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Pharmacy students travel across Kansas to visit independent pharmacies

Thursday, January 02, 2020

LAWRENCE — Sixteen University of Kansas School of Pharmacy students will take a three-day trip across Kansas next week to visit 13 independent community pharmacies.

Dean Ronald Ragan and Senior Associate Dean Gene Hotchkiss will accompany the students on the annual trip, sponsored by the KU Chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association (KU–NCPA). NCPA is a professional pharmacy student organization that promotes independent pharmacy as a career option.

Hotchkiss, who serves as adviser to the group, said the visitation program allows students the opportunity to learn firsthand the details of owning and running an independent pharmacy. Students spend close to an hour at each location and speak with the owners on topics such as business management, customer relations, community service, quality of life as an independent practitioner and more.

Hotchkiss said the annual trip also strengthens relationships between pharmacy students and pharmacy owners in Kansas. The hope is that the connections made will lead to transitions of ownership and a continuation of vital pharmacy care services to Kansans.

“Independent community pharmacies are critical health care resources for rural communities,” Hotchkiss said. “In addition to traditional prescription services, they provide a broad scope of patient-centered pharmacy care services, including medication therapy management, medical supplies, durable medical equipment, oxygen and respiratory equipment.”

This year’s schedule:

Tuesday, Jan. 7

8:15 a.m. Gibson Pharmacy, Osage City
10 a.m. Haag Pharmacy, Emporia
1:30 p.m. Hesston Pharmacy, Hesston
4:30 p.m. Kiowa Pharmacy, Greensburg

Wednesday, Jan. 8
8:45 a.m. Grant County Drug, Ulysses
10:30 a.m. Plaza Pharmacy, Garden City
1:30 p.m. Scott City Pharmacy, Scott City
3:30 p.m. G&L Pharmacy, Ness City
 

Thursday, Jan. 9
8 a.m.  Gibson Pharmacy, Dodge City
9:30 a.m. Kinsley Drug, Kinsley
11:15 a.m. Reed Pharmacy, Larned
1:30 p.m. Cardinal Drug, Hoisington
3:30 p.m. B&K Pharmacy, Salina.


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2nd among all schools of pharmacy in National Institutes of Health funding
Brings more than $20 million in external funding into the state each year
7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to Kansans in need during the past 5 years
4,000 living alumni, 63 percent of them living and working in Kansas
KU pharmacists practice in 95 of Kansas’ 105 counties
20th among public schools of pharmacy.
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$20.2 million NIH research grant earned by Distinguished Professor Jeff Aubé was 2nd largest in Kansas history
100 percent placement after graduation for KU Pharm.D. students
Established in 1885 as the 1st professional program at KU