Lucy Malmberg receives annual award for compounding pharmacy advocacy leadership.
Lucy Malmberg, RPh, FACA, FACVP, senior executive vice president of Wedgewood Pharmacy (Swedesboro, NJ) and a resident of Sarasota FL and Wilmington, DE, has received the annual Evelyn Timmons, RPh, Advocacy Award. The award is given annually by PCCA, a membership organization that strengthens the role, position and skills of member compounding pharmacists. The award recognizes passionate, committed, tenacious, female advocates for compounding pharmacists. It was presented at a June 3 ceremony in Washington, DC during one of Malmberg's many visits to Capitol Hill.
The award is given in honor of Evelyn Timmons, RPh, a pioneer and nationally renowned figure in the use of bio-identical hormones for women and a long-standing advocate of pharmacy compounding. In 1951, she became one of the first female pharmacists in Arizona and received numerous national awards during her career. Timmons passed away in 2011 at the age of 85.
In presenting the award, PCCA vice president of Pharmacy Management Bill Letendre, MS, RPh, MBA said, "Anyone who knows Lucy will attest to her passion and enthusiasm for her chosen profession of compounding pharmacy. She is a great example of the exemplary attributes that Evelyn demonstrated during her lifetime."
Malmberg was chosen from among 10 nominees, who were nominated by their peers. She has more than 40 years' experience in the pharmacy profession. She has be a tireless advocate for compounding, serving as a resource to legislators and regulators at the state and federal levels, to inform them about compounding pharmacy and to help share legislation and regulation to protect access to custom-compounded medications. Malmberg is committed to high-level patient care, and has fought for pharmacists' rights to continue providing that care by actively supporting legal challenges at every level of the federal judiciary, up to and including the United States Supreme Court.
In accepting the award, Malmberg said, "Evelyn Timmons was a pharmacist who engaged my attention, excited my emotions and energized me to act to serve my patients and prescribers. She encouraged me and other pharmacists to live our unique purpose to serve others and to be the voice of pharmacy. She said 'do not wait, just do it'. I am grateful for Evelyn's professional commitment, her strength of conviction, her example and encouragement. It is an honor to be compared with her in any way."
George and Lucy Malmberg, both pharmacists, founded Wedgewood Pharmacy in 1981. The company has grown from a local community pharmacy to become one of the largest compounding pharmacies in the United States, serving tens of thousands of prescribers throughout the U.S. with customized animal-healthand human-health prescriptions every year. Wedgewood Pharmacy has earned the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board’s (PCAB®) Seal of Accreditation, demonstrating that it meets the highest standards of quality and safety in its profession. It was the first pharmacy in the Philadelphia area to earn PCAB Accreditation, on January 31, 2012. The company serves veterinary practices including general practices and board-certified veterinary medical specialists in Endocrinology, Ophthalmology, Theriogenology, Oncology, Cardiology and Laboratory-Animal, Equine, Feline, Zoological, Avian, Reptile and Amphibian Medicine. In human health, the company primarily serves board-certified specialists including those practicing Addiction Medicine, Dentistry, Dermatology, OB/GYN, Pre-Natal Care, Ophthalmology, Physical Therapy and Urology. The company also provides compounded preparations and placebos for clinical, investigational and translational research.
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