Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition 2017: University of Texas at Austin Wins First Place!
April 14, 2017
Aventura, FL – It was in sunny Aventura, Florida that 18 teams of students, representing their Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy from across the nation, came together to compete in the seventh annual Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition (SPCC), cosponsored by MEDISCA, MEDISCA Network, and LP3 Network; hosted at LP3 Network’s new state-of-the-art learning facility.
From March 18 to 19, enthusiastic students united in a series of challenging and academically broadening events, where the University of Texas at Austin emerged as the overall champion of the SPCC 2017. South Carolina College of Pharmacy – USC Campus and Albany College of Pharmacy ranked second and third, respectively.
This intensive national event was comprised of diverse and interrelated competition platforms, with the goal of increasing awareness, promoting quality compounding, and underlining best practices. It included a practical laboratory component, a regulatory component, and a quality component, requiring competitors to engage in theoretical and practical applications.
MEDISCA was delighted to introduce pharmacy students to the Mazerustar mixing technology. A separate challenge was presented to each College and School of Pharmacy, where Washington State University College of Pharmacy won the Revolutionary Mixer Prize – their very own Mazerustar – after delivering a 40-second video on how this technology would be best utilized by their university.
The SPCC 2017 was also the occasion for students to establish lifelong collaboration in the field, foster interaction and cooperation between universities, and learn from engaging discussions with plenary speakers, who shared their knowledge and expertise of the current and future trends surrounding the compounding industry with students and faculty members. Diana Courtney, Director, Student and Professional Affairs and Committees at the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA); Nicolette Mathey, Director of Clinical Services & Creative Solutions Specialist at Pharmacy Development Services (PDS); Brian Serumaga, Science Program Manager, Healthcare Quality & Safety at the United States Pharmacopeia (USP); and Ken Speidel, Fellow of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) were proudly welcomed at the National event as guest speakers. We sincerely thank them for their dedication and commitment to the next generation of compounding pharmacy students.
MEDISCA, MEDISCA Network, and LP3 Network wish to thank all the teams for their tremendous efforts and devoted participation to the SPCC 2017. We stay committed in investing in the future of the compounding pharmacy practice. We look forward to seeing you next year at the eighth annual Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition!
Antonio Dos Santos