Students gear up for Medication Adherence Team Challenge

WASHINGTON — February marks the launch of the third annual Medication Adherence Team Challenge, a month-long, intercollegiate competition among health profession student teams and faculty. The competition is coordinated by the National Consumers League, the lead organization on the national Script Your Future campaign.  

The Challenge is intended to help create solutions to raise awareness about medication adherence as a critical public health issue. This year, it will be sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation, the American Medical Association, the National Community Pharmacists Association, American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the American Pharmacists Association.

“This year’s Student Challenge is strengthened by the involvement of a diverse group of sponsors from multiple sectors of the healthcare system. One of the best hopes we have to improve America’s culture of nonadherence is to train the next generation of healthcare professionals to be proactive about engaging their patients, and that starts in the classroom through the innovation brought forward by health professions faculty,” Sally Greenberg, NCL executive director, said.

At the end of the Challenge, select schools or colleges will be nationally recognized for their efforts.

"Everyone wins when patients take their medication as prescribed to achieve optimal health outcomes," AMA president Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D., said. "As a sponsor of the challenge, the AMA is pleased to work with other healthcare professionals to improve the health of our patients and avoid unnecessary health problems."  

Over the past two Challenges, more than 3,000 future healthcare professionals counseled more than 18,000 patients and reached more than 3 million consumers in their efforts. Last year's award recipients included: St. Louis College of Pharmacy, University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Touro University College of Pharmacy California and the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.

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