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Texas community pharmacist named 2013 NCPA Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the Year

BY Michael Johnsen

ORLANDO, Fla. — Ed Horton, owner of Tanglewood Pharmacy and Medical Supplies in Stephenville, Texas, has been named the 2013 NCPA Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the Year, an award sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories. Horton received his award on Sunday during the First General Session of the 115th Annual NCPA Convention and Trade Exposition held here.   

“In addition to running a highly successful and award-winning pharmacy, Ed has consistently demonstrated strong leadership on behalf of local, state and national associations as a founding member of the Alliance of Independent Pharmacists of Texas and in his assistance to pharmacy students," stated NCPA president Donnie Calhoun.    

The Independent Pharmacist of the Year award recognizes an independent pharmacist for exemplary leadership and commitment to independent pharmacy and to their community. The award is named in honor of someone who exemplified these qualities: Willard B. Simmons, a former executive secretary of NCPA — then the National Association of Retail Druggists — and long-time NCPA Foundation trustee.  

Horton received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Houston in 1974. Horton became owner of the Kemp Family Pharmacy the next year. In 1985, he sold the pharmacy to move back to West Texas where he was raised. In 1986, he opened Tanglewood Pharmacy and Medical Supplies, which today includes walk-in patients, institutional care, drug rehabilitation facilities, facilities for the mentally handicapped, hospice care, home infusion, compounding and hormone replacement therapy. 

Horton gained a reputation as a pioneer in the industry for the extremely effective way in which he interacted with patients about the importance of their medications and how to utilize them properly. His pharmacy has been voted the best pharmacy in Erath County every year since 1997 by readers of the Stephenville Empire Tribune, and he was also voted the best pharmacist in 2002. 

In addition to his pharmacy practice and membership, among other things, Horton is a member of NCPA, the Texas Pharmacy Association (where he served as their director from 2002 to 2005 and president for 2007 to 2008), the American Pharmacists Association and the Alliance of Independent Pharmacists of Texas (where he currently sits on the board).

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Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy rebrands, shortens name

BY Alaric DeArment

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy is now Diplomat, the company said Monday in announcing a change to its name and branding strategy.

Calling it a "new and more human brand," the company said it had grown to include more than pharmacists, nurses and care coordinators and now includes software developers, researchers and business strategists.

"In our desire to fully serve our patients and our industry, we have become more," Diplomat CEO Phil Hagerman said. "We’re more than a specialty pharmacy."

The new branding strategy for the company, which bills itself as the country’s largest independent specialty pharmacy, includes a new mission statement, philosophy, design and logo.

"Our expertise goes beyond traditional models," Diplomat VP information technology and marketing Jenny Cretu said. "That’s what our new brand is all about — a passion for great patient care, the possibilities it poses and the impact it has on all our lives."

 

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University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy team wins NCPA business plan competition

BY Alaric DeArment

ORLANDO, Fla. — A business plan developed by a team of pharmacy students from Oklahoma has won an award from the National Community Pharmacists Association and Good Neighbor Pharmacy.

The NCPA announced Monday that the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy team was named the winner of the 2013 Good Neighbor Pharmacy National Community Pharmacists Association Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. The runners-up were the team from the Stockton, Calif.-based University of the Pacific, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy. In all, 39 teams competed.

"All of the business plans were well-done," NCPA president and Anniston, Ala., pharmacy owner Donnie Calhoun said. "The three finalists not only presented excellent written business plans, but followed up with outstanding live presentations. I want to congratulate this year’s winning team from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy for their impressive efforts."

The NCPA said the contest was the first national competition of its kind in the pharmacy profession and is now in its 10th year, named in honor of two champions of independent pharmacy, the late Neil Pruitt and H. Joseph Schutte and supported by Good Neighbor Pharmacy.

The three finalist teams made live presentations of their business plans before the competition judges and a large audience, and were honored at the NCPA Foundation’s award ceremony Sunday. The results of the competition were announced during the opening general session of the NCPA’s 115th annual Convention and Trade Exposition, which began Saturday and lasts through Wednesday in Orlando, Fla.

The University of Oklahoma team won $3,000 for their local NCPA chapter and $3,000 contributed to the school in the name of dean JoLaine Draugalis to promote independent pharmacy. The University of the Pacific team received $2,000, and the University of Arkansas team received $1,000.

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