2005 UW Honorary Citation Report – Smith

Charlotte Smith received her BS degree in pharmacy in 1968 and her MS degree in continuing and vocational education in 1980 from the UW-Madison.

In the late 1970s, Smith became Assistant to the Dean of the School of Pharmacy and was responsible for program planning, curriculum development, teaching and technical editing. In the 1980s she was the vice president of sales and marketing for Wheatstone Programs and Products where she was involved in product development, marketing and sales of natural food products to wholesalers and retailers. She continued her sales career at Concept Marketing Associates and later, DP Hamacher and Associates.

She was instrumental in the founding of the Returns Industry Association in 1998 and served as the Chairperson of the Standards Committee where she was the primary author of Guidelines for Reverse Distributors: Minimum Federal Regulatory Standards. She also drafted model state regulations for reverse distributors and an amendment to the Controlled Substance Act.

She recognized the need for a systematic approach to pharmaceutical waste management by the health care industry and founded PharmEcology Associates in 2000 to develop tools and programs for use by this sector of the profession. She also co-founded Capital Returns, Inc., a nationally known pharmaceutical reverse distributor and served as its President and the Chief Regulatory Advisor for 10 years.

She has served as a consultant to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the State of Washington’s Medical Industry Waste Prevention Roundtable and IRAC Pharmaceuticals Workshop. She currently serves on the NIOSH Hazardous Drug Working Group charged with updating the hazardous drug list for OSHA and with developing revised hazard controls standards for employee safety.

She is a recipient of the UW SOP Alumna of the Year Award and is a member of the school’s Board of Visitors, currently serving as Chair.