2018-07-13 / Business

Anderson named 2018 Generation Rx Champion

Contributed by Generation Rx

Cheryl A. Anderson, RPh, was recently honored at the 2018 South Carolina Pharmacy Association’s Annual Convention with the 2018 Generation Rx Champions Award for her outstanding work in fighting prescription drug misuse. The award, presented by the Cardinal Health Foundation and The South Carolina Pharmacy Association, recognizes a pharmacist who has demonstrated excellence in community based prescription drug abuse prevention.

Generation Rx champions also receive $500 donations to the charities of their choice. Only 200 pharmacists across the country have been recognized as Generation Rx champions since the award’s inception in 2010.

“I am honored to be nominated by my peers and humbled to be chosen by the South Carolina Pharmacy Association to be this year’s recipient of the Generation RX Champions Award,” said Anderson. “I share this award with my exceptional state and community pharmacy partners who share my passion, innovation, and commitment to develop prescription medication safety and opioid interventions. We, as partners are making a difference by sharing evidence-based best practices and inspiring solutions to increase awareness of prescription drug abuse and misuse.”

Anderson, medication safety pharmacist at The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence, has more than 35 years of pharmacy experience dedicated to serving South Carolinians. Throughout her career she has been a pharmacy leader in regulatory affairs, a community policy advocate, a controlled substance expert, and a medication safety educator at the community, state, and national level. “As trusted healthcare providers, pharmacists are uniquely positioned to play a key role in fighting the epidemic of prescription drug misuse,” says Betsy Walker, director of Community Relations at Cardinal Health and co-director of Generation Rx. “In that role, Cheryl Anderson has demonstrated great commitment to her community. The Cardinal Health Foundation is honored to join with The South Carolina Pharmacy Association in congratulating and thanking her.”

Prescription medication misuse continues to be a significant public health issue across the country. Every day, more than 5,700 people ages 12 and older misuse a prescription pain medication for the first time, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and nearly 54 percent of those who misuse prescription painkillers get them from a friend or relative.

The South Carolina Pharmacy Association is a 142-year-old professional organization representing over 5,000 pharmacy professionals across the state. The mission of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association is to serve its members, enabling them to advance the science and practice of pharmacy. For more information about the association, its members, and its activities, please visit www.scrx.org or call (803) 354-9977.

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