Mar 26, 2018

Washington State University Wins 8th Annual Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition!

Washington State University College of Pharmacy took top honors by winning first prize at the eighth annual Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition (SPCC), held March 17-18 in Aventura, Florida. University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy – USC Campus and University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy ranked second and third, respectively.

Hosted at LP3 Network’s modern learning facility and cosponsored by MEDISCA, MEDISCA Network, and LP3 Network, the SPCC 2018 National Championship gathered student teams of 3 from 19 colleges across the nation for a series of stimulating and high-intensity competitive events, including a practical lab, a gameshow challenge, and an innovation challenge.

Day 2 of SPCC saw the launch of the first-ever Compounding Challenge, where each team selected a representative to face off in a reality-TV-style event and create an appropriate non-sterile dosage form, based on a physician’s request. Utilizing compounding knowledge and skills, Rebecca Caughman (University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy – USC Campus) came out on top, securing complimentary registrations for her team to attend the World Congress of Compounding, taking place in Las Vegas, NV on October 27–28, 2018.

MEDISCA presented faculty representatives with the chance to win a Mazerustar Planetary Mixer for their school of pharmacy – Cydney E. McQueen’s innovative submission impressed the judges, and she walked away with a Mazerustar for the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy.

While the SPCC is a competition, it also provides students, faculty and industry leaders with a channel to cultivate relationships and promote cooperation within the compounding community.  SPCC proudly welcomed as guests and plenary speakers: Brian Serumaga, Science Program Manager, Healthcare Quality Standards at the United States Pharmacopeia (USP); Diana Courtney, Director, Student and Professional Affairs and Committees at the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA); and Lauren Aller, Vice President of Compounding Operations at Clinical Compound Pharmacy, and Member of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP). Their participation and collaboration during the event was highly enriching, as it further enhanced the novel and innovative updates to this year’s competition.

MEDISCA, MEDISCA Network, and LP3 Network would like to thank all participants for making this year’s event a success. We remain committed to collaborating with pharmacy colleges nationwide and providing advanced learning to the pharmacists of tomorrow.

To see more of the first-ever Compounding Challenge and view the video, please click here.

MEDISCA is the leader in providing turnkey solutions to the pharmaceutical compounding industry and allied health care professionals worldwide. Through its global partners, LP3 Network and MEDISCA Network, MEDISCA is committed to being a complete resource for prescribers, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians engaged in personalized medicine by offering educational trainings, products, and support. Founded in 1989, the company has locations in Canada, the United States, and Australia, optimizing its service to the international market. For more information about MEDISCA, please visit and follow us on Twitter at @medisca.

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