Wilkes University


Pharmacy to Help Raise Awareness about Medication Adherence

The Nesbitt School of Pharmacy will lead an interdisciplinary student team to kick off a series of community outreach activities to raise awareness about medication adherence as a critical public health issue.

Under the guidance of Troy Lynn Lewis, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, Wilkes pharmacy students will work in collaboration with health professions students across the country to compete in the 2020 Medication Adherence Team Challenge. This two-month intercollegiate competition among health profession student teams and faculty is designed to raise awareness about the consequences of not taking medication as directed.

The Wilkes team is comprised of pharmacy students Brianna Boyer, Deanna Fox, Devanshu Kothari, Neha Kunche, Marissa Lewis, Erica Mabry, Sergey Svintozelskiy, and 13 Nesbitt School of Pharmacy club liaisons from the various professional pharmacy organizations across campus.

Competition efforts will also be coordinated in conjunction with the Passan School of Nursing through faculty of practice member Ms. Angela Jones.

The Medication Adherence Team Challenge is an integral part of Script Your Future, a campaign launched by the National Consumers League and its partners in 2011, to combat the problem of poor medication adherence in the United States, where nearly three out of four patients do not take their medication as directed. Nonadherence puts patients, especially those with chronic conditions, such as diabetes or asthma, at risk for serious complications.

“Today’s medications are better than ever at treating and curing people, but these treatments can only work if patients know the importance of taking their prescriptions as directed. It takes all members of the health team to make that happen and pharmacists play a big role in that circle of trust,” said Sally Greenberg, NCL Executive Director. “For nine years, our Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge has galvanized student health professionals to explore creative, interprofessional approaches, in encouraging medication adherence. To usher Script Your Future into the next era of adherence, we have implemented two new components to the Team Challenge: technology innovation and vaccine adherence. We have been blown away by the ingenuity of our student teams and we look forward to how they will contribute to their communities this upcoming Team Challenge.”

The Challenge is sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

“The Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge has provided a tremendous opportunity for health professions students to demonstrate how they can work collaboratively to improve patient care through better medication adherence,” said Dr. Lucinda L. Maine, Executive Vice President and CEO at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. “This Challenge, now in its ninth year, is a powerful example of the impact health professions teams can have on the public health issue of medication adherence.”

Since the Challenge began in 2011, more than 18,800 future health care professionals have directly counseled nearly 78,000 patients and reached more than 26 million consumers about the importance of medication adherence. Last year’s national awardees were Pacific University School of Pharmacy and University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy earned the Rookie Award for their outstanding contribution during their first year of participation in the Team Challenge.

Follow the Wilkes team on Instagram @wilkesu_syf and Facebook.  

For more information on the Challenge, visit the Challenge Community website. Tweet along with us during the Challenge using #SYFchallenge and follow the campaign @IWillTakeMyMeds.

Script Your Future is a campaign of the National Consumers League (NCL), a private, non-profit membership organization founded in 1899. NCL’s mission is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. For more information about the Script Your Future campaign, visit www.ScriptYourFuture.org. For more information on NCL, please visit www.nclnet.org.