2023 Incentive Grant Recipient: Sarah Bridges, MBA, PharmD
Project Proposal: Evaluation of Patient Acquisition Rates of Naloxone in a Rural Independent Community Pharmacy
Sarah Bridges, MBA, PharmD currently serves as the PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Resident through UNC Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy at Eden Drug in Eden, NC.
"After the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid crisis has worsened. This project developed because I saw a need in the community around my site to increase awareness that pharmacists can dispense naloxone under a standing order and it can be for anyone! With this project, I am determined to increase the amount of naloxone in the community to help combat deaths related to this crisis. At the roots of this project it is ultimately about keeping patients informed of and prepared with naloxone, a life-saving medication."
"Knowing that this research project is meaningful and will have an impact on our community, keeps me motivated and energized. This project will identify what methodology works best to get the most naloxone off of the pharmacy's shelves and into the hands of patients and those who may need it. I am looking forward to the results of this study to help determine what will be this pharmacy's new standard operating procedure when it comes to naloxone dispensing, and hopefully will be informative to other pharmacies across the nation. Receiving the Incentive Grant gives me peace of mind that there are funds available to assist in project development to ensure I am giving my best to these efforts."
"I am grateful and honored to be a recipient of the APhA Foundation Incentive Grant this year. I am looking forward to exploring what methodology positively affects acquisition rates of naloxone within the community to help combat deaths related to the opioid crisis."