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Spence Named Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the Year

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Oct. 17, 2005) - J. Daryl Spence, R.Ph., has been named the 2005 Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the Year by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). The announcement was made this morning during the Second General Session of the association's 107th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition underway in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The Independent Pharmacist of the Year award, sponsored by Roche, recognizes an independent pharmacist for exemplary leadership and commitment to independent pharmacy and to the community. The award is named in honor of Willard Simmons, a former NCPA (then NCRD) executive secretary, and long-time NCPA Foundation trustee, who exemplified these qualities. Spence is the owner of Spence Pharmacy and Texas Health Care Pharmacy in Fort Worth, Texas.

In his nomination, Carter High, Pharm.D., praised Spence for his efforts, which led to the amendment of the Texas Pharmacy Practice Act, allowing hospice patients to receive their medicines in a more timely manner. "Daryl Spence has worked tirelessly to improve the care of hospice patients in Texas," High said." Now, a hospice patient does not have to wait until the pharmacy has a hard copy of a C-II prescription in order to receive much needed pain and/or anxiety medications. These medications can now be dispensed upon the pharmacy receiving a faxed copy of the prescription, thus speeding up the delivery process."

Spence has devoted his professional life to serving his patients and independent community pharmacy. Throughout his career, he has been active in pharmacy associations on the local, state and national levels. He currently serves as president of the Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA). He has served TPA in a number of capacities including president-elect, vice president, chairman of the board of PharmPAC, TPA's political action committee, and as a member of the TPA Board of Directors. He also has served on TPA's Public Affairs Advisory, Executive, Professional Affairs, and Public Affairs Reference committees.

He has served as president of the Tarrant County Pharmacist Association and on the University of Oklahoma Alumni Affairs and Texas Tech University Dean's Advisory committees.

He has been an active member of NCPA serving on NCPA's Home Health Care, Consumer Affairs and Public Relations, and Long-Term Care committees. He is a key member of the NCPA Committee on National Legislation and Governmental Affairs.

In 2003, he was named Outstanding Pharmacist by the Tarrant County Pharmacy Association.

As the recipient of the Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the Year Award, Spence received an engraved plaque, a $1,000 cash award, and a $1,000 donation in his name to the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy.

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) represents the nation's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 24,000 pharmacies. The nation's independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises, and independent chains represent an $84 billion marketplace, dispensing nearly half of the nation's retail prescription medicines.

Carol Cooke, Director, External Communications
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