The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) elected the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) to the 2004 Associations Advance America Honor Roll, a national awards competition sponsored by ASAE, for NABP’s efforts in protecting the public from counterfeit and illegally imported foreign drugs. NABP was recognized under the category of Public Education and Information, which honors associations for disseminating valuable information to policymakers, regulators, and the public to enhance understanding or analysis.
As the American public continues to face increasing dangers associated with illegal importation of foreign prescription medications and counterfeit drugs, and because NABP’s mission is to protect the public health and welfare, the Association has expanded its activities during the past year to counter these public health risks and to promote patient safety. Those programs include NABP’s Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites™ (VIPPS®) accreditation program, which was implemented in 1999. VIPPS identifies for consumers those online pharmacies that have met rigorous safety and quality standards addressing prescription authentication, prescription review for drug interactions, pharmacist consultation, and many others. NABP has also worked closely with the US Food and Drug Administration and other stakeholders to respond to the threat of counterfeit drugs — the Association convened a task force in October 2003 that revised NABP’s Model Rules on the Licensure of Wholesale Distributors. These revisions included stringent licensing requirements, inspections, and tougher administrative and criminal penalties for violations. Also in coordination with FDA and several state pharmacy associations, NABP assisted the state boards of pharmacy’s efforts in the “Looks Can Be Deceiving” campaign, an extensive consumer education program that warns patients about the dangers of counterfeit drugs and illegal importation.
“NABP is truly honored to be recognized by ASAE for the Association’s efforts in protecting the public from counterfeit and illegally imported foreign drugs,” remarked Donna M. Horn, NABP president.
Now in its 14th year, ASAE’s Associations Advance America Awards program acknowledges those associations that propel the United States forward through innovative projects in education, skills training, standards setting, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship, and community service.
“NABP’s program truly embodies the spirit of the Associations Advance America campaign. It is an honor and an inspiration to showcase this activity as an example of the many contributions associations are making to advance American society,” remarked Advance America Committee Chair Kris Cook, CAE, executive director, National Affordable Housing Management Association.
For more information on NABP’s efforts in protecting the public from counterfeit and illegally imported foreign drugs, please contact the Customer Service Department at 847/698-6227, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Association’s Web site at www.nabp.net.