Students Place Top Five in National Pharmacy & Therapeutics Competition

This year marks the 14th time a USC team has made it to the final round of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P & T) Competition.

A USC Mann student team–Kathryn Perkins, Tiffany Huynh, Ronnelle Copes, and Natalie Buchholz–competed in the final round of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) 23rd Annual National Student Pharmacist Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition in San Antonio, Texas. 

45 teams across the nation participated in the competition, and 15 teams were recognized as semi-finalists. Five finalist teams were then selected to travel to San Antonio and make oral presentations to a mock P&T committee. Teams evaluated cases clinically, researched pharmacoeconomics, and made formulary and business recommendations. 

Huynh, third-year student and past president of the USC AMCP chapter, said the team is proud to place in the top five nationally. “We did our absolute best, and we are so proud of how far we have come,” Huynh said.

“This is the 14th time a USC team has made the top five in the country throughout the competition’s 23-year history,” said Vinson Lee, adjunct faculty member and co-faculty advisor for the USC Mann AMCP team. “The team represented themselves and USC Mann very well. I am incredibly proud to witness all the work the students put in.”

Student teams investigated Adbry™ (tralokinumab-ldrm)—an injection for adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema—and evaluated the safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of the drug.

“Progressing this far into the competition, we feel a great sense of accomplishment as we take another step closer in our journey to become holistic healthcare professionals and better pharmacists by taking into consideration disease states, therapies and cost,” Huynh said.