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Who is the most influential person in pharmacy? Time to vote

The shortlist of 123 individuals was compiled from suggestions by the C+D team and readers
The shortlist of 123 individuals was compiled from suggestions by the C+D team and readers

C+D has launched a new online initiative to find the most influential person in community pharmacy – and it needs your help.

To create the final ‘Pharmacy 50’ ranking of the most influential individuals in 2017, the C+D team and readers have compiled a shortlist of 123 candidates from all areas of community pharmacy – as well as relevant sectors in politics and healthcare.

An app – available on both the C+D homepage and on a dedicated Pharmacy 50 webpage – generates pairs of these 122 individuals at random, allowing readers to vote for which of the two they think is the most influential.

Voting launched today (March 28) and will remain open for a month, after which the votes will be counted and the top 50 highest-ranking individuals announced on the C+D site.

The previous – and only – Pharmacy 50 took place in 2013, when more than 37,700 reader votes resulted in England’s chief pharmaceutical officer Keith Ridge being named the most influential figure in community pharmacy.

Pharmacy 50 explained

How was the shortlist compiled?

The C+D team created an initial list, and then opened up suggestions to readers on the website and on Twitter in December 2016.

Is the app cheat-proof?

Effectively, yes. By randomly selecting pairings from the shortlist, the app prevents users from voting multiple times for themselves or any other preferred individual.

How do you define "influential"?

This is up to you. The definition of "influence" is "the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behaviour of something". It can therefore be positive (eg a pharmacist who inspires their peers) or negative (eg an influential policy maker who does not prioritise community pharmacy). C+D's clinical editor Kristoffer Stewart has also written a blog on how "influence" on pharmacy can be decided.

Who topped the Pharmacy 50 in 2013?

The number one spot was taken by England's chief pharmaceutical officer Keith Ridge, followed by Pharmacy Voice chief executive Rob Darracott, General Pharmaceutical Council chief executive Duncan Rudkin, Royal Pharmaceutical Society chief executive* Helen Gordon, and National Pharmacy Association chief executive* Mike Holden.

*Titles have changed since 2013

Join the Pharmacy 50 debate by commenting beneath this article or tweeting with #Pharmacy50

Who do you think has the most influence on community pharmacy?

Ms B Wilson, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Did not really interest me to be honest only saw it via email alert posting, but it is nice to see Alison Hemsworth from Leeds, if she still lives there?  Sure it is her as recognise her face.  

The smiling face has not changed just a bit refined but I am sure she is doing a sterling job of supporting staff and management as she was a decent, geniune person and knew what she was doing.

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Oh bugger!! I just randomly clicked on a face at the side - can I take that vote back?

Dave Downham, Manager

Phillip Hammond?

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

Some of the names popping up are ridiculous, honestly. I'm expecting to see my locum soon!

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Just a thought - surely the most influential person regarding pharmacy this year has to be whatever clot came up with the funding cuts.

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

Never heard of most of them!

Angela Channing, Community pharmacist

Agreed.   I would say Mowat and Hunt, the men with the money ! 


Yuna Mason, Sales

Is there a full list of candidates somewhere?

James Waldron, Editorial

Hi Yuna,

The full list exists, but not currently in a publishable form. However, there's no reason we couldn't publish it at some point if there's an interest.


James Waldron, C+D Editor

Yuna Mason, Sales

Thanks James it would be useful to see the shortlist as some of the faces in the image are obscured and it would be interesting to see who they all are

James Waldron, Editorial

Hi Yuna,

All the images on the app are accompanied with a title and description, so this should avoid any confusion. 



Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Would be useful to see who is on the list without having to become a twit.

Angela Channing, Community pharmacist

A weird way to vote choosing between 2 constantly !!  

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

Maybe it's something to do with the lesser of two evils? :-D

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