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Drs. Higginbotham, Laux and Skomo Receive APhA Award in Orlando

Mylan School of Pharmacy

The Academic Research Center for Pharmacy Care clinical staff members were honored with an award for Outstanding Business Practice Model at the annual meeting of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA ) on March 31, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The award was announced during the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) meeting.

The award was presented in recognition of the Center's work with medication therapy management (MTM). The Center's clinical team consists of Dr. Suzanne Higginbotham, Director of the Center for Pharmacy Care; Dr. Robert Laux, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice; and Dr. Monica Skomo, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice.

As stated in the Center's nomination letter for the award, The Center is a pharmacist-coordinated provider of disease prevention and disease management services where clients are provided with an individualized assessment of current medication therapies and assisted in choosing self-care treatment options. The Center is equipped with state-of-the-art testing devices to provide quick results for standard health screenings and includes screenings for osteoporosis, cholesterol, blood pressure, vascular circulation, blood glucose, body composition, carbon monoxide hemoglobin A1C, anemia, thyroid, and spirometry. The Center also provides adult immunizations, travel medicine, tobacco cessation counseling, and personal health reports to chart progress.

Established in 2002, the Center provides services for residents of the Duquesne University campus as well as residents of the surrounding Pittsburgh community.

"We are very honored to receive this award from the American Pharmacist Association for our work with The Center for Pharmacy Care, and we remain dedicated to providing comprehensive patient care to those we serve," said Higginbotham.

Mylan School of Pharmacy

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.