Orlando, Fla., Oct. 14, 2013 - California pharmacy owner I.R. Patel, RPh, has received the NARD™ Ownership Award from the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation. The award was presented at NCPA's 115th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition, held Oct. 12-16 in Orlando, Fla.
Sponsored by the NCPA Foundation, the NARD Ownership Award, now in its second year, recognizes an independent pharmacist who embraces the entrepreneurial spirit through promotion and demonstrated excellence in the field of community pharmacy ownership. The award is inspired by the legacy of NARD, which was, for nearly 100 years, the name associated with independent pharmacy. The National Community Pharmacists Association was founded in 1898 as the National Association of Retail Druggists, and represents the nation's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 pharmacies.
"I.R. Patel embodies the true spirit of community pharmacy ownership and entrepreneurship," said Sharlea Leatherwood, PD, President of the NCPA Foundation. "His customer-first philosophy has served his business and his patients well, and we can all learn something from his ingenuity and commitment to the practice of independent pharmacy. The NCPA Foundation is proud to honor I.R. with our second NARD Award, and we know he will continue to enjoy much success while inspiring new community pharmacy owners."
Patel has owned the Bi-Rite Quality Pharmacy in La Habra, Calif. since 1995. During those 18 years, Patel has developed a successful front-end business with a number of hard-to-find remedies as well as niche services, including durable medical equipment and long-term care.
A graduate of Manipal University School of Pharmacy in Manipal, India, Patel has worked in and managed three different pharmacies over the course of his professional career, including Sav-On Drugs in Los Angeles, Alliance Medical Equipment & Respiratory Pharmacy in Ontario, Calif., and Bi-Rite Quality Pharmacy.
Patel is active with the California Pharmacists Association and the Indian Pharmacists Association (IPA), where he currently serves on the advisory board and previously served as president and chairman. He acts as a preceptor at Western University School of Pharmacy and is a member of the Dean's Council at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, where he speaks regularly on pharmacy ownership and other topics. In addition, he serves on the board of directors for the Community Pharmacy Network, Inc. (CPNI).
Patel has been recognized by numerous groups for his efforts on behalf of the industry and community pharmacy. He has received the IPA Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indian Pharmacists Association and the Michael L. Huston Award from United Drugs.
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, please visit www.ncpafoundation.org.
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