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Dispose My Meds Video Competition
Congratulations to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on their winning Dipose My Meds video! UAMS will receive $250, courtesy of the Community Pharmacy Foundation, for their school's NCPA chapter. The winning video can be viewed on NCPA's Facebook page.

Students from Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy and West Virginia University School of Pharmacy were also finalists in the video competition. Individuals voted on NCPA's Facebook page for their favorite video, and the individual video with the most "likes" by the Friday, April 19th deadline was named the winner. Combined, the videos received nearly 750 likes on NCPA's Facebook page by the deadline.

"NCPA congratulates the students from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy, Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy and West Virginia University School of Pharmacy for their creative and inspiring videos highlighting an extremely important topic: proper medication disposal," said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. "Through programs like Dispose My Meds, independent community pharmacies are leading the way in encouraging patients to dispose of their unused or expired medications in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner. These videos will help to educate consumers about the importance of safe medication disposal as a solution to preventing drug misuse and protecting our landfills and waterways."

Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition
It's about that time to start developing your plans for the Business Plan Competition! The Competition encourages young pharmacy entrepreneurs to develop the blueprint necessary for buying an existing independent community pharmacy or developing a new pharmacy. You could also win a trip to the 2013 NCPA Annual Convention in Orlando, FL!

Please visit the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition section on the NCPA website for an application, details of the competition, and resources, or for questions, contact student affairs at studentaffairs@ncpanet.org. The deadline for business plan entries is May 15, 2013.

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Top 10 tips for Organizing a Pharmacy Legislative Day

Written by Rinkey Ghadia, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy & Andrew Heinz, University of Washington

  1. Planning Committee: Don't try and do this by yourself. Create a planning committee to help arrange transportation, lodging, food, manage sign-up sheet and participant addresses, scheduling legislator meetings, organizing speakers, contacting media groups, etc…(there is a lot, get a lot of help).
  2. Selecting an Ideal Date: Two factors in determining an ideal date, (1) dates and duration your state legislature will be in session (2) availability of pharmacy students, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other healthcare providers.
  3. Transportation and Lodging: Try and arrange for all participants to travel as a group, possibly using rented high-occupancy vans or a charter bus. If overnight lodging is needed, take into consideration distance from the capitol, cost and capability to accommodate all participants.
  4. Funding: Securing donations from any kind of pharmacy will help offset the costs of transportation, lodging, and food (if provided). Reach out to these pharmacies months in advance explaining what you are planning and outlining potential costs. Your state association is also a great resource.
  5. Legislative Preparation: Get list of pharmacy bills up for discussion in the legislature and become thoroughly educated with the bills to develop talking points. This will allow your legislator meetings to be clear, concise, and effective.
  6. Scheduling Legislator Meetings: Call legislators' offices at least 2 weeks in advance, ask for the legislator's scheduler, identify: who you are representing, when you would like to meet, what issues you will be discussing, and if any constituents will be present for the meeting. Also verify if you will be meeting with the legislator or an aide and document who you spoke with.
  7. Media & Speakers: Get local media involved such as television, newspaper, radio, and internet. Arrange a series of speakers to help educate participants on the ins-and-outs of the legislature, other operations happening at the capitol, etc.
  8. Legislative Day Materials: Things to include but are not limited to: agenda of activities and times, meeting schedule, maps, talking points, 1-pager leave behind for each bill, a letter from executive director in support of issues, and thank you letters for each meeting group to sign and send later.
  9. Legislator Meetings: Legislators are extremely busy, so meetings will usually only be 15 minutes long. Be very clear, concise, and quick to get your talking points across. Make sure constituents are present and introduce themselves as a constituent. Also, if you end up only meeting with the legislator's aide, don't worry, legislators depend on their aides for advice and suggestions.
  10. Other Activities: In addition to meeting with legislators your school could put on a health fair, display posters, really any activity that will help demonstrate the benefits of pharmacists.
 


April 30, 2013



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May 7-8. 2013
NCPA Annual Conference on National Legislation & Government Affairs: Washington D.C.



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