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PDA: Don't shoot the messenger of MUR abuse

John Murphy spoke out against multiples that don't want PDA representation.

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association's (PDA) ex-director shares his memories from his time in charge

Speaking to C+D for an exclusive podcast interview, John Murphy said the organisation should not be blamed for damage to the pharmacy sector resulting from allegations of Boots' medicines use review (MUR) abuse that were made public last year.

“Don’t shoot the messenger", Mr Murphy – who announced his retirement as director this year – told C+D last month (January 31).

"As sad as it was, the exposure has got to be a good thing for pharmacy. We don’t apologise for what happened with the Guardian article." 

Boots said at the time that it did “not recognise” the claims, and reminded its pharmacists of its guidance on providing MURs.

Listen to the full podcast to hear Mr Murphy discuss: 

  • Why some pharmacy environments are not "appropriate" workplaces
  • Why the PDA took its case for Boots representation to the Court of Appeal* 
  • The reasons why he thinks large multiples do not want their employees to have PDA representation 
  • Suicide among pharmacists in the last year
  • Where to find hope for the sector 

*(The court upheld the original decision in Boots' favour the week following C+D's exclusive interview with Mr Murphy)

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