By Stephen Vodhanel, PhD
Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science at Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy Stanley C. Weisser, R.Ph., D.H.L. (Hon), has been elected President of the California State Board of Pharmacy for an unprecedented fourth time.
Arnold Schwarzenegger first appointed Mr. Weisser to the Board of Pharmacy on November 1, 2007, and Weisser’s leadership with the State Board of Pharmacy has only increased since then. Mr. Weisser was first elected President in April 2010, re-elected President in April 2011, re-appointed to the Board by Governor Jerry Brown in December 2011, re-elected President in April 2012, and just recently re-elected President a fourth time in April 2013.
Looking back at a 50-plus year career, Mr. Weisser has a few words about professionalism in the pharmacy profession: “A pharmacist new to the profession or within months of receiving recognition for being licensed in the state for 50 years (me), must never forget that he or she is the last check to make certain the patient gets not only the right drug, but the right drug for the patient. This is a process that originates with the prescriber's order, and then is reviewed and professionally assessed by a pharmacist. As an important double check, it is the pharmacist's duty to interject him or herself to review the medication order and patient profile to get it right----to protect the patient, even when a seemingly valid drug order is being reviewed...MOST IMPORTANTLY, talk with your patients, make certain they understand their drug therapy and that they understand you care about their health and knowledge about their medications,” said Weisser.
Mr. Weisser graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy in 1963 and became a licensed pharmacist in California that same year.
After opening his first pharmacy in 1969, his business, Network Pharmaceuticals, Inc., eventually grew into a chain of 30 pharmacies located in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada. Stan retired in 2000 as CEO and president of NPI. Mr. Weisser is very active in many San Bernardino County philanthropic activities as well as civic, cultural, and educational programs. Among them are Rotary Club of Redlands, Redlands Community Foundation, FEMA sponsored Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Redlands Unified School District Oversight Committee, San Bernardino County Schools Reorganization Committee, Redlands Theatre Festival, and Grove Charter School for which he was the founding member and five-year chairman of the board.
Mr. Weisser has been on the executive committee of the board of the Redlands Community Hospital for over 25 years and was elected chairman for five of those years. Additionally, he is a trustee on the University of Redlands Board of Trustees, serving as chairman of the finance committee and a member of its executive committee. His term will expire June 1, 2015.
In recognition of practiced leadership, outstanding achievements in the pharmacy profession, and contributions to the State of California, Loma Linda University awarded Mr. Weisser with the doctor of humane letters degree during the conferring of degrees ceremony in 2008.