Program breathes life into pharmacy biz

Friday, February 29, 2008

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - For pharmacists looking to sharpen their knowledge of respiratory care and enhance their image and professionalism, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) might just hold the key.
The association in January launched an online respiratory care certificate offering in-depth clinical and business guidance to pharmacists looking to carve a niche for themselves in asthma and COPD management, said Barbara Hayward, vice president of education for the association.
"There's a new drive toward medical therapy management," she said. "The more a pharmacist specializes, the better for them and their patients."
The free continuing education program features slides with an audio component, as well as hyperlinks to additional materials, said Hayward. Users can work through the program at their own speed.
"If you miss something, this gives you the ability to move forward and backward through the program," she said. "The hyperlinks enable you to go elsewhere and catch demos."
For the 20 million Americans who have asthma, stopping by the local pharmacy is more convenient than scheduling a doctor's appointment, said Hayward.
"The community pharmacist already has a very good reputation with patients," said Hayward. "We're looking to enhance that professionalism."