DOUGLAS YOUNG PHARMACIST OF THE YEAR
This award recognises a project you’ve completed over the past year using entrepreneurial initiative in either a community pharmacy, hospital or pharmaceutical industry setting.
2016Seeing potential in a struggling pharmacy in New Plymouth was the start of a successful career for Merrilands Pharmacy's owner Charles Walker.
Mr Walker and his wife took the challenge on in July 2012, having qualified as a pharmacist only seven months earlier.
The objective of Mr Walker's project was to fulfil the potential of Merrilands Pharmacy and further his career as a pharmacist.
2015High rates of rheumatic fever in Kawerau compelled Michelle Whyte, of Kawerau Pharmacy, to get involved in the local multidisciplinary team formed to target the condition. She helped educate patients and the community on the need to take a complete course of antibiotics. Michelle also introduced use of the probiotic treatment Blis K12.
2014Samit Patel of Unichem Greenhithe Pharmacy recognised there was considerable appetite for nutritional medicine advice and products in the Greenhithe market. Sam upskilled in the area and created a nutritional clinic for paying customers which enabled one-on-one meetings with patients. He hired Jayant Patel (no relation) to help back up his pharmacy work. The results were outstanding with the average sale increasing 25%.