The National Pioneer Pharmacy Awards recognise pharmacy professionals and facilities from the community, public/private institutional, industry, academic and other sectors as leaders in the provision of quality pharmaceutical services. The overall winners of the “National Pioneer Pharmacy Professional” and the “National Pioneer Pharmacy Facility” awards were chosen from the winners of the various sub-award categories. These award winners embody the vision of the South African Pharmacy Council, “Accessible quality pharmaceutical services for all”, in their daily activities and have taken innovative steps to ensure that all South African citizens receive the best possible pharmaceutical services.
FUTURE PHARMACIST AWARD RECIPIENT: Previn Ramiah
Mr Ramiah is an academic intern and research scientist at the University of Witwatersrand. He has shown a passion for the pharmacy industry and currently serves as the head and chair of the Trinity Pharmacy Alumni Group which serves a non-profit pharmacy that assists the homeless residents of Johannesburg. Mr Ramiah is an active advocate for pharmaceutical research and shows potential of being a great pharmacist in the future.
PHARMACY SUPPORT PERSONNEL AWARD RECIPIENT: Sjaan Megan Vos
The Pharmacy Support Personnel Award is awarded to a pharmacy support professional who exhibits the highest professional standards and performs consistently and reliably as a valued member of the pharmacy team, going beyond the call of duty. This award seeks to encourage and reward pharmacy support personnel who are working to streamline work-flow processes, improve safety, embrace technology and/or improve patient outcomes.
Ms Vos is a Post-Basic Pharmacist’s Assistant at the Life Groenkloof Pharmacy. Since 2013 she has won several awards as Hospital Employee of the Month/Year. She actively participates in celebrating Pharmacy Month each year and is sure to involve her colleagues in her activities. Ms Vos has managed various responsibilities within the pharmacy with enthusiasm and has enhanced the efficiency of the pharmacy by managing the Emergency Cupboard. She is a true asset to the pharmacy team she serves and is very deserving of this award.
COMMUNITY PHARMACIST AWARD RECIPIENT: Rajatheran (Sham) Moodley
The Community Pharmacy Award is awarded to a pharmacist who practices in a community pharmacy and who has made a significant contribution to the community, beyond the call of duty. This is awarded to a community pharmacist whose exceptional professional efforts have enabled pharmacy services to be delivered in a manner most beneficial to the public.
Mr Moodley is a community pharmacist based in Durban and is a director of the Care Group of pharmacies. He was a founding director and is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Independent Community Pharmacy Association. Mr Moodley is well known in the profession and his own community for his kind nature and his passion for pharmacy. His quiet work behind the scenes for the benefit of the pharmacy profession and the South African population has not gone unnoticed, and for this reason he has been awarded the Community Pharmacist Award.
PUBLIC INSTITUTIONAL PHARMACIST AWARD RECIPIENT: Marthie Hendriksz
The Public Institutional Pharmacist Award is awarded to a pharmacist who practices in a public institutional pharmacy (hospital) and who has made a significant contribution to the community, beyond the call of duty. This is awarded to a hospital pharmacist whose exceptional professional efforts have enabled hospital pharmacy services to be delivered in a manner most beneficial to the public.
Ms Hendriksz is a pharmacist at 1 Military Hospital Pharmacy. She is a warm and engaging individual who teaches others by example. She has been instrumental in establishing an oncology chemotherapy unit at 1 Military Hospital this year and has truly exceeded expectations in assisting with oncology related pharmacy during her time at the hospital. Ms Hendriksz’s dedication, determination and professionalism have made her most deserving of this award.
PRIVATE INSTITUTIONAL PHARMACIST AWARD RECIPIENT: Nirasha Singh
The Private Institutional Pharmacist Award is awarded to a pharmacist who practices in a private institutional pharmacy (hospital) and who has made a significant contribution to the community, beyond the call of duty. This is awarded to a hospital pharmacist whose exceptional professional efforts have enabled hospital pharmacy services to be delivered in a manner most beneficial to the public.
Ms Singh has grown to be an integral team member of the Pharmacy and Hospital division within Netcare. Her ability to be proactive and innovative has assisted her in motivating her fellow colleagues to serve with excellence. Ms Singh previously led the South African Society of Clinical Pharmacists KwaZulu-Natal Branch and has shared her knowledge and expertise at several professional conferences and summits. Ms Singh is deserving of this award due to her role in the establishment and integration of Clinical Pharmacy practice.
ACADEMIC PHARMACIST AWARD RECIPIENT: Prof Rod Walker
The Academic Pharmacist Award is awarded to a pharmacist who practises at a CHE or SAPC accredited academic institution, who has consistently displayed excellence in pharmacy research, education and training throughout his/her career. This is awarded to a pharmacist who is engaged in research to identify, recognise and promote evidence-based strategies for optimising the delivery of patient care.
Prof Walker is well known in the academic sphere of pharmacy having excelled as a Professor of Pharmaceutics at Rhodes University and having published over 70 research papers. Prof Walker continues to passionately serve the profession of pharmacy through teaching, research and supervising post-graduate students. His current research focusses on the development, manufacture and assessment of solid oral extended release dosage forms, combination formulations, paediatric formulations, topical and transdermal drug delivery, regulatory sciences and policy development. We are pleased to present Prof Walker with the Academic Pharmacist Award.
RISING STAR PHARMACIST AWARD RECIPIENT: Siraaj Adams
The Rising Star Pharmacist Award is awarded to a pharmacist who is defining the future standard of pharmacy practice by his or her professional practice and/or by advocacy in the pharmacy industry. This is awarded to a pharmacist who has achieved success from an innovative approach to professional services and patient care.
Mr Adams has spent his ten years as a pharmacist investing his time and energy in finding innovative new ways of increasing the quality of and access to pharmaceutical services for the average person. His technological achievements have earned him several awards already. Mr Adams has proven to be a trailblazer in the 4th Industrial Revolution in the field of Pharmacy and healthcare and is therefore most deserving of the Rising Star Pharmacist Award.
LEGACY PHARMACIST AWARD RECIPIENT: Prof Rashid Bhikha
The Legacy Pharmacist Award is awarded to a pharmacist, practicing or recently retired, whose efforts on behalf of the profession in South Africa in their career span of 45 years or more are judged to have been the most remarkable.
Prof Bhikha has been a registered pharmacist for fifty years. He founded Be-Tabs Pharmaceuticals, South Africa’s first black-owned pharmaceutical company in 1974. He also founded a Public Benefits Organisation, the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb to promote the training and practice of Tibb. Prof Bhikha has a PhD in Education which focussed on “African Renaissance in Health Education”. Through his tireless efforts to enhance education in healthcare, Prof Bhikha will most certainly be remembered as someone who made a difference in Pharmacy in South Africa, and is therefore most deserving of the Legacy Pharmacist Award.
COMMUNITY PHARMACY AWARD RECIPIENT: Thrive Pharmacy
The Community Pharmacy Award is awarded to a community pharmacy that has made a significant contribution to the community and has shown outstanding continued pharmaceutical services and the betterment of health care.
Thrive Pharmacy, previously known as National Road Pharmacy, is a community pharmacy in Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal, and is owned by Lynda Mutsaerts. Lynda has converted her pharmacy into a holistic healthcare facility which embodies all aspects of healthcare under one roof. The core values of Thrive Pharmacy include being caring and approachable, educated and trustworthy, honest and ethical. For going above and beyond the call of duty as a community pharmacy, we award Ms Lynda Mutsaerts and Thrive Pharmacy the Community Pharmacy Award.
PRIVATE INSTITUTIONAL PHARMACY AWARD RECIPIENT: Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial
The Private Institutional Pharmacy Award is awarded to a private institutional pharmacy that has made a significant contribution to the community and has shown outstanding continued pharmaceutical services and the betterment of health care.
For over thirty years the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital Pharmacy has served the community of Cape Town and its surrounding areas. The pharmacy is committed to consistent and exceptional patient centered care and often raises awareness for various healthcare related issues through their own awareness campaigns. In 2018 Netcare CBMH Pharmacy won the Antibiotic Stewardship Award for Excellence in the Netcare group. The pharmacy’s continued effort to improve the lives of their patients and their community has won them the Private Institutional Pharmacy Award.
PUBLIC INSTITUTIONAL PHARMACY AWARD RECIPIENT: Sabie Hospital Pharmacy
The Public Institutional Pharmacy Award is awarded to a public institutional pharmacy that has made a significant contribution to the community and has shown outstanding continued pharmaceutical services and the betterment of health care.
From humble beginnings in a tiny building separated from the actual hospital in Sabie, the Sabie Hospital Pharmacy has maintained an A-grade with Council throughout the years and has since moved into a larger facility within the main hospital. No matter what challenges the pharmacy faced over the years, the commitment to patients and the surrounding community have ensured that Sabie Hospital Pharmacy received a 97% rating and were runners up in the MEC Excellence Reward for Mpumalanga Province. Sabie Hospital Pharmacy aspires to continue to grow and serve their patients with excellence. For this reason, Sabie Hospital Pharmacy are the winners of the Public Institutional Pharmacy Award.
MANUFACTURING (INDUSTRY) PHARMACY AWARD RECIPIENT: National Bioproducts Institute
The Manufacturing (Industry) Pharmacy Award is awarded to a manufacturing pharmacy that has taken responsibility for leading change and being at the cutting edge of all relevant scientific, professional, environmental ventures and has innovatively controlled medicines from concept to therapeutic reality.
National Bioproducts Institute was established in 1994 as a private, non-profit, pharmaceutical manufacturer of human plasma-derived medicinal products. NBI’s products are distributed throughout South Africa and surplus is sent to other developing countries. NBI, together with the South African National Blood Services strive to achieve the Department of Health’s goal of ensuring the self-sufficient supply of blood, blood products and plasma-derived medicinal products for all patients in South Africa. The NBI contributes to the maintaining of the excellent standard of blood transfusions to South African patients. We award the Manufacturing Pharmacy Award to National Bioproducts Institute.
WHOLESALE (DEPOT) PHARMACY AWARD RECIPIENT: Logic Trials
The Wholesale (Depot) Pharmacy Award is awarded to a wholesale pharmacy that has made a significant contribution in the delivery of pharmaceutical services.
LogicTrials is a small company with a small team. As a pharmaceutical warehouse for all aspects of the clinic supply chain with an extensive distribution area, LogicTrials strives for excellence. Having a very stringent Quality Management System in place, LogicTrials ensures the requirements for clinical trial medication receipt, storage and distribution is managed effectively. LogicTrials can now add the Wholesale Pharmacy Award to their list of achievements.
NATIONAL PIONEER PHARMACY PROFESSIONAL AWARD
The National Pioneer Pharmacy Professional Award is chosen from among the winners of the various individual categories. The overall winner has shown exceptional innovation and passion for the Pharmacy Profession. We are pleased to award the 2019 National Pioneer Pharmacy Professional Award to Mr Siraaj Adams.
NATIONAL PIONEER PHARMACY FACILITY AWARD
The National Pioneer Pharmacy Facility Award is chosen from among the winners of the various facility categories. The overall winner is an example of how pharmacy facilities across the country can embrace the ever-changing technological advances and legislative changes to better the pharmaceutical services provided to the public. We are pleased to award the 2019 National Pioneer Pharmacy Facility Award to the National Bioproducts Institute.