Compliant Pharmacy Alliance Cooperative Receives NCPA 2011 Corporate Recognition Award



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Nashville, TN (October 9, 2011)

The Compliant Pharmacy Alliance Cooperative (CPA) of Stoughton, Wisconsin was honored today with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) 2011 Corporate Recognition Award. The award was given during NCPA's 113th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 8-12. The annual award recognizes a specific company for its support and work on behalf of independent community pharmacies.

CPA encompasses seven individual purchasing organizations that collectively represent over 750 pharmacies, providing additional buying power to its members, family owned and other privately held independent pharmacies. The seven organizations include Great Lakes Pharmacies, Independent Pharmacies of America, Phoenix Pharmacy Group, Lone Star Rx, Carolina Pharmacies Unlimited, Pharmacy Partners of America, and High Plains Pharmacies.

In August 2010, NCPA and CPA announced a new collaboration to strengthen government advocacy on behalf of independent community pharmacies and their patients. A longtime supporter of the NCPA Legislative / Legal Defense Fund (LDF) which partially finances the association's legislative, regulatory, and legal activities, CPA asked its member pharmacies to also support the LDF and become NCPA members. These members pledged donations to the LDF based on a percentage of pharmacy purchases. Another benefit of this effort is that only NCPA members are eligible to donate to NCPA's Political Action Committee (PAC), which supports the candidacy of pro-patient, pro-pharmacist U.S. Senators and Representatives and helps ensure that the voices of pharmacists are heard. Many of these new NCPA members have also donated to the PAC.

"NCPA has a strong, enduring partnership with CPA that reached new heights in the last year, making them a very deserving recipient of the NCPA 2011 Corporate Recognition Award," said NCPA President and Waterloo, Iowa pharmacy owner Robert J. Greenwood, RPh. "We're deeply appreciative that CPA recognized that further empowering NCPA as the leading advocate for community pharmacy at the federal level would be to the benefit of CPA member pharmacies. The influx and support of more CPA members into the NCPA family has been invaluable. Together, we're working to ensure the government treats independent community pharmacies and patients fairly."

"I on behalf of all CPA members I thank NCPA for this recognition," said H. Edward Heckman, CEO/GM of CPA. "I was pleasantly surprised when I was notified by Doug Hoey of the award, as I never expected any recognition. Our mission is the same today as when CPA first started in 1994. Help community pharmacies thrive, not just survive. That is why CPA is a strong advocate and supporter of NCPA. They are the voice best suited to represent all community pharmacists."

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. Together they represent a $93 billion health care marketplace, dispense over 37% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 315,000 people, including 62,400 pharmacists. Independent community pharmacists are readily accessible medication experts who can help lower health care spending. They are committed to maximizing the appropriate use of lower-cost generic drugs and reducing the estimated $290 billion that is wasted annually by improper medication use. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.

In 1994 the six cooperatives (now seven) directed by Ed Heckman formed an "umbrella" business entity—Compliant Pharmacy Alliance (CPA). Each cooperative is an equal owner in CPA. When beneficial the CPA moniker is used to leverage and negotiate master contracts that include all seven cooperatives. Each of the cooperatives' managers participate on the CPA Board of Directors. To learn more go to http://www.compliantrx.com/.

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