NCPA Foundation Announces Activities Scheduled for NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition



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Alexandria, VA (September 27, 2012) — The National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation (NCPAF) has announced its planned activities during NCPA's 114th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 13-17.

The Silent Fundraising Auction is October 14- 15 in the Exhibit Hall. Proceeds from the auction support scholarships to pharmacy students, research/programs to improve the success of independent community pharmacy, community-based health care awareness programs, and disaster relief aid to community pharmacy owners. Auction items include art, pharmacy and sports memorabilia, and travel packages.

In addition, the Foundation's booth (#537) in the Exhibit Hall will offer attendees the opportunity to purchase pharmacy art prints.

At the Foundation's booth, community pharmacists can also register to participate in the National Community Pharmacy Bone Marrow Drive, scheduled for November 5-10. The drive is a health initiative coordinated by the NCPA Foundation and DKMS, the world's largest and most experienced bone marrow donor center. Community pharmacies and residents across the country are invited to join the fight against blood cancers during November, which is National Bone Marrow Awareness month.

The Foundation will once again present several awards and scholarships at the Annual Convention, including the first NARD Ownership Award, along with the John W. Dargavel Medal, and the National Preceptor of the Year Award during the Second General Session, Monday, October 15. During its annual Awards Ceremony on Sunday, October 14, the Foundation will present the following: NCPA Faculty Liaison Excellence Award; NCPA Student Chapter of the Year Awards; and the Presidential Scholarships for students (sponsored by Apotex, McKesson Foundation, Rochester Drug Cooperative, Smith Drug Company, and Teva).

Also at the Awards Ceremony, the foundation will award the Catalyst Grant for Innovative Practice, with a focus on pain management. Sponsored by Purdue, the purpose of this program is to help pharmacists create partnerships within different sectors of the health community to improve patient care and services. The program should generate a significant body of knowledge and evidence to showcase the effectiveness of pharmacy-provided services and the efficacy of pharmaceuticals when properly used.

On October 16, the NCPA Foundation and Arkansas Pharmacists Association are co-hosting the Sunrise Breakfast at the 2012 NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in San Diego, CA. The breakfast, sponsored by Cardinal Health, will feature entertainment by Mark Riley, Larry Wamble, and Tim Benton.

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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