Vijay Patel (L); James McElnay

Vijay Patel, chairman and chief executive of Waymade Pharmaceuticals and James McElnay, Professor at the School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast, both qualified pharmacists, have made Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year Honours List.

Janine Barnes, neurology specialist pharmacist at the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust and an expert adviser to NICE Centre for Guidelines received the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) honour for services to pharmacy.

John Newstead received British Empire Medal for services to pharmaceutical heritage. The 88-year-old retired pharmacist collected and preserved more than 2,500 pharmaceutical items, spanning 50 years, which he donated to Norfolk Museums Service.

Nicola Yates, senior vice president, pharmaceuticals at GSK, has also honoured with an OBE.  

VIjay Patel began his career setting up his own high-street pharmacy, Chemy’s, in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex which grew into a chain of over 20 branches. He sold the retail business to Boots and built a successful wholesale and distribution business through Waymade.

James McElnay is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland. His research focuses on medication adherence and medicines management in patients receiving polypharmacy.   

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