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Drake pharmacy team to compete at national event

CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu

A team of students from Drake University will compete in the annual Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Competition in San Diego on Friday, April 9.

The team consists of pharmacy students:

•    Brian Booher of Peoria, Illinois

•    Eugene Bulochnik of Eden Prairie, Minnesota

•    Katie Owen of Woodbury, Minnesota

•    Hilary Whelan of Eagan, Minnesota

The students will compete against teams from seven other schools that have been narrowed down from over 20 original teams.

The P&T Competition mimics the process used by hospitals and insurance plans in deciding if a new drug should be placed on a list of approved medications. The teams will review a class of medications to increase platelets for a disease called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).

The team will write a monograph of the designated drug, assess cost-effectiveness and its place in therapy, and formally present and defend their analysis and recommendations.

The Drake team advanced to the nationals after winning a competition at Drake in February against another pharmacy team. Professionals in the managed care industry judged the competition.

The Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Competition is held annually by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP). Two years ago, the Drake team consisting of four different pharmacy students finished in third place.

For more information contact Michael Andreski, assistant professor of social and administrative pharmacy at 515-271-4132, or michael.andreski@drake.edu.