Joseph Fink

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789 South Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40536-0596

phone: 859-218-6515
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  • Professor
    Pharmacy Practice and Science Department
  • Professor
    Martin School of Public Policy and Administration
  • Professor
    UK College of Public Health
  • Professor
    UK College of Health Sciences
  • Faculty Associate
    UK Appalachian Center
  • Faculty Associate
    Center on Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Faculty Associate
    Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice
  • Program Associate
    UK Program for Bioethics and Patients' Rights


Joseph Fink - B.S.Pharm., J.D., F.A.Ph.A.

Joseph L Fink III is Professor of Pharmacy Law and Policy at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and the Kentucky Pharmacists Association Professor of Leadership at the University. In addition, he is a Professor of Public Health in the College of Public Health and Professor of Health Administration in the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, a unit he served as Acting Director during 1998. Finally, he has a faculty appointment as Professor of Clinical Leadership and Management in the UK College of Health Sciences. He also holds appointments as a Faculty Associate with the UK Appalachian Center, Faculty Associate with the UK Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, and as a Program Associate with the UK Program for Bioethics and Patients' Rights.

He has been Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Vice President for Corporate Relations and Economic Outreach as well as Special Assistant to the President for Academic Affairs at UK. He was Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UK from 1988 to 1996. Additionally, he served as Executive Director of UK Coldstream Research Campus, the University's 735 acre research park in Lexington, from 2002 to 2004. He was Assistant Dean of the UK College of Pharmacy from 1981 to 1988 and Acting Director of the UK Appalachian Center during 2004-2005.

He received his professional education in pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and holds a doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was Chairman of the Moot Court Board. He is licensed to practice pharmacy in Kentucky and Pennsylvania and has been admitted to the practice of law in Kentucky and Pennsylvania as well as before the United States Supreme Court. He is also trained in both general mediation and health care mediation, completing the latter at the Harvard School of Public Health.

He served on the faculty of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science from 1973 to 1981, rising from Assistant Professor to the rank of Professor. During 1985-86 he served an American Council on Education Fellowship in Academic Administration. He has served on 48 master's student committees at UK plus 12 doctoral committees.

He holds membership in a number of professional organizations in both pharmacy and law, including the American Pharmacists Association and the American Bar Association. He is a Fellow of APhA and a former Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates of the Association. He chaired the committee for the latest revision of the APhA Code of Ethics for Pharmacists and currently serves the Association as Parliamentarian for the House of Delegates. He was founder and first president of the American Society for Pharmacy Law and, while a pharmacy student, was National President of the Student American Pharmaceutical Association. The Kentucky Pharmacists Association recognized him as "Pharmacist-of-the-Year" for 1988 and in 2002 conferred on him the Distinguished Service Award for significant contributions to the profession over an extended period of time. He has twice received the "Great Teacher Award" from the University of Kentucky National Alumni Association. He has also twice been recognized nationally for his leadership and scholarly contributions to his specialty area of the law and in 2004 the American Society for Pharmacy Law established the Joseph L. Fink III Founders Leadership Award in his honor. In 2003 he received the Annual Alumni Achievement Award from his Philadelphia alma mater and in 2005 he was recognized with the Phi Lambda Sigma-Procter & Gamble National Leadership Award in pharmacy. During 2007 he was recognized by UK with both the President's Award for Diversity and the William E. Lyons Award for Outstanding Service to the University, Community and the Commonwealth. During 2009 he received the Robert G. Zumwinkle Student Rights Award at UK for "protecting, enforcing and futhering student rights" through his service as Chair of the University Appeals Board for over ten years. More recently, during 2012 he was recognized with the Linwood F. Tice Friend of the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists Award for personal commitment to and passionate support of student pharmacists throughout his career. During 2013 his alma mater in Philadelphia conferred on him an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

He serves as UK's Faculty Athletics Representative to the Southeastern Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association and as a member of the Committee on Athletics of the UK Board of Trustees. He serves the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education as a member of the Executive Committee as well as being General Counsel. He serves the Southeastern Conference as a member of the Executive Committee and Secretary of the Conference.

In the area of community service, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky from 2008-10 and currently serves as the public member of the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists. Additionally, he serves as a Public Member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the accreditation agency for medical schools in the U.S. and Canada.

His scholarly works include over 470 publications in the fields of law pertaining to pharmacy, pharmacists and pharmaceuticals, food and drug law, and health care law. In recent years his scholarship has focused on researching, interpreting and communicating legal and regulatory developments related to his areas of interest. For over twenty years he served as an Editor of Pharmacy Law Digest, the most widely used pharmacy law text and reference in the United States. His teaching includes a pharmacy course focusing on the law applicable to pharmacists, pharmacies, and pharmaceuticals as well as a health law course taught to graduate students in health administration. His extramural grant support exceeds one million dollars as Principal Investigator and over four mllion in all grant-related roles.

Selected Honors

  • American Society for Pharmacy Law; Best Legal Research Paper (2007) entitled, “OBRA ’90 at Sweet Sixteen – A Retrospective Review” (coauthored with Jesse C. Vivian)
  • 2007 President’s Diversity Award, University of Kentucky
  • Inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society, UK Chapter
  • UK Office of Research/ODYSSEY Magazine; 25 Movers and Shapers of UK during the Past Twenty-five Years
  • 2007 William E. Lyons Award for Outstanding Service to the University, Community, and State
  • Elected to membership in the Kentucky Institute of Medicine, 2008
  • Robert G. Zumwinkle Student Rights Award for protecting, enforcing, and furthering student rights, 2009
  • Edmund Pellegrino Medalist in Bioethics, Samford University, 2010
  • Linwood F. Tice Award, American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists, 2012
  • Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, 2013

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Fink III JL. Another federal court rejects a drug importation plan. Pharm Times. 2007(May);73:84.
  • Yusuf J-E, Fink III JL. Technology-based economic development: Connecting the research university and community leaders. Applied Res in Econ Development. 2007;4:95-105.
  • Fink III JL. Administrative degree options outside pharmacy for pharmacists interested in administrative careers in the health care field. Hosp Pharm. 2007(July);42:626-30.
  • McKinley SS, Fink III JL. "Speed Limits": States' approaches to regulating access to methamphetamine chemical precursors with statutes and regulations limiting pseudoephedring availability. 82 North Dakota Law Rev. 1217-47 (2007).
  • Fink III JL. Court declines again to review pact delaying entry of generics. Pharm Times. 2007(Oct);73:92.
  • Fink III JL. Ethics and a code of ethics in pharmacy practice. Special Additional Introduction in White BD. Drugs, Ethics and Quality of Life: Cases and Materials on Ethical, Legal, and Public Policy Dilemmas in Medicine and Pharmacy Practics. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press;2007,p.7-12.
  • Fink III JL. Do patients have a Constitutional right of access to investigational drugs? Pharm Times. 2008(Feb);74:74.
  • Hamby LM, Fink III JL. "Methamphetamine in Kentucky: Geographical inferences from arrest data, 1995-2004." in University of Kentucky Special Commission on the Study of Methamphetamine and Other Emerging Drugs in Kentucky, Report on Methamphetamine and Other Drug Use in Kentucky. Lexington, KY:The University of Kentucky Office of the President(2008),pp.21-27.
  • Fink III JL. Pharmacy and public policy: Evolution of the legal and regulatory framework for generic interchange. J Pharm Tech. 2008(May-June);24:132-36.
  • Fink III JL. Legal implications of prescribing over the Internet. Pharm Times. 2008(June);75:50.
  • Fink III JL. Accommodating pharmacists who refuse certain patients. Pharm Times. 2008(Oct);74:90.
  • Romanelli F, Whisman TR, Fink III JL. Issues surrounding lethal injection as a means for capital punishment. Pharmacotherapy. 2008(Dec);28:1429-36.
  • Mattingly II TJ, Yusuf JE, Fink III JL. Turning that great idea into a thriving business. Pharm Times. 2009(Feb);75:50-51.
  • Fink III JL. The Federal Trade Commission and pharmacy practice: The referee of the free economy. The Pharmacist. 2009 (July);7:4-8.
  • Macaulay TE, Cook AM, Fink III JL, Rapp RP, Vincent WR. Pharmacists' role in facilitating evidence-based prescribing for unlabeled use of medication. Am J Health-System Pharm. 2009;66:1735-39.
  • Fink III JL. Educate on supplements so athletes avoid football player's fate. College Athletics and the Law. 2009(Sept);6:7.
  • Fink III JL. Alternative ways to resolve contract disputes: Implications for pharmacists, facilities and patients. The Consultant Pharmacist 2009(Dec);24:910-916.
  • Romanelli F, Bird EA, Fink III JL. Development and evaluation of an Introduction to Pharmacy Seminar for faculty, staff and graduate students. Currents in Pharmacy Learning and Teaching 2009(Dec);1:98-102.
  • Vincent III W, Steinke DT, Fink III JL. State board of pharmacy regulation of supervision of pharmacist interns. Am J Pharm Educ. 2010;74(1) Article 3 [available at].
  • Fink III JL, Talbert J, Blumenschein K. Policy degree options for pharmacists interested in careers in the health care field. Hospital Pharm. 2010(Feb);45:135-141.
  • Mattingly II TJ, Cain JJ, Fink III JL. Pharmacists on Facebook: Online social networking and the profession. J Am Pharm Assn. 2010(May-June);50:424-27.
  • Fink III JL. Higher education consortium leads to college students taking a fresh look at continuing challenges for their region. Academic Leadership 2010(Fall);8:Issue 4, available at
  • Cain JJ, Fink III JL. Legal and ethical issues regarding new social media and pharmacy education. Am J Pharm Educ, 2010;74(10) Article 184, available at
  • Fink III JL. Applying ACE Fellows Program lessons outside the academy. ACE Council of Fellows Newsletter. 2011(Winter);33(1):8,10. available at
  • Elliott MW, Fink III JL. Medication use in schools: Education law meets pharmacy law. Kentucky Bench & Bar 2011(Jan-Feb);75:5-9.
  • Fink III JL. Developing ethical standards: The role of people, the role of codes. Int J Pharm Educ & Pract. 2011(Spring);7:1-7.
  • Combs CM, Fink III JL. Positioning yourself to succeed in pharmacy: Legal and regulatory considerations - Suggestions for the prepharmacy student. Published at, June, 2011.
  • Fink III JL. Continued Professional Certification as a professional mandate: The perspective of a patient from outside the profession,, posted September 28, 2011.
  • Ratermann KL, Fink III JL. Clinical practice guidelines: Implications for the pharmacist. Pharm Times 2011(Oct); 77:58-59.
  • Hale JM, Fink III JL. Pay for delay: Who really pays? Rx Ipsa Loquitur 2011 (Nov-Dec); 38:1-2.
  • Fink III JL, Hale JM. The impending patent cliff; Implications for pharmacists. Pharm Times, 2012(Feb); 78:54,56.
  • Fink III JL. Romantic entaglements and release of HIPAA-protected information. Pharm Times, 2012(Feb); 78:52.
  • Messer AJ, Fink III JL. A cross disciplinary mentoring relationship: Discussions related to students, the course, and an academic career. Kentucky Journal of Higher Education Policy and Practice. Vol. 1: Iss. 2, Article 4 (July, 2012). Available at
  • Fink III JL. Academics-Athletics Forums: An initiative to improve communication and understanding across the university. Kentucky Journal of Higher Education Policy and Practice. Vol. 1: Iss. 2, Article 5 (July, 2012). Available at,iss2/5.
  • Schneider PJ, Fink III JL. Scope of pharmacy. Chapter 1 in Allen Jr LV, editor. Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy 22nd ed. London: Pharmaceutical Press; 2012. Available at current/c1.htm.
  • Fink III JL. Laws governing pharmacy. Chapter 91 in Allen Jr LV, editor. Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy 22nd ed. London: Pharmaceutical Press; 2012. Available at Black WM, Fink III JL. Clinically assisted suicide. Rx Ipsa Loquitur 2012(July-Aug);39:1,3.
  • Black WM, Fink III JL. Clinically assisted suicide. Rx Ipsa Loquitur 2012(July-Aug);39:1,3.



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