On February 24, 2017, K. Scott Guess ’83, PharmD, MSPharm, RPh, DAAPM received the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) Cardinal Health Generations Rx Champions award at the CPhA Western Pharmacy Exchange in Palm Springs. The award recognizes a pharmacist who has demonstrated excellence in community-based prescription drug abuse prevention. This honor recognizes Dr. Guess’ outstanding efforts within the pharmacy community to raise awareness of this serious public health problem.
For over two decades Dr. Guess has been refining his knowledge of pain management. He has been influential in shaping the community pharmacist’s role in the chronic pain management field. Starting with a single patient with chronic regional pain syndrome in 1993, he has expanded his practice to include 800 chronic pain patients.
Using this knowledge base, he developed PainTRac™, the award-winning program which gives community pharmacists a solid foundation upon which they can define a reasonable and personal definition of corresponding responsibility. This program has been instrumental in the prevention and treatment of drug abuse in chronic pain patients. PainTRac™ is a testament to Dr. Guess’ creativity and his ability to develop innovative tools to combat the issue of rapidly increasing prescription drug abuse.
Dr. Guess was awarded the California Pharmacist Association Innovative Pharmacist of the Year in 2012. He has served as an expert witness, assisting attorney on a number of cases that involve the proper dispensing, record keeping and diversion prevention of controlled substances.
In 1983, he earned a doctor of pharmacy from University of the Pacific. As a student, he was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity. For Dr. Guess, his time as a student at Pacific was a formative experience. He shares, “I was taught by world-class experts, expanded my horizons and learned to live with a stranger in a dorm full of strangers who became a dorm full of friends. I learned study habits that I use to this day.”
In 2016, he earned a master of science in pharmaceutical outcome policy, specializing in policy and regulation, from the University of Florida. A lifelong learner, Dr. Guess continues to hone his expertise in palliative care. “Now that the California Board of Pharmacy is allowing the Advanced Practice Pharmacist (APP) license for pharmacists, I have decided to apply for the APP license based on my clinical training as a mid-level practitioner in the pain management of palliative care patients,” Dr. Guess said. “To improve my knowledge in this area, I am currently pursuing a master of science in palliative care at University of Maryland. In the meantime, I continue to work as a licensed pharmacist at a community pharmacy and to build the patient base for my palliative care clinic.”
“It has always been my goal to do the best I can for my patients and my profession by using the knowledge and skill set I have been given,” said Dr. Guess. “It is my hope that all pharmacists will do the same.” The CPhA commends Dr. Guess for the impact that he has had on the issue of prescription drug abuse.
By Anne Marie H. Bergthold