Arthur I. Jacknowitz Named 2012 NCPA Outstanding Faculty Liaison of the Year by NCPA Foundation



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San Diego, CA (October 14, 2012) West Virginia University (WVU) professor Arthur I. Jacknowitz, PharmD was named the 2012 National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation's (NCPAF) Faculty Liaison of the Year. The award was presented at NCPA's 114th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 13-17.

Jacknowitz was chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at West Virginia University for almost sixteen years (1985-2001). Prior to this, Dr. Jacknowitz was director of the West Virginia University Drug Information Center, a position he has held as his initial faculty appointment at WVU in 1974. In 1988, his efforts in drug information dissemination to consumers and health professionals statewide were recognized by the university with the Heebink Award for Outstanding State Service.

"For nearly four decades, Dr. Jacknowitz has helped shape the minds of young pharmacists who are now representing community pharmacy for generations to come," said Sharlea Leatherwood, PD, NCPA Foundation President. "We are proud to be among the many that have recognized his contribution to pharmacy education with the 2012 NCPA Faculty Liaison of the Year award and wish him a happy, well-deserved retirement."

To recognize his teaching, scholarship and service for more than a quarter of a century to WVU, a former student endowed a Distinguished Chair in his honor in 2001 and was named the first occupant of the Arthur I. Jacknowitz Chair in Clinical Pharmacy. In 2002, his alma mater recognized his achievements by naming him a distinguished alumnus of Long Island University's Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy, and in 2004 the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy Alumni Association conferred Dr. Jacknowitz honorary alumnus status. The Morgantown Dominion Post recognized him in 2005 as one of the 100 most influential citizens in Morgantown, WV (where WVU is located), and the West Virginia University Student Foundation has honored him as the Most Loyal Faculty Mountaineer. Dr. Jacknowitz has served as academic advisor to more than 250 pre-pharmacy and pharmacy honors students during the past decade and will retire at the end of the 2012 academic year after 38 years of service to West Virginia University.

Author or coauthor of more than 100 scientific and technical articles and abstracts and as many presentations, Dr. Jacknowitz was a monthly columnist for several years for the US Pharmacist, a recipient of the Merck, Sharp and Dohme Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Profession of Pharmacy, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Drug Information Journal for more than a quarter of a century. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Drug Information Association. In 1996 the Drug Information Association recognized his service to the association by awarding him its Outstanding Service Award.

Dr. Jacknowitz was the author of the chapter on musculoskeletal injuries and disorders in four editions of the Handbook of Non-Prescription Drugs. He served three five-year terms, from 1990-2005, as a member of the United States Pharmacopeial Conventions (USP) Gastroenterology Expert Committee. As one of only 22 healthcare professionals nationwide to serve on the 2010-2015 Medicare Model Guidelines Expert Panel, Dr. Jacknowitz and his colleagues on the panel were the recipient of the 2011 USP's Award for an Innovative Response to a Public Health Challenge. The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy recently reappointed him to a sixth three-year term on its Licensure Test Review Committee (NAPLEX). He is one of only 25 pharmacy practitioners/educators nationwide to achieve this recognition. He has served as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Rodale Press and Prevention Magazine. In 1996, Dr. Jacknowitz was chosen as a Lady Davis Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and spent a semester there as a member of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Biopharmaceutics.

The NCPA Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1953 to honor the previous incarnation of NCPA, the National Association of Retail Druggists (NARD) Executive Secretary John W. Dargavel. Contributions to the foundation are tax-deductible as charitable donations to the extent permitted under federal tax law. The NCPA Foundation supports the growth of independent community pharmacy through scholarships to pharmacy students, critical research/programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy and patient care, community service programs, and financial aid to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster or other adverse circumstances. For more information, go to www.ncpafoundation.org.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent a $93 billion health care marketplace, dispense nearly 40% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 315,000 people, including 62,400 pharmacists. Independent community pharmacists are readily accessible medication experts who can help lower health care spending. They are committed to maximizing the appropriate use of lower-cost generic drugs and reducing the estimated $290 billion that is wasted annually by improper medication use. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.

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