‘DECADE OF PROGRESS”
During the year the Community Pharmacy Foundation (CPF) will recognize its
10-year anniversary which has been designated as “Decade Of Progress – A Future of Promise”
Since its establishment as a result of a class action lawsuit involving claimed discriminatory pricing in the pharmaceutical industry against community pharmacies the Community Pharmacy Foundation has funded projects, educational programs, and in-pharmacy practice studies to advance patient care services from community pharmacists. The Foundation has awarded 100 practice grants totaling over $3 million since 2000.
The Decade Of Progress 2010 recognitions will include the expansion of the Foundation-commissioned White Paper on “Protecting US Citizens from Inappropriate Medication Use,” prepared by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). This benchmark publication is available at communitypharmacyfoundation.org/foundation/associates.asp
Furthermore, a special 10th Anniversary Grant will be awarded to a practitioner and/or faculty member replicating one of the practice grants completed in the past decade. All Grants awarded by the Foundation are reviewed on its website.
Furthermore, in conjunction with the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) the Community Pharmacy Foundation has announced a special campaign during National Patient Safety Week in March for student pharmacy organizations at colleges of pharmacy across America. Ten student pharmacy organizations of those participating will be awarded a cash stipend to further advance the activities of their respective groups.
Concluding the special awards during this CPF Decade Of Progress period is the announcement of a commitment to join with the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) to advance community pharmacy practice in cooperation with its endeavors with a grant of $300,000. Also the Foundation will be sponsoring special educational sessions at the 2010 APhA Annual Meeting and the NCPA Convention presenting research reviews of the FOCUS Grants in which dedicated medication therapy management (MTM) were conducted in Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Complete information about CPF is available on the entirely new website featuring the Pharmacy Reference Library and Discussion Forums: communitypharmacyfoundation.org