Robert C. Bowles, Jr. Receives 2010 NCPA Prescription Drug Safety Award

Philadelphia, PA (October 25, 2010) - The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) announced that Robert C. Bowles, Jr., RPh, owner of Big C. Pharmacy in Thomaston, Ga., has been awarded the 2010 NCPA Prescription Drug Safety Award. The announcement was made at the association's 112th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held here October 23-27.

The Prescription Drug Safety Award, sponsored by Purdue Pharma, L.P., recognizes pharmacists who have reached out in their communities to provide education on the benefits of the correct use of prescription drug products and the hazards associated with their misuse.

"We are proud to honor Robert as this year's NCPA Prescription Drug Safety Award winner, because his actions demonstrate a sustained effort for ensuring patients get the maximum health benefit from their prescription drugs," said Joseph H. Harmison, PD, NCPA President and pharmacy owner In Arlington, Tex. "He accomplishes those objectives by holding patient educational classes, being a leader at medication therapy management services, using technology to make sure patients are adhering to their medication regimens, and providing a drug disposal program for unused and expired medications."

Since graduating with a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Georgia in 1970, Bowles has been committed to improving the lives of patients. He hosts two to three free patient education classes each month teaching how to properly manage diabetes and heart disease. Bowles also visits the local senior center on a monthly basis to present educational programs, and consults with each senior to make sure they are adhering to the most effective prescription drug program possible. He also utilizes the "My Dose Alert" technological reminder program to ensure patients are taking their prescription drugs in a timely fashion. Bowles is helping patients safely discard unused prescription drugs through his NCPA "Take Away" disposal program through his pharmacy.

His dedication to helping others extends well beyond Thomaston and the United States. Bowles has made several medical mission trips to Honduras and Panama, and donated medications and supplies for medical mission trips to Africa and Central America. He has held many prominent positions such as president of the Georgia Pharmacy Association from 2008-2009, and received many awards such as the 2009 Outcomes' "Top MTM (Medication Therapy Management) Center" for region eight, which encompasses all of Georgia and South Carolina. He and his wife Judy have three children and five grandchildren.

"We want to congratulate Robert Bowles for his dedication to the health and well being of the people in his community," said Steve Seid, Executive Director of National Accounts & Trade Relations for Purdue. "Pharmacists are on the front line of health care and play an increasingly critical role in helping patients understand the appropriate use of medications, and Robert's actions are a testament to that approach."

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, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent a $93 billion health-care marketplace, have more than 315,000 employees including 62,400 pharmacists, and dispense over 41% of all retail prescriptions. To learn more go to or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at

Purdue Pharma L.P. and its associated U.S. companies are privately-held pharmaceutical companies known for pioneering research on persistent pain. Headquartered in Stamford, CT, Purdue is engaged in the research, development, production, and distribution of both prescription and over-the-counter medicines and hospital products. Additional information about Purdue can be found at

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