Ed Horton is determined to make pharmaceutical care a priority in the health care system. His platform is firm since being appointed the 2007-2008 President of the Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA).

Horton's goal is to promote the profession of pharmacy in Texas and nationally.

“Pharmacy care is not utilized by the health care system,” he said. “We are not truly recognized as part of the medical system, and pharmacists are highly educated in medication therapy management.”

Pharmacists continually work with physicians on medication and therapeutic substitution, he said.

“Many times there are generic options that would relieve some of the financial burdens for patients who must have the medication,” he said.

But Horton believes that physicians are not always aware that a viable substitution can be made.

Horton is the owner of Tanglewood Pharmacy and Medical Supplies, which opened in 1986 and serves 40 counties in North Central Texas.

Services include providing pharmacy care, hospice care, home infusion service, and durable medical equipment for use in the patient's home.

Horton joined TPA in 1975 and has served in several TPA offices and on committees. He is the past president of the Central Texas Pharmacy Association and the 2006-2007 past chair for AIP-Texas and is currently a member of the executive committee of the PharmPAC. Horton was featured in the Summer 2007 edition of Rx€perts magazine.

Horton previously owned a pharmacy in Kemp. He graduated from Hico High School and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. His pharmacy degree was completed at the University of Houston.

Horton was instrumental in chartering the Stephenville Evening Lion's Club, the second Lion's Club he helped to begin. He is active in civic and political affairs and is a past board member of the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce and served three terms on the city council.

Horton was named Agriculture Entrepreneur of the Year by the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce in recognition for the quail and pheasant operation developed on his ranch outside of Stephenville.

Horton is married to Carolyn, owner/broker of Coldwell Banker Preferred Properties. They have two children, Melissa and Case.

Horton looks for commonalties between local associations and academies in order to maximize outreach efforts and effectiveness in his profession.

“Living longer and with more productive lives than twenty years ago, we can go even further with the daily strides being made in the pharmaceutical world,” he said.

SHERRY BOARDMAN is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune and can be reached at sherry.boardman@empiretribune.com or (254)965-3124, ext 229