NCPA's Bruce Roberts to Conclude Tenure as CEO in June

Alexandria, Va. - March 24, 2010

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today announced that Bruce T. Roberts, RPh, has decided to conclude his eight-year tenure as Executive Vice President and CEO on June 25, 2010. NCPA's leaders have started the search for an executive who can build on the many accomplishments under Roberts' direction and lead the well-positioned association to serve its members in the future. 

"After nearly nine years at the helm of NCPA, the time seems right to turn over the reins of the association," Roberts said. "I'm proud to have led a team that has done so much to position community pharmacy in a more favorable light in our health care system. The stronger voice we've developed for NCPA in the political arena is producing policies that help local pharmacists continue to care for their patients. With NCPA on solid footing and well positioned to do great things in the coming years, I have decided it's time for me to move on to the next chapter." 

"Bruce Roberts' vision and passion for independent community pharmacy have greatly benefitted NCPA members and his service has been deeply appreciated," said NCPA President and Arlington, TX pharmacy owner Joseph H. Harmison, PD. "Bruce helped NCPA develop into both an extremely effective advocate for community pharmacists as well as a source of market-oriented solutions to support our members. On behalf of NCPA's Executive Committee, I and many others wish him all the best and know that he will continue to be an energetic supporter of community pharmacists and their patients." 

"At the same time, the opportunities and challenges before independent community pharmacists wait for no one," Harmison added. "So the association's leaders have already started the search for the right leader to guide NCPA to new heights in advocacy for and support of our members. NCPA's next CEO will inherit a strong organization with vibrant members who are true pillars in their communities and in the health care system. We're also taking steps to ensure that NCPA doesn't miss a beat in the interim." 

NCPA Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer B. Douglas Hoey, MBA, RPh, has been designated to serve as Acting Executive Vice President and CEO after Roberts' departure in June and until a replacement is named. 

Roberts will join BeneCard PBF as President and CEO. The company was founded by Richard Ullman, RPh, who has deep roots in pharmacy and pharmacy benefits management. As a prescription benefit facilitator (PBF), BeneCard is a transparent alternative to the traditional pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) model. 

"In joining BeneCard, I hope to bring about meaningful change in the world of the pharmacy benefit management," Roberts said. "BeneCard's success in the marketplace demonstrates that there is a better way, built on core principles such as absolute transparency and an aligned interest between the beneficiary, plan and the pharmacy. I see this next chapter as a logical extension of the work we've done at NCPA over the last eight years. That is, to bring about positive change to advance pharmacy's role in our health care system and reversing the commoditization of what we do as pharmacists." 

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 22,700 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent an $88 billion health-care marketplace, employ over 65,000 pharmacists, and dispense over 40% of all retail prescriptions. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.

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