News Releases - 2017

NCPA Innovation Center Honors Andrew Finney for Adherence Efforts

by NCPA | Oct 16, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 16, 2017) Andrew Finney, PharmD, owner of Perkins Drugs in Gallatin, Tenn., was honored with the 2017 NCPA Innovation Center Outstanding Adherence Practitioner Award, which is sponsored by PrescribeWellness. The award was presented at the NCPA 2017 Annual Convention, held Oct. 14-18, in recognition of Finney's commitment to improving medication adherence among patients.

"Andrew Finney's strong commitment to greater medication adherence is why he has been chosen as this year's NCPA Innovation Center Outstanding Adherence Practitioner Award recipient," said NCPA President DeAnn Mullins, Pharmacist, CDE, owner of Mullins Pharmacy, WeCare Wellness and the WeCare Diabetes Education Program in Lynn Haven, Fla. "Andrew has implemented effective programs that help patients maximize the benefits of their medications. Reducing the $290 billion that is wasted annually on the improper use of medications requires the forward-thinking mindset of health care professionals like Andrew."

After graduating from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy in 2005, Finney began working at a pharmacy that opened in 1895 — Perkins Drugs. Finney became a partner in 2009 and the sole owner in 2012. His business has grown so much that a second pharmacy will open later this year.

Finney showed his affinity for improving patient adherence by quickly establishing a medication therapy management service for seniors. He has also implemented medication synchronization and transitions-of-care programs that drive greater adherence for patients juggling monthly refills for multiple chronic medications or for those being discharged from the hospital who are trying to avoid readmission. In addition, he joined the Tennessee Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network, which provides pharmacist-centric medical home care that caters to patients with health challenges.

In addition, Finney has been a preceptor and adjunct faculty member with the Lipscomb College of Pharmacy since 2010. He has been recognized with various awards, including the 2016 Volunteer State Community College Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2017 SBA Tennessee Rural Small Business of the Year, and the 2017 SBA Tennessee Small Business Development Center Rising Star.

"PrescribeWellness is dedicated to finding innovative ways to improve health care and is proud to support Andrew Finney as this year's recipient of the NCPA Innovation Center Outstanding Adherence Practitioner Award," says Al Babbington, President and CEO of PrescribeWellness. "Forward-thinking, clinically trained medication experts like Andrew are leading the way in making patients more adherent, which makes them healthier."

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About NCPA
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About the NCPA Innovation Center
The NCPA Innovation Center is a supporting organization within NCPA that was founded to assist and speed up the evolution of independent community pharmacies in a changing health care environment. The Innovation Center develops and executes programs that inform and educate community pharmacists, allowing them to realize the opportunities in an evolving health care market. In addition, it demonstrates, researches, and supports new and expanded roles for community pharmacists.

About PrescribeWellness
PrescribeWellness believes community pharmacists are poised to change the face of preventive care. The pharmacy is quickly becoming the most accessible wellness destination for patients in between doctor visits, with an expanding roster of comprehensive, fast, and cost-transparent services. And pharmacies that are independent can have a greater focus on personal service and meaningful relationships, which supports lasting behavior change in their customers. This is why pharmacies will play an important role in the health care industry's expected trillion-dollar transition to value-based care. Our mission is to inspire collaboration among trusted pharmacists, health care institutions, and the communities they serve for better health across the country.