News Releases - 2017

David Clark Named Recipient of 2017 NARD Ownership Award

by NCPA | Oct 16, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 16, 2017) The National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation announced today that David Clark, PD, former Executive Director of the Indiana Pharmacists Association (the predecessor to the Indiana Pharmacy Alliance), is the recipient of this year's NARD® Ownership Award. The award was presented at the NCPA 2017 Annual Convention held Oct. 14-18.

Sponsored by the NCPA Foundation, the NARD Ownership Award, now in its sixth 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.

"It's truly an honor to present David Clark, a giant in the world of independent community pharmacy, with the 2017 NARD Ownership Award on behalf of the NCPA Foundation," said Charles West, PD, President of the NCPA Foundation. "David rolled up his sleeves and worked tirelessly for years as the head of the Indiana Pharmacists Association, and then became a very active and important part of what is now called NCPA."

Clark completed his pre-pharmacy requirements at the Chicago Medical Center of the University of Illinois and graduated from Butler University College of Pharmacy in Indianapolis in 1962. He then worked in community pharmacy for a few years. In response to a shortage of pharmacists, Clark started the Pharmacists Relief Emergency Program, which supplied 23 part-time pharmacists to work relief days for the many independent pharmacists in Indiana.

In 1969, he became the assistant executive director for the Indiana Pharmacists Association. The following year, Clark was elevated to executive director, a position he held for more than 20 years. His duties included being a registered lobbyist for pharmacy at the Indiana legislature every day of each session, to protect independent pharmacy and the profession in general.

Clark then started working with NARD in several capacities. For example, he authored several speeches with outlines and graphics about the many special services offered by independent community pharmacists that could be presented to civic and educational groups, corporate representatives, and others. His skills were so in-demand that Clark conducted workshops at the national level on "Secrets of Successful Speaking, a How-to Course."

He also created the NARD "Tomorrow's Pharmacy Today" physical layout and design for efficient patient counseling areas in an independent pharmacy. This complete pharmacy counseling and dispensing area was the centerpiece at several NARD conventions. Over the years, Clark has received many awards, including the Bowl of Hygeia Award and the ASAE Certified Association Executive Designation.

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About the National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation
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

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