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New Foundation Offering Funds to Improve Community Pharmacy

Magazine article Drug Topics

New Foundation Offering Funds to Improve Community Pharmacy

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Psst! Looking for some seed money to improve your practice? Here's new source you might be able to tap. The Community Pharmacy Foundation is seeking input from front-line pharmacists about ways to improve community pharmacy practice and patient care.

Funded by the settlement of the Pharmacy Freedom Fund's discriminatory drug pricing class action lawsuit, the CPF has finally made its debut. The group's mission is to foster the development of new capabilities and improvements in the delivery of patient care in community pharmacies. The board of directors, which meets quarterly, includes two members from chain drugstores, two independent pharmacy owners, and a retired federal judge in Chicago.

"For this first year of funding, we want to see what community pharmacists have on their minds," said Lou Sesti, CPF executive director. "The board wants to check the pulse of community pharmacists and where they'd like to see some funding support. We want to get close to everyday practice, whether it's owners or employees, independents or chains, and we want to focus on grants that are for everyday practice."

Funding for CPF projects will probably be in the $10,000 to $40,000 range. The purpose of the projects will fall into four areas: the development and use of findings that establish the value of community pharmacy in the healthcare delivery system; support for the measurement and dissemination of findings on the value of services to patients; support for efforts to evaluate the impact of R. …

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