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Joseph L. Adams, RPh, immediate past president of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®), assumed the office of chairperson of the Association’s 2015-2016 Executive Committee during the Final Business Session of the NABP 111th Annual Meeting, held May 16-19, 2015, in New Orleans, LA. Mr Adams served one-year terms as the Association’s president, president-elect, and treasurer, and three years as an Executive Committee member representing District 6.

During his presidency, Mr Adams focused on ensuring that NABP was addressing serious public health issues such as prescription drug abuse, and protecting patients buying medications online. Specifically, under Mr Adams’ leadership, the Association worked with relevant stakeholders to develop a second consensus document on prescribing and dispensing controlled substances and expanded the AWARXE® Prescription Drug Safety Program. The Association also successfully launched the .Pharmacy Top-Level Domain Program. Mr Adams also focused on ensuring that state boards of pharmacy have the necessary tools to regulate effectively and oversaw the development of the Multistate Pharmacy Inspection Blueprint. Further, Mr Adams continued support of existing NABP programs and services, such as NABP PMP InterConnect®, the Verified Pharmacy Program™, and CPE Monitor®.

For his service, NABP bestowed its President’s Award upon Mr Adams during the Annual Awards Dinner at the 111th Annual Meeting.

Mr Adams was a member of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy from 2000 to 2013 and served on several Board committees, including serving as chair of the Reinstatement Committee and as a member of the Violations Committee, the Regulation Revision Committee, and the Executive Committee. Additionally, Mr Adams served in various pharmacist capacities during his long career at Walgreen Co (Walgreens Boots Alliance), where he began as a clerk in 1977. After completing an internship at a Walgreens pharmacy and receiving his pharmacy license, Mr Adams moved up the ranks from staff pharmacist, to pharmacy manager, to district pharmacy supervisor.

An active member of NABP, Mr Adams has served as Executive Committee liaison to the Advisory Committee on Examinations, and as a member of the NABP Committee on Law Enforcement/Legislation and the NABP Task Force on Continuous Quality Improvement, Peer Review, and Inspecting for Patient Safety.

Among his other activities, Mr Adams has served as a member of the Louisiana Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and the Health Care Reform Region 9 Consortia. He was also a delegate to the 2004 Louisiana Health Care Summit. He is an active member of the Louisiana Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Mr Adams was named 2004 Chain Pharmacist of the Year by the Louisiana Pharmacists Association.

Mr Adams earned his bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy.

NABP is the independent, international, and impartial Association that assists its member boards and jurisdictions for the purpose of protecting the public health.