Partnership will commemorate the event with a webinar and presentation of Woman Pharmacist of the Year award on Oct. 12.
Pharmacy Times®, the leading multimedia resource for pharmacy professionals, has partnered with the Pharmacist Moms Group to celebrate women in pharmacy with #WomenPharmacistDay on Oct. 12.
To kick off the partnership, Pharmacy Times® hosted an inaugural panel discussion recognizing the impact of women on the pharmacy landscape. The discussion will be posted on Oct. 12 on the Pharmacy Times® website.
A panel of leading women in pharmacy discussed the history and significance of women in the field, including changing demographics, the pay gap between men and women in pharmacy, changes in policy and culture, tips for pharmacist moms and different career paths within pharmacy.
Expert panelists include moderator Suzanne Soliman, Pharm.D., BCMAS, founder of the Pharmacist Moms Group; Alexandra Broadus, Pharm.D., director, patient outcomes performance for Walgreens; Kate Gainer, Pharm.D., executive vice president and CEO, Iowa Pharmacy Association; Brooke Griffin, Pharm.D., vice chair of clinical services, Midwestern University; and Linda MacLean, B. Pharm., vice dean of external relations, professor of pharmacotherapy, Washington State University.
“We are honored to be able to partner with Pharmacist Moms Group in honor of #WomenPharmacistDay to recognize women as leaders in the pharmacy industry,” said John Hydrusko, vice president of Pharmacy & Healthcare Communications, LLC, publisher of Pharmacy Times®. “Pharmacist moms are such an important part of our healthcare solution — and their sacrifices are even greater during this time.”
#WomenPharmacistDay was founded by the Pharmacist Moms Group, a nonprofit organization started in 2017 by Soliman to help support, offer resources and provide a professional network for pharmacist moms.
On Oct. 12, #WomenPharmacistDay will celebrate the significant gains that women have made in pharmacy careers, honor the trailblazers who have made such progress possible and recognize the important contributions that women pharmacists make every day to deliver quality care to patients nationwide.
"This year, 2020, more than any other year in modern history has been a time where health care providers, including pharmacists have had to put their lives on the line to treat patients. COVID-19 has created a new set of realities that none of us could have imagined. Over half of pharmacists in the US are women who have today, more than ever, had to juggle work and home life responsibilities. We are happy to partner with Pharmacy Times on this important day," said Suzanne Soliman, Pharm.D., BCMAS, founder of the Pharmacist Moms Group.
This year, the Woman Pharmacist of the Year award will be presented to a female pharmacist who has made a significant impact on the practice of pharmacy. Selected by an expert steering committee, the winner the winner has shown leadership and serves as an example in the field of pharmacy and in other aspects of her life.
The award winner will receive a commemorative plaque, and Pharmacist Moms Group will make $250 donation to a charity of the winner’s choice. An additional Independent Woman Pharmacist of the Year commemorative plaque award will be presented to a female pharmacist owner. The award will be presented live by Suzanne Soliman during a Facebook live event on the Pharmacist Moms Group page Oct 12 at 9 am EDT.
“Cardinal Health is once again proud to sponsor #WomenPharmacistDay, a day to celebrate the extraordinary contributions of female pharmacists,” said Mike Kaufmann, CEO of Cardinal Health. “In a year of an unprecedented pandemic, the care pharmacists give to patients and family members alike is more important than ever. Our commitment to female leadership in health care is part of our legacy, and we sincerely thank the companies, pharmacy schools, pharmacy associations, pharmacy educators, practicing pharmacists and pharmacy students joining us in supporting #WomenPharmacistDay.”
The official sponsor of #WomenPharmacistDay is Cardinal Health, with special thanks to Florajen, First Financial Bank, and Neuriva.