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Thursday, 10 November 2011 14:14

PCCA Names Eric Vidrine, PD, FACA, FIACP, Pharmacist of the Year

Award presented annually to an independent pharmacist demonstrating service excellence to patients, healthcare providers and pharmacy colleagues.


HOUSTON (October 26, 2011): Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) has named Eric Vidrine, PD, FACA, FIACP, of Professional Arts Pharmacy in Lafayette, La., as its Dr. M. George Webber Compounding Pharmacist of the Year, an award which is presented annually to an independent pharmacist who has demonstrated service excellence to patients, healthcare providers and pharmacy colleagues. Compounding is the pharmacy method of preparing customized medications to meet each prescriber’s and patient’s unique needs. The late Dr. Webber, for whom the award is named, was a long-time professor with the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, and was instrumental in the formation of PCCA in 1981. PCCA CEO L. David Sparks presented the award to Vidrine on October 21, 2011, during the company’s International Seminar, held in Sugar Land, Texas.

Vidrine was and remains a pioneer in instituting powder containment in his pharmacy, which is now accredited by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB)®. He was an early entrant in the compounding arena for veterinary, dental, and hospice, and he was one of the first to use a marketer to grow his business. He helped to establish this successful business practice nationwide by sharing this model with his peers. He was instrumental in the foundation of PCCA’s first Concierge Compounding group, giving generously of his time to foster the compounding culture and initiate sharing and networking among members.

Prior to this award, Vidrine has received many awards and accolades. He was named PCCA’s August 1999 Pharmacist of the Month, received the DuPont Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award in 1997, and was named Compounding Pharmacist of the Year by the Louisiana Pharmacists Association in 2004. He is a full fellow of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP) and the American College of Apothecaries, and is a past-president of IACP as well.

Serving compounding pharmacists since 1981, Houston, Texas-headquartered PCCA provides the fine chemicals, equipment, devices, accredited training courses and seminars, and technical consulting assistance necessary to allow compounding pharmacists the ability to compound unique dosage forms according to the patient’s individualized medication needs and the physician’s prescription. PCCA currently has more than 3,900 pharmacist members throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and countries around the world. For more information, please call Stephan Beek/PCCA Communications at 800/331-2498.

About PCCA

Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA), the leader in pharmacy compounding since 1981, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. PCCA supports member compounding pharmacists as they meet the unique healthcare needs of patients through exceptional service, highest-quality products, shared innovations and education. PCCA is the nation's complete resource for fine chemicals, equipment, devices, flavors, accredited training and education, pharmacy software, marketing, business and pharmacy consulting assistance. PCCA membership includes more than 3,900 independent community pharmacists in the United States, Canada and Australia. For more information, visit PCCA online at www.pccarx.com, or use Find A Compounder™ online tool to locate a member pharmacy in your area http://www.findacompounder.com/