Pharmacy Schools Honored by APA

Pharmacy schools are known for breakthough discoveries, community involvement, and being concerned about the state of public health and healthcare. As the pharmacy industry becomes more involved in general healthcare, some schools are being recognized by peers for their outstanding achievements.

The American Pharmacists Association is a well-known entity in the pharmacy industry, including the education of future pharmacists. A pharmacy school director from New Mexico has been awarded the 2012 GenerationRx award from the APA.

The 2012 recipient is Megan E. Thompson, PharmD, director of Advanced Professional Pharmacy Experiences (APPE), University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy. Thompson was chosen in recognition of her work informing the local schools and community about the dangers of drug abuse, especially prescription misuse and abuse.

“We are excited to recognize pharmacists who are leading the way when it comes to raising awareness of this important public health issue,” said Elizabeth Cardello, R.Ph., APhA Director of Corporate Alliances. “APhA’s partnership with the Cardinal Health Foundation has made a strong impact on the ability of pharmacists and student pharmacists to educate their communities about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.”

APhA also awarded the second annual Generation Rx National Award, which recognizes use of the GenerationRx toolkit, an easy-to-use communications package including talking points, presentation materials and tips to enable users to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse in their communities. This award is part of a competition among the 123 APhA Academy of Student Pharmacist Chapters. The top five chapters in this year’s competition are: D’Youville College School of Pharmacy, Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy, Union University School of Pharmacy, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, and University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.

Read the full press release on MarketWatch.