News Releases - 2018

Scott Pace Awarded Dargavel Medal by NCPA Foundation

by NCPA | Oct 08, 2018

BOSTON, Mass. (Oct. 8, 2018) — Scott Pace, PharmD, JD, former CEO of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association, was awarded the 2018 John W. Dargavel Medal by the National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation during NCPA's recent Annual Convention in Boston.

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, now NCPA, from 1933 to 1961. In fact, the NCPA Foundation was established in 1953 to honor Dargavel.

Pace joined APA in 2006 and became CEO in January 2016. Prior to joining APA, he was founding director of the Evidence-Based Prescription Drug Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He also worked for NCPA and has practiced pharmacy in both the community and hospital settings.

Pace served on the committee that crafted the legislation leading to the Arkansas Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and he serves on the Arkansas Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Advisory Committee. In addition, he was appointed by former Gov. Mike Beebe in 2012 as the consumer representative on the state medical board and served in that capacity until the end of 2015.

Earlier this year, after a dramatic and unannounced set of cuts by a pharmacy benefit manager jeopardized the future of independent pharmacy in Arkansas, Pace led pharmacists in a public relations and legislative crusade to educate the public on the tactics of PBMs and seek a legislative fix that would create a comprehensive licensure framework, including a significant list of prohibited practices for PBMs operating in the state. This led to Gov. Asa Hutchinson calling a special session of the legislature and resulted in passage of the Arkansas Pharmacy Benefits Manager Licensure Act, which requires licensure of any pharmacy benefit manager that services any insurance plans that are not self-funded by employers. Pace credits the pharmacists of Arkansas for their active participation in the political process and to the legislative champions who helped make the new law a reality.

Pace earned his BS degree in biology from Arkansas State University, his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and his law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law. He is a licensed pharmacist in Arkansas and Virginia and is a member of the bars of both Arkansas and the District of Columbia.

Pace is married to Anne Pace, PharmD, and they are co-owners of Kavanaugh Pharmacy in the Heights neighborhood in Little Rock. The Paces have two children, Cameron and Carter.


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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 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, go to

Founded in 1898, the National Community Pharmacists Association is the voice for the community pharmacist, representing 22,000 pharmacies that employ 250,000 individuals nationwide. Community pharmacies are rooted in the communities where they are located and are among America's most accessible health care providers. To learn more, visit