Douglas Hoey, CEO of the National Community Pharmacy Association, will be pulling double duty with a new role. The World Pharmacy Council has elected Hoey its president, tasked with leading the international group focused on building international recognition of community pharmacy, simultaneous with his leadership of NCPA.
“Community pharmacies in many countries have been integral to the fight against COVID-19 pandemic,” said Hoey. “I am humbled to be elected by my international colleagues to promote the work pharmacists are doing around the world to improve quality of care, lower overall health care costs, and act as local economic powerhouses to communities throughout the world.”
The WPC represents community pharmacy organizations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand, and its member meet annually to discuss the role of pharmacy, as well as opportunities and issues facing it. It also is a member of the expert health group at the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, an intergovernmental organization with 36 member counties focused on improving the economic and social well-being of people worldwide.
“In today’s global economy, no one country has a monopoly on innovative ideas,” Hoey said. “Through the WPC, we are able to exchange information that advances practice in our respective countries, and, importantly, speak with one voice to governments around the world about the vital role community pharmacists can and do play in the health and welfare in their countries. I’m honored to have this opportunity.”