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UWI Pharmacy wins Caribbean Award

For Release Upon Receipt - March 8, 2010

St. Augustine

St Augustine Campus praised for zero tobacco and alcohol policy


The Pharmacy of The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus has been praised at a regional pharmacists’ conference for its policy of not selling tobacco-related products or alcoholic beverages.

At the recently concluded Caribbean Association of Pharmacists’ annual conference, the UWI Pharmacy won the Caribbean Pharmacy Sigma Business Award 2009, copping first place among several entrants from other Caribbean countries.

“This peer award is given to the Pharmacy that epitomises the best of the pharmacy business culture, and provides the setting, service and support for community,” said Ms Pamela Townsend, Pharmacist in the UWI Health Services Unit.

The UWI Pharmacist stated that two significant criteria which the UWI Pharmacy met were not selling tobacco-related products or alcoholic beverages, and supporting community-based activities, such as the annual Student Orientation.

“This achievement is an indication of the pharmacy’s commitment to providing excellent community-based pharmaceutical services to the campus family,” she said in a brief statement.


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