Mike Pavlovich Receives the 2012 APhA-APPM Distinguished Achievement Award in Specialized Pharmacy Practice

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) announced Mike Pavlovich, PharmD, Owner/PIC, Westcliff Compounding Pharmacy, as the recipient of the 2012 APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) Distinguished Achievement Award in Specialized Pharmacy Practice. Pavlovich was selected for his specialized service in pharmaceutical compounding and sports medicine.

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) announced Mike Pavlovich, PharmD, Owner/PIC, Westcliff Compounding Pharmacy, as the recipient of the 2012 APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) Distinguished Achievement Award in Specialized Pharmacy Practice. Pavlovich was selected for his specialized service in pharmaceutical compounding and sports medicine.

The APhA-APPM Distinguished Achievement Award in Specialized Pharmacy Practice is endowed by Purdue Pharma, L.P. This award recognizes the achievements of an individual who has made a significant contribution or sustained contributions to the provision of pharmaceutical care within specialized pharmacy practice. Pavlovich will be recognized at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, March 9-12, 2012. The APhA awards and honors program is the most comprehensive recognition program in the profession of pharmacy.

A colleague stated in a nomination letter, “Dr. Pavlovich has consistently provided compounding solutions to both physicians and patients in order to deliver medications in an appropriate manner. In addition he has taken the time to precept pharmacy students in sterile pharmaceutical compounding. Dr. Pavlovich is an excellent pharmacist preceptor who has a passion for delivering pharmaceutical solutions to patients who cannot take medications through traditional routes. Because of Dr. Pavlovich’s interest, background and experience in Sports Medicine, he is often consulted upon by a variety of schools on the role of the pharmacist in this unique practice. There are few pharmacists who have influenced the practice of compounding pharmacy and sports medicine more than Michael.”

Pavlovich is Owner/PIC, Westcliff Compounding Pharmacy, Newport Beach, CA and President/CEO, PURe Consultants, Long Beach, CA. He specializes in sports pharmacy and compounding and he graduated cum laude from the University of the Pacific in 1989. Pavlovich served as one of only two pharmacists on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Medical Team in Beijing, China, Team USA at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where he coordinated the control and management of pharmaceuticals utilized by the athletes and medical staff. He has been a regular figure in the print and televised media addressing such issues as drug abuse, FDA regulatory matters, and the proper use of antibiotics. Pavlovich earned a BS in Chemistry from the California State University Fresno and a PharmD from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy.

Another colleague stated, “While deeply rooted as a community pharmacist and as a consultant pharmacist, Mike has developed an emphasis in sports medicine, pain management, and compounding. He has spent the last decade as a specialist in sports medicine, providing service to professional, collegiate, and Olympic teams. He has also published and provided numerous presentations to athletic organizations. Compounding has also been a consistent specialty in his practice and he is further developing his specialty in chronic pain management. He is embracing these specialties in his new role as a pharmacy owner. Mike has served by example in owning his pharmacy and specializing in sports medicine, chronic pain management, and compounding, and by his willingness to educate the next generation of pharmacists.”

Pavlovich is Past President of the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) and a past board member of Pharmaceutical Care Network and California Pharmacists PAC. He is a current APhA Trustee, has chaired the APhA Policy Committee and the APhA House of Delegates Nominating Committee and has served as a member of numerous other committees of APhA and CPhA. Pavlovich has been a member of the APhA House of Delegates for more than 15 years. He was awarded the National Community Pharmacists Association Pharmacy Leadserhip Award, PharMerica West Region Most Valuable Clinical Assessment Pharmacist, Marion Merrell-Dow Distinguished Young Pharmacist and CPhA “Pharmacy Student of the Year” in 1989 and “Distinguished Young Pharmacist.”

About the American Pharmacists Association 
The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, is a 501 (c)(6) organization, representing more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States.

About APhA-APPM 
The APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) is dedicated to assisting members in enhancing the profession of pharmacy, improving medication use and advancing patient care. APhA serves pharmacists in all practice settings, including independent and chain community pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, health maintenance organizations, federal facilities, nuclear pharmacies and other specialized settings. Members receive access to continuing education, an online community of practitioners, networking and leadership opportunities, tools and resources for developing patient care services, cutting edge information on Medication Therapy Management and regulatory issues facing the profession.

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