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Pacific’s NCPA chapter selected as a top ten finalist in the 2011 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition

By: Dua Moua ‘09

In July the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) announced that Pacific's National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) student chapter was selected as one of the top ten finalists of the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. The Competition was established by NCPA and the NCPA Foundation in an effort to promote interest in independent community pharmacy ownership.

The goal of the Competition is to motivate pharmacy students to create the blueprint necessary for buying an existing independent community pharmacy or to develop a new pharmacy. The Competition is the first national competition of its kind in the pharmacy profession.

There are several qualifications that make a team eligible. One is that a team must consist of current NCPA student members. That team must also have an advisor that is either a pharmacist member of NCPA or a full-time faculty member at a school having an active NCPA student chapter. The team must have up to four members, including the sponsor, and must be available to attend the NCPA Convention if selected as a finalist.

From Pacific, Julie Na '12, Amy Thomas '12, and Michael Markham '12, under the leadership of Dr. Ed Sherman, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Pharmacy Practice, represented our students in the competition. Although the students were not chosen as one of the top three finalists, they will be presenting their business plan at the NCPA Convention in February. The competition served as a great learning experience that will help prepare them for their careers as future independent pharmacy owners.

"All of us are interested in potentially pursuing careers in independent pharmacy in the future and this competition was a great way to gain some insight and experience into the field of independent pharmacy," commented Na.