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Toby Clark Receives ASHP's Francke Medal

Toby Clark, R.Ph., M.Sc., FASHP, a noted pharmacy educator and leader in advances in pharmacy management was honored today for his significant contributions to international pharmacy with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacy’s (ASHP) Donald E. Francke Medal.  Clark was presented with the award today during ASHP’s Summer Meeting in San Diego. 

Clark’s career has been marked by distinguished service on the faculties of several colleges of pharmacy.  He served as clinical associate professor and assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Houston, where he was also the director of the Masters of Science in Hospital Pharmacy program.  He was a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and also served as the director of hospital pharmacy services at UIC Medical Center from 1991-2000.  His time at UIC Medical Center also included an interim term as the assistant hospital director for Administration and the Eye/Ear Infirmary.
Clark is founder and president of Toby Clark Associates, a pharmacy management consulting firm and is an adjunct clinical associate professor at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy and UIC.  He has advised hundreds of healthcare vendor and provider organizations on a broad spectrum of pharmacy management topics, including drug cost reduction, the use of pharmacy benefit managers, and implementing clinical services.

Clark began his extensive involvement in international pharmacy development in the 1990s while he was a clinical associate professor at UIC.   He and his faculty team organized the first clinical pharmacy conference in China in 1993 at Beijing Medical University and established an exchange among pharmacy faculty members in China and the University of Illinois that continues to this day. Also beginning in 1993, following the breakup of the USSR, Clark traveled three times to Uzbekistan where he helped establish a drug distribution system and a system of medication administration charting and medication error reporting at a major medical center.

A popular speaker, Clark has made more than one hundred presentations in fourteen countries, including a landmark lecture on automation in hospital pharmacy at a conference of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in London in 1994 and a lecture series on pharmacy automation in Dublin.

In 1995, a major legislated reform of physician drug dispensing in Japan led to a long-term relationship initiated by Clark between UIC and the Meiji College of Pharmacy in Tokyo to train clinical faculty.  Clark was an advisor to the Japanese Medical Association which was interested in learning how pharmacists could be taught to assume a more assertive role in assuring the appropriate use of medicines. He has done extensive collaborative work in Spain, including advising the minister of health regarding hospital-based pharmaceutical services for HIV outpatients.  He fostered a residency exchange with Alicante Medical Center and the development of clinical services.

Since 1998, Clark has served as North American Vice President of the Hospital Pharmacists Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

Clark is also an active member of ASHP, the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy.   “Toby Clark is an eloquent spokesperson for pharmacy both at home and abroad,” said Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D., ASHP executive vice president and chief executive officer.  “We are proud to present him with this well-deserved honor.”

Donald E. Francke was a key leader of ASHP in the Society’s formative years, was noted for his long-time service to American and international pharmacy; he served as the first American vice president of the International Pharmaceutical Federation’s Section of Hospital Pharmacists.  Francke was also the editor of the American Journal of Hospital Pharmacy for 22 years and was the founding editor of the International Pharmaceutical Abstracts and the American Hospital Formulary Service.  The Donald E. Francke Medal was established in 1971 to honor individuals who have made significant international contributions to health-system pharmacy.  The ASHP Board of Directors selects recipients upon unanimous vote.  

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP, which has a long history of medication-error prevention efforts, believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medicines.  Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective.  The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their professional practice, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs. For more information, visit or