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The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) honored leaders in the protection of public health at the Association’s 110th Annual Meeting, held May 17-20, 2014, in Phoenix, AZ. Each year, the Association presents awards to individuals who have worked with unwavering dedication to ensure NABP’s continued service to the regulation of pharmacy practice and its efforts to assist the state boards of pharmacy in protecting the public health.

Those honored leaders include 2014 Honorary President Gay Dodson, RPh; 2013-2014 NABP President Karen M. Ryle, MS, RPh; the New Jersey State Board of Pharmacy, recipient of the 2014 Fred T. Mahaffey Award; the 2014 John F. Atkinson Service Award recipient David W. Dryden, JD, RPh; the 2014 Henry Cade Memorial Award winners Kate Douglass, MS, RN, APN C, CRNI, and Eric S. Kastango, MBA, RPh, FASHP; and the 2014 Lester E. Hosto Distinguished Service Award recipient Howard Anderson, Jr, RPh.

Biographies for the award winners follow:

2014 Honorary President: Gay Dodson, RPh

Receiving the 2014 honor­ary president award is Gay Dodson, for her strong commitment to protecting public health and her active commitment to the Association’s initiatives. Ms Dodson has shown ongoing dedication to NABP by participating as a member on several task forces and committees, including the serving as chair of the 2011 Miscellaneous Topics Subgroup of the Task Force to Review and Recommend Revisions to the Controlled Substances Act and the Committee on Law Enforcement and Legislation. She has also served as an item writer for the Association’s Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination®, and as the coordinator for two District 6 meetings held in Texas. For her service, Ms Dodson received the NABP Lester E. Hosto Distinguished Service Award in 2007. An employee of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy since 1982, Ms Dodson is currently the executive director. Ms Dodson received her bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in 1969.

NABP President’s Award: Karen M. Ryle, MS, RPh

Under Karen M. Ryle’s Leadership, NABP launched the Verified Pharmacy Program™, and expanded the Board e-Profile Connect to include a pharmacy inspection sharing network. With Ms Ryle’s guidance, the Association also focused on efforts to protect public health, particularly during a public health crisis. In addition, Ms Ryle also continued support of existing NABP programs and services, in particular, efforts such as NABP PMP InterConnect®, CPE Monitor®, and the AWARXE® prescription drug safety program. Ms Ryle served one-year terms as the Association’s president, president-elect, and treasurer, and four years as an Executive Committee member representing District 1. Ms Ryle earned a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy and a master of science degree in drug regulatory affairs from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Fred T. Mahaffey Award: New Jersey State Board of Pharmacy

The New Jersey State Board of Pharmacy, in conjunction with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs (NJDCA), spearheaded compounding pharmacy inspections in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The pharmacy surveys, conducted with the assistance of NABP surveyors, expanded the NJDCA’s already robust inspections of compounding pharmacies. In addition, the New Jersey State Board of Pharmacy’s Best Practices for Pharmacy Security document provides recommended guidelines and tools to pharmacists to help reduce medication theft and illegal prescription drug diversion. The best practices guidelines include recommendations for physical security controls of controlled dangerous substances; annual registered pharmacist-in-charge self-assessment; as well as for interfacing with prescribers and customers.

John F. Atkinson Service Award: David W. Dryden, JD, RPh

David W. Dryden is currently serving as the executive secretary of the Delaware State Board of Pharmacy and the director of the Delaware Office of Controlled Substances. He was also the director of the Office of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs from 1996 to 2005. Prior to his service to Delaware, Mr Dryden worked as a pharmacist for three years, and also worked in the pharmaceutical industry with SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceutical Company and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation. In addition, he was an adjunct professor at Widener University School of Law, Delaware Technical and Community College, and Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. He has received numerous awards and recognitions. In 2013, the Delaware Pharmacists Society selected Mr Dryden as the recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding community service. Mr Dryden received his bachelor of science in pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and his juris doctor degree from the Widener University School of Law.

Henry Cade Memorial Award: Kate Douglass, MS, RN, APN C, CRNI

Kate Douglass is the vice president of CriticalPoint, LLC, and directs ongoing development and maintenance of all policies and procedures for sterile compounding pharmacies and compounding outsources. Prior to that, Ms Douglass was the president of the Performance Strategies, LLC, a company focused on best practice sterile compounding and drug administration assisting hospitals, alternate site, manufacturing, and commercial health care market segments. She is the co-director of the ongoing United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) <797> Compliance Study, a clinical review committee member for the Infusion Nurses Society, and the co-author of Clinical IQ’s Sterile Compounding Policy and Procedures. Ms Douglass is also the author of several articles for Pharmacy Purchasing & Products and INFUSION magazines. Ms Douglass received her masters of science in nursing from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Henry Cade Memorial Award: Eric S. Kastango, MBA, RPh, FASHP

Eric S Kastango is the president of Clinical IQ, LLC, a health care consulting firm based in New Jersey. Mr Kastango developed the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ 797 Compliance Advisor self-assessment tool to ensure the safety of pharmacists’ compounding practices. He was recently reelected to the 2010-2015 USP Council of Experts Compounding, Expert Committee and is currently the chairperson of the USP Chapter subcommittee. Mr Kastango also served as an elected member on the USP Sterile Compounding Committee from 2005 to 2010. Mr Kastango received his bachelor of pharmacy degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 1983, and his master of business administration from the University of Phoenix in 2001.

Lester E. Hosto Distinguished Service Award: Howard Anderson, Jr, RPh

Howard Anderson, Jr, has had an active and influential career as a pharmacist, pharmacy owner, and pharmacy association executive leader. He has been a pioneer in the area of telepharmacy, a practice that now brings pharmacy services to patients in rural North Dakota communities. In addition, he has been a staunch supporter of the registration and education of pharmacy technicians and for innovative services to enhance patient care. Mr Anderson retired in April 2014 as the executive director of the North Dakota State Board of Pharmacy, a position he held since 1997. He is currently the NABP District 5 secretary/treasurer, served as the NABP Honorary President in 2010, and on the NABP Executive Committee from 2001 to 2004. He has also served on numerous committees and task forces, including as chairperson of the 2007 Task Force on Prescription Drug Diversion from Common Carriers, and the 1999 Task Force to Examine the Quality and Standards of Internship Requirements. Mr Anderson currently serves in the North Dakota Legislature. Mr Anderson obtained his bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from North Dakota State University in 1968.

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