UT student pharmacists finalists in NCPA competition

The NCPA competition finalist team includes: (from left to right) Chelsea Griffin, Brooke Allison, Omar Fuentes, and Alex Cantu.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) announced that three teams of student pharmacists were named finalists in the 2019
Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. A team from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy is one of those finalists.

The College of Pharmacy’s team includes student pharmacists Chelsea Griffin, Brooke Allison, Omar Fuentes, and Alex Cantu. The first place team will receive $3,000 to its NCPA student chapter and $3,000 contributed to the school in the dean’s name to promote independent pharmacy. The other two finalist teams hail from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy.

NCPA’s Student Business Plan Competition honors two great champions of independent community pharmacy: the late Neil Pruitt Sr. and the late H. Joseph Schutte. The goal of the competition is to motivate pharmacy students to create a feasible business model for buying an existing independent community pharmacy or opening a new pharmacy, and to prepare tomorrow’s pharmacy entrepreneurs for a successful future.

The UT College of Pharmacy team will present its business plan during a live competition on October 26, 2019, at the NCPA Annual Convention in San Diego.