Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice (I2P2)

Gov. Jay Inslee signs Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill No. 5557, May 11, 2015, which increased patient access to care provided by pharmacists. Washington state was first in the nation to grant pharmacists paid provider status.

A Collaborative Beginning

In 2006, thanks to the efforts of several devoted faculty members and alumni, the UW School of Pharmacy created the Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice (“I2P2”). Under the leadership of then-professor Jackie Gardner, I2P2 set out to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time: an aging population that is taking more prescription drugs; limited access to affordable basic health care; and an increasing need for better chronic-disease management.

Mission & Service Statement

I2P2 focuses on educating pharmacists who promote innovative and entrepreneurial solutions for better health — and better business. It also provides outreach and guidance to practicing pharmacists to help them better serve their patients in an ever-changing pharmacy landscape.

We draw on the School of Pharmacy’s recognized strengths in senior care, pharmacy management and groundbreaking community health programs to address pharmacy practice needs. By training professionals who understand that running a pharmacy is both a science and an art, we produce pharmacists who care for customers and generate revenue. In addition, through research partnerships, we study and help practicing pharmacists throughout the region implement cost-effective, health-enhancing practice innovations.

I2P2 Goals

  • Provide curricular and programmatic enhancements to prepare tomorrow’s pharmacy leaders
  • Work with pharmacy practitioners to put medication management and pharmaceutical care at the forefront of health care
  • Conduct real world research that benefits both patients and pharmacists
  • Recruit and reward top notch students with the capabilities and desire to be successful pharmacy entrepreneurs, team players and effective communicators. Place those students in preferred internships and residencies
  • Advocate for legislative and policy changes that establish pharmacies as the most efficient access to affordable and appropriate community health services

Selected I2P2 Achievements

2015: An Historic Day in Washington

Washington was the first state in the country to require that pharmacists are included in health insurance provider networks under new legislation (SB 5557) signed by Governor Inslee on Monday, May 11, 2015. This law increases patient access to medical care from pharmacists practicing within their scope of practice, just like nurse practitioners and physician assistants. This care means that patients will have access to covered benefits provided by pharmacists. Good news, especially for people in rural or underserved locations and those dealing with a chronic illness. Full story from UW’s Health Science NewsBeat: Law gives state’s pharmacists compensated-provider status. UW School of Pharmacy’s I2P2 Endowed Clinical Professor Don Downing advocated for this change for over 15 years. “Ideally, 20 years from now the pharmacist will be a fully integrated member of your healthcare team,” Downing said. “Your pharmacist would refer you back to your physician regularly as appropriate, freeing physicians to do their best work, including acute care and diagnostics. As a patient, you will benefit from the full experience and specialized knowledge of your complete health team.”

I2P2 Endowed Clinical Professor Don Downing presents the NCPA Student Member of the Year award to James Lin

I2P2 Endowed Clinical Professor Don Downing presents the NCPA Student Member of the Year award to James Lin

2015: Pharmacist Champion Award

I2P2 Clinical Endowed Professor Don Downing was named Pharmacist Champion by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

2015: UWSOP PharmD student wins NCPA Award

PharmD student, James Lin, received the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Outstanding Student Member of the Year award. James is a strong advocate for the important role independent pharmacies play in communities.

2015: NCPA Business Plan Award

A student team from UWSOP finishes in the top 10 nationally in the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. Team members include Donald Backus, Susie Gannaw, James Lin, Sarah Buterbaugh. They created a business plan to for Mercury PharmaCare Services offers consulting pharmacy services to retirement communities, specifically assisted living facilities. The students presented a poster at the annual NCPA conference. UW has consistently had a student team represented in the top 10 NCPA Business Plan awards.

2014: NCPA Business Plan Award

Fairhaven Pharmacy, Bellingham, WA

Fairhaven Pharmacy, Bellingham, WABrian Donohue

A student team from UWSOP finishes in the top 10 nationally in the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. Team members include Simeon Roth, Kyle Sullivan, David Yiu, and James Lin. Led by I2P2 Clinical Endowed Professor Don Downing, the team created a business plan for Fairhaven Pharmacy, a pharmacy with a strong UW legacy, near Bellingham, Washington. “Working on this project made me more motivated than I already was to own my own community pharmacy one day,” reflected Lin.

2014: Felicia Stewart Award for Lifetime Achievement in Emergency Contraception

Don Downing is presented with the Felicia Stewart Award for Lifetime Achievement in Emergency Contraception for his advocacy in increasing patient access to care provided by pharmacists. Nine states now allow pharmacists to prescribe emergency contraception. Don worked for many years to expand access to pharmacy services in Native American communities. He was instrumental in testing pharmacy access to EC through collaborative practice agreements between pharmacists and physicians, and moving this strategy from concept to practice. The experience gained through pharmacy access projects was key to establishing the safety and appropriateness of providing EC over the counter. “When the idea was first proposed in the mid-1990s, Don immediately saw the critical importance of easy EC access to women’s health and was undeterred by the potentially disruptive politics around EC. He has consistently been an EC advocate and his history of progressive work to strengthen and expand the scope of practice of pharmacists to increase access to health services and products gave him both the platform and the voice to bring his pharmacist colleagues along,” lauded the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center (NAWHERC).

2011: First I2P2 endowed professorship awardedDon_Downing

Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Don Downing was named the first recipient of the I2P2 endowed professorship. As the I2P2 Endowed Professor, Downing has increased opportunities to further enhance innovations in pharmacy practice and education.

Downing is a prolific advocate for pharmacists, patients and underserved populations. He has devoted his career as a professor and practitioner to moving the profession of pharmacy forward.

His practice and training interests have included the development of the nation’s first pharmacist-provided emergency contraception program and the first pharmacist-initiated ongoing hormonal contraception services. Further, Downing and then-Professor Jackie Gardner led the first-in-the-nation charge in the 1990s to educate and certify Washington state pharmacists to provide flu shots and other vaccines to large populations of vulnerable people.

He has also created pharmaceutical care and business strategy partnerships between the School of Pharmacy and the Nisqually, Skokomish and Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribes. His close relationship with area tribes stems from his previous role as pharmacy director of the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority for more than a decade.

Downing, along with now Professor Emeritus Jackie Gardner, co-founded the School of Pharmacy’s Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice in 2005. He currently directs the institute. As the I2P2 Endowed Professor, he will have increased opportunities to further enhance innovations in pharmacy practice and education.

2011: Profit-mastery program is integrated into core Pharm.D. curriculum

As a testament to the School’s commitment to creating innovative business-minded pharmacists, all Pharm.D. students will now participate in the online program “Profit Mastery: Creating Value and Building Wealth” through the School’s Pharmacy Management course. The profit-mastery program is offered through Business Resource Services. The pharmacy management course is taught by I2P2 Endowed Professor Don Downing. Learn more about the profit mastery program.

2010: UW School of Pharmacy named winner of AACP’s Transformative Community Service Award

In November 2010, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy announced that the UW School of Pharmacy would receive this national award. This honor recognizes the School for exceptional community programs that address unmet community needs and for being an example of social responsiveness. I2P2 was instrumental in facilitating several of the programs highlighted in the award.

2009: I2P2 co-directors mentor student team that wins national business plan competition

As part of the School of Pharmacy’s Business Plan Development class, taught by I2P2 co-directors Don Downing and Jackie Gardner, a group of students wrote a business plan and entered it in the National Community Pharmacy Association’s Pruitt-Schutte Business Plan Competition. With guidance from Downing and Gardner and I2P2 support, the students won first place nationally.

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