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University of Charleston School of Pharmacy and Fruth Pharmacy Tackle Medication Adherence

Release Date:  Friday, February 21, 2014

Charleston, WV  - The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy and Fruth Pharmacy are partnering to emphasize the importance of medication adherence.  West Virginia leads the nation in deaths resulting from inappropriately taking medications.  

During the week of February 24-28 UC School of Pharmacy student pharmacists will provide Fruth pharmacists with brochures which outline the importance of taking medications correctly.  The brochures will be attached to prescription bags at Fruth Pharmacies.  Fruth pharmacists will counsel patients about the impact that taking medications correctly can have on their quality and quantity of life.  

Daniel Mai, third year UC School of Pharmacy student pharmacist said “Now more than ever it has become important for pharmacists to play a greater role in healthcare and helping increase medication adherence is a positive step forward.  Collaborating with Fruth Pharmacy is an excellent opportunity for us to work toward this ideal. I'm proud to be a part of the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy and to serve as a member of the Script Your Future team.”

Medication adherence is the main focus of the Script Your Future campaign, which is sponsored by the National Consumers League.

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy enrolled its first students in 2006, and received full accreditation when the first class graduated in May 2010. Each year, the school educates over 300 student pharmacists in its technology-filled building. The program is known for the close cooperation between students and faculty, an emphasis on professionalism and advocacy, and PharmUC, an on-campus provider of medication therapy management and chronic disease education services for patients.