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Last Updated
April 19, 2017

February 11–12, 2016
NCPIE Campus Dialogues on Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Continue During 2016

At the invitation of the Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy (OTAP), SAMHSA, NCPIE organized and presented an hour-long workshop entitled Prescription Drug Abuse in Indian Country (PowerPoint Presentation) at a two-day Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) Behavioral Health Summit, convened by SAMHSA on February 11-12 in Washington, DC.

Co-presenting with Ray Bullman, NCPIE Executive Director, was Melissa Holder, Ph.D., (Winnebago), a faculty member in the Social Work Program, Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, KS. The objectives for the session included: 1) Present known facts and influencers about prescription drug abuse in Indian Country and 2) seek participants, insights and vision as campus leaders and leaders in their communities about prescription drug abuse prevention, treatment, campus- and community-based recovery supports.

March 18-19, 2015
NCPIE, in collaboration with McNeil Consumer Healthcare, convened 27 organizations for a stakeholders' forum, “Advancing our Understanding of the Safe Use of Acetaminophen,” The 3rd Seeking Solutions Stakeholders’ Forum at the W Hotel Washington, Washington, DC. The meeting, which included research presentations and interactive breakouts, focused on the following objectives:

  • To review the latest research -- trend data, adverse event surveillance data, and behavioral surveillance research.
  • To leverage this new research to inform new solutions for increasing the safe use of acetaminophen.
  • To explore| prioritize data gaps, where additional research is needed.
  • To discuss | prioritize additional interventions and collaboration opportunities to further reduce acetaminophen overdose and liver injury.

To learn more please see: Advancing our Understanding of the Safe use of Acetaminophen The 3rd Seeking Solutions Stakeholders’ Forum Executive Summary 2015.

September 3, 2014
FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2014, August 31–September 4, 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

Interventions to Promote Adherence to Therapy

  • The US Medicare program — A strategy to improve adherence to therapy
    N. Lee Rucker (National Council on Patient Information and Education, USA)
  • Evidence-based strategies to improve adherence to therapy
    Michael Holden (National Pharmacy Association, United Kingdom)
  • Strategies to promote adherence to antidepressant medications
    Wei Wen Chong (National University of Malaysia UKM, Malaysia)
  • Strategies to promote adherence to therapy- DOT as an example
    Manjiri Gharat (FIP CPS, India)
  • Strategies to promote adherence to therapy – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    Rana Ahmed (The University of Sydney, Australia)
  • Panel discussion: Strategies to promote adherence to therapy — What do we take home as key messages?

August 5–7, 2014
Generation Rx University Conference for Collegiate Prevention and Recovery, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio The third Generation Rx University Conference provided information on alcohol and other drugs, as well as prescription drug abuse prevention and collegiate recovery communities. Attendees included college students, faculty, student life staff members, administrators, counselors, student health professionals, and others were invited to participate and develop take-home plans for prevention/recovery programming at their college or university. NCPIE is a member of the conference planning committee and made the following two presentations:

June 27, 2014
American Society for Automation in Pharmacy (ASAP) mid-year meeting, Palm Beach, FL
Accelerating Progress in Promoting Prescription Medicine Adherence: The Adherence Action Agenda
Ray Bullman, NCPIE Executive Vice President provided an overview of the Adherence Action Agenda (A3) Project, which addresses the health and economic consequences of medication non-adherence among multiple chronic conditions (MCC) sufferers. He will offer specific priorities for action relevant to ASAP and its members. Click here for Ray’s PowerPoint Presentation

May 8, 2014
NCPIE convened a Stakeholders’ Forum, Promoting OTC Literacy Beyond the Classroom, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington DC. The Forum was convened to achieve the following objectives:

  • Create awareness for the McNeil/Scholastic/American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) OTC Literacy educational program and models of programs that are addressing OTC literacy among forum participants, including the research behind its development, component pieces and their intended use in the classroom and at home; and assessment(s) to date.
  • Advance the dialogue among non-classroom-based school and community-based youth service provider organizations about the availability and use of the OTC Literacy program at the local, state, and national levels through their unique spheres of influence and programming.
Approximately 30 organizations representing youth service organizations, government agencies (FDA, SAMSHA, NIDA), NCPIE members and partners that are involved in supporting public health and safety and interested in promoting OTC Literacy participated the forum. Support for the forum was provided through an unrestricted educational grant from McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, a member of the NCPIE coalition. As a follow up to the Forum, NCPIE will prepare an Online Guide for Organizing, Promoting, Conducting and Assessing an OTC Literacy Program in your Community.

NCPIE will also award up to five grants of $10,000 each to select nonprofit Forum participants who submit proposals after the forum, enabling them to conduct a customized/branded OTC Literacy outreach campaign for their organization. Criteria for applying for these grants include: description of campaign goals and objectives; identify campaign target audience(s) and methodologies for reaching each target audience; OTC Literacy program media plan (including traditional and social media strategies); and OTC Literacy program impact/assessment plan. NCPIE will announce the grant recipients in mid-July.

March 28-29, 2014
NCPIE Convenes Campus Dialogue on Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Targeting Historically Black Colleges and University Campuses in the DC Area

On March 28 and 29, NCPIE, in collaboration with Howard University, conducted a two-day Campus Dialogue on Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery targeting the region's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Howard University, Morgan State University, the University of DC and the University of MD Eastern Shore.

The two-day Dialogue enabled students and campus stakeholders working with students the opportunity to discuss the current campus environment relative to substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery and learn about opportunities, strategies and roles for preventing prescription drug abuse and supporting treatment and recovery on campus. Non-student participants represented the following campus areas: admissions, campus judiciary, fraternities/sororities, residential life, student counseling center, administration, campus health centers and campus housing.

Post Campus Dialogue next steps for NCPIE include: 1) preparing a report capturing the Campus Dialogue key learnings and recommendations for action for submission to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which provided support to enable NCPIE to conduct the Campus Dialogue; and 2) coordinating the development of a presentation about the Campus Dialogue at the third annual Generation Rx University Conference for Collegiate Prevention and Recovery. Two Campus Dialogue student participants have been invited to travel to Columbus, OH to participate in the Generation Rx Conference, scheduled for April 5-7, 2014 on the campus of the Ohio State University. NCPIE is represented on the Planning committee for the Generation Rx Conference, sponsored by NCPIE member Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.

January 14-15, 2014 - Raleigh, NC
Advancing Patient Engagement through Coalition Partnerships: A NCPIE Case Study - N. Lee Rucker, MSPH, NCPIE Senior Advisor, presented at the 2nd Annual Optimizing Patient Adherence Conference in Raleigh, NC. The misuse and abuse of prescription medicines and poor understanding of the important balance of medication risks and benefits creates an opportunity for pharmaceutical companies to engage in partnerships with organizations like the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) and to collaborate in the strategic development, implementation and assessment of key medicine safe use messages while engaging with a coalition of diverse stakeholder groups representing consumers, patients, caregivers, voluntary health organizations, healthcare providers, including prescribers and pharmacists. NCPIE’s singular focus – for over three decades – continues to be stimulating and improving communication about the safe and appropriate use of medicines to consumers and healthcare professionals through the development of relevant educational resources to achieve intended outcomes and improve public health. The presentation includes examples of recent partnerships with pharmaceutical companies demonstrating the power of collaboration to address prescription drug abuse prevention, medication adherence improvement and patient empowerment. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.

August 7-8, 2013
The second Generation Rx University Conference for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention & Recovery will be held at the Blackwell Inn & Conference Center at the Ohio State University. Plenary and break-out sessions will include speakers from various associations and institutions. Colleges and universities are encouraged to send teams including students, staff and faculty members to develop take-home strategies for the implementation of prescription drug abuse prevention programs or collegiate recovery communities. Small grants will be available on a competitive basis for conference attendees to implement these take-home plans. Space is limited, so those wishing to attend are encouraged to register early. The registration fee for the two-day conference is $100 ($75 for students). More information is available on the conference website at www.go.osu.edu/rxabuseconference. NCPIE is a member of the conference planning committee.
Ray Bullman's PowerPoint Presentation
Winners of the 2013 Pass it Forward Video Challenge

July 13-17, 2013
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting - N. Lee Rucker, M.S.P.H., NCPIE Chair and Deborah Davidson, NCPIE Membership Director, attended the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.

At the AACP Awards Banquet on July 16, Lee Rucker accepted the AACP Distinguished Service Award presented to NCPIE for its leadership role in improving communication of information on safe and appropriate medicine use to consumers and healthcare professionals. Click here for Lee Rucker’s acceptance remarks.

May 29, 2013
NCPIE Overview for NCC MERP - U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), Rockville, MD – Deborah Davidson presented an overview of NCPIE during the May meeting of The National Coordinating Council on Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, (NCC MERP). Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.

March 12, 2013
RxAdherence2013 - Florham Park, NJ The conference focused specifically on patient adherence and compliance prompting pharmaceutical packaging. The latest trends and topics impacting this area of drug delivery were examined. NCPIE's Executive Vice President, Ray Bullman, presented on the NCPIE Adherence Action Agenda (A3 Project). Click here for the Powerpoint presentation.

August 8-9, 2012
Collegiate Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Conference,
Ohio State University
The conference which included presentations of issues, resources, and best practices for collegiate audiences, attracted several teams of 3-5 people from colleges and universities. Attendees learned about a wide range of resources and expertise in interactive sessions to enable them to craft a take-home plan for implementing prescription drug abuse prevention strategies on their home campus. Small implementation grants were available on a competitive basis.
Ray Bullman’s PowerPoint Presentation .

October 24, 2011
Special Opportunities to Advance Adherence.
Communication & Engagement (PACE) USA, Philadelphia, PA--Ray Bullman presented on the need to include special needs consumers in the development of useful medicine information. Click here for Ray Bullman’s PowerPoint presentation.

October 8, 2011
Updates: USP Label Standards & FDA Patient Medication Information (PMI).
NCPA 113th Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN — Ray Bullman presented an update on prescription medicine labeling efforts underway by NCPIE members USP and Food and Drug Administration. Click here for Ray Bullman’s PowerPoint presentation.

October 5, 2011
Your Role as a Teen Influencer.
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, Alexandria, VA — Ray Bullman discussed how parents, coaches, healthcare providers— and other adults can influence teen behavior as Teen Influencers. Click here for Ray Bullman’s PowerPoint presentation.

September 19–20, 2011
PROTECT & PROTECT–Rx Initiative Meetings

Ray Bullman , NCPIE Executive Vice President, represented NCPIE at the 4th Annual Meeting of PROTECT – Preventing Overdoses and Treatment Errors in Children Taskforce, ant the inaugural PROTECT-Rx Initiative meeting at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA. The purpose of these meetings was to convene national leaders from industry, academia, professional organizations, and health agencies to continue to implement strategies to prevent unintentional overdoses of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications in children. The PROTECT-Rx initiative is a joint effort of the FDA Safe Use Initiative (www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm187806.htm) and CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. The purpose of the PROTECT-Rx initiative is to apply strategies and experience developed for the (OTC) PROTECT Initiative to the prevention of prescription medication overdoses in children. The work of the PROTECT & PROTECT-Rx Initiatives support the Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020 objective to reduce emergency department visits for medication overdoses in children.

June 23, 2011
Ascertaining Barriers to Compliance Project

Ray Bullman, NCPIE Executive Vice President, is representing NCPIE in a project to develop policy recommendations to address medication nonadherence to medicines across Europe. The project, 'Ascertaining Barriers to Compliance: Policies for Safe, Effective and Cost Effective Use of Medicines in Europe (ABC Project)', is funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework programme. In addition to NCPIE, representatives from 14 nations will convene in London on June 23, 2011. The major goal of the meeting is to reach consensus on the range of policy solutions that could be implemented to support patients with medication taking. The principal aims of the project are:

  • To obtain European consensus on terminology used in the field of non-compliance
  • To identify the determinants of non-compliance with short-term and long-term treatment
  • To obtain insight in current practices of compliance management
  • To assess the effectiveness of compliance-enhancing interventions
  • To estimate the cost-effectiveness of compliance-enhancing interventions
  • To develop policy recommendation for promoting patient compliance in European healthcare

  • The meeting will be held at the Royal Society, London, and will involve stakeholders from patient and caregiver organizations, healthcare professionals, healthcare policymakers and the pharmaceutical industry. The results of the meeting will be used to help formulate the ABC final recommendations for health policy makers in Europe.

    January 20–22, 2011
    ASAP 2011 Annual Industry and Technology Issues Conference, Amelia Island, FL

    Ray Bullman, NCPIE Executive Vice President, has been invited by NCPIE member, American Society for Automation in Pharmacy (ASAP), to present "On the Same Page? FDA, Brookings Institution, and the Quest for a Single-Document Solution for Consumer Medicine Information and Medication Guides." Click here for Ray Bullman’s PowerPoint presentation.

    December 13, 2010
    Young People's Networking Dialogue on Recovery

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will convene a Young People's Networking Dialogue on Recovery at the Renaissance Harbor place Hotel in Baltimore, MD on December 13, 2010. This day-long meeting will provide participants — primarily young people (18 – 25 years of age) in recovery and family members of young people in recovery, an opportunity to share creative ideas about developing a community-based recovery-oriented system of care for young people in or seeking recovery. A list of objectives for the meeting is attached. Click here for the final agenda.

    On December 16, following the Young People’s Networking Dialogue on Recovery, two youth participants will present an overview of key recommendations and “next steps” during a plenary session at the 10th Annual Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness (JMATE). The Widening the Door of Entry to Recovery for Young People reports on the ideas for moving an agenda forward that supports young people seeking or in recovery. The youth participants will be joined on the podium by R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education.

    November 16–17, 2010
    FDA Safe Use Initiative Public Workshop

    Ray Bullman, NCPIE Executive Vice President, has been invited to participate in a panel discussion on the role of coalitions in promoting safe and appropriate use of acetaminophen products. Click here for Ray Bullman’s PowerPoint presentation.

    October 19–20, 2010
    Eyeforpharma 7th Annual Patient Adherence & Engagement Summit, Philadelphia, PA

    Ray Bullman, NCPIE Executive Vice President, presented on the topic, “Educate Before You Medicate: A Big Picture Look at Adherence Improvement.”

    July 21, 2010
    The Science of Communicating Medication Information to Consumers

    Ray Bullman, NCPIE Vice President, represented NCPIE at a daylong invitational meeting convened by the Brookings Institution on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration, to address quality improvements for written medicine information.

    May 23–24, 2007
    30th Arthur E. Schwarting Pharmacy Practice Symposium, University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy

    Storrs, CT - Ray Bullman, NCPIE Executive Vice President, was invited to participate in this two-day conference. His presentation was entitled, "Be MedWise: Promoting Safe and Appropriate OTC Medicine Use." For additional information visit the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy website.

    April 24, 2007
    Pharmaceutical Printed Literature Association Annual Meeting

    Westin Time Square, New York, NY — Ray Bullman, NCPIE Executive Vice President, was invited to participate. His presentation was entitled, "Written Drug Information: Now & into the Future — A look at where things now stand with the provision of useful written information to consumers, along with some conjecture as to how the future of drug information might evolve."

    July 28, 2006
    Session on Written Medicine Information (CMI and Medication Guides)

    Ray Bullman, NCPIE Executive Vice President, served as moderator and presented on the topic of Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) at a CME session entitled, "Enhancing Written Information from the Pharmacy: An Update on MedGuides & Consumer Medicine Information (CMI)," at the 2006 NACDS Pharmacy and Technology Conference in San Diego, CA. Co-presenters on the panel were Thomas Lawlor (Walgreen Co.), and Arthur Tsien, J.D. (Olsson, Frank & Weeda, P.C.). Download the PPT slides.

    June 20, 2006
    Ray Bullman, NCPIE Executive Vice President, presented on the topic of Medication Misuse / Abuse at the 2006 Symposium, "Working Together to Provide Educational Excellence Through Prevention," sponsored by the Safe and Drug Free Schools Program, Montgomery County Maryland Public Schools. Download the PPT slides.

    June 20, 2005
    NCPIE Conducts Session on Pharmaceutical Misuse & Abuse for Montgomery Co. MD Public Schools

    Ray Bullman, NCPIE Executive Vice President, organized and presented at a 3-hour workshop presented as part of the Montgomery County, MD Safe and Drug-Free Schools Symposium 2005. Download the agenda. Joining Ray on the panel were: Linda Simoni-Wastila, PhD, PharmD, Univ. of Maryland School of Pharmacy; Kenneth Hoffman, MD, MPH, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); and Mary Larson, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). Presentations are available below:

    Linda Simoni-Wastila
    Kenneth Hoffman, M.D.
    Mary Larson

    June 17, 2005
    Session on CMI

    Ray Bullman, NCPIE Executive Vice President, presented an update on the NCPIE Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) Initiative at the 2005 American Society for Automation in Pharmacy (ASAP) Mid-Year Industry and Technology Issues Conference, June 17-18, 2005, Seaview Resort and Spa, Galloway, NJ. Download the PPT slides.

    May 13-14, 2005
    Family Caregiver Expo

    Stop by the NCPIE booth #804 at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Family Caregiver Expo in Washington, D.C., May 13-14 at the Convention Center. The event is open to the public at no cost and hosted by NACDS, Drug Store News, and WJLA-Washington. NCPIE staff looks forward to welcoming you to our booth and will be providing consumers with educational materials promoting safe and appropriate medicine use. For details, visit the expo at http://www.familycaregiverexpo.com

    April 8, 2005
    NCPIE presents Consumer Medicine Information session at upcoming Food & Drug Law Institute Conference

    NCPIE organized a breakout session on Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) and related drug information issues for the 48th Annual Conference of the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI). The session, entitled, "Prescription Drug Information for Consumers and Healthcare Professionals." Participants in the session included: Ray Bullman, NCPIE Executive Vice President; Paul J. Seligman, MD, MPH, Director, Office of Pharmacoepidemiology and Statistical Science, CDER, FDA; Alan Goldhammer, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America; and Susan J. Winckler, R.Ph., J.D., Vice President, Policy and Communications, and Staff Council, American Pharmacists Association. Presentations are available below:

    Bullman — CMI Initiative
    Seligman — FDA Perspective
    Goldhammer — Industry Perspective
    Winckler — From the Pharmacists' Perspective

    December 2003
    14th National Conference Information
    FDA Commissioner's Keynote Address
    NCPIE 14th National Conference Photo Gallery