School Of Pharmacy Alumnus Awarded Willam H. Briner Distinguished Achievement Award In Nuclear Pharmacy Practice

Richard M. FejkaRichard M. Fejka, M.S., R.Ph., BCNP, FAPhA, Capt. (Ret.), U.S. Public Health Service, Senior Manager of FDA's Radioactive Drug Research Committee (RDRC) program overseeing RDRCs across the United States, will receive the 2019 Willam H. Briner Distinguished Achievement Award i Nuclear Pharmacy Practice. He is recognized for making numerous contributions in his service to the profession, medicine, and country. He is widely known as a trusted professional and expert in the close-knit community of nuclear pharmacists that includes nuclear medicine physicians, medical physicists, engineers, and others working to discover and develop novel nuclear compounds for clinical use. He is considered the FDA's subject matter expert for RDRCs.

This award, named in memory of Captain William H. Briner, a pioneer in the development of the nuclear pharmacy practice specialty, recognizes the achievements of an individual who has made a significant contribution or sustained contributions to the provision of pharmaceutical care within nuclear pharmacy practice. Premier support provided by the National Association of Nuclear Pharmacies.

Fejka earned his BSPharm from Duquesne University and MS in Radiopharmacy from the University of Southern California. Prior to graduating from USC, he was commissioned into the U.S. Public Health Service and assigned to the radiopharmaceutical section at the National Institutes of Health, working where CAPT William H. Briner established one of the first nuclear pharmacies in the United States.

He obtained Board Certification in Nuclear Pharmacy in 1982, being part of the first-ever group of pharmacists to earn Board Certification in the profession of pharmacy. He is a past Adjunct Clinical Instructor for Duquesne University School of Pharmacy and Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, precepting students in nuclear pharmacy practice during his tenure at the NIH. He served as past Chair of the Pharmacy Professional Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the USPHS, the Nuclear Pharmacy Specialty Council of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, and the Nuclear Pharmacy Practice Section within APhA-APPM with service on several Section committees. He has been an invited speaker at APhA and other professional scientific meetings and served as an APhA-APPM and State of Maryland delegate to the APhA House of Delegates.

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