by accessing resources available through the Association of Black Health Systems Pharmacists at:

Learn more about the historical importance of soda fountains and pharmacies in relationship to Civil Rights by visiting:

Have a contributor you’d like to recognize? Please add them to the comments section of this blog post.

Contributed by: Dr. Susan Gardner, Assistant Dean for Professional and Student Affairs/Assistant Professor (Course Coordinator for PHAR 546: History of Pharmacy)

Starting the New Year Off Right: Script Your Future Challenge

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“And the Script Your Future campaign is off!” Script Your Future is a nationwide initiative that challenges students in the health profession to inform patients about their medications and how to achieve positive medical outcomes. Sponsored by the National Consumers League, the campaign runs through January and February. This is the third year that University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) has participated in the event, and has received national recognition in the past.

Three disease states are being specifically targeted during the challenge: asthma, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Coincidentally, those same three disease states are the most common in West Virginia. University of Charleston’s student pharmacists and student physician assistants will be working in conjunction to help patients in their community remember to take their medication, as well as ensuring the medication is taken properly.

Medication adherence involves:

  • Filling a new prescription or refilling an existing prescription
  • Completing the course of medication as prescribed
  • Taking the correct amount of prescribed medication
  • Taking medication at the prescribed time

Only approximately 50-60% of patients take their medications correctly, and 125,000 individuals die every year from taking their medications incorrectly. Based on these figures, there is plenty of room for improvement in medication adherence!

This is where the student pharmacists, student physician assistants, and other healthcare workers and institutions come into the picture. Students will promote medication adherence at a variety of health events throughout West Virginia and Ohio. The theme will be RxSolutions to help patients make a resolution to adhere to their medication regimen. Some of these activities include:

  • Encouraging community members to make a New Year’s Resolution to take their medication as prescribed
  • Placing medication adherence literature in prescription bags at Fruth Pharmacies and Advance Healthcare @UC
  • Conducting patient consultations at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital and Rainelle Health Center
  • Organizing a community wellness fair at the UCSOP Go Red for Women event, February 6, 2015
  • Reaching the community through social media, including a week-long Tweet-a-Thon January 26-February 2, 2015

Once more, UCSOP is showing just how important community outreach is to a student pharmacist’s development and education. Interacting with the public is an essential aspect of our profession, and helping individuals improve their medical outcomes with proper medication adherence is our top priority. Based on this information, we are sure the Script Your Future campaign will be a success once more!

For more information on the events contact: Dr. Susan Gardner, Assistant Dean for Professional and Student Affairs,, 304-357-4879.

For more information about medication adherence: