Connecticut's DeFazio Named Independent Pharmacist of the Year



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San Diego, CA (October 14, 2012) Angelo DeFazio, RPh, president and CEO of five Arrow Pharmacies in Hartford, CT, has been named the 2012 National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the Year. The award is sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. DeFazio received his award on Sunday, October 14 during the First General Session of the NCPA 114th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 13-17 in San Diego.

The Independent Pharmacist of the Year award recognizes an independent pharmacist for exemplary leadership and commitment to independent pharmacy and to their community. The award is named in honor of someone who exemplified these qualities: Willard B. Simmons, a former executive secretary of NCPA (then the National Association of Retail Druggists) and long-time NCPA Foundation trustee.

"Angelo DeFazio is a very deserving recipient of the Willard B Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the Year award," said Lonny Wilson, DPh, NCPA president and pharmacy owner in Oklahoma City, OK. "He not only has been a successful owner of multiple pharmacies that offer a wide array of services geared to maximizing patient outcomes in the Hartford area, but ably represents the concerns of independent community pharmacies through his work on the boards of several influential pharmacy organizations, where his leadership and expertise are valued."

DeFazio is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, School of Pharmacy. He purchased his first pharmacy at the age of 26. DeFazio has been very active in pharmacy-related pharmacy issues, at both the state and national level. He serves or has served on various boards, which include the Connecticut Pharmacists Association, the National Retail Advisory Board of Cardinal Health, Community Specialty Pharmacy Network, Mercy Community Healthcare, The University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy Advisory Board, Malta House of Care, and was a recent appointment to the Connecticut Board of Pharmacy as a Commissioner of Pharmacy.

"Angelo DeFazio is tireless in his advocacy for independent community pharmacies and the patients they serve," Tom Burke, COO of Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. "Upsher Smith takes pride in its support of independent community pharmacists, which is exemplified by our sponsoring of the Independent Pharmacist of the Year award. By highlighting pharmacists like DeFazio, we hope to inspire others to follow a similar path."

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.

Upsher‐Smith Laboratories, Inc. is a rapidly‐growing pharmaceutical company that manufactures and markets both prescription and consumer products. Privately held since 1919, the company strives to recognize the unmet healthcare needs of its customers. Upsher‐Smith prides itself on providing safe, effective and economical therapies to the ever‐challenged healthcare environment. For additional information, visit www.upsher-smith Laboratories, Inc.

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