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Pharmacy Faculty and Alumni Honored by Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association

Published on October 15, 2020

The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association recently presented awards to Richard Ost P’82; Daniel Ventricelli, PharmD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy; and Elizabeth Harris, PharmD, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, at a Virtual Annual Conference held on October 2, 2020. 

Rich OstOst was awarded the  George S. Maggio Memorial Award sponsored by the Cardinal Health Foundation, which is presented to the pharmacist who has contributed the most to pharmacy in Pennsylvania through his/her work in the area of third-party relations, government relations, and advocacy activity. 

For the last 37 years and counting, Ost has been the owner and pharmacist of Philadelphia Pharmacy. He frequently spends his time and money fighting against PBM abuse, specific to Medicaid. Through his many contacts in Philadelphia and in coordination with PPA, Pennsylvania Association for Retail Druggists PARD, and the elected officials he works to bring new legislation to protect independent pharmacies around the state. He gives almost 50% of his working hours to what he can do about ensuring a brighter future for independent pharmacies specifically in underserved and impoverished communities. 

Dan VentricelliDr. Ventricelli was named the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award winner. The Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Companies “Distinguished Young Pharmacist” Award recognizes new pharmacists for their dedication to and participation in pharmacy organizations, commitment to the practice of pharmacy and involvement in community activities. The prestigious award is presented by Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company, nationally recognized as a leader in providing insurance products and risk management solutions to Pharmacy professionals. 

Dr. Ventricelli has become a figurehead in the Philadelphia area for his work regarding pharmacist perceptions of substance use disorder and its treatment. He has served on a variety of city-based coalitions aimed to reduce the stigmas associated with substance use disorder, and to increase access to treatment for those currently suffering with this disease. Nationally,  Dr. Ventricelli was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Service Award by the Pain, Palliative  Care, and Addiction Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). He is a member currently serves as the Chair-elect of the Substance Use Disorder SIG within the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). 

Elisabeth HarrisDr. Harris was named one of the PPA’s Ten Under Ten award recipients, honoring the top ten pharmacists who have been practicing for less than 10 years that demonstrate a commitment to advancing the profession. 

Founded in 1878, the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association is a professional membership organization of more than 2,300 pharmacists and pharmacy students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, representing almost all facets of pharmacy practice. As the leading voice of pharmacy in Pennsylvania, it promotes the profession through advocacy, education, and communication to enhance patient care and public health. 

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