NCPA Honors Adherence Efforts of Steve Adkins and Ashley Ellis

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Orlando, Fla. Oct. 13, 2013 - In recognition of their commitment to improving medication adherence, Steve Adkins, PharmD, and Ashley Ellis, PharmD, were honored today at the National Community Pharmacists Association's (NCPA) First General Session of the 115th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in Orlando. Adkins, who owns Health Park Pharmacy in Raleigh, N.C., received the 2013 NCPA Outstanding Adherence Practitioner Award. Ellis, who is a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Mississippi in Jackson, received the 2013 NCPA Outstanding Adherence Educator Award.

During a career that began as a teenager making deliveries for a local pharmacy in Danville, Va., Adkins recognized the importance of a more hands-on approach to patient care. He prides himself on offering one-on-one advice to his patients to improve their health outcomes and collaborating closely with the prescribing doctors. In 2007, Adkins implemented Simplify My Meds, NCPA's medication synchronization program. The program coordinates all of a patient's prescription refills to one day a month, creating greater convenience for patients and providing an opportunity for a consultation to make sure the roster of medications is up-to-date, possible side effects accounted for, and any duplications removed. His program has grown substantially, with approximately 1,200 patients currently enrolled.

Adkins has a bachelor's degree in biology and a doctorate in pharmacy from Campbell University. He instructs students from three nearby pharmacy schools and has been published in a number of national journals, including America's Pharmacist and Pharmacy Times. Adkins serves on two national workgroups, the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) and Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), and is on the Retail Advisory Board at North Carolina Mutual Drug.

"We are very proud to present Steve Adkins with the 2013 NCPA Outstanding Adherence Practitioner Award," said Donnie Calhoun, RPh, NCPA president and an independent pharmacy owner in Anniston, Ala. "Steve is passionate about providing adherence services that make a difference in the lives of his patients. The consequence of non-adherence is costly in terms of patient health and additional medical expenditures. We hope his example is embraced by his colleagues looking to improve in this area and by pharmacy students entering the workforce."

After receiving her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Mississippi, Ellis pursued a PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Residency at Leesburg Pharmacy in Leesburg, Va. She has served as clinical assistant professor at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy since 2009. Ellis is the course coordinator for the PY2 Pharmacy Practice Skills Lab, and her practice site is Funderburk's Pharmacy in Hernando, Miss., where she provides Medication Therapy Management (MTM), wellness, and immunization services. Ellis also serves as the site coordinator for the Community Pharmacy Residency program. In 2011, she became a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist and, in 2012, was selected as a member of the inaugural class of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation Faculty Scholars Program by completing a project involving collaborative practice agreements in MTM in the community pharmacy setting. She also co-edited the recently released book, "Community and Clinical Pharmacy Services: A Step-by-Step Approach" published in 2013 by McGraw-Hill.

"Ashley Ellis is a very deserving recipient of the 2013 NCPA Outstanding Adherence Educator Award," said Calhoun. "In her short time in academia, Ashley already has made her mark by helping pharmacy students be more effective in their use of adherence programs such as MTM. By advocating for the importance of medication adherence in the classroom and professional settings, Ashley's commitment is touching her students and the entire community. If the future success of medication adherence rests in the hands of people like Ashley, the future looks very bright."

Both awards are part of NCPA's Pharmacists Advancing Medication Adherence (PAMA) initiative and are funded with support from Cardinal Health Foundation, Merck, and Pfizer.


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