US Surgeon General Requests Input on Community Health Initiatives

2018-10-24T16:40:56-05:00October 24th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

The Office of the Surgeon General has commissioned a report demonstrating the intersection between health and the economy in order to show that investments in community health have the potential to improve not only the well-being, but also the prosperity of communities.

Dr. Jerome Adams believes preventing chronic diseases and behavioral health issues is more cost effective than treating them. Investments in community health is a key prevention strategy to produce greater individual and community health and well-being and ultimately lead to greater economic and overall prosperity. The Surgeon General will compile the available evidence and best practices documenting the connection between private sector investment in the health of their employees and communities and collective prosperity, and issue a report to share the evidence, inspire future research and provide tools and resources for effective, efficient community health investments that produce results.

The Surgeon General wants to build upon the community health work that has already been done and would like to hear from you about the initiatives you are doing to address community health and prosperity. 

Independent pharmacists are in a unique position as front-line health care providers to interact with and influence the community health through innovative programs. Click here to submit your ideas, examples, and experiences to Docket No. CDC-2018-0082 in the Federal Register.

Call For Nominations

2018-10-23T15:51:55-05:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Nominations are now open for the 2019 ACA Board of Directors. This year, there is one Regional Director seat for which candidates are sought as well as nominees for the position of ACA Vice President.

ACA Members may submit themselves or a colleague as a potential candidate to the 2018 Nominating Committee no later than November 2, 2018 using the link below.

Board&nbspPosition Eligible for Nominations Term
Vice President Any Full Fellow in good standing with the College. The Vice President shall serve for one year or until such time as their successor shall be elected or selected as provided by the ACA Constitution. The Vice President automatically becomes the ACA President-Elect, ACA President and then ACA Chairman.
Region 2 Any Full Fellow from:
District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia
For a three-year term expiring in 2022.
Regional Director Marisol Lopez will
be standing as a candidate.

The Regional Director shall be elected by vote of the Full Fellows within the Region represented from nominees presented by the Region. Proper ballots shall be prepared and distributed under the direction of the Vice President of Operations. Such elections must be completed no later than one month before the date of the annual meeting. Duly elected Directors shall be seated at the annual meeting of the College immediately following their election.

The Vice President shall be elected annually by a majority of the votes of Full Fellows cast by ballot. Ballots shall be prepared and distributed under the direction of the Vice President of Operations. Such elections must be completed no later than one month before the date of the annual meeting. (The ballot shall be conducted by the procedure outlined in the duties of the Nominating Committee.)

Nominations Committee: The Nominations Committee shall be composed of Fellows in good standing with the College in addition to David Liebman, ACA President, and the ACA’s Past Presidents. Ryan Oftebro, ACA Past President, serves as Chairman.

Objectives: To recognize and seek qualified nominees for the Vice President position of the association.


  • Review requirements for nominees.
  • Review duties of each elected officer as outlined in the Bylaws.
  • Provide ACA with a slate of officers that is balanced in terms of new as well as experienced officers.
  • Provide ACA with a slate of officers that is balanced in terms of membership (e.g. ACA, ACVP, demographics, etc.).

ACA Foundation Honors Professor Donald Downing for Outstanding Service to Pharmacy Education

2017-08-25T11:05:41-05:00August 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News Release|

Don DowningThe American College of Apothecaries presented the 2016-17 Albert E. Rosica, Jr. Memorial Award to Don Downing of Seattle, Washington at the College’s 2017 Fall Pharmacy Conference at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The award, established in memory of Albert E. Rosica, Jr., a Past President of ACA, is presented each year to a pharmacy practitioner for his or her contributions to pharmacy education through participation in pharmacy clerkship programs, serving on various college committees, teaching, working with the alumni association, and making other contributions to academic programs.

For the past forty years, Don Downing has devoted his career as a professor and practitioner to moving the profession of pharmacy forward.  A graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Downing currently directs the Institute for Innovative Pharmacy Practice at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. Downing teaches on topics including legislative advocacy, leadership and ethics and is a prolific advocate for pharmacists, patients and underserved populations.

In 1975, Downing helped to start up the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority clinic in Tacoma, Washington and continued there until 1985. While there, he joined the Washington School of Pharmacy faculty and later opened the first pharmacy in Bonney Lake and a community pharmacy in Federal Way. He continues to consult with and develop pharmacy services for various Native American tribes.

Peggy Soule Odegard, Associate Dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Washington, commended Downing’s dedication to pharmacy. “Don exemplifies the meaning of teaching by example and is a major contributor to the professional development of our pharmacy graduates…. He embodies a service attitude for his students and peers, kindly nudging each of us to become involved to improve access to services for those who are less fortunate. He reaches out with regular service to communities both locally and throughout the world to help those in need, modeling compassionate care for his students and often facilitating and advocating for necessary change to reduce disparities during his visits.”

Downing developed the nation’s first pharmacist-provided emergency contraception program and the first pharmacist-initiated ongoing hormonal contraception services. He also helped lead the effort in the 1990s to educate and certify pharmacists in Washington state and numerous other states to provide flu shots and other vaccines.  Downing has worked on pharmacy-care legislation in 39 states, devoting much of his energy to changing the public’s perception of pharmacists. In addition, he has conducted extensive research with funding from agencies such as the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Institutes of Health, Advocates for Youth and the Packard Foundation.

Downing has received numerous recognitions from local, state, and national pharmacy organizations, including the American Pharmacists Association’s Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Distinguished Achievement Award, the Washington State Pharmacy Association David Almquist Award and Pharmacist of the Year Award, and the UW School of Pharmacy’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and Milo Gilbaldi Excellence in Teaching Award.

 The American College of Apothecaries Research and Education Foundation is honored to recognize Don Downing for his contributions to the future of pharmacy and global health and impact on his students, peers, and community.

Wingate University Pharmacy Student Recognized by American College of Apothecaries Foundation

2017-08-25T11:03:12-05:00August 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News Release|

The American College of Apothecaries Research and Education Foundation presented the Presidential Scholarship for Academic and Leadership Excellence to Cassandra Cangelosi at the 2017 Fall Pharmacy Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Cangelosi is a pharmacy student at Wingate University School of Pharmacy in Wingate, North Carolina.

The Presidential Scholarship for Academic and Leadership Excellence is awarded by the American College of Apothecaries Research and Education Foundation to a student with a demonstrated interest in independent pharmacy, who shows leadership qualities, extra-curricular activities, and a high level of academic success.

While at Wingate, Cassie co-founded a student chapter of the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists (ACVP) and currently serves as its President-Elect. She also serves as the Programming and Communications Chair for Wingate’s student chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). Cassie is a Student Ambassador for the Wingate University School of Pharmacy and a member of the Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy and Society of Veterinary Hospital Pharmacists. Cassie’s academic and leadership achievements while in pharmacy school were recognized with her selection to receive the Watts Pharmacy Endowed Scholarship for 2016-17.

Eric Schneider, Professor and Assistant Dean of Academics at Wingate, had this to say about Cassie: “When all her attributes are considered—intelligence, clinical knowledge, communication skills, personality, leadership skills and compassion—I believe the result far exceeds the sum of the parts.  I give Cassie my highest recommendation to be a recipient of the ACA/ACVP scholarship.  I have no doubt that once she enters practice as a licensed pharmacist, Cassie will be an asset to both community and veterinary pharmacy.”

The ACA Foundation is proud to recognize Cassie Cangelosi with the Presidential Scholarship for Academic and Leadership Excellence.

American College of Apothecaries to Focus on the Business of Independent Pharmacy at 2017 Fall Pharmacy Conference

2018-11-07T09:50:41-05:00July 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog, News Release|

[MEMPHIS, TN, July 26, 2017] – The American College of Apothecaries has announced the focus for the ACA Fall Pharmacy Conference, from August 24-26 in Philadelphia, PA.  Pharmacists and pharmacy professionals from across the county are expected to attend the conference to hear insights from industry leaders on topics related to the business of independent pharmacy.

The Fall Pharmacy Conference, is a 2-day intensive event designed to electrify independent pharmacy though innovation and provide pharmacists with the tools they need to reCHARGE their business practices. Hosted at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, in Philadelphia, PA, the conference will also feature pharmacy exhibitors onsite showcasing products and hosting demonstrations.  Top sponsors for 2017 are Letco Medical and Compliant Pharmacy Alliance Cooperative.  Membership in ACA is not required to attend the conference.

“The ACA Fall Pharmacy Conference’s slogan this year is ‘Electrify Your Pharmacy’ and we’ve brought together a great line-up of nationally known speakers who are all experts on the business of independent pharmacy, including Dan Benamoz from PDS, to do just that. The ACA Fall Pharmacy Conference in Philadelphia will reCHARGE our attendees with presentations, case studies, and best practices that they can take back to their pharmacies, put to work, and see results right away,” says Donnie R. Calhoun, Executive Vice President | CEO of the American College of Apothecaries.

Education offered at this year’s Fall Pharmacy Conference features sessions highlighting best practices in management, finance, marketing, pharmacy design, and collaborative practice.  In addition to 7.5 hours of continuing education, the conference will include an exhibition hall featuring the latest technology and innovations in the industry and networking opportunities.

“I encourage everyone in independent pharmacy to come and share ideas and build relationships with other professionals by attending the ACA Fall Pharmacy Conference,” says Calhoun. “You’ll see everything you need to electrify your business and take it to the next level. In just two days, you’ll interact with product manufacturers, discover the latest innovations in the industry, and learn from leading experts to get a competitive advantage in today’s marketplace.”

Confirmed Presenters include:

  • “Leading Your Team from the Front Line” — Dan Benamoz, PDS
  • “Collaborative Practice in a Community Based Pharmacist Practice” — Steve Simenson, Goodrich Pharmacy
  • “Financing, Credit Worthiness, and Cash Flow: What to Know in the Ever-Changing Landscape Called Independent Pharmacy” —Mike Bollinger, Live Oak Bank
  • “Do I Make Myself Clear? Communicating to Drive Intended Business Outcomes”— Jean-Luc Moreau, Revolution Advisors
  • “Understanding the Five Profit Levers” — Dave Wendland, Hamacher Resource Group
  • “PHARMACY DESIGN IN EUROPE vs. DESIGN IN THE US: Strategies to Attract Customers and Increase Front-End Sales in a Compounding Pharmacy” —  Johannes M. Heine, MBA, Kunesa LLC.

To learn more or register now, visit



#Mentoring Monday

2018-11-07T09:50:53-05:00October 10th, 2016|Categories: Blog|


ACA Regional Director Steve Anderson of Perry Pharmacy shared this month’s Mentoring Monday tip — a great reminder of the benefits of building relationships with our patients!

CDC Releases Flu Vaccine Recommendations for 2016-17

2016-10-04T11:57:51-05:00October 4th, 2016|Categories: Blog, News Release|

Recognizing that nearly one in four flu vaccinations occurs in a community or retail pharmacy, the US Centers for Disease Control recently distributed a “Dear Pharmacist” letter outlining Flu Vaccine recommendations for 2016-17.

“We are proud that the CDC recognizes the important role that independent pharmacy plays in ensuring the public health,” said Donnie Calhoun, CEO/ Executive Vice-President of the American College of Apothecaries. “Educating our patients and communities on the necessity of annual flu vaccines is more than providing a convenient service, it’s saving lives.”

For the 2016-2017 season, ACIP has made several updates and clarifications to its seasonal influenza vaccination recommendations:

  • Only injectable influenza vaccines are recommended this flu season.
  • The composition of 2016-2017 flu vaccines has been updated to better match circulating viruses.
  • An influenza vaccine with MF59 adjuvant (FLUADTM) is available for adults 65 years and older. People 65 years of age and older may receive this vaccine, highdose inactivated influenza vaccine (Fluzone High-Dose), or standard-dose inactivated vaccine.
  • The recommendations for flu vaccination of people with egg allergies have been modified.
  • Children 6 months through 8 years of age who have previously received two or more total doses of any trivalent or quadrivalent influenza vaccine before July 1, 2016, only need one dose of 2016-2017 seasonal influenza vaccine. Children 6 months through 8 years of age who have not previously received two or more total doses of any trivalent or quadrivalent influenza vaccine before July 1, 2016 will need two doses of 2016-2017 seasonal influenza vaccine. Children 9 years of age and older need only one dose.

The CDC also recommends that patients receive the vaccination before the end of October, although pharmacists should continue to offer the influenza vaccine throughout the flu season. Read the complete document from the CDC here.

ACA Welcomes New Fellows and Members

2018-10-11T13:26:08-05:00March 16th, 2016|Categories: Blog, News Release|

The American College of Apothecaries recently inducted 25 pharmacists into Fellowship at its annual Educational Conference in Coronado, California. In order to receive designation from the ACA as a Full Fellow, pharmacists are evaluated through a personal interview, a pharmacy inspection, and adherence to the ACA Standards of Practice. Pharmacists awarded Full Fellow status are eligible to use the credentials FACA after their name.

“The American College of Apothecaries is proud to receive our new Fellows into membership,” said ACA President Tom Hunt, RPh, FACA, FACVP. “Being an ACA Fellow shows a pharmacist’s commitment to the profession of pharmacy and to providing the highest-quality independent pharmaceutical services to both patients and community.”

New ACA Fellows February 2016

New ACA Fellows inducted at the Educational Conference, February 2016.

New ACA Fellows present at the induction ceremony in California were:
  • Omar Allibhai, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Leonard Arteaga, Doral, Florida
  • Richard Dilzer, Long Valley, New Jersey
  • Dawn Ipsen, Snohomish, Washington
  • Linda Garrelts MacLean, Spokane, Washington
  • Joseph Lee, Houston, Texas
  • Ken Markakis, Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jacquelyn May, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Kathryn Oard, Enid, Oklahoma
  • Nancy Smigal, San Diego, California
  • Nancy Stoehr, Mequon, Wisconsin
The following pharmacists were inducted in absentia:
  • Justin Brock, Tucson, Arizona
  • Raymond Jajeh, South San Francisco, California
  • Thomas Magnifico, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Amanda Meister, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Nicole Mourning, Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Erik Nelson, Spokane, Washington
  • Tom O’Shea, Elburn, Illinois
  • Anthony Pudlo, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Kathryn Richards, Clarksville, Tennessee
  • Sohal Shah, New Port Richey, Florida
  • Michelle Sherman, Dana Point, California
  • Rodney Skinner, Elk City, Oklahoma
  • Sahar Swidan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Evan Vickers, Cedar City, Utah
Also recognized at the meeting were new Affiliate, Pharmacy Technician, and Pharmacy Marketer Members in attendance:
  • Sherri Hack, Canton, South Dakota, Pharmacy Marketer
  • Terri Hall-Klouda, Anchorage, Alaska, Affiliate
  • Kerrie James, San Diego, California, Pharmacy Technician
  • Brenda Jensen, Canton, South Dakota, Pharmacy Technician
  • Mary May Saldana, San Diego, California, Pharmacy Technician
  • Lyssarae Soriano, San Diego, California, Pharmacy Technician
  • Jesus Zavala, San Diego, California, Pharmacy Technician
  • Amanda Zuniga, San Diego, California, Pharmacy Technician
About the American College of Apothecaries

Founded in 1940, the American College of Apothecaries is a professional pharmacy organization dedicated to advancing the entrepreneurial spirit of member pharmacists through education, innovation, mentoring, fellowship, and training.