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OU Pharmacy Team Wins National Competition

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - Campus News - Contact Theresa Green, (405) 833-9824
 OU College of Pharmacy's National Champions – (left to right) Justin Wilson, Pharm.D. (adviser), Naomi Kozlowski, John Lugafet (team captain), Tobi Olusola, Renee Anderson, Eric Johnson, M.B. A., C.P.A. (adviser).

A student team representing the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy earned first place in a national student business plan competition sponsored by the National Community Pharmacists Association.

The OU team bested two other finalists in a live competition this month to win the 2013 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition, the first national competition of its kind in the pharmacy profession.

"The impressive performance of the 39 teams that competed in the 2013 contest shows that the future for these prospective independent community pharmacy owners is very bright," said NCPA President Donnie Calhoun, R.Ph., a pharmacy owner in Anniston, Ala. "All of the business plans were well done. The three finalists not only presented excellent written business plans, but followed up with outstanding live presentations. I want to congratulate this year's winning team from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy." 

OU College of Pharmacy team includes team captain John Lugafet (Noble); team members Naomi Kozlowski (Tulsa), Renee Andersen (Tulsa) and Tobi Olusola (Tulsa) with college advisers Eric J. Johnson, M.B.A., C.P.A., associate dean for administration and finance, and Justin Wilson, Pharm.D., adjunct professor; and Dean JoLaine R. Draugalis.  

Their chapter received $3,000, and $3,000 was contributed to the school in the dean's name to promote independent pharmacy. The team members, team advisor, and the dean will also receive complimentary registration, travel, and lodging to NCPA's 2014 Multiple Locations Conference.

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