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3/1/2000

Teams Recognized for Innovative Pharmaceutical

Cheryl A. Thompson

Five teams of certified pharmacy technicians and pharmacists shared honors as winners of the 1999 Innovations in Pharmaceutical Care awards, presented Dec. 7 by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibits in Orlando, Fla.

The winning teams, which each received $1,000 and a framed certificate, were:

  • Bledar Doraci, CPhT, and Raja Hanania, at Bloomington Hospital and Healthcare System, Bloomington, Ind., who improved patient care by controlling and securing medications used in surgery and for anesthesia.      
  • Cheryl A. Boyle, CPhT, and Kimberly McDonough, Pharm.D., BCPS, at Advanced Pharmacy Concepts, Inc., Narragansett, R.I., who evaluated trends in drug use for a managed care network and recommended programs to improve the quality of drug therapy and reduce costs.      
  • Jennifer Pepin, CPhT, and Lisa Colodny, Pharm.D., BCNSP, at Broward General Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who reduced the cost of delivering new pharmacologic agents to uninsured and low-income populations.     
  • Kelly C. A. Ervin, CPhT, and Susan J. Skledar, M.P.H., at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System, Pittsburgh, improved productivity by completing chart reviews, benchmarking surveys, quarterly assessments, and clinical intervention reports.     
  • Luvell Tippett, CPhT, Eric Weber, Pharm.D., and Lezlie Cohn-Oswald, at Carl T. Hayden Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Phoenix, Ariz., who defined five core responsibilities for clinical pharmacy technicians—anticoagulation monitoring, clinic inspections, smoking cessation, order entry, and telephone triage.

PTCB and Baxter Healthcare Corp. founded the awards program in 1998. Applications for this year's awards are available at www.ptcb.org.