NACDS president, CEO urges students to make an impact during pharmacy lecture

ADA, Ohio The National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson honored pharmacy icon Albert Sebok for his commitment to the industry during the Inaugural Sebok Pharmacy Lecture at the Ohio Northern University Rudolph H. Raabe College of Pharmacy.

Albert Sebok, a Raabe College of Pharmacy alumnus, held a distinguished career as a pharmacist and healthcare advocate. Anderson noted that the lecture connects Sebok's legacy to the students of the pharmacy school, and encouraged the students to become advocates for pharmacy to help advance the profession. His message to the pharmacy students focused on taking time to go beyond the day-to-day activities of being a pharmacist, and seeking ways to get involved in grassroots advocacy to take a stand for better health care.

“Pharmacy will become whatever people like you envision, and its advancement will reflect the energy with which you engage,” said Anderson. “Effective consultations and wise operational decisions, stitched together over the course of decades, create an impressive career. But Albert Sebok has accomplished even more than that. His commitment to pharmacy goes far beyond talk of a distinguished career. It also defines what it means to be part of, and to advance, one’s profession.”

The annual lecture was established by alumni and friends to honor Sebok, a 1953 graduate. Additionally, Sebok was an original member of ONU’s Pharmacy Advisory Board and the founder and instructor of the college’s contemporary pharmacy practice class. He received an honorary doctorate degree from Ohio Northern in 1988.

To view Anderson’s speech, click here.

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