2022 Incentive Grant Recipient: Christine Phan, PharmD
Project Proposal: Assessment of feasibility and quality of a service to provide opioid disposal systems at an independent community pharmacy
Christine Phan, PharmD currently serves as the PGY1 Community Pharmacy Resident at Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID. She is a graduate of University of California, San Francisco.
The motivation behind this project came from Christine's interest in addressing the opioid epidemic from a community pharmacy setting, interest in the shift from dispensing to non-dispensing services, and interest in service sustainability from a financial and operational standpoint. As the opioid epidemic still persists, community pharmacists are well-positioned to educate patients on opioid management and medication safety. With this established opioid disposal system service at Shaver Pharmacy, Christine wanted to look at reimbursement rates and perception of the service from employees, patients, and providers to understand the sustainability and quality of this service and its impact on patients, the pharmacy, and public health.
"I am so honored to receive this grant and am grateful for the opportunity to further explore sustainability and ways that pharmacists can address opioid use in the community pharmacy setting. In Idaho, pharmacists are recognized as providers under Medicaid and can get credentialed as providers under private payors; it is exciting to be able to conduct research at a pharmacy that is expanding non-dispensing services and assessing sustainability of services through medical billing."