Local Pharmacist receives Major Award

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Local pharmacist, Alfred Athill, was showered with accolades during the 37th Annual Caribbean Association of Pharmacists Conference in Belize over the weekend.

Athill, who is Antigua and Barbuda’s Director of Pharmaceutical Services collected the Regulatory Affairs Award for High Standards, Excellent Services and Dedication during the prestigious event and for his efforts, he was given a Crystal Touchstone Plaque.

Later in the evening, Athill, who hails from the village of Liberta, was nominated for the overall Pharmacist of the Year honor but in a two way race for the title, he was beaten to the line by his Jamaican counterpart, Dr. Andrea Daley.

Speaking about his achievements, Athill said that he was not even aware that he was in the running or contention for any prize but was pleased nonetheless with his accomplishments.

“There were, I think in total awards for nineteen different sections as it relates to pharmacy work and professional practice throughout the year. Fortunately and to my surprise, I was awarded for my work in regulatory affairs in Antigua and Barbuda and also throughout the Caribbean. Again, to my surprise, I was nominated for the Pharmacist of the Year Award. There were two nominees, myself and a lady from Jamaica who eventually won the award,” said Athill.

The 37th annual CAP Conference ran from August 6th to the 13th and apart from Athill, the Antiguan Delegation was comprised of Vernon Benjamin, Shemeka Spencer and Dwight Hudson.

Athill added that his success was possible, not of his own accord, but rather with the help and support of his friends, family and colleagues in the pharmaceutical services.

“The awards I achieved would never have been realized without the work, assistance and encouragement of family, friends and also my colleagues in the pharmacy profession.  Without their support. I don’t think that I would have accomplished what I did in Belize,” he declared. •

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