NCPA Elects New Officers and Board Members, Adopts Resolutions and Policy Objectives at 113th Annual Convention



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Alexandria, Va. - October 25, 2011

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) installed new Officers and its Board of Directors for 2011-2012 at its 113th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition, held Oct. 8-12, in Nashville, Tenn. They are the association's governing body, which represents the voice of the members and direct the association's objectives. All are practicing pharmacists.

The convention marked the beginning of the one-year term for new NCPA president, Lonny Wilson, DPh, of Oklahoma City, Okla. Wilson has long been a fixture of Oklahoma health care and pharmacy circles. He is currently CEO of Pharmacy Providers of Oklahoma (PPOk). Wilson is a graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University School of Pharmacy. He has 30 years of experience in community pharmacy and currently owns and operates three pharmacies in eastern Oklahoma County—ValuMed Pharmacy of Fort Gibson and Midwest City as well as Bestyet Discount Pharmacy of Harrah. In addition, Wilson serves as Chairman of Mirixa, a leading developer of innovative clinical solutions that facilitate pharmacist-based patient care services such as medication therapy management (MTM).

"We congratulate Lonny Wilson on becoming NCPA president," said NCPA CEO, B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. "He has been a tireless advocate for helping better position independent community pharmacies, with their focus on providing numerous patient care services, for the future. Part of those efforts also requires pushing state and federal officials to implement common-sense policies that level the playing field."

"Community pharmacists play a vital role in improving health outcomes while reducing costs," Wilson said. "First, local pharmacists help maximize the appropriate use of lower-cost generic drugs by dispensing 20 percent more generic drugs than out-of-state mail order facilities. Second, pharmacists provide critical, face-to-face patient counseling on the proper use of medications, and on combating diabetes and other common conditions.

"These small business health professionals also serve as pillars of the community and contribute greatly to local jobs and tax revenue," Wilson added. "Independent community pharmacists are particularly vital in a number of underserved rural and inner-city areas, where they may be the only pharmacy option and health care resource for many miles around."

NCPA's House of Delegates also passed several resolutions to guide the association policy and initiatives. The resolutions cover areas such as:

  • Opposing the merger of 2 of the 3 largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions;
  • Pressing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to conclude its multi-year investigation with sufficient corrective action with regards to the unfair business practices of the merged PBM and retail chain pharmacy, CVS Caremark;
  • Supporting a coordinated federal and state approach to investigating and prosecuting pharmacy crime with stronger penalties, along with federal incentives for pharmacies to purchase security technologies to deter pharmacy crime and working with law enforcement to find solutions that will deter such crimes from happening in the first place; and
  • Making medication adherence a focus for addressing this costly problem by encouraging the development of curricula in pharmacy schools, in current pharmacy practices, and through advocacy with payers, policy makers, and legislators ensure that pharmacists are appropriately compensated for their valuable services.

In addition, the following independent community pharmacy owners were designated to the following positions:

Board of Directors

  • President - Lonny Wilson, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • President-Elect - Donnie Calhoun, Anniston, Ala.
  • Chairman - Mark Riley, Little Rock, Ark.
  • John Sherrer, Marietta, Ga.
  • Bradley Arthur, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Keith Hodges, Gloucester, Va.
  • DeAnn Mullins, Lynn Haven, Fla.
  • David Smith, Indiana, Pa.
  • Immediate Past President - Robert J. Greenwood, Waterloo, Iowa

Officers

  • First Vice President - Bill Osborn, Miami, Okla.
  • Second Vice President - Brian Caswell, Baxter Springs, Kan.
  • Third Vice President - Michele Belcher, Grants Pass, Ore.
  • Fourth Vice President - Hugh Chancy, Hahira, Ga.
  • Fifth Vice President - Jeff Carson, San Antonio, Tex.

The 114th NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition is scheduled for Oct. 13-17, 2012 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.

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 over 37% 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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