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Medication Safety Spotlight: Barbara McHenry, PharmD

by PTCB | Dec 11, 2017

PTCB Medication Safety Spotlight: Barbara McHenry, PharmD 


“The president of our school challenged us to be innovative and visionary in responding to the school’s priority this year to serve people in the community who are most in need. I teach 41 students in our Pharmacy Technician Program, and decided the best way my program can meet this challenge is to hold a Brown Bag Medication Review Day.

Dr. McHenry (right) at the Pharmacy Technician Program induction ceremony with keynote speaker Ellen H. Yankellow, PharmD, President and CEO, Correct Rx Pharmacy Services, Inc.
On this day, scheduled in 
Spring 2018, each of our students will conduct medication reconciliations. We’ll also provide medication counseling that day to the community through our partnership with the Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy. The Pharmacy School will send some fourth-year pharmacy students and faculty members to oversee our students’ Medication Reconciliation activities.

If we discover any problems with the medications, we’ll report them to the patient’s primary care physician with their permission, or instruct them to follow up with their provider.

We’re excited to make this project come to life. Getting participation from the community is the next step. We’re inviting residents of the nearby Emerson House senior community, 
and we are reaching out to nearby neighborhoods, and encouraging everyone - parents, grandparents, friends - to come and bring their medications.

The Brown Bag Day concept came from the idea of encouraging patients to bring medications in a ‘brown bag’ to a pharmacy to have them reviewed. Patients receive recommendations for changes. This should increase compliance, and improve their quality of life. This activity is similar to what many community pharmacies do once or twice a year to bring more people into the pharmacy to improve their care.”


Barbara McHenry, PharmD 

Instructor, Pharmacy Technician Program
Elizabeth Seton High School
Bladensburg, MD

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