Top award is presented to Midhurst Pharmacy boss

Raj Rohilla (second left) at the awards ceremony
Raj Rohilla (second left) at the awards ceremony

MIDHURST pharmacist Raj Rohilla claimed the Pharmacy Business Entrepreneur of the year award in style at the 2012 ceremony after impressing the judges who considered him to be the ultimate pharmaceutical entrepreneur.

“This is recognition of the hard work I and my team have put in. At the end of the day, the thing that matters most to us is our patients,” Raj said as he picked up the award, which was sponsored by Actavis, during the ceremony at the Park Plaza Hotel in London.

Raj took over his pharmacy, The Midhurst Pharmacy which is based in North Street, two years ago from the pharmacy chain Day Lewis.

“It was situated in an unappealing unit at the wrong end of the street before we relocated it opposite Boots in the town centre and changed its fortunes,” said Raj.

The 12th Pharmacy Business Awards, organised by the Asian Media and Marketing Group, was attended by around 900 guests, including community pharmacists, high-ranking parliamentarians, chief executives of leading drug companies and heads of pharmacy bodies.

Lord Howe, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for quality at the department of health and chief guest at the awards ceremony, paid tribute to the work of community pharmacists across the country, saying they were thriving under schemes such as the New Medicine Service.

“To the millions of people who use your services every day, who seek your advice on the best treatment for their minor illnesses, and for all those that you are helping to stop smoking, lose weight or lead a healthier lifestyle - to them, you deserve a no less fulsome measure of public recognition,” he said.

“And alongside excellence, there is innovation. Innovation is a powerful tool that can help you in your fundamental role of optimising the use of medicines so that we can get the best value and the best outcomes for patients.

“I see this in the way you have taken up the New Medicine Service. It is now just over a year since pharmacists started to help patients to get the most from their newly prescribed medicines through the New Medicine Service.