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Kathleen Jaeger's appointment as executive vice president and CEO of the NCPA was announced October 25 at the association's annual Convention and Trade Expo in Philadelphia.
"Our first and foremost objective must be to ensure our patients have access to excellent quality care and pharmacy services in their community," Jaeger said. "Second, we must continue to demonstrate the tremendous value independent pharmacists deliver to patients and the overall healthcare system."
NCPA must also strengthen the financial stability of independent community pharmacies and drive their economic growth, she said. It is also vital that they be viewed as part of the healthcare reform solution. "My main focus is to put pharmacists back central to patient care. We would like to see them expand the services that they provide to patients and their communities."
Jaeger is well equipped to deal with the challenges facing pharmacists and to advocate for and advance the pharmacy profession. She is the daughter of an independent community pharmacist and is a pharmacist herself. She earned a BS degree in pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island and a Juris Doctor degree from Catholic University. Jaeger then chaired the food-and-drug practices of two law firms, first for McKenna and Cuneo and later for Kirkpatrick and Lockhart. From 2002 through 2010, she served as president and CEO of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association.
"Kathleen brings to NCPA a demonstrated track record of successful advocacy, along with a first-hand pharmacy background," said NCPA president Joseph H. Harmison, PD.