OU College of Pharmacy Students Named Finalists in National Business Plan Competition

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Four students from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy have been named finalists in the 2019 Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition.

The students will join two other finalist teams in presenting their business plans in a live competition on Oct. 26, 2019, at the NCPA Annual Convention in San Diego. The other teams including pharmacy students from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy.

OU College of Pharmacy team members include: Hayley Sewell, Jennifer Walling, Jonathan Little and Victoria Boudiette. The team’s faculty advisors are Eric Johnson, Dr. Katherine O’Neal and Dr. Justin Wilson. Dr. JoLaine Draugalis is Dean of the OU College of Pharmacy.

The Student Business Plan Competition, supported by Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Pharmacists Mutual Companies and the NCPA Foundation, is the first national competition of its kind in the pharmacy profession and honors two great champions of independent community pharmacy, the late Neil Pruitt Sr. and the late H. Joseph Schutte. The goal of the competition is to motivate pharmacy students to create a feasible business model for buying an existing independent community pharmacy or opening a new pharmacy, and to prepare tomorrow’s pharmacy entrepreneurs for a successful future.

All participating schools receive a plaque commemorating their first year of participating in the competition and teams in first, second and third place will earn donations to their respective colleges.



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