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Community Pharmacy Gets $6.4 Million in Grants

Magazine article Drug Topics

Community Pharmacy Gets $6.4 Million in Grants

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Grants totaling $6.4 million to boost student interest in the corner drugstore as a career, to support residency programs, and to help pharmacists deliver patient care have been awarded by the Institute for the Advancement of Community Pharmacy.

The lion's share of the IACP grants, $4.7 million, is earmarked for 21 college of pharmacy projects to expose more students to the career potential of the community pharmacy setting. The Alexandria, Ua., nonprofit organization founded by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association also announced funding of $800,000 for 26 grants to help pharmacists take on more patient care roles and to increase their professional satisfaction by improving efficiency behind the counter. Another round of funding worth $900,000 was awarded to 31 projects supporting new and existing community pharmacy residency programs. The IACP money is coming from a Knoll Pharmaceutical Co. grant of $27.5 million over five years.

"These grants get to the heart of the institute's mission of helping to advance community pharmacy" said Calvin Anthony, cochairman of IACP and executive v.p. of NCPA. "We believe these projects will serve as models upon which all community pharmacies can draw to further improve their practices and better serve their patients."

The $4.7 million in pharmacy school grants will support projects to expose students to the community pharmacy setting, pharmacy management and ownership, innovative curricular programs, and support for schools to boost the number of graduates. The awards are aimed at offsetting the shortage of pharmacists that has community pharmacies in a manpower bind.

"We're not only looking at increasing pharmacy school enrollment," said Laura Cranston, IACP executive director. "We are focusing the institute's grant support on programs that are innovative, meaningful, and prepare pharmacy students to provide the patient care needed in the community setting. …

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