Podgurski, a licensed pharmacist with more than 40 years of experience, was honored Tuesday evening at the NABP Annual Awards Dinner, which concluded the association’s 111th Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
Given each year, the Honorary President designation recognizes an individual’s commitment to supporting NABP’s mission and goals, including the protection of public health and promotion of the association’s initiatives.
In presenting the award, NABP recognized Podgurski’s participation in many NABP and industry committees and task forces, including the association’s Task Force on Pharmacy Licensure Standards, Community Pharmacy Accreditation Program Steering Committee and Task Force on Pharmacy Automation, as well as the American Pharmacists Association’s Work Group on the Future of Pharmacy and the Food and Drug Administration’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee.
Podgurski also was involved in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Roundtable on Health Information Technology and Prescription Drug Abuse and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Work Group.
“Over the course of his career, Mike has made a profound and lasting impact here at Rite Aid and across the retail pharmacy industry,” Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy Robert Thompson said in a statement. “We are extremely proud of Mike, and we are especially grateful for his many contributions to our company, which have helped us to deliver superior patient care to our pharmacy customers nationwide. Mike is a true leader and a champion of community pharmacy and is most deserving of this honor.”
Podgurski joined Rite Aid in 1987 with the company’s acquisition of SupeRx. During his nearly 30 years at Rite Aid, he has held a variety of positions covering several functional areas, including pharmacy operations, pharmacy services, pharmacy development, government affairs and third-party administration. He was named to his current role in June 2007.
A past member and officer of the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy, where he served for 15 years, Podgurski is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Pharmacists Association, the National Community Pharmacists Association, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the American Society for Automation in Pharmacy and the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association.