San Diego, CA (October 15, 2012)
Pfizer, Inc. was honored today with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) 2012 Corporate Recognition Award. The award was given during the Second General Session of NCPA's 114th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 13-17, in San Diego. This award recognizes a company for its support and work on behalf of independent community pharmacies.
"Pfizer is a longtime and steadfast supporter of independent community pharmacies and NCPA," said Lonny Wilson, DPh, NCPA President and pharmacy owner in Oklahoma City, OK. "They often have been a quiet supporter, not seeking attention or headlines. However, I can proudly tell you that Pfizer has been a driving and indispensable force in NCPA's adherence initiative PAMA, which stands for Pharmacists Advancing Medication Adherence. Pfizer wants to help reduce the billions of dollars a year that are wasted on the improper use of medications, by focusing on pharmacist-provided patient care services that improve patient outcomes. NCPA's efforts are critical to that goal."
NCPA has committed that by 2015, actions taken by independent community pharmacists that will result in demonstrable improvement in patient medication adherence rates through the PAMA initiative. The core elements of this program will address behavioral changes in pharmacists' actions and business enhancement opportunities. Pfizer supported the initiative since its inception.
Wilson added, "Pfizer's commitment to NCPA and independent community pharmacy isn't limited to the PAMA initiative, it extends to various other NCPA programs that have helped NCPA members better serve their patients for many years."
"Pfizer values its relationship with community pharmacy and NCPA," said Tom McPhillips, Vice President of Pfizer's U.S. Trade Group. "We are pleased to be able to support valuable NCPA initiatives that are patient-centric such as PAMA, which continues to demonstrate NCPA's leadership in enhancing the role of the community pharmacist in helping to improve medication adherence and ultimately improving patients' quality of life. We are honored to accept this Corporate Recognition Award and look forward to a long and productive relationship between Pfizer, NCPA, and community pharmacy."
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.
Pfizer Inc.: Working together for a healthier world™
At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to improve health and well-being at every stage of life. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacturing of medicines for people and animals. Our diversified global health care portfolio includes human and animal biologic and small molecule medicines and vaccines, as well as nutritional products and many of the world's best-known consumer products. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as the world's leading biopharmaceutical company, we also collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who rely on us. To learn more about our commitments, please visit us at pfizer.com.
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