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Monday, 19 May 2014 17:27

Cheri Kraemer Named 2014 Winner of Evelyn Timmons Advocacy Award for Commitment to the Pharmacy Compounding Industry

PCCA Member Cheri Kraemer, RPh, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Recognized as a Female Advocate Who is Advancing the Compounding Industry in the Sioux Falls Community


HOUSTON, May 20, 2014 – Yesterday, PCCA announced that Cheri Kraemer, RPh, owner of Pharmacy Specialties, Inc. of Sioux Falls is the winner of the 2014 Evelyn Timmons Advocacy Award. The award pays tribute to Timmons, a pioneer in the compounding industry, by honoring a passionate, committed, and tenacious female compounding pharmacist who is advancing the compounding pharmacy industry in her community and as a profession.

“We are proud to announce that Cheri Kraemer is the winner of the prestigious 2014 Evelyn Timmons Advocacy Award,” said Jim Smith, President of PCCA. “Cheri is fiercely passionate about providing customized medicines to patients who depend on it and her work as a champion for compounding plays a critical role in contributing to a healthier Sioux Falls.”

Kraemer, who was chosen from among 27 nominees, has been contributing to the compounding profession for the past 29 years, and has been a PCCA member since 2001. Kraemer founded her compounding pharmacy, Pharmacy Specialties, Inc. with the primary goal to advance the health and well-being of all her patients. She has also served on PCCA’s Advisory Council, and frequently attends educational seminars and symposiums to bring back new ideas to her co-workers and patients. Some of Kraemer’s advocacy efforts on behalf of her community include:

  • Mentoring pharmacy and technician students;
  • Attending Compounders on Capitol Hill to promote compounding at the federal level;
  • Working with her state senator’s offices on compounding legislation; and
  • Serving on the PCCA Advisory Council, where she was able to act as an advocate for both her patients and compounding in general.

"To receive the Evelyn Timmons award means everything to me. This is the highest honor," said Kraemer. "There is so much value in the compounding industry. Compounding offers me an excellent opportunity to advance the health and wellness of my patients, and for each patient to be treated as an individual outside the cookie-cutter approach of modern medicine.”

Kraemer also says that her continuing education efforts allowed her to assess and address each patient’s specific condition and devise a treatment plan specifically tailored to meet his or her needs. “I continue working daily to protect and promote an industry that offers the best opportunity for each patient to be treated in the manner best suited for their own condition," said Kraemer.

PCCA staff and members submitted the names of potential recipients for consideration. To be considered for the award, a female compounder must exhibit the following:

  • Has been a PCCA member pharmacist and owner for at least five (5) years
  • Demonstrates commitment in her practice
  • Demonstrates selfless advocacy locally and nationally on behalf of all compounding pharmacists
  • Embraces learning and education
  • Fosters a successful and growing practice
  • Participates in PCCA’s Member Rewards Program

Evelyn Timmons, RPh, was a pioneer and a nationally renowned figure in the use of bio-identical hormones for women, as well as a long-standing advocate of pharmacy compounding. As one of the first female pharmacists in Arizona, she received numerous national awards during her career. Timmons was the first woman president of the American College of Apothecaries (ACA), and was among the first full fellows of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP).

About PCCA

PCCA helps compounding pharmacies around the world deliver personalized, compounded medications that make a difference in people’s lives. As a compounding pharmacist’s most comprehensive resource, PCCA provides products, services and support to almost 4,000 pharmacist members throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Serving compounding pharmacists since 1981, PCCA is headquartered in Houston, Texas. For more information about the company, visit pccarx.com.

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