25 September 2013 Volume :1 Issue :3

UKZN Academic Honoured by International Pharmaceutical Federation

UKZN Academic Honoured by International Pharmaceutical Federation
Mr Andy Gray (right) received his award from International Pharmaceutical Federation President, Dr Michel Buchmann, at a conference in Dublin.

Senior Lecturer in UKZN’s Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mr Andy Gray, has been made a Fellow of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) in recognition of his contribution over the years to the organisation and the profession internationally.

Gray is a Pharmacist whose research interests include policy analysis - in particular the development and implementation of National Medicines Policies - rational medicines use and the application of antiretroviral therapy in resource-constrained settings.

Widely published, Gray is also a consultant Pharmacist for the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) and non-executive Chairman of JEMBI Health Systems, a not-for-profit company focused on developing computer/IT-based healthcare solutions for the developing world.

Gray is a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa, a past President of the South African Association of Hospital and Institutional Pharmacists, a past President of the Hospital Pharmacy Section and current Chairman of the Board of Pharmaceutical Practice of FIP.

He has also been a member of the Scheduling and Naming Expert Committee of the South African Medicines Control Council since 2000 and was appointed to the National Essential Medicines List Committee in 2012. He is a Member of the World Health Organization’s Expert Panel on Drug Policies and Management and has served as a member, rapporteur and co-Chairperson of the Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines.

Gray, who has served as Chairperson of the sub-committee on Essential Medicines for Children and on the WHO Guidelines Review Committee, has been actively involved in the development and assessment of medicines and other health-related law in South Africa.

Commenting on the honour, Head of the Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr Panjasaram Naidoo, said: ‘Congratulations and well done in placing UKZN on the map internationally with regards to the practice of pharmacy.’

-       MaryAnn Francis

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