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Locum pharmacist to appear on ITV reality show Love Island

Anahita Vakili's (fourth from right) former colleague said she is a conscientious pharmacist
Anahita Vakili's (fourth from right) former colleague said she is a conscientious pharmacist

A locum pharmacist will be one of the contestants on the new series of ITV's Love Island, the broadcaster has confirmed.

Anahita Vakili received her pharmacy degree from Kingston University and had worked until recently as a locum pharmacist at RF Blackburn pharmacy in Ascot, KC Pharmacy in Teddington and the Portobello Clinic in Ladbroke Grove, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Filming on the show began in late April, but contestants are sworn to secrecy about their participation until the broadcaster officially unveils them.

“Conscientious and efficient pharmacist”

Commenting ahead of her appearance on the reality show – which airs next Monday (June 3) – Shamir Amlani, pharmacy manager at RF Blackburn, told C+D: “Anna has been a very conscientious and efficient pharmacist. She has impressed us with her ability to get along so well with all members of our staff. We wish her well for the future.”

Gian Miccoli, pharmacy manager at KC Pharmacy, added: “I’m relatively new, but the staff are very complimentary about her. She’s a very conscientious hard-working individual from what I’ve gathered from them, and everyone’s very excited to see her on the show.”

About the show

Love Island brings six single men and six single women together on the Spanish island of Majorca and invites them to couple up with the promise of a £50,000 prize for the viewers’ favourite duo. Contestants are eliminated by public vote over the show’s roughly eight-week run.

In an interview published as part of ITV2’s publicity material for the show, Ms Vakili joked that she has never met a date through working in a pharmacy because the guys are “either really old or sick!”.

For the past three years, Love Island’s main sponsor was Superdrug, but this year food delivery service Uber Eats will take the main sponsor slot. Superdrug still has a role as the show's official suncream partner.

Have you ever appeared on TV?

We’re all doomed, Locum pharmacist

Look at your pharmacist, you’ll be taking good advice!

Leon The Apothecary, Student

Was I right in thinking there was a focus on the mental health of contestants of Love Island recently as the next target so to speak after the Jeremy Kyle fiasco?

Mung Kee Majiq, Community pharmacist

A career change! Why not! Considering that the profession is undervalued by the government and pharmacists are underpaid by their employer!

Really? Wow, Superintendent Pharmacist

You are assuming that she will have a positive impact for pharmacy... if she comes across positively. I have never met this person, but you must consider the personality type to even apply to be on this show, and why would she be any different than any other contestant. The mantra, there is no such thing as bad publicity may possibly take a bit of a hiding over the next few months!

Benie Locum, Locum pharmacist

With the current state of pharmacy(comunity) what could possibly affect it negatively ??

Really? Wow, Superintendent Pharmacist

It is in a pretty fragile state, financially and politically. If this person, who very likely has no idea how things really happen on a structural and financial basis (I thought I knew before I had my own pharmacy, but on reflection I didn't), starts blabbing rubbish, then yes, it could very much affect it negatively. 

Mr CAUSTIC, Community pharmacist

Is there any truth in the rumour that she will stand in the next election for the RPS in an effort to increase the number of members voting .In England less than 10% voted this year . 

Mr CAUSTIC, Community pharmacist

the staff or the patients or both ?

In an interview published as part of ITV2’s publicity material for the show, Ms Vakili joked that she has never met a date through working in a pharmacy because the guys are “either really old or sick!”.


Benie Locum, Locum pharmacist

What are you expecting. Area managers are also out of the question as they would want her to hit 400 murs before going on a date.

Leon The Apothecary, Student

Whispers sensually in their ear "I did three MURs this morning...and I plan to do even more..."

Aldosterone antagonist, Locum pharmacist

Ha ha ha ha

Mr CAUSTIC, Community pharmacist

will it be on page 3 of the c & d ??????

Benie Locum, Locum pharmacist

C&D scraping the barrel now. I presume we'll get daily updates on her progress through the summer interspersed with the odd Cock and bull story from the PR dept of awell known multiple.

Mr CAUSTIC, Community pharmacist

will she be offering advice on the show regarding the correct use of sun cream . There is a need to get the patients to apply a greater amount of higher factor sun products to prevent burning and skin cancer .


Mr CAUSTIC, Community pharmacist

Was she dressed like this when carrying out her locum duties ? Couldn't the C&D produce a photo of her in a white coat  ?

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david williams, Community pharmacist

Very interesting scenario. GPhC might very well, not like this situation much. They might not like love island either. However, millions do (not me never watched it) and the broadcaster has a license to broadcast, if not offensive?? Therefore modern pop culture? I am sure if GPhc were around in 1910 they may very well have sanctioned a female suffragette, or a gay pharmacist, for breaking a law? Both of those situations are now perfectly acceptable and quite rightly. Times are what they are, when they are.  She is certainly not behaving irresponsibly or illegally, so difficult to see an issue. It still sits uncomfortably with me though!! Maybe it's my age. Time to pension me out

Caroline Jones, Locum pharmacist

If this is what passes for news in the c+d or credit to the profession and the role of female pharmacists then I despair. Cheap and disgusting display summed up by her comments regarding male patients attending the Pharmacies that employ her. I have little doubt Superdrug will make her their new superintendent,  after all Boots get trawl Disney for their staff now. Kingston university must be so proud.

Michael Achiampong, Community pharmacist

Agreed Caroline. She's brave to go on the show. However, Ms Vakili's remarks about "men in pharmacy" practice is simply cringeworthy. I honestly expected more class from a pharmacist professional!

Chemical Mistry, Information Technology

Need a bit of work on the tanning .Now I understand by having a portfolio career! Superdrug should book her to do locums with strap line of come see our pharmacist ex love island contestant!*

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Ronald Trump, Pharmaceutical Adviser

I'd vote for her for the next Pharmacy Minister. 

Benie Locum, Locum pharmacist

I wonder why she would go on this programme when Locums are paid so well. As an aside I'd rather read about her exploits than the usual propaganda C&D propagates for particular multiples.

Clive Hodgson, Community pharmacist

No doubt a tad more exciting than checking a never-ending conveyer belt of MDS trays or producing reams of paperwork just to keep the CCG box tickers happy day after day after day…….

Maybe Love Island not to everyone’s taste but all the same good luck to her.

Peter Smith, Student

I had my post redacted because I used a 4 letter word starting in p and ending in n to describe this show. Wasn't aware that it was an expletive. This is exactly the kind of narcissistic fake reality show which is creating issues with young people today, should have nothing to do with healthcare professionals.

Benie Locum, Locum pharmacist

Just mention something nice about Bo*ts and it will usually get posted.

Peter Smith, Student

I love boats! Maybe Waldron has one too which is why the comments will always be allowed?

Seriously, though, I'd love to know why someone can say c*ck in the comments without it being redacted but p*rn is not allowed.

Ben Merriman, Community pharmacist

This is a pharmacy publication - you should be using "prn"

SP Ph, Community pharmacist

I think the word was "prn" but with an vOwel in between, so it was redacted I believe.

But, the photograph of the conrcerned participant is nowhere near to any proscribed by the GPhC for any Pharmacist. Hence, any comments made with regard to the photograph or the TV programme itself (the core of which is sensual) should not be redacted.

One might even say, the Pharmacies where this locum worked might have completed the MUR targets in no time and no wonder the rest of the staff like her!!

Kieran Eason, Superintendent Pharmacist

Best of luck to her.

Hopefully she can be a "TV" pharmacist similar instead of having Drs on all the time talking about medicines...

Aldosterone antagonist, Locum pharmacist

LOL don't blame her one bit, get out of pharmacy while you can.

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

I would prefer Pharmacists to be on programmes like Mastermind, Chase or at least Strictly come Dancing !!


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