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The Pharmacy Council of South Africa awarded Prof Rashid Bhikha with "The Legacy Pharmacist Award" at the 3rd National Pharmacy Conference held in Sun City this weekend.
Awarded to the Pharmacist, practicing or recently retired, whose efforts on behalf of the profession in South Africa in their career span of 45 years and more are judged to have been the most remarkable.
Prof Rashid Bhikha founded Be-Tabs Pharmaceuticals, South Africa's first black-owned pharmaceutical company in 1974, which became the largest privately-owned Pharmaceutical manufacturer in Southern Africa. Prof Rashid has been a registered Pharmacist for fifty years (1969-2019)
Prof Rashid Bhikha told Laudium Today, “It is such an honour to be recognised by the South African Pharmacy Council. This is only possible through the Grace of the Almighty and the many hundreds of people who have been with me on my life’s journey. Accolades are never a reflection of one’s self but rather the support of family, community and everyone in one’s profession.”
Over the past eleven years, the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) Pharmacy Awards, initiated as part of the National Health Recognition Awards hosted by the National Department of Health, have become a means of recognising pharmacy professionals who go beyond the call of duty across a range of sectors.
The last National Health Recognition Awards were held in 2011. Thereafter, SAPC took over and hosted the first awards in their name. The first National Pharmacy Pioneer Awards were held at the National Pharmacy Conference at Sun City in 2013, followed by the second awards held at the 2nd National Pharmacy
Conference at the Durban ICC in 2016. The third awards was presented at the 3rd National Pharmacy Conference for all involved in the pharmacy industry in South Africa yesterday.
The SAPC Pioneer Pharmacy Awards recognise pharmacy professionals and facilities from the community, public/private institutional, industry, academic and other sectors as leaders in the provision of quality pharmaceutical services.
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