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NCPA commemorates the best in pharmacy with awards presentation at conference

BY Alaric DeArment

TAMPA, Fla. The National Community Pharmacists Association handed out awards and recognitions at its 110th annual convention and trade exposition in Tampa, Fla., which began Saturday and ends Wednesday.

“This year’s conference honors true leaders in community pharmacy for their contributions to our industry,” NCPA president Steve Giroux said.

The Student Chapter of the Year went to the chapter at the University of Southern California; the first runner up was Mercer University and the second runner-up is the University of Missouri at Kansas City. In addition, 56 pharmacy students were honored as NCPA Outstanding Student Chapter Member of the Year.

The National Preceptor of the Year is pharmacist Melissa Osborne, who has been a pharmacist for 17 years and works at Great Oak Pharmacy in Kansas City, Mo., and serves as a preceptor to about seven University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Pharmacy students every year.

The Calvin J. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award went to American Pharmacists Association chief executive officer and executive vice president, John Gans.

The Lifetime Academic Achievement Award went to Jack Coffey, a pharmacist from Oklahoma who is a clinical associate professor at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Pharmacy.

The Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the Year is Hugh Chancy, of Georgia. The award recognizes “an independent pharmacist for exemplary leadership and commitment to independent pharmacy and to the community.”

The John W. Dargavel Medal, sponsored by McKesson, went to pharmacist Calvin Anthony. The medal recognizes “those whose contributions on behalf of independent pharmacy embody the spirit of leadership and accomplishment” and is named for John Dargavel, executive secretary of the National Association of Retail Druggists, the predecessor of the NCPA.

The Corporate Recognition Award went to AmerisourceBergen, which is a network of almost 5,000 independently owned community pharmacies, including more than 3,000 Good Neighbor Pharmacy stores and more than 1,700 affiliated stores in the Good Neighbor Pharmacy Provider Network.

The NCPA Foundation Legacy Society welcomed four new inductees: David Elm, Nancy Pruitt and Joe and Betty Schutte, each of whom donated more than $10,000 to the NCPA Foundation. In addition, Elm, Sharlea and Gary Leatherwood, Joe and Betty Schutte, John and Karen Tilley and L.D. Sparks were named members of the foundation?s Visionary Class of 2008.

“This year’s conference attendance is 20 percent above last year’s participation and is a true testament to the commitment our members have to the pharmacy practice,” executive vice president and chief executive officer, Bruce Roberts, said.

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Capital Health System, Bristol-Myers Squibb to spread awareness about chronic diseases, prescription drugs

BY Jenna Duncan

PRINCETON, N.J. Bristol-Myers Squibb and Capital Health System have announced that they will co-host a health fair Tuesday, Oct.14, to highlight the importance of managing chronic diseases and disseminate information about assistance programs created to help low-income patients pay for prescription drugs.

The fair is scheduled to start at noon and run until 3 p.m. at the Capital Health System Family Health Center in Trenton. Free wellness screenings will be given and actor Joey Pantoliano will make an appearance and speak about diagnosing and treating depression.

Pantoliano will speak on behalf of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, a nationwide network of pharmaceutical makers working to provide assistance to low-income individuals to pay for their medications for chronic illnesses.

Capital Health System also will provide free high blood pressure, diabetes, dyslipidemia and HIV/AIDS screenings, free vision tests, perform height and weight screenings and distribute information about breast, colorectal and prostate cancers.

Other health-related information provided by Capital and Bristol-Myers Squibb at the fair will cover body composition screenings for newborns, breast-feeding information for new mothers as well as bicycle safety training and demos on and car seat installations for small children.

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Appeals court sides with Amgen over Roche anemia drug patent infringement

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON Amgen won a case against Roche over a drug for anemia that the latter has tried to get into the United States market in a U.S. appeals court Friday, affirming an Oct. 3 decision by a federal judge in Boston.

Amgen said that Roche’s drug Mircera (methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta) infringed on its patents for the drugs Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa) and Epogen (epoetin alfa). Mircera is on the market in Europe, and the Food and Drug Administration approved it for the U.S. market in 2007.

“Amgen is pleased that the Court of Appeals has affirmed the preliminary injunction barring Roche from selling its [peg-erythropoietin] product in the United States in violation of Amgen’s erythropoietin patents,” Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based Amgen said in a statement.

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