NCPA Foundation Announces Activities Scheduled for NCPA Annual Convention and Trade Exposition

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Alexandria, Va. - September 12, 2011

The National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation (NCPAF) has announced its planned activities during the NCPA's 113th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, October 8-12.

New this year, the Foundation will expand its annual Silent Fundraising Auction over the course of three days during the Exhibit Hall on October 9-11. Proceeds from NCPAF's fundraising auction support scholarships to pharmacy students, research/programs to improve the success of independent community pharmacy, community-based health care awareness programs, and disaster relief aid to community pharmacy owners. Auction items include art, gourmet cuisine, pharmacy and sports memorabilia, and travel packages.

In addition, the Foundation's booth in the Exhibit Hall (#837) will offer attendees the opportunity to purchase this year's Pharmacy Art Print. For sale this year is an 18 x 20 inch color replica of The Pharmacist, depicting a pharmacist dispensing liquid into a graduate. The Pharmacist was painted in 1955 by Norman Rockwell, and is one of the last images he produced for the Upjohn Company.

At the Foundation's booth, community pharmacists can also register to participate in the Foundation's third annual National Community Pharmacy Bone Marrow Drive, scheduled for November 7-12. The drive is a health initiative coordinated by the NCPA Foundation and DKMS, the world's largest and most experienced bone marrow donor center. Community pharmacies and residents across the country are invited to join the fight against blood cancers during November, which is National Bone Marrow Awareness month.

The Foundation will once again present several awards and scholarships at the Annual Convention, including the John W. Dargavel Medal and the National Preceptor of the Year Award during the Second General Session, Monday, October 10. During its annual Awards Ceremony on Sunday, October 9, the Foundation will present the following: NCPA Faculty Liaison Excellence Award; NCPA Student Chapter of the Year Awards; and the Presidential Scholarships for students (sponsored by AstraZeneca, Covidien, Pharmacists Mutual, PCCA, and Teva)

For the second year at the Awards Ceremony, NCPAF will award the Catalyst Grant for Innovative Practice, with a focus on pain management. Sponsored by Purdue, the purpose of this program is to help pharmacists create partnerships within different sectors of the health community to improve patient care and services. The Catalyst Grant Award Program is designed to be conducted over several years, with the selected best practices widely communicated to the pharmacy profession, other healthcare providers, policy makers and payers, as well as patient and disease advocacy organizations. The program should generate a significant body of knowledge and evidence to showcase the effectiveness of pharmacy-provided services and the efficacy of pharmaceuticals when properly used.

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' Executive Secretary John W. Dargavel. Contributions to the NCPA Foundation are tax-deductible as charitable donations to the extent permitted under federal tax law. The NCPA Foundation supports the growth and advancement of independent community pharmacy through low-interest educational loans and scholarships to pharmacy students in need, critical research and programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy, community service programs, and financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or adverse circumstances. To learn more go to

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent a $93 billion health-care marketplace, have more than 315,000 employees including 62,400 pharmacists, and dispense over 41% of all retail prescriptions. To learn more go to or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at

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