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Australian Journal of Pharmacy : April 2005
opinion your say Letter to the editor competition The AJPand Therapeutic Guidelines Limited will provide a 12-month subscription to eTG complete—the electronic version of the familiar book series—to the writer of the best letter submitted each month. When sending a letter to the editor, please limit it to 300 words, and include your name, address and a contact telephone number should clarification be required. THE WINNER this month is Wilma Tesoriero—congratulations! Pharmacy reunion highlights diversity Editor On Sunday 21 November 2004, 120 alumni of the Pharmacy School at the University of Sydney (SU) held a rip-roar- ing reunion at the Kirribilli Club in Syd- ney for anyone studying pharmacy at the SU in 1964. It was interesting to see how many stu- dents had ventured into other occupa- tions. Of those attending, Grayson Geary, Graeme Morgan, Tai Anspal and John Cameron all went on and did medicine, Errol Sullivan is a TV producer, Mar- garet Seymour-Lee ran a ballet-school for many years, Betty Winnel (Notaras) and Tass Atgemis went into the real estate development industry, Tass Atgemis, Bill Reid, Joe Sidoti, Peter Zadelis and Geoff Pritchard qualified as licensed real estate agents, Michele Adler (Ryko) now lec- tures in horticulture at Melbourne Uni- versity and conducts ‘garden tours’ around the world, Jim Raissis and Jeff Smith are lawyers, Ray Goodman gave up pharmacy for about 25 years whilst importing hardware. Gary Stavrou took on further studies and became the head of the College of Osteopathy and Chiro- practic, Rosemary Phillips lived and L–R: Miss Pharmacy 1965, Anne Dovedoff (Brunker), 1964 Michele Adler (Ryko), 1963 Robyn Lawson (Miller), 1962 Patti Tzannes (Thomas). taught in a yoga Ashram for seven years contemplating her navel before returning to pharmacy in 1990, Phil Dean did a stint as a high school teacher, Ros Fischl (Eisenberg) and her husband import leather into Australia, Lloyd Cooper went into the perfume industry (remember LL perfumes?) and then packaging and about ten of the pharmacists present had inter- ests in vineyards and wineries. Is there no limit to the versatility of a pharmacy degree? A competition affair Editor, I find it hard to believe that Damian Gance of Chemist Warehouse really had the welfare of his patients in mind when he made the claim on A Current Affair: ‘If I could charge my customers a more com- petitive price, or as competitive as humanly possible, hopefully consumers will take their optimal therapy.’ (AJP Vol 86 March 2005.) Surely this comment is a transparent attempt to increase Chemist Ware- house’s own market share at the expense of its colleagues rather than any altruistic ideal. I suspect most other pharmacists are either financially unable to match this discounting, or find it professionally abhorrent. What a shame Damian Gance has lost sight of the ideals of the profession in the search for profit. Wilma Tesoriero South Yarra VIC Prizes were awarded for the most hair, the least hair (dead heat between most men there), the most husbands (4), the most wives (3), the shortest marriage (6 days), the most children (4), grandchildren (9), the greatest distance travelled to the reunion (from UK), the shortest distance travelled (seven lived within 300metres of the venue) and many more. Among this cohort of ex-students were many of today’s movers and shakers of our profession. A few recognisable names in attendance were Warwick Plunkett, John Bell, Grahame Cox, Maxine Good- man, Peter Carroll, Greg Lane, Geoff Pritchard and Klaus Petrulis. The highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of the four Miss Pharmacys of our years at SU. Miss Science 1962 (prior to the autonomy of Miss Pharmacy) was a pharmacy student, Patti Tzannes (Thomas), Miss Pharmacy 1963 was Robyn Lawson (Miller), Miss Pharmacy 1964 was Michele Adler (Ryko) and Miss Pharmacy 1965 was Annie Ovedoff (Brunker). Geoff Pritchard Sydney NSW THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACY VOL 86 APRIL 2005 ? 227