Ritesh Shah, Pharmacist, business entrepreneur and self-less and dedicated community health care leader will receive
2014 Andrew J. Prestin PAC Award on September 21, 2014

Andrew J. Preston Political Action Award Sponsored by past President and PAC Chairman Andrew J. Preston, this award is presented to New Jersey Pharmacists Association, NJPhA member for exhibiting an outstanding effort in the political arena to benefit their profession and patients in the community. Ritesh Shah, a Pharmacist, business entrepreneur and self-less and dedicated community health care leader has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Andrew J. Preston PAC Award.

The award will be presented to him at the Keynote Address and Luncheon on Sunday, September 21, 2014, at 12 p.m. during 144th Annual Convention at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, 1401 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, New Jersey.

As a chairman of NJ Pharmacist PAC, Mr. Shah has been trying to push legislation in favor of small pharmacies and advocacy towards the pharmacist and their profession. As a chairperson of patient education committee at the Indian Health camp of New Jersey, he has done so many seminars to provide patient education and counseling on diabetes, asthma, cardiac diseases, influenza, medication management clinical pharmacy expertise in various areas of patient management including medication management, chronic disease management, drug-interaction and patient adherence and counseling and many other chronic diseases to help under insured and uninsured patients to reduce complications from chronic diseases and improve their lifestyles.

As a chairman, Mr. Shah had asked for equal playing field for pharmacists and pharmacy owners in the state, demanded transparency in MAC pricing on drugs and asked for fair insurance audit for small pharmacies.

Mr. Shah has been an exemplary, self-less and dedicated community health care leader for more than 10 years. Under his leadership, many health fairs in the community throughout the New Jersey have been organized to benefit thousands of patients who are uninsured or underinsured. Mr. Shah has been actively involved in planning the health fair activities and provides educational presentations in Gujarati and Hindi for diabetes and asthma for better understanding and favorable outcome for South Asians.

In October 2010, Mr. Shah received Independent Pharmacist of the Year Award. Mr. Shah is young, energetic and a successful entrepreneur from India and owner of multiple pharmacy stores in New Jersey. Graduated from the College of Pharmacy in Vidyanagar, India in 1994 and Business Management in 1995, Mr. Shah came to United States in 1997 where he served as Pharmacy Manager at Duane Reade, Shop Rite and Walmart Pharmacy for six years. In 2003, he went into his own business and opened up Bayshore Home Care Pharmacy followed by Ramtown Pharmacy in 2005. Due to his passion, dedication and hard work to serve patients, Mr. Shah opened up two more pharmacy stores in Raritan and Keansburg in 2010.

Mr. Shah is very dedicated and well-known pharmacist in New Jersey and continued to spend countless hours to educate patients in the community and provided more than 25 seminars on living with diabetes and coping with asthma. He is also an executive committee member of Indo-American Pharmaceutical Society and a committee member of New Jersey Pharmacist Association for the past few years. Mr. Shah is very active in South Asian community throughout New Jersey and well deserved to receive this honor. Congratulations to Ritesh Shah for this wonderful achievement and well deserved recognition for the job well done.

Dr. Tushar Patel