NCPIE Receives Recognition for Boy Scouts of America/NCPIE Be MedWise OTC Safety Program

Ten scouting delegates from across the nation, including one Cub Scout, six Boy Scouts, one Sea Scout, one Venturer and one Explorer, recently met with President Obama, who as U.S. president also serves as the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) honorary president, and senior government leaders in Washington, DC to present the 2015 BSA Annual Report to the Nation. During the Scouts' meeting with the U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, NCPIE, represented by NCPIE Chair, Elizabeth Keyes, R.Ph., American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and Ray Bullman, Executive Vice President, and the BSA were presented with a Be MedWise Award letter of commendation from Rear Admiral Pamela Schweitzer, Assistant Surgeon General and Chief Professional Officer, Pharmacy. BSA and NCPIE collaborated on development of the online ScoutStrong Be MedWise Award introduced in October 2015 during NCPIE’s annual “Talk About Your Medicines” Month. The Be MedWise Award is designed to complement existing Boy Scouting and Venturing programming. This award’s curriculum consists of four online lessons. The program is self-paced, which allows the unit leader to determine how quickly it is completed. Upon completion of the SCOUTStrong Be MedWise curriculum, youth will be able to do the following: • Understand what prescription and OTC medicines are, and the ways they are the same and different. • Learn how to use medicines safely. • Know what’s on the Drug Facts label. The Be MedWise Award is part of the Boy Scouts of America SCOUTStrong Healthy Living Initiative. This Initiative integrates active lifestyles, healthy eating and emotional fitness into everything that the Boy Scouts of America does through alliances, campaigns, and updated programs.