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Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition

Business Plan Competition finalists and top 10 teams for the 8th Annual Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition were announced at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX on Sunday, July 10. This year, NCPA received 35 submissions to the Business Plan Competition, including submissions from 7 schools and colleges of pharmacy entering the competition for the first time. The following top 3 finalists will compete for first, second, and third place in an exciting, live competition at NCPA's Annual Convention in Nashville, TN on October 8th, 2011:

  • Idaho State University College of Pharmacy
  • University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy

This year, there was a tie for 10th place and the 8 schools and colleges of pharmacy recognized in the top 10 follow:

  • Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Pharmacy
  • Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, University of the Pacific
  • University of California—San Francisco School of Pharmacy
  • University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy
  • University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
  • University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy
  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy

Congratulations to all! Don't miss when the top 3 teams compete in the LIVE Competition at the NCPA Annual Convention in Nashville, TN this October.

NCPA 113th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition
It's that time again to meet new friends, learn from experts, and succeed in your profession. Join us October 8-12 this year in Nashville, TN for NCPA's 113th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition.

Student Programming At-A-Glance
NCPA has lots of exciting activities planned for future pharmacy owners. Registered students may attend the entire convention, but will especially not want to miss the student-specific programming on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 to include:

  • NCPA Student Chapter Officers Breakfast (Invitation Only)
  • Future Pharmacist Educational Programming
    • Business Plan Basics: Student's Guide to Writing a Business Plan
    • Junior Partnerships Demystified
    • Pharmacy Advocacy and You
    • Innovation in Community Pharmacy Panel
    • Student Business Plan Poster Session—NEW this year! Only 2011 Business Plan Competition participants may apply, but all can attend to learn more about the teams' innovative business plans.
  • 8th Annual Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition
  • Future Pharmacist Social and Networking Reception
  • Community Pharmacy Residency Showcase
  • NCPA Foundation Awards Ceremony and much more!!!

What are you waiting for? Register today for a discounted student rate of $150 for student members and $200 for non-student members.

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NCPA Student Chapter Fundraising Tips
Looking for new fundraising ideas to increase your chapter's funds for upcoming projects and to help send students to the NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in Nashville, TN this October? Check out the following successful chapter fundraising ideas from other NCPA student chapters:

  • Hold an old fashion bake sale with a modern twist!
    • Instead of pricing individual items, ask for donations instead. Buyers often pay more than what the item would have been priced. One chapter that usually made around $50 a sale more than tripled profits using this method!
    • Set up your table in a high traffic area and advertise. Offer student delivery to professors if your location is away from faculty offices.
  • Sell coffee mugs, water bottles, shirts, sweatshirts, and fleece jackets with your pharmacy school logo or the official NCPA logo.
    • Remind students these make great gifts for parents/spouses/siblings/friends that supported them on their journey through pharmacy school.
    • Offer complimentary holiday gift wrapping to increase sales.
    • Please contact to request permission for use of the NCPA logo.
  • Sell restaurant and movie theatre gift cards from local restaurants and theaters.
    • Check online for policies and purchase minimums. If purchase minimums apply, ensure you have a target market that will cover your chapters' financial responsibility.
    • Ask a pharmacy owner if you can set up a table outside their pharmacy one afternoon or sell the gift cards at school sporting events.
  • Contact your office of student services and ask if they need volunteer assistance with CE's, NAPLEX reviews, CPR classes, etc. Ask if they would be willing to donate a certain amount to your chapter in return for volunteer student services.
    • Be prepared to help with set-up, registration, preparing materials such as binders or exams, and clean-up.
    • Ask for a donation to your chapter based on either the number of students who assisted or the number of registrants for the course.
  • Host a student/faculty lunch.
    • Ask your advisor or other supportive faculty members if they would be willing to host a student lunch. Ask them if they could provide lunch (pizza, sandwiches, etc.) for about 10 students and spend the hour discussing their background, projects, research, favorite pastimes, etc.
    • Charge $10 for student members and $15 for non-members.
    • This is a great way for students to get to know faculty better and can be held several times throughout the semester.

Happy Fundraising!

ISMP Medication Safety Tips for Pharmacy Students
The articles in this section of the NCPA student newsletter present important information that will help pharmacists and pharmacy students protect consumers against medication errors. They discuss medication errors that patients, doctors, pharmacists, and nurses have voluntarily reported to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). Whenever ISMP receives an error report, they analyze the error's root causes and contributing factors. Then they use this information to determine what steps could have been taken to prevent them. Ultimately, ISMP develops written recommendations to help prevent pharmacists from making the same errors.

Since most pharmacy interns begin their new community pharmacy role at the cash register, this month's safety information is:

Handing Out the Right Patient's Prescriptions

A pharmacy technician in a community pharmacy issued the wrong medicines to a patient. The pharmacy uses a bin system for prescriptions awaiting pick-up and the technician accidentally selected the prescription in the bin next to the correct one. The first name of the two patients was exactly the same.

The person picking up the prescription was the wife of the patient. By coincidence, she knew that her husband also happened to be taking the same drug and strength that was in the other patient's bag—lisinopril 20 mg, for high blood pressure; she didn't think anything was wrong. However, when she got home her husband remarked that he did not need any more lisinopril and did not call that in to the pharmacy. Actually, her husband had a hormone deficiency and was supposed to be getting a new prescription for testosterone cypionate injection, which he had been taught to self-administer. The lisinopril prescription was returned to the pharmacy for the correct medicine, testosterone.

The pharmacy has made several internal changes to prevent errors like this from happening again. These include always asking for the patient's full name and birth date. Some pharmacies may also ask for an address or phone number as part of the identification process.

For everyone's safety, when dispensing medications to patients at the cash register, it is a good idea and often the pharmacy's policy to ask for this information. In addition, be sure to take a moment to open the bag at the time of dispensing and give the patient a chance to read the container labels to assure the patient name and other information is correct. Or have the patient open the bag to do this. This step alone can be of great help in reducing prescription errors that go home with the patient.

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July 20, 2011

Dates & Deadlines

August 19-21
NCPA Ownership Workshop, Minneapolis Airport, Marriott, Minneapolis, MN

October 8-12, 2011
NCPA 113th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition, Nashville, TN

Has Your Chapter Completed a Successful Chapter Project?
Share a brief description of your successful chapter project and the results of your efforts in your school and/or community. We want to recognize NCPA student chapters for their outstanding efforts and share your ideas and success stories with other NCPA student chapters. Contact NCPA Student Affairs at to share your story to be posted in the Chapter Highlights section of the NCPA website.

NCPA Outreach Visits for Fall 2011
Are you interested in a visit to your School or College of Pharmacy from NCPA staff, NCPA Ambassadors (NCPA Member Owners) and/or an NCPA Student Leadership Council representative? We would be happy to coordinate a visit with you! Please contact NCPA Student Affairs at and provide us with dates of availability when known. We are already starting to schedule meetings for August and beyond!

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