Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

David Sparks

L. David Sparks - 2000

L. David Sparks has made significant contributions to the pharmacy profession, especially in the practice of compounding, which is the pharmacy method of preparing medications to meet each prescriber’s and patient’s unique needs. In 1999, Sparks was selected by American Druggist as one of the “50 Most Influential People in Pharmacy of the Year.”

Working for 22 years as the owner/pharmacist of independent pharmacies in the Tulsa area, Sparks was instrumental in introducing compounding pharmacy to the hospice environment. He helped establish the Oklahoma Hospice Organization and was a founding director of the Hospice of Green Country in Oklahoma.

He moved to Texas in 1988 and, in 1992, became president of Professional Compounding Centers of America, Inc. PCCA provides bulk pharmaceuticals, equipment, devices, flavors, American Council on Pharmaceutical Education accredited training classes and seminars, marketing support and technical consulting assistance to enable compounding pharmacists to compound unique dosage forms. The company currently has more than 3,000 independent pharmacist members throughout the United States and Canada.

PCCA’s comprehensive support system allows pharmacists to solve patients problems, be a vital member of the patient/pharmacist/physician relationship and, most importantly, to achieve a positive therapeutic outcome for patients. In 1999, PCCA received Texas Pharmacy Association’s Excellence in Corporate Education Award.

Over the past several years, Sparks has led the effort to preserve pharmacists’ rights to compound and was instrumental, along with several other pharmacy organizations, in obtaining passage of the FDA reform legislation passed and signed into law in November 1997.

Sparks obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Southwestern in 1966. The Atoka High School graduate is a fellow of the American College of Apothecaries and member of the American Pharmaceutical Association and the Texas Pharmaceutical Association.

Sparks is a major contributor to the SWOSU General Scholarship Fund and annually sponsors the university’s Secundum Artem Scholarship donation. He is a member of Kappa Psi professional pharmacy fraternity and Rho Chi honorary pharmacy society. He is a founding director of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists and an IACP academic fellow.