Smith Drug donates stethoscopes to SOP

Wingate, N.C. – Ken Couch,, president of Smith Drug Company, of Spartanburg, S.C., recently visited Wingate University to present stethoscopes to each of the 70 Wingate University School of Pharmacy second-year students. Couch has supported the stethoscope program for the past three years in recognition of the evolving role of the pharmacist in medication therapy management. According to Couch, "Wingate has set a standard for pharmacy practice that other schools should emulate."

Smith Drug Company has served independent community pharmacies in its capacity as a wholesale drug company for the past 75 years.
The company has been supportive of Wingate's School of Pharmacy in a number of ways since the school's inception.

Wingate University’s School of Pharmacy, which began in 2003, received a record number of applicants (1,124) for the fall 2009 academic year. The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy awarded Wingate University’s SOP the 2009 Award for Excellence in Assessment.

Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private four-year co-educational institution of 2,159 students offering active learning opportunities through personalized instruction, world travel, career discovery and community service.

Wingate offers more than 40 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, communication, education, fine arts, music and sport sciences. It also offers graduate degrees in business, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration. In addition, the school awards the doctor of pharmacy and the doctor of education degrees.

Bulldog student-athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. Wingate University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past three years.