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More than 500 people attended the glittering Pharmacy Today Zuellig Pharma annual pharmacy awards at Auckland's Aotea Centre on June 16.

Amid the razzmatazz of a spectacular laser light show, Wellington pharmacist facilitator Marilyn Tucker received the supreme award for her entry in the Innovation in Pharmacy Practice category, sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Society.

Her entry chronicled an ongoing project set up in conjunction with two Wellington general practices to monitor the cholesterol status of patients who had been diagnosed with ischaemic heart disease (IHD).

Her prize includes a trip for two to Paris and kauri trophy. Winners of all other categories received a trip for two to Thailand, sponsored by Thai Airways.

The event was a sellout and attracted pharmacists, their staff, and industry representatives from around the country. There were also international guests including fragrance analyst Michael Edwards from Sydney, Gavin Blackburn of Coty Australia, and Max Ross of Natio Australia.

MCs were John Glass and James Elliott.

A judging panel comprising Tom Agee, Lorraine Balfour, Murray Burns, Jane Caldwell and Wendy Moffett, assessed eight of the nine categories.

Pharmacists and their staff are invited to submit an unprompted vote to assess the final category, Retail Product Supplier of the Year, sponsored by DMG World Media. Douglas Pharmaceuticals won this award for the second consecutive year.

A new category this year was Best Prescription or OTC Medicine Direct-to-Consumer Campaign, sponsored by Television New Zealand.

The winner was Aventis Pharma with their hayfever product Telfast. Runners-up were GlaxoSmithKline for quit smoking drug Zyban, and Merck Sharp and Dohme for their COX-2 anti-inflammatory analgesic, VIOXX.

The awards ceremony provided the ideal opportunity for the industry to honour former editor of Pharmacy Today Wendy Moffett, who said she couldn't imagine a more rewarding way to have spent the last 21 years of her life first as founding editor of New Zealand Pharmacy, and then as editor of Pharmacy Today. Flowers were presented by past president of the Pharmaceutical Society Eleanor Hawthorn, who was also honoured following her recent recognition as an NZOM in the Queens Birthday honours list.


The full list of winners is:

Community Pharmacy Business, sponsored by the Pharmacy Guild.

Winner: John Saywell, Moorhouse Pharmacy, Christchurch.

Runner-up: Lindy Mason, Mason's Pharmacy, Greymouth.

Special Award: Stephanie Barron, Wairau Pharmacy, Blenheim.

Innovation in Pharmacy Practice, sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Society.

Winner: Marilyn Tucker, Karori Ropata IPA.

Runner-up: Juliet Williams and Kim Knight, Pharmacy Department, Middlemore Hospital, Auckland.

Young Pharmacist of the Year, sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Group.

Winner: Aynsley Macleod, Life Pharmacy Botany Downs, Auckland.

There was no runner-up in this category.

Best Prescription of OTC Medicine Direct-to-Consumer Campaign, sponsored by Television New Zealand.

Winner: David Smith, Aventis Pharma for Telfast.

Runners-up: Megan Rennie, Merck Sharp and Dohme for VIOXX and Jeroen van der Lans GlaxoSmithKline for Zyban.

Innovation in Hospital Pharmacy, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline.

Winner: Maria Alexander, Nelson Hospital.

Runner-up: Lorraine Welman, Palmerston North Hospital.

Pharmacy Assistant of the Year, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Division.

Winner: Kahu McMurdo, Unichem Glengarry Pharmacy, Invercargill.

Runner-up: Eve Gardner, Life West City Pharmacy, Henderson, Auckland.

Cosmetic Marketing, sponsored by Quantum Global.

Winner: Ann Richardson, Nelson City Pharmacy.

Runner-up: Bev Calder, Mercury Bay Pharmacy, Whitianga.

Technical Innovation, sponsored by Aventis Pharma.

Winners: Scott Percy and Grant Blair, Mercury Bay Pharmacy, Whitianga.

Runners-up: Nikki Murphy and Tracey Meumann, Taupo Hospital Pharmacy.

Retail Supplier of the Year, sponsored by DMG World Media.

Winner: Douglas Pharmaceuticals.

Runner-up: Bullivants.


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