Published on February 8, 2013 by William Nunnelley  
Dan Luce

Walgreens executive Dan Luce (left) urged Samford University pharmacy students to view "accountable care" as a requirement of their profession.  They should cultivate a sense of feeling  "responsible for the outcome" of their customers, he said.

An example of accountable care means a pharmacist should feel responsible not only for filling the prescription, but "for making sure the patient takes his medicine correctly," Luce said.

Luce, national director of pharmacy affairs for Walgreens, spoke to about 300 pharmacy students and others in Reid Chapel Feb. 8 as the pharmacy school's annual Spring Speaker.

Luce said Walgreens espouses a philosophy of "letting pharmacists be pharmacists again."  To accomplish that goal, the company has redesigned its stores to place the pharmacists out front, rather than in the traditional back-of-store configuration.

"The pharmacist is available to meet with and counsel the patient," he said.  The focus is on patient care, freeing the pharmacist from the 37 percent of traditional pharmacy activity that technicians and others can handle.

Walgreens has completed the redesign of 400 of its 8,000 stores nationally.  Its new store on Birmingham's Clairmont Avenue is an example.

Luce also urged the students to become active in professional pharmacy organizations, saying, "The world is run by those who show up."

About Samford UniversitySamford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.