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Wednesday, 31 October 2012 17:40

PCCA Awards Karen Floyd, RPh, George Roentsch Scholarship

Award presented annually to a young independent pharmacist who embodies Roentsch's innovative and sharing nature


 HOUSTON (October 26, 2012): PCCA is pleased to announce Karen Floyd, RPh, of Western Colorado Specialty Pharmacy in Fort Collins, Colo., as the 2012 recipient of the George Roentsch Scholarship. This scholarship provided Floyd with an all-expenses-paid trip to PCCA’s 2012 International Seminar. It is awarded annually to an up-and-coming independent pharmacist and PCCA member who embodies the innovative and sharing nature for which Roentsch was well-known in the pharmacy compounding community. The award was presented to Floyd on October 27, 2012, during the company’s International Seminar, held in Sugar Land, Texas.

At the ceremony, PCCA’s Erin Michael, MBA, CPhT, gave a brief introduction about the history of the scholarship. Then PCCA Member Matt Buderer, RPh, of Buderer Drug Co. in Perrysburg, Ohio, introduced the nominees: Floyd; Peter Koshland, PharmD, of Koshland Pharm: Custom Compounding Pharmacy in San Francisco, Calif.; and Tim Smith, PharmD, FABC, FASHP, of P3 Compounding, LLC, in Knoxville, Tenn. Buderer then introduced Mary Roentsch and Susie Harris, RPh, pharmacist at The Apothecary, who brought 2011 Roentsch Scholarship recipient Kevin Borg, PharmD, of Potter’s House Apothecary in Peoria, Ariz., to the stage to announce the winner.

Floyd graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder School of Pharmacy in 1979. She has practiced pharmacy in Grand Junction since 1986. Her experience includes hospital, long-term care, management and retail pharmacy. After many years as an employee pharmacist, Karen launched her new compounding pharmacy in 2009. It was her first venture as a business owner. Although she had never worked in a compounding pharmacy in her career to that point, she was convinced that this was the business model for her, so she plunged ahead and opened the first compounding-only pharmacy in the Grand Junction market. In addition to completing her compounding training at PCCA in Primary Compounding and Aseptic Techniques, she has obtained and continues to pursue education in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, preventative aging, and functional medicine. Her participation in the PCCA Concierge Compounding program allows her to share her experiences and insight with her colleagues. She has also counseled several would-be women entrepreneurs on her experience of launching a new compounding-only business. Some of her more innovative formulas are for weight loss using HCG, the RDT dosage form in HRT therapy and veterinary formulas for cat and dog deworming therapy.

George Roentsch, RPh, owner/pharmacist of The Apothecary in Keene, N.H., will be long remembered as the compounder’s compounder. His passion and fire for the art of compounding were legendary. This passion was not limited to just the innovative contributions that Roentsch developed for his patients and physicians over the years; but, also involved his generosity and sharing of these ideas and formulas with other compounders.

A PCCA Member since June 1983 and named Pharmacist of the Year in 1994, Roentsch was a constant and memorable presence at PCCA seminars and symposiums throughout the years, and was viewed by many in the pharmacy compounding profession as a mentor and friend. His work advanced the art and science of compounding and leaves a lasting legacy. Roentsch passed away in 2011, and PCCA is proud to pay tribute to Roentsch by honoring the passionate, innovative, and sharing compounding pharmacists of the future with the George Roentsch Scholarship.

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.