Pharmasave-Rubicon Annual Innovation in Pharmacy Student Business Plan Competition 2013

PAW Team
PAW Team

The 2013 Competition was held Thursday March 28th in Convocation Hall. Judges and sponsors were from: Pharmasave (Central), Rubicon Pharmacies LP, the Pharmacists’ Association of Saskatchewan, Wiegers Financial, and the W. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence. The competition was very successful with sponsors wanting to continue to participate on a go forward basis.

The College would like to thank all of you that were able to attend, as well as those that met with the students throughout the academic year as they prepared their plans. Below is information on the teams that placed first, second and third out of fifteen teams.

Link to the Global Saskatoon news story: http://globalnews.ca/video/441089/pharmacy-business-plan 

First Place: PAW - Pharmaceuticals for Animal Wellness
Team Members: Jenna Foulds, Ariane Lewis, Amy Lix, Lisa Lukye, and Stephanie Miller
Plan Summary: The mission and sole purpose of the implementation of Pharmaceuticals for Animal Wellness (PAW) is to improve the lives of animals and their owners through the provision of specialized veterinary pharmaceuticals and services. The vision for PAW is to refresh the world of veterinary pharmacy, to empower pet owners, and to provide excellence in pharmaceutical care for optimal animal health. The realization of this business venture will address the underserved population of Saskatoon and surrounding area. PAW’s fundamental values are passion for our patients, expertise, professionalism and accountability, excellence in products and services, and community integration.

Second Place: CHAMP - Comprehensive HIV Assistance in Methadone Patients Program
Team Members: Jeffrey Herbert, Alanna Hoesgen, Kalen MacLeod, Jill Okrainetz, Patrick Parkinson, and Jenna Yurkewich
Plan Summary: The Comprehensive HIV Assistance in Methadone Patients Program (CHAMP) will provide medication management reviews for patients currently enrolled in the methadone assistance program at Medi-Cross Pharmasave, Prince Albert. The program will run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during regular pharmacy hours. Patients on methadone will be identified during the DOT (directly observed therapy) with questions regarding medication side effects, drug therapy problems, and knowledge of their current condition. Patients willing to participate in the CHAMP program will receive individualized care conducted through private, thirty-minute appointments focusing on a medication review, as well as appropriate follow up.

Third Place: COPE - Community Outreach Palliative Endeavour
Team Members: Kristen Antunes, Arlene Dies, Harmanpreet Gill, Margaret Maria James, Juanita Lui, and Alyssa MacDougall
Plan Summary: Palliative care services in Saskatchewan are limited to patients whose treatment for cure or prolongation of life is no longer the primary goal. COPE (Community Outreach Palliative Endeavour) will expand these inclusion criteria to incorporate patients suffering from advanced stage chronic diseases to reflect the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association approach. Acute palliative care in Saskatoon is provided in a hospital setting. While additional homecare is available, the number of allotted hours of home care for palliative patients has significantly reduced leaving vulnerable patients at higher risk of acute and chronic complications due to improper management of their illness. Unfortunately, this limited availability leads to lengthy and an increased number of hospital stays. COPE will offer services designed to improve the patient’s quality of life: medication therapy management, medication assessment with compliance packaging, pain management, minor ailments, ostomy products, and nutrition products.

For more information, please visit http://www.usask.ca/pharmacy-nutrition/the-college/student_business_plan_competition.php.