2010-06-11 / General Stories

The Critical Role of Pharmacists in Alzheimer’s Care

The Alzheimer’s Association, in coordination with Eisai Inc, calls on individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers across America to nominate local pharmacists for the 2010 C.A.R.E. (Commitment to Alzheimer’s. Recognition of Excellence.) Pharmacy Award. This award recognizes the vital role that pharmacists play in helping as many as 5.3 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and their 11 million caregivers¹.

Now in its tenth year, the C.A.R.E. Pharmacy Award reflects Eisai’s human health care (hhc) mission, which regards patients and their families as the most important participants in the health care process. The C.A.R.E. Pharmacy Award is one way for people with the disease and caregivers to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of community pharmacists and their impact on the lives of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

“Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects both patients and their caregivers, and Eisai’s commitment to the patient and caregiver communities is unwavering,” said Lonnel Coats, President and COO of Eisai Inc. “As part of that commitment, we are proud to be working with the Alzheimer’s Association to honor the extraordinary contributions of pharmacists who make a difference in the lives of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The C.A.R.E. Pharmacy Award allows us to acknowledge the integral role that community pharmacists play in each patient’s treatment and to showcase best practices in caregiving techniques.”

In addition to being recognized, the winning pharmacist’s local Alzheimer’s Association – the Capital of Texas Chapter will receive a $2,500 donation for its vital support programs. Additional $2,500 donations will go to the Alzheimer’s Association chapters located in the areas from which the most nominations are submitted. How to Nominate a Pharmacist

Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers can nominate pharmacists through July 31, 2010 by visiting the care pharmacy website at www.carepharmacyaward.com. To be eligible, nominees must be licensed pharmacists involved in activities within the last year that have helped people with Alzheimer’s disease, and these activities must have had a positive effect on patients and/or their families. Find out more at www.carepharmacyaward.com.

The winning pharmacist will be selected in August by a panel of three judges. One judge is a director at the Alzheimer’s Association’s national office. The other two judges are past winners of this award. Each is dedicated to improving the care of people with Alzheimer’s disease through educational, advocacy and caregiver support programs.

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