NCPA Establishes Two New Awards to Recognize Pharmacists' Efforts in Improving Medication Adherence

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Alexandria, Va. - November 7, 2011

Stressing the importance of recognizing pharmacists who provide outstanding medication adherence services to patients, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) recently announced the establishment of two awards that will be presented annually beginning in 2012. The Outstanding Adherence Practitioner Award will recognize a community pharmacist who demonstrates a commitment to improving medication adherence and improving patient outcomes in a community pharmacy setting. The Outstanding Adherence Educator Award will recognize a pharmacy educator who makes a significant contribution to the education of pharmacy students in the area of medication adherence.

According to the New England Health Institute, up to $290 billion a year is wasted on the improper use of medication. Community pharmacists are well-equipped to help address this problem with their clinical and medication expertise and focus on patient care through programs like medication therapy management (MTM).

"Community pharmacists provide outstanding levels of patient care services related to improving medication adherence, while the profession's educators ensure the next generation of pharmacists are properly trained practitioners in this invaluable service," said Lonny Wilson, DPh, NCPA president and an independent community pharmacy owner in Oklahoma City, Okla. "In recognition of these unsung efforts, NCPA is establishing these awards to create broad awareness of these best practices and promote further adoption of medication adherence programs among community pharmacists—present and future."

Nominees for the Outstanding Adherence Practitioner Award will be judged on:

  1. Demonstration of a continuous commitment to patient adherence services;
  2. Implementation of coordinated adherence services involving other health care professionals;
  3. Documentation of increased patient medication adherence; and
  4. Promotion of availability and value of pharmacy-based adherence services.

Nominees for the Outstanding Adherence Educator Award will be judged on:

  1. Development of innovative course content or teaching tools on medication adherence;
  2. Integration of active learning techniques on medication adherence throughout the PharmD curriculum and experiential education;
  3. Provision of regular feedback, encouragement, and support to students who participate in medication adherence-related activities; and
  4. Development of unique teaching strategies to improve medication adherence in pharmacy practice.

The awards are part of NCPA's commitment to advancing adherence as a core competency of the pharmacy profession by 2015. Nomination forms for both awards will be available on the NCPA website,, on March 1, 2012, and applications will be accepted until July 31, 2012. The winners will be announced at next year's 114th NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in San Diego.

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 or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at

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