Carmen A. DiCello Awarded John W. Dargavel Medal by NCPA Foundation

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Nashville, TN (October 10, 2011) — Carmen A. DiCello, RPh, Director of Government and Public Affairs for the Value Drug Company in Altoona, Pennsylvania, was honored as the recipient of the 2011 John W. Dargavel Medal by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation during NCPA's 113th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held here October 8-12. The McKesson Corporation sponsors the annual award that honors an individual whose contributions on behalf of independent pharmacy embody the spirit of leadership and accomplishment personified by John W. Dargavel, who was executive secretary of the National Association of Retail Druggists (NARD), now NCPA, from 1933 to 1961. In fact, the NCPA Foundation was established in 1953 to honor Dargavel.

"Carmen DiCello has poured his heart and soul into making sure independent community pharmacies can not only survive, but thrive in the competitive marketplace," said Sharlea Leatherwood, PD, NCPA Foundation President. "While Pennsylvania has been his primary focus, he has been engaged at the national level for years, where he continues to serve on the NCPA National Legislation Steering Committee. That is why we are proud to honor him with this year's John W. Dargavel Medal for his lifetime of service."

DiCello still owns two pharmacies in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. At Value Drug Company, which was formed in 1934 as a cooperative by 19 local independent pharmacists to consolidate their purchasing power, DiCello has been a leading strategic advocate for independent community pharmacists in the state since 2002. Rated as one of the top independent wholesale drug distributors in the United States, it has continually been able to meet its goal of offering customers the very best value in products and services that can be obtained.

Before joining Value Drug, he was executive director of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association for 22 years, before retiring in 2002. His aggressive approach can be seen in an ongoing national discriminatory pharmaceutical pricing case that seeks to level the financial playing field for independent community pharmacies. He has also won numerous other awards, including NCPA's Pharmacist of the Year Award and the Bowl of Hygeia.

"McKesson Corporation and Health Mart Pharmacy congratulate Carmen DiCello on receiving the 2011 John W. Dargavel Medal and applaud his tireless efforts to ensure a bright future for independent pharmacy," said Rex Catton, senior vice president, McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical. "McKesson and Health Mart understand the important role community pharmacists play in health care delivery and fully support independent pharmacies as they pursue and achieve new levels of clinical and business success."

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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 NCPA Foundation are tax-deductible as charitable donations to the extent permitted under federal tax law. The NCPA Foundation supports the growth and advancement of independent community pharmacy through low-interest educational loans and scholarships to pharmacy students, critical research and programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy, community service programs, and financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or adverse circumstances. For more information, go to

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