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Ketchikan Pharmacist Honored for Outstanding Community Service

April 21, 2004

Ketchikan, AK - The Alaska Pharmacists Association has selected Barry Christensen as the recipient of the 2004 Bowl of Hygeia Award for outstanding community service. A Wyeth Pharmaceutical representative presented the award to Christensen at the Association's 38th Annual Convention held in Anchorage February 28, 2004.

Christensen is employed by Island Pharmacy in Ketchikan and is a member of the Alaska Pharmacists Association. Christensen has served as a Chairperson of The United Drugs State Council for Alaska and is Vice President of the Greater Revillagigedo Island Pharmacy Society. He is a graduate of The University of Washington. Christensen currently resides in Ketchikan with his wife, Judy, and daughters, Inga and Sonja.

The Bowl of Hygeia is the most widely recognized international symbol for the pharmacy profession and is considered their most prestigious award. The Bowl of Hygeia has been associated with the pharmacy profession as early as 1796 when the symbol was used on a coin minted for the Parisian Society of Pharmacy. The bowl represents a medicinal potion and the snake represents healing. Healing through medicine is precisely why the pharmacy profession has adopted the Bowl of Hygeia symbol.

Established in 1958 as an award for pharmacists who possess outstanding records of civic leadership in their communities and to encourage pharmacists to take active roles in the affairs of their respective communities. The award is presented annually by participating pharmaceutical associations in each of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the ten Canadian provinces. In 1964, The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) adopted the Bowl of Hygeia as its symbol to represent the pharmacy profession. Historically, most winners of the Bowl of Hygeia are community pharmacists who advance the standards of pharmacy. In addition to service through their local, state and national pharmaceutical associations, award recipients have devoted their time, talent, and resources to a wide variety of interests.

According to information provided by the Alaska Pharmacists Association, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals is one of the largest research-driven pharmaceutical and health care products companies. It is a leader in the discovery, development, manufacturing, and marketing of pharmaceutical, vaccines, biotechnology products and non-prescription medicines that improve the quality of life for people worldwide.



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