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NCPA Foundation Receives $100,000 from Purdue Pharma for First Ever Catalyst Grant Award for Innovative Practice

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (July 1, 2010) – The National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation has been awarded a $100,000 grant by Purdue Pharma to advance the foundation's efforts to stimulate community-pharmacy based research that helps improve patient care and education. Purdue's generous donation will support the foundation's Catalyst Grant Award Program for Innovative Practice, with a focus on pain management.

Like a venture capital award program, the NCPA Foundation’s Catalyst Grant Award Program is designed to provide seed money to stimulate and help pharmacists in independent practice settings design and implement innovative patient care services. The goal is to encourage the development of patient care services that incorporate aspects of medication adherence enhancement as well as improved patient outcomes via pharmacy-based patient care services.

"As healthcare providers, we know that partnerships and the pooling of resources are vital to improving our nation’s healthcare delivery system in an effective and responsive manner," said Sharlea Leatherwood, PD, NCPA Foundation president. "Purdue’s funding of the Catalyst Grant Award Program underscores the importance of such collaboration."

"As part of Purdue’s dedication to improving patient care and quality of life through education, we are pleased to support the NCPA Foundation Catalyst Grant Awards for Innovative Practice Projects," said Dr. Lisa Miller, Pharm D., executive director of healthcare education and liaison programs at Purdue. "We believe community pharmacists, students, and pharmacy staff have important and unique roles in positively addressing patient education, assessing pain and healthcare needs, and intervening with adherence and drug safety programs."

The Catalyst Grant Award Program is designed to be conducted over a four-year period, with the selected best practices widely communicated to the pharmacy profession, other healthcare providers, policy makers and payers, as well as patient and disease advocacy organizations. After four years, the program should generate a significant body of knowledge and evidence to showcase the effectiveness of pharmacy-provided services and the efficacy of pharmaceuticals when properly used.

Interested applicants must be NCPA members and currently licensed and engaged in independent pharmacy practice. Each grant will provide $3,000 or $5,000 to support up to an eight-month project. The application deadline is August 6. Grant recipients will be announced at the NCPA 112th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, October 23-27, 2010. For more information, visit http://www.ncpafoundation.org/purdue.shtml.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1953 to honor former NARD Executive Secretary John W. Dargavel. Contributions to the NCPA Foundation are tax-deductible as charitable donations to the extent permitted under federal tax law. The NCPA Foundation supports the growth and advancement of independent community pharmacy through low-interest educational loans and scholarships to pharmacy students, critical research and programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy, community service programs, and financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or adverse circumstances. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.ncpafoundation.org.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) represents the nation's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 pharmacies. The nation's independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises, and independent chains represent an $84 billion marketplace, employ over 300,000 employees and dispense nearly half of the nation's retail prescription medicines. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org.

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Valerie Briggs
Director, External Communications and Marketing Outreach
National Community Pharmacists Association
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