New council president promises to continue quest for excellence in pharmacy practice

EDMONTON, Aug. 6, 2015 /CNW/ - The Council of the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Hackman as Council president for the 2015-2016 term. 

"Rick is someone with great passion, dedication and determination," says Brad Willsey, ACP's outgoing president. "His long years of service as a pharmacist, love of the profession, and experience as a business leader will be instrumental in helping ACP realize its immediate and long-term goals. I know he will continue to bring our profession to new heights of excellence."

In his acceptance address, Rick stated, "With every innovation in pharmacy education, with every pharmacist and pharmacy technician that reaches for excellence in applying their knowledge and skills, and with every Albertan who achieves better health as a result of experiencing the full breadth of pharmacists' scope of practice, ACP will continue in the quest for growth and excellence." 

Since 2007, all Alberta pharmacists have been authorized to prescribe drugs; specifically to adapt existing prescriptions so that unique patient needs are met and required treatment is not interrupted. A rapidly growing number of pharmacists have been assessed and granted 'additional prescribing authorization'-enabling them to initiate treatment, and mange drug therapies for chronic conditions. This builds upon traditional services and enables pharmacists to better respond to the health goals and needs of the individuals they serve. On July 7, 2015, ACP reached a significant milestone, granting Alberta's 1000th pharmacist 'additional prescribing privileges'.

Going forward, Rick adds, "To be effective, we cannot operate in isolation - we must be inclusive of diverse perspectives and partnerships in order to maintain a keen awareness of our evolving landscape, while training a purposeful eye toward distant horizons."

Mr. Hackman is a graduate of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Alberta and is a practicing community pharmacy in the Edmonton area for now over 29 years.  He was on the council of the Alberta Pharmaceutical Association in the mid-nineties and served as president in 1995-1996.  Rick has always maintained a professional connection with the college, and in 2012 was elected to council.  Along with providing excellence in patient care, Rick equally believes in the importance of giving back to his community. Over the years has been actively involved with the Sherwood Park Rotary Club and has served on the board of directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Rick Hackman's appointment came into effective July 1, 2015.

The Alberta College of Pharmacists governs pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacies in Alberta to support and protect the public's health and well-being. We take responsibility for pharmacy practice by setting and enforcing high standards of competence and ethical conduct.  To learn more about the college, visit our website at:

SOURCE Alberta College of Pharmacists

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For further information: Shirley Nowicki, Communications Director, Alberta College of Pharmacists,, Phone: 780-990-0321, ext. 324; Greg Eberhart, Registrar, Alberta College of Pharmacists,, Phone: 780-990-0321


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