Diana Courtney Named Recipient of First NARD Ownership Award by NCPA Foundation

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San Diego, CA (October 15, 2012) Oregon pharmacy owner Diana Courtney has received the inaugural NARD Ownership Award by the National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation (NCPAF). The award was presented at NCPA's 114th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 13-17.

Sponsored by the NCPA Foundation, the NARD Ownership Award recognizes an independent pharmacist who embraces entrepreneurial spirit through promotion and demonstrated excellence in the field of community pharmacy ownership. The award is inspired by the legacy of NARD, which was for nearly 100 years the name associated with independent pharmacy. The National Community Pharmacists Association was founded in 1898 as the National Association of Retail Druggists, and represents the nation's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 pharmacies.

Courtney graduated from Oregon State University College of Pharmacy in 2000 and was a founding member of the NCPA student chapter there. Through her rotations at the college, she has worked in a hospital setting, home infusion setting, and had an externship in Alexandria, Virginia with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). After graduation, she went to work at Salem, Oregon pharmacy owned by her father (former NCPA president Ken Epley). In October 2004 she opened up her own independent retail pharmacy in Lake Oswego, Oregon. The pharmacy is a retail pharmacy, with a niche in compounding. She is currently working on opening up a second compounding only store, about 30 miles south of her current pharmacy.

Epley said, "Roughly eight years ago, Diana not only decided to become an independent pharmacy owner herself, but resolved to start an independent pharmacy from the ground up. Being able to work with her over these past eight years, I have seen her take a spacious 3,300 square foot space with zero patients on day one, to a fully stocked traditional and compounding pharmacy that draws people from all over the greater Portland area, for not only prescriptions, but for the unique and spectacular gift and card selection for which she has created quite a following. She has now decided to once again start a compounding only pharmacy from scratch. You think she would have learned her lesson after the first pharmacy, but her drive and commitment to independent pharmacy are what give her the courage and confidence to once again build and develop another independent pharmacy business."

Over the past year, Courtney has established the Entrepreneurial Academy at the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy. As a founding member of the Academy, she is an advisor for the pharmacy students in the Academy, and helped a group of 12-15 pharmacy students submit a business plan to the Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. She also offers "Jr. Compounding" classes at her pharmacy, where a small group of kids, ranging in ages from 4-12, are invited to get a hands-on experience at compounding items such as aloe vera cream, lip balms, and lollipops. She has since contracted with her local school district to bring these classes to schools for after school programming for one hour each week.

Courtney has been a member of the NCPA Steering Committee on Communications for the last ten years, board member of the Association of Northwest Pharmacies for 6 years, and Community Practice board member of the Oregon State Pharmacy Association (OSPA) for four years. She serves on the Continuing Education and Convention Planning Committees for OSPA. Courtney received the 2007 Distinguished Young Pharmacist award from OSPA/Pharmacists Mutual.

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 www.ncpafoundation.org.

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 nearly 40% 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.

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