In an unprecedented feat, Pharm. Folashade Lawal, a community pharmacist and managing director of Victory Drugs, has been announced winner of the 11th edition of the May & Baker Professional Service Award in Pharmacy.
The award ceremony which coincided with the opening ceremony of the 88th PSN Conference, held at the Abuja International Conference Centre on 11 November, 2015, had several eminent pharmacists and Fellows of the profession in attendance.
Brimming with the smile of accomplishment, Lawal who is a member of PSN Education Committee received the award which comes with a certificate, a plaque and new cash prize of N500,000.
Pharm. Lawal graduated from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1985 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree. She further obtained a master’s degree in Clinical Pharmacy in 2006 from the University of Lagos.
With 26 years of professional experience, the pharmacist has categorically carved a niche for herself in excellence. Aside having a number of research publications to her credit, she is reputed to have developed several laudable innovations among which is the popular ‘Your Pharmacist & You’ programme aimed at ensuring that patients keep track of their medical record.
Past winners of the May & Baker professional service award in Pharmacy include Pharm. (Lady) Adaeze Omaliko, managing director of Malix Pharmacy, Onitsha in Anambra State; Professor (Mrs) Mbang Femi-Oyewo, MFR, former deputy vice chancellor of Olabisi Onabanjo University; Pharm Ifeanyi Atueyi, managing director of Pharmanews Limited; and Pharm (Mrs) Margaret Obono, a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN).
In a related development, the May & Baker Award for Excellence went to the Lagos chapter of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) for producing the 2015 winner of the Professional Service Award.