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Atlanta Spring Pulse 2016 Newsletter

A quarterly regional publication for health care professionals” Serving Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Two NC pharmacists have been announced as candidates for ASHP offices for the upcoming year:

Board of Directors Candidate (2017-2020)

Stephen Eckel, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Chapel Hill, NC

Presidential Candidate (2017-2018)
Paul Bush, Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC

Ballots will be mailed to all voting members in July to elect the President, Treasurer, and two Board Members.

ASHP announces 2016 Slate of Candidates for Sections Offices
Section of Pharmacy Practice Managers Chair (2017-2018):
NC Pharmacist Robert Granko, Greensboro, NC.

Congratulations to NCAP member, Mollie A. Scott, PharmD, University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Asheville, NC, on receiving the title "Fellow" of ASHP in recognition of the excellence she has achieved in pharmacy practice.

Free CE

The Board of Pharmacy and The Academy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy have partnered to build a continuing education program for pharmacists on the North Carolina Controlled Substances Reporting System (“CSRS”).  The on-line CE module educates pharmacists on the process for activating CSRS access, the menu system for acquiring data in the CSRS, and, perhaps most importantly, provides a series of interactive case scenarios designed to guide pharmacists in the appropriate use of CSRS data in various practice settings.  To access the program, which is available without cost to pharmacists, please click the link below and complete each section of the website. At the end of the program, you will have an opportunity to take a post-assessment test and claim one (1) hour of distance based CE credit. Link:

2016 NCAP Elections

Deadline: May 1, 2016

NCAP members interested in serving on the NCAP Board and/or Practice Forum Executive Committees are invited to submit their bios by May 1.

NCAP Board of Directors

NCAP will elect a President-Elect (to serve as President in 2018, 3-year term) and three At-large Board Members (3-year terms). Please send bio to Ashley Branham, Past President of NCAP and Chair of the Nominating Committee (

Chronic Care Practice Forum

The Practice Forum will elect a Chair-Elect (3-year term) and three Executive Committee members (3-year terms). Please send bio to Keely Ray, Chair of the Practice Forum (

Community Care Practice Forum
The Practice Forum will elect a Chair-Elect (3-year term) and three Executive Committee members (3-year terms). Please send bio to Ouita Gatton, Chair of the Practice Forum (

Health-System Practice Forum

The Practice Forum will elect a Chair-Elect (3-year term), and three Executive Committee members (3-year terms) and one Delegate to ASHP (3-year terms). Please send bio to Susan Bear, Chair of the Practice Forum (

2016 Convention Awards
(Click here for nomination form)

Deadline: May 1, 2016

It is a privilege for the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists to recognize excellence within the profession. NCAP members are invited to nominate deserving members for the following awards to be presented at the Annual Convention. Nominations must be in writing (see nominations form is on the website or you may request from Linda Goswick). Send nominations to the NCAP Awards Committee, c/o Linda Goswick, 1101 Slater Road, Suite 110, Durham, NC 27703; FAX 984-439-1649; or email to

Bowl of Hygeia Award (sponsored by American Pharmacists Association Foundation and National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations)
Criteria for this award are: (1) Licensed to practice pharmacy in NC; (2) Has not previously received the Award; (3) Is not currently serving nor has he/she served within the immediate past two years on its awards committee or as an officer of the Association in other than an ex officio capacity; (4) Has compiled an outstanding record of community service, which, apart from his/her specific identification as a pharmacist, reflects well on the profession.

Cardinal Health Foundation Rx Champions Award

(sponsored by Cardinal Health)

This award recognizes a pharmacist for his/her work within the pharmacy community to raise awareness of the serious public health problem of prescription drug abuse.

Don Blanton Award

Presented to the pharmacist who has contributed most to the advancement of pharmacy in North Carolina during the past year. Charles Blanton established this award in memory of his father, Don Blanton, who served the North Carolina Pharmaceutical Association as President 1957-58.

Excellence in Innovation Award

(sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories)

Presented to a pharmacist practicing in North Carolina who has demonstrated Innovative Pharmacy Practice resulting in improved patient care.

Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award

(sponsored by Pharmacists Mutual Companies)

Criteria for this award are: (1) Entry degree in pharmacy received less than 10 years ago (2006 or later graduation date); (2) Licensed to practice pharmacy in NC; (3) Actively practices retail, institutional, managed care or consulting pharmacy; (4) Participates in national pharmacy associations, professional programs, state association activities and/or community service. Please send nominations for this award to Jeff Reichard, Chair of the New Practitioner Network (

Mutual Drug Company announces retiring CEO’s successor
Duke's National Hospital & Health System Pharmacy Week Photos
Joe Moose Named NCPA Independent Pharmacist of the Year

2015 NCAP Annual Convention Awards

2016 Executive Committee and newly elected Board members
NCAP President’s Award
National Community Pharmacists Association Leadership Award
McKesson Leadership Award
Bowl of Hygeia Award
Don Blanton Award
ASHP Leadership Award
Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Award
Community Care Pharmacist of the Year Award
Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award
Cardinal Health Generation Rx Award
Excellence in Innovation Award
President's Service Award
Fifty Plus Club
Preceptor of the Year Award
Campbell Preceptor of the Year Award
UNC Preceptor of the Year Award
Wingate APPE Preceptor of the Year Award & Wingate IPPE Preceptor of the Year Award

2015 NCAP Elections
NCAP has been blessed with a good group of candidates who desire to help lead NCAP.

NCAP Board
NCAP President-Elect:  Stefanie Ferreri
NCAP Board Member:  Jamie Brown, Steve Kearney, Macary Marciniak

Chronic Care  
Chronic Care Chair-Elect:  David Craig Phillips
Chronic Care Executive Committee:  Rachel Benton, Elizabeth Wilson, Tasha Woodall  

Community Care
Community Care Chair-Elect:   Erin Dalton
Community Care Executive Committee:   Ashley Abode, Courtney Bradley, Andria Eker, Cortney Mospan

Health­System Chair-Elect:  Kim Nealy
Health-System Executive Committee:  Kira Harris, Jennie Hewitt, Kimberly Lewis
ASHP Delegate:   Jennifer Buxton, Mary Parker

Provider Status for Pharmacists
Patrick Brown is attending the NCPA Legislative Conference. He plans to visit with our two Senators and encourage them to become sponsors of Senate Bill (S. 314) that will give Provider Status to pharmacists.  Mollie Scott, a ProviderStatus Committee member shared the letter she sent to our Senators she encourgages you to cut and past it in to the contact site of their (web) pages. I encourage you to send a letter yourself to reinforce Patrick's visit.  It would be nice to see our Senators join as cosponsors of (S. 314).

Pharmacists’ Roles on the Healthcare Team Are Expanding
Results released from the Pharmacy Workforce Center’s 2014 National Pharmacist Workforce Survey indicate that pharmacists are performing more patient care activities in a variety of healthcare settings, and spending less time in the traditional dispensing role. The 2014 report also reveals that pharmacy has shifted toward a female-dominated profession, with more women than men serving as actively practicing pharmacists and in management positions. Read the full story. This story is encouraging as we see how the role of the pharmacist is really changing.  As NCAP begins to ”rebrand” itself we will be looking for your input on how we can help advance NC Pharmacy Practice

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