NCPA and AAPS Host Script Your Future Event at Fruth Pharmacy!

Student pharmacists at UCSOP are working diligently towards reaching their goal of 10,000 pledges for the 2017 Script Your Future Challenge. However, reaching this goal cannot be done without collaboration and support from fellow students and community organizations. This is why NCPA and AAPS have teamed up to host a Script Your Future event at four Fruth Pharmacy locations in West Virginia! Details about this event can be found below.
Script Your Future   Fruth Pharmacy

Who: NCPA, AAPS, UCSOP Students, Fruth Pharmacy staff and customers

What: Script Your Future/Medication Disposal/Medication Synchronization Outreach

Where: Fruth @ Oakwood Road, Lee Street, Scott Depot, and Nitro

When: February 20-25, 2017

Details: Students from UCSOP will be volunteering at the Fruth stores in Scott Depot, Nitro, Oakwood Road, and Lee Street to educate patients about medication adherence, medication disposal, and medication synchronization.  This event will focus on getting patients to take the Script Your Future Pledge. Students will also be handing out goodie bags filled with medication wallet cards cards, pill organizers, and flyers for education on how to properly dispose or medications. Students will also have their iPads on-site so customers can conveniently take the pledge in real-time!

Come out and support our students while learning more about medication adherence and safety! If you’d like to learn more about Script Your Future visit http://www.scriptyourfuture.com or take the pledge at http://www.ucwv.edu/pharmacy!

AAPS & NCPA Host Health Fair for American Pharmacists Month

On October 29th, 2016 the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) along with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) chapters at UCSOP hosted a diabetes health fair at Fruth Pharmacy on Oakwood Road. This diabetes health fair was one of many events put together by the various organizations at UCSOP in honor of American Pharmacists’ Month.

While AAPS’s vision focuses on the development of products and therapies through research, a major part of their mission is to bring together all individuals involved in the pharmaceutical sciences in order to best serve patients. We saw this health fair as an opportunity to do just that. We were able to collaborate with students from other organizations that focus specifically on community pharmacy, but with whom we still share the ultimate goal of patient service.

“Through this health fair, we were able to embrace and exemplify the idea that while there are many facets and specialties within the field of pharmacy, we are all dedicated to the education and treatment of patients.”

At this event, AAPS and NCPA provided free blood glucose and blood pressure screenings to individuals in the Fruth Pharmacy store. Approximately 15 UCSOP students volunteered for this event between the two organizations. This event served as a great opportunity for P2 students to practice their newly-learned blood glucose and blood pressure monitoring skills on actual patients. P3s were able to use this an opportunity to interpret scores, as learned in our pharmacotherapy II class, and explain to patients their results.

AAPS & NCPA Students at Fruth at Oakwood Road's store hosting their health fair!

AAPS & NCPA Students at Fruth Pharmacy at Oakwood hosting their health fair!

During this health fair, we were able to serve approximately 30 patients. Many of these patients were highly engaged in their own health; they knew what medications they were taking and knew what their normal values were. These patients appreciated the opportunity to quickly test their blood pressure and blood glucose to make sure they were reaching their goals. However, we also interacted with patients who had very little knowledge of blood glucose and blood pressure screenings. With these patients, we had the chance to educate them on why each test was important and explain consequences of high readings. There were also patients who understood the screening methods and knew they were diagnosed with diabetes, but did not seem to take their diagnoses seriously. These patients mentioned having family histories of diabetes and seemed to think that it was inevitable that they too develop diabetes. For these patients, we stressed the importance of taking medications as prescribed and regularly checking their blood glucose and blood pressure.

This health fair served as an opportunity to reach out to the Charleston community. Through this event, we were able to educate members of our community, bring attention to our school of pharmacy, and promote the profession of pharmacy. AAPS and NCPA, two organizations that may not seem to be associated, were able work together and support one another.

Contributed by: Suyasha Pradhan, AAPS Vice-President, Class of 2018

Pharmacy Students Engaged in Month-Long Medication Adherence Campaign

On February 11, 2014 UC student pharmacists hosted a community health fair focused on medication adherence. The event was part of a month-long campaign called “Script Your Future.” This national campaign sponsored by the National Consumers League is aimed toward raising awareness about medication adherence. Pharmacists and pharmacy students throughout the U.S. are promoting medication adherence during the month of February as a way to encourage consumers to take action and improve health behaviors through safe and appropriate use of medications. Consumers can also take a medication adherence pledge by visiting: www.scriptyourfuture.org.

The Stats:

  • Three out of 4 people in the U.S. do not take their medications as directed
  • 20-30% of prescriptions never get filled
  • 50% of the time medication is not continued as pre-scribed
  • Not taking medications as directed causes approximately 125,000 deaths in the U.S. alone
  • Non-adherence has a direct estimated cost of over $200 billion dollars annual to health care

On February 11, student pharmacists at the University of Charleston served over 200 people through health screenings such as blood pressure checks, bone density tests, BMI assessments and medication reviews. Medication adherence information was provided for all attendees including those affected by diabetes, asthma and heart disease. Participants were invited to TAKE THE PLEDGE to TAKE THEIR MEDS.

In additiountitledn to the February 11 health fair, student pharmacists are attending UC basketball games throughout the month of February to education attendees about the importance of medication adherence. And, the UC SOP chapter of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (SSHP) is hosting another fair at the Town Center Mall in downtown Charleston on February 22 from 10am until 2pm as a way of extending the reach to the surrounding community. In addition, student pharmacists have established a partnership with Fruth Pharmacy to distribute medication adherence information will prescriptions in 10 stores throughout the area throughout the week of February 24, 2014. This initiative will reach between 16,000 and 20,000 patients through the Kanawha Valley. UC SOP Class of 2016 and 2017 students have also created videos to promote medication adherence.

Learn more about UC SOP efforts around Script Your Future and the importance of medication adherence by liking our Facebook Page and watching our YouTube videos!