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Student Chapter Project Opportunity—NCPA Foundation Bone Marrow Donor Drive

November is National Bone Marrow Awareness Month and your NCPA student chapter can help increase the national bone marrow registry and ultimately save lives! The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation is partnering with DKMS, the world's largest bone marrow donor center, during November 8-12, 2010 for the second annual NCPA Foundation Bone Marrow Donor Drive.

The need for bone marrow donors was brought to the attention of the NCPA Foundation through independent pharmacy owner David Wilcox from Fresno, California. David's adopted son, Javier, was diagnosed with leukemia in November 2008 and has been searching for a bone marrow match ever since. Because of his ethnicity, it has been difficult for Javier to find a match—there simply aren't enough Hispanic donors. However, this treatment may be his only chance to beat the blood cancer.

NCPA Student Chapters can assist with the Bone Marrow Drive by encouraging local pharmacies to participate, helping to promote the drive in your community, and by helping local pharmacies with logistics during the actual event. Contact to find out if a pharmacy near you is participating! If a pharmacy near you is interested in conducting a donor drive at the pharmacy, ask the pharmacist to email with their first and last name, pharmacy name, mailing address, and phone number.

NEW Student Benefit—Attain Financial Peace of Mind with Professional Liability Insurance
Liability insurance is a necessity for professionals in today's society. As a pharmacy student, you have professional liability exposure while participating in hands on school activities, working in various pharmacy settings or giving professional advice to friends or family members. Attain financial peace of mind with 24-hour a day liability insurance coverage. This is an NCPA group plan, so join your peers by securing protection at an affordable premium. Group coverage limits are $1,000,000 per occurrence/$5,000,000 aggregate.

Professional Liability Insurance is an optional benefit for all NCPA student members and is administered and underwritten by Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company, Algona, IA. Students who have already renewed or signed up for membership this year can sign up on the membership form. New members and students who have not renewed their membership this year can sign up online at Any questions? Call NCPA Membership at 1-800-544-7447.

NCPA 112th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition

Get Ready to Meet. Learn. Succeed.

If you haven't already registered for the NCPA 112th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in Philadelphia, register NOW, before October 4th, and be entered to win a Netbook Computer (the winner will be notified on October 7th). Don't miss out on the exciting programming that lies ahead as well as the chance to win a free prize just for signing up! Already registered? Don't worry! Your name will be entered into the drawing. Meet. Learn. Succeed. Those are the reasons pharmacists and student pharmacists tell us why they come to NCPA's annual convention.

Register online today for a discounted student rate of $150 and join your fellow NCPA members in Philadelphia!

Student Testimonial:
"I attended this convention to see if my dream to one day own my own independent pharmacy could become a reality. I was pleasantly surprised with how possible it is to get started in independent pharmacy and how successful one can be. The convention also fanned the flame of passion that I have for the profession of pharmacy and I could not be more proud of this profession and what we are doing to help communities across the nation."

Sneak Peek at Student Programming

(Schedule Subject to Change)

Saturday, October 23

8:00am - 9:00am NCPA Chapter Officer's Breakfast (Invitation Only)
Convention Center 1st Floor (Street Level) Room 103 A/B/C
This session will provide important information for you and your chapter officers from your national NCPA Student Leadership Council and NCPA Student Affairs Department on NCPA student affairs programs and updates. It is also an opportunity to meet and network with other chapter officers from around the county and exchange ideas for a successful year ahead!

Please see your NCPA Student Chapter President for more information or contact NCPA Student Affairs at

9:00am - 9:30am
Pharmacy Ownership: An Inside Look

Convention Center 1st Floor (Street Level) Room 108 A/B
If you've ever dreamed of owning your own pharmacy one day, you won't want to miss this session! A pharmacy owner will speak about their experiences and the opportunities and challenges of pharmacy ownership.

9:30am - 10:00am
MTM Services in Community Pharmacy

Convention Center 1st Floor (Street Level) Room 108 A/B
Hear from a Mirixa representative about how community pharmacists implement MTM services in their practice and how they get paid for this service. Mirixa is a web-based platform that allows pharmacists to document MTM and other pharmacist care services in a standard format.

10:00am - 11:00am
Making Your Niche in Community Pharmacy

Convention Center 1st Floor (Street Level) Room 108 A/B
Discover innovative niches that pharmacists are growing from within their business to provide a unique service for their customers. In this program you will get first- hand knowledge from successful pharmacy experts who have incorporated profitable niche service into their practices.

11:00am - 11:30am
Pharmacy Advocacy and Your NCPA Student Chapter

Convention Center 1st Floor (Street Level) Room 108 A/B
Learn about the importance of pharmacy advocacy. This session chronicles one school’s advocacy efforts and explains how you and your chapter can get involved!

11:30am - 1:30pm
Community Pharmacy Residency Showcase

Convention Center 1st Floor (Street Level) Room 103 A/B/C
Separate yourself from your colleagues. One way to enhance your management skills and patient care skills after you graduate from pharmacy school is by completing a community pharmacy residency. Come and meet current and past community pharmacy residents and residency preceptors at this event.
**Lunch will be served during this session**

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Fast Track to Pharmacy Ownership

Convention Center 1st Floor (Street Level) Room 108 A/B
Discover the basics of writing a business plan and how to put your plan into action!

2:30pm - 4:30pm
Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition

Convention Center 1st Floor (Street Level) Room 108 A/B
Sponsored by Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Pharmacists Mutual Companies, and the NCPA Foundation

The top three finalists from 35 schools and colleges of pharmacy have been chosen by a panel of judges, and now it is time for them to showcase their ideas to the world. Auburn University, Drake University, and Washington State University will present their business plan before a panel of live judges, and you can be there to judge for yourself. Cash prizes and a trip to the 2011 NCPA Multiple Location Conference in Palm Springs, CA are at stake. Do not miss this session, which continues to be a highlight of student programming! The winning team will be announced Sunday morning at the Opening General Session which begins at 9:00 a.m.

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Future Pharmacist Bonanza

Convention Center 1st Floor (Street Level) Room 103 A/B/C Foyer
Network with your colleagues from other pharmacy schools and meet new friends!

Sunday, October 24
9:00am - 11:30am
Opening General Session
Keynote Speaker—Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner is arguably the greatest athlete in the world. He captivated audiences when he broke the world record by scoring 8,634 points in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, earning him a Gold medal and the title of "World's Greatest Athlete." Jenner was the 1976 recipient of the James E. Sullivan award as the top amateur athlete in the United States. The Associate Press also named him "Male Athlete of the Year" later that same year. Bruce was also inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1986, the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, the Connecticut Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and the United States National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1980.

As an entrepreneur, actor, author, spokesperson and television personality, Bruce remains enthusiastic in all of his endeavors. A man of all trades, Bruce's efforts have made him an inspiration to audiences around the world. He maintains his hero and role model status to this day.

3:30pm - 5:30pm
NCPA Foundation Awards Ceremony
Convention Center 1st Floor (Street Level) Room 103 A/B/C
Come support your fellow classmates, student chapters, and faculty members at this annual event. The NCPA Foundation will recognize scholarship winners, the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition finalists, the faculty liaison of the year, and the top three performing NCPA student chapters over the past year as well as the most improved chapter of the year. Celebrate the success of your colleagues and instructors as they are recognized for their hard work!

CVS Caremark Update
NCPA staff deeply appreciates the many examples our members have provided us to help illustrate the damaging effects of the CVS Caremark merger on independent pharmacies and their patients. But we still need your help! We must keep up the pressure as the Federal Trade Commission and attorneys general from 24+ states continue investigations of the company. Your experiences and those of your patients, especially those in rural areas served primarily by independent community pharmacy, are important to us and policy makers as they provide a personal face to CVS' disturbing business practices.

  1. Contact your member of Congress here and ask them to weigh in on the FTC investigation.
  2. A group of Attorneys General from 24 states and municipalities are also investigating CVS practices. Please contact your Attorney General today, a draft letter can be found here. Contact information for your Attorney General is also available here.
  3. Encourage your patients to voice their frustration! Resources are also available for your patients, including a draft letter for patients experiencing problems with Maintenance Choice. We would also like to ask your patient to contact their members of Congress and explain the importance of PBM transparency.
  4. If you have compelling evidence of unfair or illegal business practices please send them to


September 30, 2010

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