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Sparks Named SWOSU College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumnus

May 10, 2006

Distinguished Alumni
L. David Sparks (left) of Sugarland, Texas, was recently recognized as the Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumnus for 2006. Sparks was honored at a ceremony held on the Weatherford campus. Honoring Sparks was Dr. H. David Bergman, dean of the SWOSU College of Pharmacy.

L. David Sparks of Sugarland, Texas, was recently recognized as the Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumnus for 2006.

Sparks was honored at a recent awards ceremony held on the Weatherford campus.

Since his graduation from the College of Pharmacy at SWOSU in 1966, Sparks has made numerous contributions to the profession of pharmacy. He was an independent pharmacist in the Tulsa area for more than two decades.  During that time, Sparks provided numerous services to his patients, including specialized dosage formulations for drugs.  He also introduced compounding pharmacy to the hospice environment and was instrumental in establishing the Oklahoma Hospice organization.

In 1988, his interest in specialized dosage formulations and compounding provided Sparks with a unique career path in pharmacy.  At that time, he moved to Texas and became chief executive officer and, four years later, president of Professional Compounding Centers of America known as PCCA.  The company provides fine chemicals, equipment and devices as well as ACPE-accredited education and other training and consulting to enable pharmacists to compound unique dosage forms.

 At this time, PCCA has more than 3,500 independent pharmacist members located throughout the United States, Canada and Australia.  To further support compounding pharmacists, Sparks established Eagle Analytical Services, a PCCA company that provides specialized quality control testing for compounding pharmacists.

Sparks has been very active in efforts to preserve the rights of pharmacists to compound and was instrumental in obtaining passage of the FDA reform legislation that ensures that compounding pharmacists are able to maintain their vital roles and preserve the important patient, physician and pharmacist relationship.

He is a member of Rho Chi, Kappa Psi, APhA, TPA, a fellow of the American College of Apothecaries, and is the founding director of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. Sparks is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Houston and in 1999 was named by American Druggist as one of the “50 most influential people in pharmacy”.

Sparks is married to Kay Sparks, who is also a distinguished alumnus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a graduate of the College of Pharmacy.

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