NCPA Honors Adherence Efforts of Richard "Tripp" Logan, Ashley Branham



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San Diego, CA (October 15, 2012) Richard "Tripp" Logan, PharmD, of L&S Pharmacy in Charleston, Mo., and Ashley Branham, PharmD, of Moose Pharmacy in Concord, N.C., both were honored today for their commitment to improving medication adherence, which is defined as whether a patient takes their medication as prescribed. The two pharmacists were the recipients of newly established adherence awards at the National Community Pharmacists Association's (NCPA) 114th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in San Diego.

Logan was named the 2012 NCPA Outstanding Adherence Practitioner. The award recognizes a community pharmacist who demonstrates a continuous commitment to patient adherence services. In 2006, Logan initiated an adherence program at his family's pharmacy in southeast Missouri. Patients who enroll in the program benefit from a highly coordinated care model that includes their pharmacist and physician. Currently, more than 200 patients are enrolled in the program, and data from the program have shown adherence rates exceeding 95 percent.

"We are very proud to present Tripp Logan with the 2012 NCPA Outstanding Adherence Practitioner Award," said Lonny Wilson, DPh, NCPA president and an independent pharmacy owner in Oklahoma City, Okla. "Not only is Tripp is a true advocate of pharmacist-delivered adherence services, he also has taken the critical next step of proving the positive impact these interactions can have on patient health."

Logan graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2002 and is currently a member of the Missouri Pharmacy Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the American Diabetes Association.

Branham received the 2012 NCPA Outstanding Adherence Educator Award. The honor recognizes a pharmacy educator who has made significant contributions to the education of pharmacy students in the area of medication adherence. Branham serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She also is the director of clinical services at Moose Pharmacy and clinical pharmacist at Cabarrus Family Medicine, where she serves as preceptor to more than 15 pharmacy students each year. Branham urges all of her students to become adherence advocates.

"Ashley's efforts to incorporate adherence into her teaching practices is helping to prepare tomorrow's pharmacists to embrace their role as medication adherence experts," Wilson said. "By advocating the importance of medication adherence in classroom and professional settings, her commitment to this issue touches her students and the entire community."

Branham graduated from Campbell University in 2008 and went on to complete a PG1 and PG2 community pharmacy residency with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Moose Professional Pharmacy in Concord, N.C.

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

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent a $93 billion health care marketplace, dispense nearly 40% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 315,000 people, including 62,400 pharmacists. Independent community pharmacists are readily accessible medication experts who can help lower health care spending. They are committed to maximizing the appropriate use of lower-cost generic drugs and reducing the estimated $290 billion that is wasted annually by improper medication use. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.

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