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PTCE Announces September ‘Faces of Pharmacy’ Winners in Recognition of American Pharmacists Month

Yearlong campaign recognizes pharmacists for their dedication, and often overlooked contributions, to transforming healthcare

In support of American Pharmacists Month in October, PTCE, a leader in continuing education for multispecialty pharmacists and pharmacy professionals, is committed to recognizing pharmacists’ contributions to health care practices and all they do for their communities through its ‘Faces of Pharmacy’ recognition program.

In this transforming health care landscape, The Faces of Pharmacy nomination opportunity celebrates pharmacists, who navigate evolving health care practices and continue to make a difference in the lives of their patients.

Continuing its year-long campaign, PTCE is proud to announce its September winners:

  • Alisa Eibling, Pharm.D., Clinical Director, PFSP Specialty Pharmacy

  • Adam King, MPH, CPhT, PR, Executive Director and founder, CompassionRx

  • Jameika Stuckey, Pharm.D., Clinical Supervisor and medication safety manager, University of Mississippi Medical Center

  • Michael Lorenzo Tinglin, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist, Premier Family Medical

“Congratulations to the four pharmacy professionals who were selected as the winners of our Faces of Pharmacy program,” said Jim Palatine, R.Ph., MBA, president of PTCE. “The number of nominations we have received for the month of September truly exemplifies the need and desire to acknowledge these healthcare professionals who make a difference in the lives of their patients. In honor of American Pharmacists Month, we are devoted to showing our appreciation for the care and commitment of pharmacy professionals in the industry, and we will continue to recognize these professionals every month with our inaugural yearlong campaign.”

Each month, PTCE will select four pharmacy professionals to feature on its website and social media platforms in recognition of their unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional care to patients.

Nominations can be submitted online by colleagues, patients, friends and family members of outstanding pharmacists, pharmacy technicians or anyone else working in the industry. Submissions should detail what the nominee has done to ensure access to treatment and care or describe how they go above and beyond to support their patients or community.

For more information about the September Faces of Pharmacy winners, click here.

About Pharmacy Times Continuing Education™

Pharmacy Times Continuing Education™ (PTCE) is a leader in continuing education for retail, health system, oncology, managed care and specialty pharmacists. PTCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education (CPE). PTCE’s print, online and live CPE activities are designed to help improve the knowledge, competence and skills of pharmacists so they are better prepared to provide the highest quality pharmacy care to the patients they serve and to the physicians they assist as part of a multidisciplinary treatment/management team. To learn more about the educational activities sponsored by PTCE, visit https://www.pharmacytimes.org.

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Lloyds Pharmacy apologises again for emergency contraception refusal

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A pharmacy chain has been forced to apologise for a second time after a woman was refused emergency contraception because of the pharmacist’s personal beliefs, a year after a similar incident at a different branch.



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Charlotte, 41, who preferred not to give her surname, said she felt “upset and humiliated” when the pharmacist at her local Lloyds Pharmacy branch in south London, told her she was unable to distribute the contraception “for religious reasons”.

Charlotte said the pharmacist told her she could order the contraception online and have it delivered, but did not ask if it was urgent, or provide other options or advice, during the incident on Wednesday last week.

“I just froze, I didn’t know what to say,” she said. “You have to take the medication within five days, and I was four days in, so it was actually quite urgent, but I shouldn’t have to justify it. I’m not normally someone who loses their words, but I was gobsmacked. I felt vulnerable, and I had no reason to be.”

Charlotte said she respected the pharmacist’s beliefs, but that this “should not encroach on a woman’s right to choose”, and called on Lloyds Pharmacy to do more to safeguard those seeking contraception.

“If someone is in the store who is unable to prescribe the morning-after pill due to religious beliefs, the customer shouldn’t be on the receiving end of that,” she said. “I felt her beliefs were imposed on me, and we shouldn’t live in that world. It’s not personal to that lady, but Lloyds Pharmacy have to improve their policy, there needs to be training.



The General Pharmaceutical Council says pharmacists should ‘recognise their own values and beliefs but … not impose them on other people’.


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The General Pharmaceutical Council says pharmacists should ‘recognise their own values and beliefs but … not impose them on other people’.

“If I’m in my early 40s, and a mum, and I felt humiliated, I worry about younger, more vulnerable girls.”

Last year, Siani, 41, who also preferred to withhold her last name, was denied pre-ordered emergency contraception at a Lloyds Pharmacy branch in Brighton. The pharmacist said the product was ready but would not be distributed for “personal reasons”.

According to General Pharmaceutical Council guidance, pharmacists should “recognise their own values and beliefs but … not impose them on other people”. They are also obliged to “take responsibility for ensuring that person-centred care is not compromised because of their personal values and beliefs”.

A spokesperson for Lloyds Pharmacy said they were “extremely saddened” to confirm the incident, and apologised for “any distress caused”. The company said the pharmacist in question was a “relief” pharmacist, rather than a full-time member of staff.

“We support women’s choice and provide numerous contraceptive and sexual health services every day from our community pharmacies,” the spokesperson said. “We wholly respect pharmacists’ beliefs but expect them to follow the guidelines from the regulator

New home is perfect medicine for flood-hit pharmacy

The new site for Lunts Pharmacy at the old Tannery in Barker Street has a dispensary three times the size of the previous one in Roushill, two large consultation rooms and step free access.

The pharmacy had been in Roushill for 35 years, moving there when the Riverside Medical Practice did in 1985, and the long established relationship with the surgery will continue as that moves to Barker Street in the coming weeks.

“It has been a tricky time for us throughout this last year, being flooded twice and the increase in demand during Covid-19,” said Martin Lunt, superintendent pharmacist.

“We are thrilled to have been able to continue to serve our customers throughout this time and also create a new, safe and flood-free, home for Lunts.

“It is great for us to continue to be alongside the surgery and serve it’s patients too – and with increased demand we now have more room for social distancing.”

Lunts opened its first pharmacy in Castle Street, Shrewsbury, in 1968.

That store has since closed and the company now has pharmacies in Hereford Road, Shrewsbury, Pontesbury and Craven Arms.

The Roushill site suffered the worst flooding in 2000 and the two floods this year came a close second – with 18inches of water meaning they had to continue to provide their services from Severn Pharmacy opposite.

Staff from both Roushill and Severn Pharmacy have moved to the new site which has been kitted out over the last six weeks with new floors, ceiling, shop front, walls to create the treatment rooms and dispensary.

It opened on Monday (Sep 28) and Mr Lunt said he was delighted to be up and running – hitting the ground running with a large flu vaccination programme.

“It has been a torrid time for all our staff this last year and they have all worked tirelessly,” he said.

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