2016 National Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition (SPCC) Recap

April 5, 2016

PLATTSBURGH, NY — Twenty teams of exceptional pharmacy students, from Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy from across the nation, participated in the sixth annual Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition (SPCC). This national event was cosponsored by MEDISCA, MEDISCA Network and LP3 Network – A Global Leader in Continuing Healthcare Education; organized by MEDISCA Network and LP3 Network; and hosted by the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy.

Following two days of intense competition, Sullivan University College of Pharmacy accumulated the highest overall score, earning them the title of the National SPCC 2016 Champions. The University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy earned second place and Washington State University College of Pharmacy came in third place.

This nationwide event provided pharmacy students exposure to elements of high quality pharmacy compounding practice through three challenges: a compounding component, a game show component and a poster component. The University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Appalachian College of Pharmacy were the leaders in the aforementioned challenges, respectively.

Even though the SPCC is a competition, it is also considered a forum for exchanging ideas and solidifying long-life friends in the field. To recognize the friendly spirit of the competition, a “Team Sportsmanship” award, voted on by faculty, and a “Mr./Mrs. Congeniality” award, voted on by fellow students, were given out at the event. The recipient of the “Team Sportsmanship” award was The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, and Marilyn Mootz from the same university was the recipient of the “Mr./Mrs. Congeniality” award.

The SPCC could not have grown in magnitude without the commitment of prominent leaders in the compounding industry who, year after year, dedicate their time to invest in the future of pharmacy compounding practice. At this year’s national SPCC event, the following keynote speakers shared their expertise with both faculty and students: Loyd V. Allen, Jr., Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding (IJPC); Rick G. Schnatz, Senior Scientific Liaison for the Compounding Expert Committee of the United States Pharmacopeia’s (USP) Healthcare Quality Standards Group; Jeanne Sun, Assistant Scientific Liaison for the Compounding Expert Committee of the United States Pharmacopeia’s (USP) Healthcare Quality Standards Group; Jonathan Pritchett, Associate Director of Pharmacy for the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC); Ken Speidel, IACP Fellow of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP), consultant of MEDISCA Network and consultant/facilitator of LP3 Network; David Mastropietro, consultant/facilitator of LP3 Network; and Vargha Talebi, Senior R & D Device Specialist for MEDISCA.

MEDISCA, MEDISCA Network and LP3 Network have made a commitment to the compounding industry and stand unified in the mission to advance the field.

If you are a pharmacy student, pharmacy school faculty member or compounding industry leader we invite you to the seventh annual SPCC, so stay tuned for more information!


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