We can all agree that 2018 has been an eventful year for pharmacy. From a long-awaited pharmacy contract to the last in a long-running judicial review saga, a lot has happened to keep us all entertained (read: stressed out) all year long.

So to mark this wonderful year of ups and downs, we at The Pharmacist decided to round up an illustrious panel of judges (AKA our editor-in-chief Beth Kennedy and our reporter Léa Legraien) to award some prizes to the most weird and wonderful events.

That’s right – it’s time for the Golden Cross Awards. So don your glad rags, pour yourself a celebratory glass of something delicious and settle down to find out this year’s lucky recipients.


The Thriller Award for suspense

Winner – Brexit

Why did it win?

Brexit has been dominating headlines of late and it’s easy to see why – there have been more twists and turns in this story than a second-rate thriller flick. And it looks as though there may well be more surprises to come as the Government struggles to negotiate a favourable exit deal.

One of the key Brexit-related questions for pharmacists is how medicines supplies will be affected should Britain leave the EU without a deal. We’ve heard about the many contingency plans that the Government has formed in case this happens – from creating more capacity for cold-line storage to allowing pharmacists to dispense alternative prescriptions if shortages make it impossible for them to dispense what the GP has ordered.

That’s all very well, but until we actually know what Brexit will be in practice, this looks like one thriller that will keep on surprising us.


Have your say

Do you agree with our judges or do you think other significant events in the world of community pharmacy were robbed of one of these prestigious awards? Let us know by tweeting @Pharmacist_News