Larry Braden Awarded John W. Dargavel Medal by NCPA Foundation

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San Diego, CA (October 15, 2012) Larry Braden, Atlanta-area pharmacist and President of Lacey Drug Company, was honored as the recipient of the 2012 John W. Dargavel Medal by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation during NCPA's 114th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 13-17. 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 (NARD), now NCPA, from 1933 to 1961. In fact, the NCPA Foundation was established in 1953 to honor Dargavel.

"Larry Braden has dedicated his life's work to independent pharmacy, not just his own stores, but on the state and national level with his work with the Georgia Pharmacy Association and the Compliant Pharmacy Alliance," said Sharlea Leatherwood, PD, NCPA Foundation President. "Braden is a credit to his profession and his community and that is why we are proud to honor him with this year's John W. Dargavel Medal for his lifetime of service."

Braden is a pharmacist and President of Lacey Drug Company, which operates three pharmacies and related businesses in the metro-Atlanta area. He began his career in pharmacy in 1965 following graduation from Mercer University School of Pharmacy and became affiliated with Lacey Drug Company at that time. He acquired an ownership interest the next year and full ownership four years later.

While practicing pharmacy full-time for the following fourteen years, Braden was active in the Georgia Pharmacy Association (GPhA) serving on the Executive Committee when he was asked by his colleagues to assume the role of Executive Vice President. While with GPhA he also served as editor of the Georgia Pharmacy Journal; directed the creation of a health insurance trust; directed the creation of and managed a tax-exempt foundation for education and research; and a for-profit subsidiary of the association. After retiring from GPhA in 1997, Braden was instrumental in the creation of Compliant Pharmacy Alliance® Cooperative (CPA), a community pharmacy Group Purchasing Organization that has grown to nearly 900 independent pharmacies in 34 states purchasing more than $2.2 billion a year of pharmaceuticals. He currently serves as a director of the board of CPA.

Braden received his pharmacy honor from Mercer University in 1965 and was awarded the Doctor of Science degree in 2004, the first pharmacy graduate of the University to receive that degree. He has also received numerous state and national awards, including the Bowl of Hygeia Award in 2005, the Distinguished Service Award from the University Of Georgia College Of Pharmacy, the V. Carlton Henderson Award for Outstanding Personal and Professional Achievement, and the Dean's Award from Mercer University. He is a recipient of the Georgia Pharmacy Association Meritorious Achievement Award, which was renamed the Larry L. Braden Meritorious Achievement Award in 1997.

His civic affairs include serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of Mercer University, Chairman of the Georgia Partnership for Caring (an organization providing healthcare to the state's uninsured), elected positions in city government and serving as a member of various boards and commissions, including chairman and subsequently treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the United States Pharmacopoeia.

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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

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