Joe Moose Named NCPA Independent Pharmacist of the Year


Joe Moose, RPh, co-owner of Moose Pharmacy and its multiple locations in and around Concord, N.C., has been named the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) 2015 Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the Year.


National Harbor, MD. (October 11, 2015) - Joe Moose, RPh, co-owner of Moose Pharmacy and its multiple locations in and around Concord, N.C., has been named the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) 2015 Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the Year. The award is sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. Moose received his award during the First General Session at the NCPA 2015 Annual Convention on Sunday, October 11.

The Independent Pharmacist of the Year award recognizes an independent pharmacist for exemplary leadership and commitment to independent pharmacy and to their community. The award is named in honor of someone who exemplified these qualities: Willard B. Simmons, a former executive secretary of NCPA (which was then known as the National Association of Retail Druggists) and a long-time NCPA Foundation trustee.

"Joe Moose is at the forefront of efforts to make independent community pharmacies an integral part of a more coordinated and efficient health care delivery system, which makes him a deserving recipient of the NCPA 2015 Willard B. Simmons Independent Pharmacist of the Year Award," said NCPA President John T. Sherrer, RPh, co-owner of Poole¹s Pharmacy in Marietta, Ga. "Joe¹s central role in a federally funded pilot program in North Carolina has been well-chronicled in publications like the

Charlotte Observer


Morning Consult


Pharmacy Today

, and serves as a model for other pharmacies looking to be on the cutting-edge of patient care."

Moose¹s distinguished pharmacy career began after receiving his Doctorate of Pharmacy from

Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Science

. His commitment to the future generation of pharmacists can be seen through his serving as a primary preceptor with the

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Community Pharmacy Residency Program, and finding additional time to be a preceptor for students completing introductory and advanced practice experiential education rotations with Campbell University, and

Wingate University School of Pharmacy


Moose is on a variety of committees in North Carolina, including chairperson for the state¹s Medicaid Drug Utilization Review. In his role as co-owner of Moose Pharmacy, Moose has established collaborative practice agreements with local physicians to integrate community pharmacists into a patient-centered medical home. He has also partnered with the City of Charlotte and Union County to manage employees enrolled in diabetes and other disease management programs. Working with his pharmacy staff, Moose has implemented and enhanced a variety of clinical services in his pharmacy, including medication therapy management (MTM).

Moose is the Lead Community Pharmacy Coordinator for

Community Care of North Carolina, Inc.

(CCNC). This opportunity came about through a federally-funded,

$15 million

grant through the

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation

, which supports experimental pilot programs looking for best practices (i.e., better health outcomes, lower costs, etc.) for implementation on a national scale. In this role he has built a network of over 200 high quality community pharmacies that strive to offer enhanced value to payors. He works in conjunction with CCNC,


and the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

³Upsher-Smith values the critical role that pharmacists play in improving patient health,² said Rusty Field, President of Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. ³We are proud to join NCPA in honoring Joe Moose, PharmD, who has done so much to innovate within the profession and to improve the health of his patients, his community and his state.²

Moose has previously been named as a recipient of the Next Generation Pharmacist of the Year Award, the 2010 Next Generation Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the 2015 APhA Community Pharmacy Residency Excellence in Precepting Award. Moose maintains professional affiliations with the National Community Pharmacists Association, American Pharmacists Association, and North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.

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