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Rupp Named NCPA Faculty Liaison of the Year by NCPA Foundation

New Orleans, LA (October 19, 2009) - Michael T. Rupp, Ph.D., faculty liaison for the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Student Chapter at Midwestern University-Glendale (MWU-G) in Glendale, AZ, has been recognized as the 2009 NCPA Faculty Liaison of the Year by the NCPA Foundation. The award is sponsored by QS/1 and was presented at NCPA’s 111th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 17-21.

"Mike has been an extraordinary faculty liaison throughout his career and has dedicated countless hours of outstanding service to independent pharmacy and also encouraging and assisting pharmacy students with the development of entrepreneurial skills and inspiring student interest in pharmacy ownership," said Sharlea Leatherwood, PD, NCPA Foundation President.

Rupp is a Professor of Pharmacy Administration and Executive Director of MWU-G's Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice (CAPP). At MWU-G, he helped create the college of pharmacy’s four-course entrepreneur track curriculum, and he hosts entrepreneur speakers for all college of pharmacy students every quarter. The presentations given by the entrepreneur-speakers have been very effective in growing awareness and interest in pharmacy ownership. He also organizes an annual compounding demonstration to educate faculty, staff and students across the MWU-G campus about the value of custom dosage pharmaceutical formulations.

As an academic researcher and pharmacy practice innovator, Rupp has been particularly active in evaluating pharmacist care services, evaluating the impact of new technologies such as e-prescribing and systems that improve medication use in community pharmacy practice, and creating methods by which pharmacists may more effectively and efficiently perform, document, bill, and be paid for their professional services.

He is also the creator of PharmAccount.com, an Internet provider of financial cost analysis services for community pharmacies and pharmacists and also the founder and managing partner of MENTORx, a professional services consulting firm specializing in research and evaluation projects in community pharmacy practice.

"QS/1 is excited to sponsor NCPA’s Faculty Liaison of the Year Award," said Tammy Devine, executive vice president of QS/1. "When the faculty at any institution of higher learning takes an added interest in helping their students navigate the educational process, they should be commended. Clearly, Mike Rupp embraces that goal with his pharmacy students and his push to expose them to the entrepreneurial side of the profession."

The National Community Pharmacists Association (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 as charitable donations to the extent permitted under federal tax law. The NCPA Foundation supports the growth and advancement of independent community pharmacy through low-interest educational loans and scholarships to pharmacy students, critical research and programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy, community service programs, 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 www.ncpafoundation.org.

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 www.ncpanet.org.

QS/1, a complete healthcare automation solution provider, serves HME businesses and pharmacies. QS/1 is a division of the J M Smith Corporation, the fourth largest privately held company in South Carolina. For additional information about QS/1, visit the Web site at www.qs1.com, or call 1-800-231-7776.

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Valerie Briggs
Director, External Communications and Marketing Outreach
National Community Pharmacists Association
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