TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Henry Lewis III, dean of the Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was selected as the 2008 Onyx Award Recipient in the Health Initiatives Category among four statewide finalists in this category. Lewis was recognized for his pioneering work in providing prescription drug coverage for indigent patients across the state of Florida. Under his leadership, the FAMU College operates seven community pharmacies in conjunction with local health departments and federally qualified community health centers across Florida.
The Onyx Magazine along with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida hosted the Sixth Annual Statewide Onyx Awards at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida.
The Onyx Awards honors Florida’s finest in 12 different categories. The awards are designed to pay tribute to those individuals and organizations throughout the state of Florida who use their profession or expertise to make significant impact in giving back to the communities who are less fortunate.
Since the pharmacy program started, these seven operations have filled more than 100,000 prescriptions for uninsured or underinsured citizens of Florida totaling more than $2.5 million at no cost or very little cost to the patient.
“I was completely surprised when they opened the envelope and called my name,” said Lewis. “Our vision for the provision of pharmaceutical care is to improve the health status of all of Florida’s citizens and decrease the disparities in the health of all. I am committed to enhancing the quality of life and improving all of Florida’s communities. I am honored to be recognized for something I love to do.”
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