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IPC names Family Pharmacy 2018 MVP, announces scholarship awards

Independent Pharmacy Cooperative has named Family Pharmacy of Long Beach, Calif., as the recipient of the Dan Moudry Most Valuable Pharmacy award for 2018.

IPC’s MVP Award was presented to Rakesh Patel, owner of Family Pharmacy at the IPC Annual Business Meeting on July 10, during McKesson ideaShare 2018 in Las Vegas.

Family Pharmacy has been serving the city of Long Beach and surrounding areas since 1975, and Patel is on the board of directors at St. Mary Hospital.

“It is an honor to be able to recognize Rakesh Patel for his leadership and dedication to community pharmacy.” IPC president and CEO Don Anderson said. “Family Pharmacy is a prime example of an outstanding voice for independent pharmacy.”

“We at Family Pharmacy come to work every day with the attitude to be the best we can be for our customers.” Patel said. “It is a good feeling to be recognized for the care and effort of our team at Family Pharmacy, we take pride in making it a place where customers feel appreciated. All of us truly appreciate this award, thanks again to IPC.”

In a separate development, IPC announced the recipients of their 2018 Student Scholarships. Ten pharmacy student winners were awarded a $1,500 scholarship, with matching funds from McKesson.

Winning scholarships were given based on an essay competition where students detailed their most memorable Independent Pharmacy Conference experience.

“It’s crucial to support, motivate and encourage the next generation of independent pharmacists,” Anderson said. “IPC is proud to have the opportunity to meet with, inspire and educate these exceptional future industry leaders.”

“After reading these essays, it’s clear the students who attended the Independent Pharmacy Conference went home with valuable knowledge and experiences,” McKesson senior vice president of independent national accounts, Rex Catton said. “IPC should be applauded for its efforts encouraging a bright future for independent pharmacy.”
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