San Diego, CA (October 14, 2012)
Sue Farrell has been named the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) 2012 Spirit of Independence award recipient. This award is given to an individual who has shown a significant and sustained contribution to the future of independent pharmacy. The announcement was made on Sunday, October 14 at the First General Session of the NCPA 114th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 13-17 in San Diego.
"Sue was Executive Director of the Federation of Pharmacy Networks for 18 years and retired earlier this year. Under Sue's stewardship FPN grew exponentially and was and continues to be instrumental in helping independent community pharmacies adapt in the constantly changing, competitive pharmacy marketplace," said Lonny Wilson, DPh, NCPA president and pharmacy owner in Oklahoma City, OK. "Her vision and tireless efforts make her a very deserving recipient of the 2012 NCPA Spirit of Independence Award."
During Farrell's tenure at FPN she increased the leverage, quality and quantity of programs associated with the cooperative of 22 member group purchasing groups to ably serve more than 14,000 independent community pharmacies. Among her most notable accomplishments were reincorporating FPN to become a California Cooperative; ensuring all 'safe harbor' requirements were met.
Farrell's journey to FPN actually began with her first paying job at Boro Drugs in Kenilworth, NJ. After completing her education, she held various positions at the American Automobile Association of America, where she developed a background in data management, among other things, that would aid her efforts at FPN.
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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