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Health and Family Services Employee Named Pharmacist of the Year

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 17, 2009  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Fisher, (502) 564-6786, ext. 3325 and 4012  

 Honor Selected by Kentucky Pharmacy Association
Dave Sallengs, a pharmacist with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), has been named Pharmacist of the Year by the Kentucky Pharmacy Association.

Sallengs, a licensed pharmacist, works with the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Reporting System (KASPER) in the Office of Inspector General (OIG), assisting with investigations to stamp out prescription drug abuse, misuse and diversion across the state.

“Dave is a tremendous asset to this agency and the citizens of the commonwealth whom he works to protect on a daily basis,” said CHFS Inspector General Sadiqa N. Reynolds. “The pharmacy association could not have chosen a more worthy candidate. Dave is dedicated to both the ethical and professional practice of pharmacy as well as protecting Kentucky’s citizens by helping to eliminate prescription drug abuse and diversion.”

Sallengs, along with his OIG colleagues, have worked diligently to expand the capacity of the KASPER reporting system, strengthening ties with the law enforcement and medical community. Most recently, Sallengs’ branch has been successful in recognizing pharmaceuticals that could be abused and making sure they are added to the KASPER schedule of narcotics.

“Much of the success we have achieved in recent years is the direct result of the dedication and hard work of my colleagues in the OIG,” said Sallengs. “Many have worked tirelessly to combat our state’s prescription drug problem and continue to look for ways to strengthen our capabilities to identify abuse, misuse and diversion of prescription drugs.”

Prior to joining CHFS in 1999, Sallengs served as the owner/operator of an independent retail pharmacy. He’s also worked in the wholesale drug industry in sales, computer systems support and management.

At CHFS, he works with the OIG’s Drug Enforcement and Professional Practices Branch, including controlled substance field investigations and managing the KASPER program. He has been branch manager since 2003.

The pharmacy association’s “Pharmacist of the Year” recognizes a pharmacist for outstanding professional activities undertaken during the current or previous calendar year, which resulted in demonstrable benefit to the profession of pharmacy. Only active or honorary life members of the association are eligible for the honor.

“This is a tremendous honor, and I’m extremely excited and humbled to receive the award,” said Sallengs, a 1969 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. “I would like to thank my colleagues at the Kentucky Pharmacy Association for this recognition and support offered throughout my career.”


Last Updated 4/17/2009