Winners were announced during the NCPA Annual 2021 Convention.
A student pharmacist team from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy has been selected as the winner of the 18th Annual Good Neighbor Pharmacy (GNP) National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition.
Runners-up included teams from the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy and the Medical University of South Carolina. All winners were announced as a part of the NCPA 2021 Annual Convention, held October 9 through 12 in Charlotte, North Carolina. These finalists presented their business plans live on October 9, with winners announced the following day.
In an NCPA press release, Brian Caswell, owner of Wolkar Drug in Baxter Springs, Kansas, and NCPA President, applauded each participating team.
“After a highly competitive live competition, one team stood out above the rest. With these well-thought-out business plans, the future of independent pharmacy is in good hands,” he said.
This year’s slate of teams included student pharmacists from 23 schools and colleges of pharmacy across the US who participated in the first-of-its-kind business plan competition. The goal of the competition—named for Neil Pruitt, Sr. and H. Joseph Schutte—is to motivate student pharmacists to “create a business model for buying an existing independent community pharmacy or developing a new one,” according to the press release.
The winning team included team captain Jason Lam and team members Michael Kramer, Bobby Le, and Rachel Murray; Seth Heldenbrand, PharmD, served as team adviser and Cindy D. Stowe, PharmD, as Dean. A prize of $3000 was awarded, with an additional $3000 contribution made to the school in Dean Stowe’s name to promote independent community pharmacy at the UAMS College of Pharmacy.
This article was written in partnership with AmerisourceBergen and Good Neighbor Pharmacy