Ed Sherman Named 2011 NCPA Outstanding Faculty Liaison of the Year by NCPA Foundation

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Nashville, TN (October 9, 2011)

Ed Sherman, RPh, adjunct professor at the University of the Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Stockton, California, was named the 2011 National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation's (NCPAF) Faculty Liaison of the Year. The award was presented at NCPA's 113th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 8-12.

"Ed Sherman has been a tireless and effective faculty liaison in helping University of the Pacific pharmacy students develop the skills and interests in pharmacy ownership that will keep independent community pharmacies strong in the future," said Sharlea Leatherwood, PD, NCPA Foundation President. "He is a very deserving recipient of the 2011 NCPA Faculty Liaison of the Year award, and I'm confident his past and present students would concur."

This recognition is the first for the school. Sherman has served as an adjunct professor for more than 10 years in addition to his role as the faculty advisor to NCPA's student chapter, which helps aspiring pharmacists learn more about the entrepreneurial side of pharmacy. The most important aspect of his work as faculty advisor is overseeing the chapter's participation in the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan competition, which fosters independent community pharmacy ownership by having participants create a business plan that is judged by a panel of experts. The Pacific Student Chapter won the competition in 2005 and was recently notified of being selected as a top 10 finalist for the 2011 competition.

Sherman's pharmacy elective course, "Opportunities in Pharmacy Practice," teaches students about the essentials of having good communication skills and conducting a business plan. It was featured in the NCPA America's Pharmacist in May of this year and is very popular among students. He is also treasurer of the California Pharmacists Association and San Joaquin Pharmacists Association.

Under Sherman's guidance, students this year launched a grassroots effort to send more than 1,000 letters to lawmakers in the state government to stop the draconian cuts to pharmacies under the Medi-Cal program. In addition, the student chapter hosted its annual Women's Health Fair in celebration of Mother's Day.

"My career at Pacific started over dinner in Florence, Italy with Ralph Saroyan. I was talking about how I felt new graduates needed more real world experience within their professional pharmacy education. Ralph then told me 'when you get a chance, go fix it.' So here I am," said Sherman.

He added, "The most important part of what I do is the students. I hope that I have helped open their eyes to the many opportunities available to them in the real world. My best rewards over the years are seeing students who have blossomed into our leaders in the profession of pharmacy."

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 NCPA Foundation are tax-deductible as charitable donations to the extent permitted under federal tax law. The NCPA Foundation supports the growth and advancement of independent community pharmacy through low-interest educational loans and scholarships to pharmacy students, critical research and programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy, community service programs, and financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or 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 over 37% 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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