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Release: May 27, 1999

Pharmacy awards recognize collaboration between UI, Drake, pharmacy group

IOWA CITY, Iowa —-The Iowa Center for Pharmaceutical Care (ICPC), a collaborative effort between the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, Drake University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the Iowa Pharmacy Association (IPA), has been recognized with two national awards.

The ICPC was recently awarded the National Council on Patient Information and Education's (NCPIE) Medication Communicator's Award. In addition, the ICPC was selected to receive the American Pharmaceutical Association's (APhA) Pinnacle Award in the health care organization category in June.

An innovative three-way partnership between the two colleges and the IPA, the ICPC was established to serve as a resource center for pharmacists in Iowa. It is dedicated to the adoption, evaluation and promotion of the tenets of pharmaceutical care as the basis and central focus of the practice of pharmacy.

The NCPIE award recognizes the ICPC for improving communication about medications among health care professionals, patients or the general public. The Pinnacle Award, given through the APhA Foundation's Quality Center, recognizes the ICPC's leadership in medication use quality improvement. The award is co-sponsored by the Health Care Quality Alliance and supported by Wyeth Ayerst Global Pharmaceuticals.

Jay D. Currie, UI associate professor of clinical pharmacy, and Randy McDonough, UI assistant professor of clinical pharmacy, were among the individuals recognized for their involvement with the ICPC.

William Miller, head of the Division of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy at the UI, said he was pleased to see the UI College of Pharmacy recognized for its collaborative efforts with Drake University and the IPA to advance pharmacy practice in Iowa.

"Pharmacists who have been educated through the ICPC now serve as adjunct faculty and role models for UI pharmacy students who are obtaining practical experience in community pharmacies associated with the center," Miller said. "These sites have also provided an environment for UI faculty to conduct practice-based research."