Students Compete in 7th Annual Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition
Published on 20 December 2016
On Nov. 1, 2016, thirty students flexed their compounding muscles and put their knowledge to the test as part of the 7th Annual Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition (SPCC) organized by Medisca. Ten teams, composed of three students each, competed in a compounding and regulatory section to be judged by St. Louis College of Pharmacy faculty members. The competition has grown in popularity over the last six years since the College first participated, attracting students from all levels of the professional program.
Students were tasked with preparing three formulations—oral troches, Pluronic Lecithin Organogel (PLO gel) and topical gel—with a time limit of three hours. Documentation of the procedure, calculations, patient instructions, labeling requirements, stability and storage provisions, as well as evaluations of the quality control testing for specific dosage forms were also required as part of the compounding section.
The theme for this year’s regulatory section was “The New Compounding Landscape.” Students were asked to develop a business plan for establishing a compounding pharmacy on campus to serve as a teaching resource to train future students and to service the public. In a seven minute audiovisual recording, students had to define their compounding practice, include all legal, regulatory, standards of practice and guidance documents that they will use and define the environmental maintenance, monitoring and testing procedures to ensure the facility is in compliance with required standards of practice. Additionally, students were asked to explain their quality assurance and risk management measures to ensure the integrity and quality of the compounded sterile and non-sterile preparations.
“There are very few nationwide competitions that emphasize the role of the compounding pharmacist,” commented Noha N. Salama, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics. “The SPCC allows students to compete and engage with students from other schools of pharmacy nationwide, and gives students the opportunity to develop confidence in their compounding abilities and start building their network as professionals.”
Teams were judged in comparison to one another, as well as by the judges’ key provided by the organizers along with the test material. The winners from the 2016-2017 STLCOP competition are P3 student Olivia Johnson, P3 student Grace Gomes and P3 student Fangzheng Yuan. Johnson, Gomes and Yuan will represent the College at the national championship competition March 18-19, 2017, at Medisca’s new, state-of-the-art facility in Aventura, Florida. There, students will compete and participate in seminars about current standards of practice and regulations in compounding from renowned pharmaceutics faculty.