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Kathleen Jaeger named NCPA chief executive
October 25th, 2010
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association has appointed former Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) chief Kathleen Jaeger as NCPA's executive vice president and chief executive officer.
Jaeger's appointment is effective Nov. 1. She takes over the post vacated by Bruce Roberts, who left NCPA this summer after the association had announced in late March that he planned to join prescription benefit facilitator BeneCard PBF. GPhA reported in May that Jaeger planned to resign from the group effective June 30.
"I am absolutely honored to join NCPA and represent independent community pharmacists and the patients we care for each day," Jaeger said in a statement. "As the daughter of an independent community pharmacist, and as a pharmacist myself, I understand the critical and growing role neighborhood pharmacies play in our health care system as well as the challenges they face.
"Every day, millions of Americans depend on community pharmacists for quality medicines and expert counseling to feel better and lead more productive lives," Jaeger added. "Community pharmacies not only effectively and efficiently deliver this critical care to consumers, they do so while also substantially reducing overall health care costs. Thus, we need to ensure that independent community pharmacists are indispensible to America's health care system today, tomorrow and beyond."
NCPA president Joseph Harmison announced Jaeger's appointment as CEO on Sunday during his address at the association's 112th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition in Philadelphia.
"Kathleen brings to NCPA a demonstrated track record of successful advocacy along with a first-hand pharmacy background," Harmison said in a statement. "Kathleen's knowledge of the pharmacy industry and proven Washington expertise make her a perfect fit for NCPA."
Jaeger served as GPhA president and CEO from 2002 to 2010 and is credited with transforming the association into a powerful voice for the generic drug industry, developing aggressive and effective public policy, advocacy and communications programs that resulted in many legislative and regulatory victories, according to NCPA.
Before leading GPhA, Jaeger chaired the Food and Drug Practice for the McKenna and Cuneo law firm and, later, Kirkpatrick and Lockhart. She earned a J.D. from Catholic University and a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island.
"Kathleen has the experience, vision and leadership capabilities to take this well-positioned association and guide it to an even brighter future to better serve community pharmacists and their patients," commented Lonny Wilson, chairman of NCPA's Executive Committee and CEO of Pharmacy Providers of Oklahoma.