The NCL "Script Your Future" Medication Adherence Team Challenge was geared to engaged health profession students and faculty in helping raise awareness about the importance of taking medication as directed.

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Pharmacy and Health Sciences Students Rise to the Challenge in National Competition

Team Pacific received one of only five awards in the NCL competition for their success in raising awareness in underserved populations about the importance of taking medication as directed
May 27, 2013

Students from Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences won the nationwide competition "Script Your Future" Medication Adherence Team Challenge, sponsored by the National Consumers League (NCL) and its more than 130 public and private stakeholder organizations. The competition sought to engage health profession students and faculty in developing creative ideas for raising awareness about the importance of taking medication as directed, which is a critical public health issue.

The Pacific team received the Target Market Challenge Award for their success in raising awareness among diverse and underserved populations. Pacific was one only five teams to receive awards. The winning teams were selected from more than 58 applications from 85 participating colleges and schools of pharmacy and other health professions. During the course of the competition, more than 1,700 future health care professionals held 200 events in 35 states and the District of Columbia, counseling more than 12,000 patients and reaching more than 3 million consumers nationwide.  

The Pacific Team under the direction of Allen Shek, vice chair and professor of Pharmacy Practice and director of the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Program, included Kristen Ward '14 (student lead), Andy Pang '14, Alexander Fung '14, Robert Lee '14 and Katherina Fong '14.  

Focusing their campaign on diverse and underserved populations, the team reached a number of patients in the Stockton community. Working with the Script Your Future Sacramento coalition, they translated resources into a variety of languages such as Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese. They also produced a weekly, hour-long radio show on medication adherence and worked with local clinics to provide adherence information to Filipino, Hispanic and rural populations.   Participation in the Challenge has led to continuing partnerships with student-run clinics to incorporate medication adherence into the services offered, including collaboration with the school's Medicare Part D program to provide adherence data to Medicare recipients.  

Research shows that nearly three out of four Americans don't take their medications as directed. This can cause devastating results, particularly for people with chronic conditions. Poor medication adherence has been recognized by national health advocacy groups as a public health priority; it results in more than one-third of medicine-related hospitalizations and almost 125,000 deaths in the United States each year. Improved medication adherence leads to better health outcomes and reduced total healthcare costs.   

Script Your Future is a campaign of the National Consumers League (NCL), a private, non-profit membership organization founded in 1899. NCL's mission is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad.