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Duquesne University Pharmacy, Center and School Garner APhA Pinnacle Award

The Mylan School of Pharmacy, together with the Duquesne University Pharmacy, the Center for Pharmacy Care and the Academic Partners Program, has been selected by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation as one of its three 2015 Pinnacle Award honorees.

The Pinnacle Awards, established in 1998, celebrate significant contributions to the medication use process through increasing patient adherence, reducing drug misadventures, promoting the use of national treatment guidelines, improving patient outcomes or enhancing communication among the members of the health care team.

Duquesne was selected for the Government Agency-Nonprofit Organization-Association Award, which recognizes organizations that have demonstrated approaches to assist patients and their caregivers in achieving better outcomes from their medications.

"This prestigious, national honor underscores the positive impact that the Mylan School of Pharmacy has on the health and well-being of our community-especially the underserved," said Duquesne University President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty.

Founded in 1925, the Mylan School of Pharmacy works to improve health outcomes by educating and mentoring students who advance the profession of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences research. Through the Center for Pharmacy Care, the Duquesne University Pharmacy and the school's Academic Partners Program, it provides patient-care services and educational outreach to the underserved in Pittsburgh and the region.

The Center for Pharmacy Care

Launched in 2002, the center is a pharmacist-coordinated provider of disease prevention and disease management that offers health screenings, immunizations and medication therapy management services for both the Duquesne University campus and adjacent communities.

The Duquesne University Pharmacy

The first-of-its-kind, university-operated, full-service community pharmacy in the United States opened in Pittsburgh's Hill District neighborhood in 2010. The pharmacy's mission is to improve access to medications and patient adherence while enhancing medication safety and reducing overall health care expenditures to those it serves.

The Academic Partners Program

Established in 2007, this program is designed to establish formal relationships between the Mylan School of Pharmacy and its community health care partners.  It also works to improve health outcomes through patient care services, student education, the advancement of health outcomes research and a commitment to social responsibility.

Since 2010, faculty and student engagement through the Center for Pharmacy Care, the Duquesne University Pharmacy and the Academic Partners Program has resulted in more than 19,000 patient encounters with documented improvements in health outcomes. 

"We live our mission through many ways in the School of Pharmacy, including direct patient contact and practice-based research, pharmacoeconomics outcomes research and the basic science research efforts that affects disease outcomes," added Dean of Pharmacy Dr. J. Douglas Bricker. "This is yet another example of how we are true to our mission of improving health outcomes in patients and their communities."

Duquesne and the Pinnacle awardees will be honored on Wednesday, Sept. 16, during a ceremony at APhA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The American Pharmacists Association Foundation

The APhA Foundation is a trusted source of research demonstrating how pharmacists can improve health care. Its mission is to improve people's health through pharmacists' patient care services. The APhA Foundation is affiliated with the American Pharmacists Association, the national professional society of pharmacists in the U.S.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.