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APhA-ASP OTC Medicine Safety

The APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) is proud to partner with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. to educate 5th through 8th grade students and their families about the safe use and storage of over-the-counter medicines. As the medication experts, who better than pharmacists and student pharmacists to serve in this vital role within communities across the U.S. 

Through the OTC Medicine Safety Campaign, APhA-ASP Chapters will educate 5th through 8th graders, as well as their parents and caregivers on:

  • Reading medicine directions
  • Following OTC label directions
  • Proper measurement of medicine 
  • Safe storage and disposal of medicine
  • Consulting with parent or guardian before taking medications

Modeled after the FDA’s Medicines in My Home program, Scholastic has created ready-made resources including e-books, posters, and handouts. These resources have been specifically designed to appeal to students at the 5th and 6th grade level. APhA-ASP Chapters are also encouraged to tailor the information and resources to the needs of their audiences. 

OTC Medicine Safety National Liaison: Hadia Malik (hmalik@aphanet.org)

Program Results

OTC Medicine Safety was launched as an official APhA-ASP National Patient Care project in 2015. The results of the 2020-2021 OTC Medicine Safety campaign highlight the following accomplishments of APhA-ASP chapters:

  • 93 chapters participated
  • 5,801 student pharmacists participated
  • 144 faculty and staff members participated
  • 113 pharmacists participated
  • 38,040 individuals educated through OTC Medicine Safety
    • 9,008 5th through 8th graders
    • 6,183 parents and caregivers
    • 5,769 coaches and educators
  • 6,614,781 individuals reached through public relations initiatives

OTC Medicine Safety Community Partners

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) represents community leaders like you in every U.S. state and works in 18 countries around the world.

Safe Kids Worldwide works with over 500 coalitions in the U.S. and partners in 25 countries internationally to prevent childhood injuries.

The National Council on Patient Information and Education works to improve communication between consumers and healthcare professionals on safe and appropriate medicine use.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is the nation’s only 501(c)(3) nonprofit devoted to medication error prevention and safe medication use.

OTC Medicine Safety Award Report and Recognition

APhA-ASP recognizes each chapter that implements an OTC Medicine Safety program in their community. One Chapter from each of the eight APhA-ASP regions are recognized during Mid-Year Regional Meetings. In addition, the eight regional winners, along with one national winner, and two national runners-up are recognized during the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition at the APhA-ASP Opening General Session and in Student Pharmacist magazine.

Recognition

Recognition will be awarded to the top chapters nationally at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition. Chapters receive the following cash awards:

National Award Winning Chapter = $1,000
National 1st Runner-up = $750
National 2nd Runner-up = $500
Regional Award Winning Chapters - Regions 1-8 = $250 

Award Recipients

We are excited to announce the 2020-2021 Overall National Patient Care Project Results. Join us in celebrating the 2020-2021 OTC Medicine Safety National and Regional Award Recipients!

National Award Winner - University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy

First Runner-Up Award - The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy

Second Runner-Up Award - University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

Region 1 – St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Region 2 – University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Region 3 – UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Region 4 – University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy

Region 5 – Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Region 6 – The University of Louisiana Monroe College of Pharmacy

Region 7 – Oregon State University College of Pharmacy

Region 8 – The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy

OTC Medicine Safety Report Submission

To be considered for regional and national awards for APhA-ASP OTC Medicine Safety activities, chapters can complete an essay and submit a separate chronological list for the project events (e.g. OTC Medicine Safety Chronological List) within the APhA-ASP Chapter Achievement Report form. Guidelines and information on the submission process can be found within the APhA-ASP Chapter Achievement Report information

Thank you to the Supporter

APhA-ASP OTC Medicine Safety is supported by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.  

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