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St. Louis College of Pharmacy Professor Elected to National Pharmacy Leadership Role

Published on 28 April 2014

 The anticipation is building for Terry Seaton, Pharm.D., BCPS, as he’s about to embark on a three-year journey which will take him all over the country. Seaton, professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, was just named president-elect of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) after a national election by its members. The organization is one of the premier professional groups in pharmacy and represents more than 14,000 clinical pharmacists across the country.

Seaton already knows one of the biggest issues he’ll tackle.

“Right now, ‘provider status’ in pharmacy is the hot issue,” he says. “It may even be the hottest issue in pharmacy in a long time.”

Currently, Medicare beneficiaries have limited access to pharmacist-provided clinical services beyond those related to dispensing prescriptions. Other members of the interprofessional team that pharmacists work with, including physicians, physician’s assistants, social workers and certified nurse practitioners, are already recognized as providers under Medicare Part B. Legislation was recently introduced in the U.S. Congress that adds pharmacists to that list. ACCP is supporting additional legislation, soon to be introduced, that would provide yet another benefit of comprehensive medication management for seniors.

“We need to convince legislators that pharmacists provide critical access and unique value that leads to desirable patient outcomes,” Seaton says. “We have to make sure they fully understand the roles pharmacists can play, especially as we’re transitioning into a new era of team-based care, and compensated for the quality and safety of care.”

Seaton was instrumental in developing the medication therapy services rules now in place for pharmacists and physicians in Missouri to work together for the benefit of the patient. The new law allows specially certified pharmacists, working under a protocol with a state-licensed physician, to monitor, initiate, and adjust medications for patients to manage diseases, such as asthma, diabetes, and high blood pressure. These rules have benefited patients by increasing access to pharmacist-provided care.

“I’m looking forward to applying the lessons I learned about the advocacy process onto a national level,” Seaton says.

Another major agenda item for ACCP is nurturing student chapters at colleges of pharmacy across the country. Seaton says the infrastructure is now in place to strongly support these young pharmacists as they begin their careers. St. Louis College of Pharmacy will have one of the largest ACCP chapters in the country.

“Students at the College have the ability to affect change across the profession,” Seaton adds. “The men and women I see every day in the classrooms and hallways are well positioned to take on national leadership roles.”

Seaton will begin his year as president-elect in October. He’ll be inaugurated as president of the organization at the ACCP global conference in San Francisco in October 2015. That conference will draw clinical pharmacists from all over the world.  Seaton’s time will conclude on the ACCP board by serving as past president for a year. St. Louis College of Pharmacy President John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., is a past president (1993-1994) of ACCP. More information about ACCP can be found on their website, www.ACCP.com.

About St. Louis College of Pharmacy: For more than 150 years, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been committed to educating the best pharmacists in the United States. The region’s only independent college of pharmacy, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the third oldest continuously operating and 10th largest college of pharmacy in America. The student body is comprised of 1,400 students, 40 percent of which are minority or multicultural. The students come to the College from 31 states and 10 countries. The College admits students directly from high school and accepts transfer students and graduates from other colleges and universities in the sophomore and junior years of the undergraduate program and the first year of the professional program. Students earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) with an integrated Bachelor of Science degree in a seven-year curriculum. An education at the College opens up the world to graduates for a career in a wide range of practice settings. Graduates have a 100 percent job placement rate. The campus is transforming to better fit the needs of students, faculty, and staff. This summer, a new six-story, 213,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art academic and research building opened. Construction is underway for a seven-story student center, residence hall, and recreation facility scheduled for completion in December 2016. When not in class, students can participate in more than 60 organizations, fraternities, intramurals, and sports. The College competes in 12 NAIA Division I sports. College alumni practice throughout the nation and in 13 different countries, providing a strong network to assist students with their goals. Additional information is available at stlcop.edu.

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