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TAMPA, FL (Oct. 13, 2008) - Pharmacist Calvin J. Anthony was honored today as the recipient of the 2008 John W. Dargavel Medal by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation during NCPA's 110th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 11-15 in Tampa, Florida. McKesson Corporation sponsors the medal, which is awarded each year by the NCPA Foundation to honor those whose contributions on behalf of independent pharmacy embody the spirit of leadership and accomplishment personified by John W. Dargavel, executive secretary of the National Association of Retail Druggists (NARD), now NCPA, from 1933 to 1961. The NCPA Foundation was established in 1953 to honor Dargavel.

Anthony, past Executive Vice President of NCPA, graduated from the College of Pharmacy at Oklahoma State University in 1968. He was the owner of Tiger Drugs in Stillwater, OK. While serving as a president of NCPA from 1993-1994, Anthony helped usher NCPA and community pharmacy into the technologic age. He was instrumental in developing the first Web site for NCPA, sparked the development of online networks of independent pharmacies, and with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), created SureScripts (now SureScripts-RxHub) to improve the prescribing process between pharmacies and physicians.

"Calvin Anthony has been a true stalwart for advancing the cause of community pharmacies across America," said Sharlea Leatherwood, RPh, NCPA Foundation president. "We would not be in the position of strength we enjoy today without his help, which is why we are very proud to present him with the 2008 John W. Dargavel Medal."

In addition to his work and dedication to NCPA, he is also very involved in his hometown, serving on the board of local banks, vice president of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, and chairman of the Stillwater United Way Campaign eventually becoming elected as mayor of Stillwater. He kept pursuing his political aspirations eventually getting elected to serve in the state legislature and where he served as Assistant Majority Floor Leader.

Prior to being honored with the Dargavel Medal, Anthony has received numerous other awards and accolades, including the Bowl of Hygeia, the Ralph Bienfang Preceptor of the Year Award, the American College of Apothecarie's Laskoff Award, and the Hubert H. Humphrey Award for political work from the American Pharmacists Association. This year Anthony was also honored with the Distinguished Public Service Award from Oklahoma State University, where he currently serves as a regent on the OSU A&M Board of Regents. He also sits on the National Advisory Board of the Oklahoma University College of Pharmacy, and the Advisory Council of the University of Texas, College of Pharmacy.

"McKesson has a long relationship with NCPA, and we share the same goal of high-quality health care by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality of care and patient safety," said Bill Hamik, senior vice president of Field Operations for McKesson Corporation. "We are proud to sponsor the Dargavel Medal, which honors someone as influential to the cause of community pharmacy as Calvin Anthony."

The NCPA Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1953 to honor former NARD Executive Secretary John W. Dargavel. Contributions to the NCPA Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted under federal tax law. The Foundation supports the growth and advancement of independent community pharmacy through low-interest educational loans and scholarships to pharmacy students in need, critical research and programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy, and financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or adverse circumstances. For more information or to make a donation, visit

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) represents the nation's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 pharmacies. The nation's independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises, and independent chains represent an $84 billion marketplace, employ over 300,000 employees and dispense nearly half of the nation's retail prescription medicines. To learn more go to

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 18th on the Fortune 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality healthcare by reducing costs, streamlining processes and improving the quality and safety of patient care. McKesson is the longest-operating company in healthcare today, marking its 175th anniversary this year. Over the course of its history, McKesson has grown by providing pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management across the spectrum of care; healthcare information technology for hospitals, physicians, homecare and payors; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payors designed to improve outcomes for patients. The McKesson Specialty business unit, which includes OTN and Onmark, delivers services that manufacturers, payors and providers need to ensure specialty pharmaceutical products, coordinated reimbursement and clinical services are available to patients with complex diseases. For more information, visit


Valerie Briggs
Director, External Communications and Marketing Outreach
National Community Pharmacists Association
100 Daingerfield Road
Alexandria, VA 22314