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Governor picks Henry resident for statewide board

By Valerie Baldowski

vbaldowski@henryherald.com

A retired McDonough pharmacist has been named to the state governing board that regulates pharmacies throughout Georgia.

William "Tony" A. Moye, 63, founder and former chief executive officer of Moye's Pharmacies, has been appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to the State Board of Pharmacy, also called the Georgia Pharmaceutical Board. Moye, who retired last year, was appointed earlier this month, and will serve a five-year term.

"The Georgia Pharmaceutical Board is responsible for all the pharmacists, pharmacy techs, the rules and the regulations for pharmacies in the state of Georgia, as well as the inspection of anyone who dispenses prescription drugs in the state of Georgia," Moye explained.

The board is composed of seven pharmacists, who are chosen statewide, from pharmacies of different sizes. "They have small chains, they have large chains, they have hospitals, they have institutional, they have research," said Moye. "It's a variety of pharmacist types. There's one consumer member that's not a pharmacist, that looks at it from the angle of the consumer out front."

The board will meet monthly, and each meeting lasts from one, to two days, he said. "We administer all the licensing of students graduating," Moye continued. "We meet at the different pharmacy schools every year, at least once."

The board works closely with the state legislature on laws regulating controlled medication in Georgia. "They [the board members] are the final authority," said Moye. "If the consumer has a problem with a pharmacist, we're the ones that discuss it with that pharmacist, and decide if that pharmacist should be reprimanded, or have his or her license revoked. We have the right to revoke any license in Georgia, with probable cause, and to reinstate a license."

Moye's appointment is a testament to his qualifications, said Bert Brantley, director of communications for the governor's office. "In Georgia, one of the biggest responsibilities a governor has is appointing members to the numerous boards that help regulate and govern specific areas of focus in Georgia," said Brantley. "He asks legislators, governor's staff, community leaders, and citizens, to nominate people for service. He then selects board members based on their qualifications when openings come available.

"Residents of Henry County have trusted Tony, and Moye's Pharmacy, for years and years," Brantley added. "He obviously knows the industry, but he also knows what it is like to run a successful and growing, small business. Moye's Pharmacy is especially active in giving back to the community, through various programs where they are involved in Henry County schools, civic events, and other charitable organizations. Tony will be a great addition to this very important board."

Moye is serving on the board of trustees of Mercer University until Jan. 1, and will begin serving on the University of West Georgia Foundation on Jan. 1. He is a member of the Georgia Pharmacy Association, and serves on the board of directors of the Independent Pharmacy Cooperative.

He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of West Georgia, and a pharmaceutical degree from Mercer University. The McDonough resident began with Moye's Pharmacies more than three decades ago.

"We started the first store in 1977, and it went up to seven retail stores," he said. "Now, it's back down to six, two were merged in McDonough."

Moye, who has been involved in the field of pharmacy for more than three decades, said what initially attracted him to his chosen career was his love of the public.

"I worked in a pharmacy since I was 14 years old," he said. "I graduated from pharmacy school in 1973. I love helping people, I love working with people. Pharmacy is usually one of the top two or three most trusted professions in America. We're their first line of defense. It's much easier to talk with your pharmacist than your doctor."