Roseman Pharmacy Students Win 2015 UPhA OTC Medication Contest
It’s a pharmacy school tradition in the state of Utah: every spring students from Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy go up against students from the University of Utah’s pharmacy program in the battle of over-the-counter (OTC) products.
The competition is structured similar to Jeopardy, with several different categories and questions concerning things like safety and efficacy of OTC medications, as well as patient instructions that a pharmacist might give to someone seeking advice on these types of medications.
Five students are chosen from Roseman University College of Pharmacy to compete against five students from the University of Utah, and team members collaborate to come up with answers for each question. The event has happened every year beginning in 2008 at the Utah Pharmacy Association’s annual convention, held in St. George in the spring.
While the University of Utah won the competition for several years, Roseman University pharmacy students recently captured their second victory in a row, winning the competition in 2014 and 2015.
Faculty advisor Dr. Andrew Draper said the students are excited about their current winning streak and look forward to competing again next year.