News Releases - 2017

NCPA Delegates Say Drug Pricing Solutions Must Address Middleman Business Model

by NCPA | Oct 18, 2017

New Officers Also Installed at Annual House of Delegates Meeting

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 18, 2017) The National Community Pharmacists Association House of Delegates — comprised of pharmacy owners and managers representing their respective states — has adopted a resolution stating that government efforts to reduce prescription drug spending must address the PBM business model. The delegates also elected and installed 2017-18 officers and board members, including a new president and fifth vice president. The proceedings were part of the 119th NCPA Annual Convention.

The House of Delegates resolution stated, "NCPA supports prescription drug cost-lowering policies that would also alter the current pharmacy benefit manager business model and deliver true patient cost savings; including the improvement of patient outcomes and the ability to access pharmacist services at a fair and reasonable provider reimbursement."

David Smith, Pharmacist, of Indiana, Pa., started his one-year term as president. He brings more than 25 years of experience as a pharmacy owner to the position. Smith graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Introducing him at the House of Delegates meeting, his daughter Stephanie Smith Cooney called him a "quiet leader who figures out ways to make things work and find solutions."

"Community pharmacists have relationships with people," said Smith in remarks to the House of Delegates. "We take care of them. It's what makes us valuable and unforgettable. So keep putting patients first and continue embracing change."

Smith continued, "We are experiencing a revolution in finding and implementing more efficient and effective health care delivery models. The patient-centric focus of community pharmacies is perfectly suited for the current environment. I am honored to be NCPA's president, and am excited by cutting-edge efforts like the Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Networks, which will allow us to make a profound difference for patients, especially those with chronic conditions that drive up costs."

Jonathan Marquess, Pharmacist, was elected fifth vice president, the newest NCPA officer. He is the President/CEO of the Institute for Wellness and Education, a disease management company in Woodstock, Ga. In addition, Jonathan and his pharmacist wife, Pam, are the owners of 10 community pharmacies in Georgia. Before assuming his current position, Dr. Marquess was a clinical professor of pharmacy practice at Mercer University School of Pharmacy in Atlanta. Marquess specializes in diabetes care. He is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and Certified Insulin Pump/Sensor Trainer (CPT). He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University.

"The time is now for change," said Marquess. "We could complain about all of the challenges we face, but there are more opportunities now than ever before. It is our time to take back the profession and be compensated for our services."

NCPA Officers for 2017-2018
These independent community pharmacy owners were confirmed for the following positions:

Board of Directors

  • President - David Smith, Indiana, Pa.

  • President-Elect - Bill Osborn, Miami, Okla.

  • Chairman - Brian Caswell, Baxter Springs, Kan.

  • Michele Belcher, Grants Pass, Ore.

  • Hugh Chancy, Hahira, Ga.

  • Jeff Carson, San Antonio, Texas

  • Lea Wolsoncroft, Birmingham, Ala.

  • Jeff Harrell, Ilwaco, Wash.

  • Immediate Past President - DeAnn Mullins, Lynn Haven, Fla.


  • First Vice President - Kristen Riddle, Conway, Ark.

  • Second Vice President - Christian Tadrus, Columbia, Mo.

  • Third Vice President - Justin Wilson, Midwest City, Okla.

  • Fourth Vice President - Michael Kim, Washington, D.C.

  • Fifth Vice President - Jonathan Marquess, Woodstock, Ga.


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