Ohio pharmacy owner Paul White has received this year’s NARD Ownership Award from the NCPA Foundation. The award was presented at the NCPA 2018 Annual Convention in Boston.

The NARD Ownership Award recognizes an independent community pharmacist who embraces entrepreneurial spirit through promotion and demonstrated excellence in the field of community pharmacy ownership. The award is inspired by the NARD name, which was for a century the name associated with independent pharmacy. The National Community Pharmacists Association, which was founded in 1898 as the National Association of Retail Druggists, represents the nation’s community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 22,000 pharmacies.

White founded the first Medicine Center Pharmacy in 1976. In the years following, he grew the business to include four retail pharmacies that included a PCAB-accredited nonsterile compounding lab, a 340B contract pharmacy, a long-term care pharmacy offering strip packaging, and consultant pharmacists for LTC customers.

Throughout White’s many years of pharmacy practice, he recognized that the only constant in pharmacy is change and that embracing that change is the key to thriving. He led the development and implementation of two programs: A company-wide initiative called “Thrive” which focuses on metrics-driven reimbursement, and the “Diabetes Care Kit” and the accompanying “Diabetes Care Program” which offers free and low-cost testing supplies.

White has been an active member of NCPA since 1990 and continues to be active at the state and national level. During a recent Ohio ballot issue, he engaged in lobbying activities to raise awareness in print and social media across Ohio. White engages the community by sponsoring community events, hosting weekly in-store health fairs, supporting community outreach programs, and holding a 50-minute weekly radio program titled Health Matters with the Medicine Center Pharmacy.

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