Current Position: Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems; Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Health Informatics; Director, PRIME Institute; Endowed Chair, Pharmaceutical Management and Economics; University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
Award: Paul F. Parker Award Recipient (2000)
"Being prepared as a pharmacist, clinician, researcher and an economist and policy analyst, I’ve had the opportunity to deal with major policy issues facing pharmacy. I’ve testified in front of the U.S. Congress 30 times and I’ve testified more than 50 times at various state legislatures. I have had the opportunity to tell pharmacy’s story directly to policy makers and have an impact on public policy. I was around when the Medicaid program first created the drug rebate program to help them afford drugs better. Then I helped influence Medicare Part D, when Medicare covered prescription drugs for the elderly. Many elderly couldn’t afford the medications they needed. I was around and had influence on the development of the Affordable Care Act and the role pharmacy has had on that. My education has led to me being around and having a chance to influence major legislation and providing drugs to patients."