My Professional Life
was a Professor (Tenured) in the Pharmacy Practice Department at Wayne State University, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences until 2016 when he retired. Professor Vivian received his B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy in 1975 and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Wayne State University School of Law in 1983. He has practiced pharmacy in a variety of community and institutional settings. In his legal career, Professor Vivian has been employed in the law department of a large metropolitan hospital corporation and practiced health care law with private firms in the Detroit area. He presently serves as General Counsel to the Michigan Pharmacists Association and has been Chairman of its Peer Review and Ethics and Practice Commissions for several years. He is also Of Counsel to the Livonia, Michigan based law firm of Cummings, McClorey, Davis and Acho, LPC where his practice focuses on pharmacy and health-care law.
He was named Pharmacist of the Year by the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) in 1992 and was inducted into its Hall of Honor in 1993 in recognition of his service and dedication to the practice of pharmacy. In 2002 the MPA awarded Professor Vivian the Executive Board Medal in recognition of his activities to promote the profession of pharmacy. He has presented numerous continuing education lectures and seminars for and on behalf of the MPA and has testified before the Michigan legislature on pending legislation affecting pharmacists and pharmacy practice. He is the Contributing Editor of the MPA’s Pharmacy Law Update Service and author of the Michigan Pharmacy Laws: Statutes and Regulations, 7th edition, published by the MPA in February, 2015.
Professor Vivian served as a member of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Code of Ethics Revision Committee that produced the 1994 Code of Ethics for Pharmacists. He is also an editorial reviewer for APhA's Journal and has presented several papers and lectures at the APhA Annual Meetings.
In 1996, Professor Vivian was elected President of the American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL), a national organization dedicated to educating lawyers and pharmacists about legal issues affecting the practice of pharmacy. He completed a three-year term as an Officer of ASPL. He has served as a reviewer for paper submissions to the ASPL Annual Writing Competitions and has authored the Caselaw Update chapter in several editions of the ASPL Annual Law Review. In addition, he has presented the Annual Caselaw Update lectures for several years at the ASPL Annual Convention and at the APHA Annual Meeting sponsored by the ASPL. In 2007 a paper he coauthored, “OBRA 90 at Sweet Sixteen” which was chosen by ASPL for its Research Paper of the Year. In 2009, he was awarded the Joseph Fink III founder’s Award for contributions to pharmacy, law and ASPL.
He is the author of several publications dealing with pharmacy law and ethics. In 1997, he was named as an Editor and co-author of Pharmacy Law Digest, This publication was updated annually until 2006. He co-authored the “Laws Governing Pharmacy” chapter in the 20th and 21st editions of Remington: The Science of Pharmacy Practice In 1991, he began writing monthly columns on legal issues for Drug Topics and, since 1994, has been featured in the US Pharmacist “Legal Considerations” series. He is also a Contributing Editor for the journal. Professor Vivian is the Co-author of Ethical Perspectives: Guidelines for Dealing with Ethics in Pharmacy Practice, a teaching manual used extensively in the Colleges of Pharmacy throughout this country and Canada. He has also authored numerous other chapters and articles appearing in the pharmacy and health care literature.
At Wayne State University, Professor Vivian teaches courses on professional ethics, drug regulation, health care law and health care policy for pharmacy students, inter-disciplinary groups and at the law school. He is the recipient of eight teaching excellence awards from his students and University colleagues. He served a term as the Associate Chair in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and has been the appointed parliamentarian of the College of Pharmacy and Health Professions. He has chaired the College’s Bylaws Revision Committee. He has also been a member of the Human Investigation Committee that serves as the Institutional Review Board for the University and has been a member of the University's Tenure and Promotion Committee.