Two School of Pharmacy Alumni Win PPA Awards

The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA) recently presented Duquesne University School of Pharmacy alumni John DeJames, R.Ph., with the National Association of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) Excellence in Innovation Award, sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., and Margaret Lydon, R.Ph., with the J. Allen Duffield Pharmaceutical Industry Award during PPA's 2021 Annual Conference at the Harrisburg Hilton Hotel on September 25, 2021.

The Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes and honors a qualified pharmacist who has demonstrated significant innovation in his or her respective practice, method or service directly or indirectly resulting in improved patient care and/or advancement of the profession of pharmacy.

The J. Allen Duffield Pharmaceutical Industry Award is presented to an individual who is associated with the pharmaceutical industry or other pharmacy associated and related business or service, who has contributed time, effort, commitment, and supported and participated in the activities and programs of PPA.

John DeJamesDeJames recently made the transition to independent pharmacy as Value Drug Company's specialist of clinical strategies. In this role, he has been a leader in the transformation of community pharmacy practice through the Flip the Pharmacy program through the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network (PPCN). His innovation tactics have many forms, but none as valuable to the profession than his ability to identify areas where community pharmacists are able to take advantage of technology and techniques to unveil revenue generating opportunities. As a Practice Transformation Coach, he was part of the Team Pennsylvania effort that resulted in the group being awarded Flip the Pharmacy Team of the Year. DeJames serves on PPA's Educational Foundation Board of Directors and on the Allegheny County Pharmacists Association Board. He is a past recipient of the PPA J. Allen Duffield Pharmaceutical Industry Award and the PPA Preceptor of the Year Award.

Margie LydonLydon began her career in independent pharmacy as a pharmacist and later moved to consulting, mail-order, and operations management. She joined Value Drug Company in 2018 as a Long-Term Care specialist. She regularly applies her time and talent to assist other pharmacists in understanding the dynamics of pharmaceutically related businesses, in her area of long-term care expertise and in her commitment to pharmacy practice advancement through her work as a Flip the Pharmacy Transformation coach the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network (PPCN). During the pandemic, she made it a priority to ensure her colleagues had the latest vaccine distribution information, facilitating their enrollment to provide vaccine administration for the longterm care facilities that they serve. Likewise, she constantly provides updates to colleague and acquaintances on legislative initiatives and changes in practice parameters. Lydon currently serves on PPA's Board of Directors and is an active board member of the BuckMont Pharmacists Association (BMPA). She is also an active member of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

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