The Prescription Drug Safety Award, sponsored by Purdue Pharma, L.P., recognizes pharmacists who have reached out in their communities to provide education on the benefits of the correct use of prescription drug products and the hazards associated with their misuse.
"We are very proud to present Cheri Garvin as the NCPA 2011 Prescription Drug Safety Award winner, because she has been a leader in encouraging patients to practice safe disposal of prescription drugs and working to ensure federal officials are implementing programs that foster that outcome," said Robert J. Greenwood, RPh, NCPA president and pharmacy owner in Waterloo, Iowa. "Instead of simply complaining about the prescription drug abuse epidemic sweeping the nation, Cheri has been part of the solution from the start."
After reading an Associated Press report about traces of prescription drugs being found in drinking water across the country, Garvin instituted a drug take-back program that became a model for NCPA's Dispose My Meds program that helps patients safely dispose of prescription drugs. The entire Leesburg community has used her program to properly dispose of unwanted or excess medications. She has also briefed members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security about drug disposal in June 2009. Cheri routinely presents Medicines in My Home (an FDA program) at local middle schools to promote drug awareness and safe use of over-the-counter (OTC) products.
A practicing pharmacist for over 20 years, Cheri Garvin is the President and CEO of Leesburg Pharmacy, Inc. Their three employee-owned pharmacies offer custom compounded medication, medical equipment, wellness screenings, immunizations, and wonderful gifts. Leesburg Pharmacy also provides services to local assisted living facilities. The previous owner of the Leesburg Pharmacy was Bruce Roberts, RPh, former NCPA executive vice president and CEO.
Garvin is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia, and has served as a faculty member there and at Shenandoah University. She was recently honored as one of Loudoun County's Leading Ladies in Loudoun Business, and was awarded the SmartCEO Brava Achievement Award as a top female executive in the Washington metropolitan area. Garvin mentors students, and is a guest speaker at local schools and for various pharmacy organizations. She serves on NCPA's Steering Committee and volunteers at many community events. Garvin is a member of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, American Pharmacists Association, NCPA, Virginia Pharmacists Association, Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and the eWomen Network.
"We want to thank Cheri Garvin for her dedication to the health and well-being of the people in her community," said Steve Seid, executive director of National Accounts & Trade Relations for Purdue. "Pharmacists are on the front line of health care and play an increasingly critical role in helping patients understand the appropriate use of medications."
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.
Purdue Pharma L.P. and its associated U.S. companies are privately-held pharmaceutical companies known for pioneering research on persistent pain. Headquartered in Stamford, CT, Purdue is engaged in the research, development, production, and distribution of both prescription and over-the-counter medicines and hospital products. Additional information about Purdue can be found at www.purduepharma.com.
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