Joseph L. Adams, RPh, began his term as president of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) during the Final Business Session of the Association’s 110th Annual Meeting, May 17-20, 2014, in Phoenix, AZ. During his presidency, Mr Adams is committed to ensuring that NABP provides the assistance member boards need to effectively regulate and to support the expanded patient care services of the pharmacist in the landscape of evolving pharmacy practice. In addition, Mr Adams will continue NABP efforts to prevent and reduce rates of prescription drug abuse. These efforts include sustaining established programs and services including NABP PMP InterConnect® and the AWARXE® prescription drug safety program, as well as new programs such as the .pharmacy initiative.
Mr Adams was sworn in as the 110th NABP president after serving one-year terms as the Association’s president-elect and treasurer. Prior to that, Mr Adams served as a member of the NABP Executive Committee representing District 6 for three years. After his presidency concludes, he will serve a one-year term as chairperson of the Association’s Executive Committee.
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 Regulations Revision Committee, and the Executive Committee. Additionally, Mr Adams has been a Walgreen Company employee since 1977, when he began as a clerk. 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. He has worked at the Walgreens pharmacy in Covington, LA, for over 10 years and is currently a staff pharmacist.
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, the Louisiana Pharmacy Congress, 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.
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