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Alliance promotes sustainability training for pharmacists
January 12th, 2011
PHILADELPHIA and RESTON, Va. – University of the Sciences and Practice Greenhealth have partnered to develop and promote sustainability training for pharmacists, pharmacy students and related professionals.
Practice Greenhealth, an organization supporting eco-friendly practices in health care, and USciences, a science- and health care-focused learning institution, said Wednesday that they will create training modules that will increase sustainability knowledge and practices in institutional and community pharmacies nationwide.
"Pharmacies deal every day with a number of issues that touch upon sustainability, including the proper disposal of pharmaceuticals," stated Anna Gilmore Hall, executive director of Practice Greenhealth. "With hundreds of thousands of pharmacists working across the country, this partnership represents a wonderful opportunity to extend sustainable practices to yet another sector of the health care industry."
Part of the USciences and Practice Greenhealth partnership includes developing a methodology for assessing the effectiveness of sustainability training for pharmacists. The groups will also gauge the feasibility of similar course offerings to pharmacy students at USciences.
In addition, Practice Greenhealth and USciences will also encourage collaborative and cooperative research activities that support the development of educational programs relating to pharmacists and sustainability.
"We are proud to partner with Practice Greenhealth on the issues of sustainability in pharmacy practice," commented Dr. Andrew Peterson, dean of the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy at USciences, which was founded in 1821 as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the nation's first school of pharmacy. "This partnership will add the missing ingredients — education and training — so that current and future pharmacists can make a positive impact on the environment."
Added Dr. Lisa Lawson, dean of USciences' Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, "This collaboration will provide a great opportunity for leadership in sustainability education and research in pharmacy practice. With pharmacists already trusted members of the health care community, their involvement is key to providing environmental safeguards and safe medication handling."