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ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Sunday recognized Merck with its 2013 Corporate Recognition Award — the award recognizes a company for its support and work on behalf of independent community pharmacies — during NCPA’s 115th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition.
“Merck is improving the quality of life for millions of people throughout the world and has a long-standing, substantive relationship with NCPA that goes back over a century,” stated Donnie Calhoun, NCPA president. “Merck is a very deserving recipient of the NCPA 2013 Corporate Recognition Award, and we hope to continue our strong relationship in the future as, among other shared goals, we both seek to ensure patients are maximizing the benefits of prescription drugs through greater adherence.”
Merck has been directly helping pharmacists since it published the first Merck Manual in 1899. More recently, Merck has been a champion and partner with NCPA in the Pharmacists Advancing Medication Adherence initiative and as the sole sponsor of NCPA’s Adherence Institute for the past two years. This special track of adherence-themed programming at NCPA’s convention provides pharmacists with ideas for how they can take their adherence services to the next level to improve patient health and outcomes and showcase their role as medication experts.
Merck also has been a key supporter of pharmacists providing immunization services.
“Merck believes community pharmacists are an important, accessible part of the healthcare team," stated Ken Massey, Merck VP U.S. medical affairs. "Merck values its relationship with NCPA and community pharmacy,” he said.