A Plain City pharmacist has been selected as the winner of a lifetime leadership award from the pharmacy industry.
Robert Borchers, a compounding pharmacist with Midwestern Compounding Pharmacy, won the 2015 Lifetime Leadership Award at the sixth annual Next-Generation Pharmacist awards gala, which was held Aug. 6 at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
The awards are co-sponsored by Pharmacy Times, a publication for the pharmacy industry as well as Parata, a pharmacy company.
“It’s a national contest,” Borchers said with a smile. “It’s a big deal.”
A big deal for the 73-year-old pharmacist who loves what he does and enjoys continuing at a modest, part-time pace. You can find him at Midwestern Compounding Pharmacy in Plain City on Wednesdays and Fridays, four hours per day. He calls himself a consultant.
Borchers has been compounding prescriptions for 35 years. Compounding is taking more than one pharmaceutical chemical and adding one or more in specific quantities and making them into one compound.
“Chemistry and quantity,” Borchers said. “I can use as many has 15 ingredients.”
The resulting medicine can be either taken internally or applied topically. It’s used topically in instances such as an amputee suffering from hyper hydrolysis or excessive sweating.
The sweating occurred all over the woman’s body, including the stump where the amputation was performed. The sweat interfered with wearing her prosthesis and made it nearly impossible to use.
Borchers created an antiperspirant which she applied to the stump. It literally dried up her excess sweat and allowed her prosthesis to adhere properly to her leg and walk.
“‘You don’t know how you changed my life,’” Borchers said, quoting the woman.
To which he replied, “That’s why I’m here.”
He also compounded a prescription for a woman who had had six miscarriages. He said he had done “some hormone work” so her physician sent her to him.
The prescription apparently worked, because some time later he learned she gave birth to twins. He counts it as one of his greatest professional achievements.
Borchers formerly had his own pharmacies and also worked on The Ohio State University campus where he was director of pharmacy services for the John W. Wilce Student Health Center. There in a single day, he could dispense 55,0oo birth control pills.
He left that position to start his own business, where he could have more interaction with people.
“I have the Borchers gift of gab,” he said. He had three stores in Columbus.
He said he likes compounding prescription because he’s doing more than counting pills from one bottle and putting them into another.
Borchers enjoys passing his knowledge onto the Ohio State students who come to study with him for a month as a part of their student rotation, and he enjoys keeping in touch. When word of his award was made public earlier this month, Borchers received congratulatory messages from 120 former students.
Robin Craft, who co-owns Plain City Druggist with her husband, Joe, nominated Borchers for the award. Borchers also works at the Craft’s pharmacy.
In her nomination she said: “I nominated him because Bob has had a very long career as a pharmacist and pharmacy owner and he continues to work with pharmacy students in the lab and teach them all he knows — which is a lot! He has truly led the life of a leader.”
Borchers, who resides in Delaware, said he intends to keep working.
“It says in the Bible that we are put on this earth to help others,” Borchers said. “This statement is tailored to our profession.”
Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dean Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.
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