January 30, 2016 Red Bank, NJ – A pharmacist who Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Health Group has teamed up with to perform comprehensive medication evaluations for its home health care patients has earned a prestigious award by the New Jersey Pharmacists Association.
Kristine Cigna, PharmD, CCP, was named the 2016 Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year in New Jersey at a recent convening of the Association. Cigna is employed by Exact Care Pharmacy and has been collaborating with VNA Health Group for the past three years to perform complete assessments of patients who were prescribed multiple medications.
Cigna has worked with VNA Health Group’s nurse managers to intervene on behalf of thousands of patients identified as possible risks for interactions or medication compliance. VNA Health Group communicates its medication assessments to patients’ doctors who then make prescription adjustments as needed.
In 2010, Cigna graduated from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year award is presented annually to a pharmacist in each state for individual excellence and outstanding contributions in state pharmacy association activities, community affairs and in professional practice. The award is sponsored by Pharmacists Mutual Companies.
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