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Sector pays tribute to ‘titan’ of pharmacy law Joy Wingfield

Dr Catherine Duggan: Joy progressed our profession immensely
Dr Catherine Duggan: Joy progressed our profession immensely

Pharmacy Law and Ethics Association (PLEA) founder Professor Joy Wingfield has sadly passed away due to COVID-19, the organisation has announced.

“We are deeply saddened to report the death from COVID-19 of our founder, Joy Wingfield,” PLEA wrote in a post on its website yesterday (February 17).

This was followed by messages of tribute and condolences on social media by pharmacists and former colleagues.

“A titan in the field of pharmacy law and ethics”

Professor Wingfield was elected founding chairman of PLEA in 1997, a position she held until 2015. 

Early in her career, she worked as an inspector for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain – which was the pharmacy regulator before the General Pharmaceutical Council. In 2000, she was appointed honorary professor of pharmacy law and ethics at the University of Nottingham.

Remembered as “a titan in the field of pharmacy law and ethics”, Professor Wingfield edited Dale & Appelbe’s Pharmacy and Medicines Law – the original title of Pharmacy Law & Ethics – from the fifth edition in 1993 until the eleventh edition in 2017.

She co-authored Pharmacy Ethics and Decision Making (2007) and was the author of Practical Exercises in Pharmacy Law and Ethics (1997, 2002), PLEA wrote.

“In Joy’s long career, she made a major contribution to the subject of pharmacy law and ethics, breaking new ground in the way she brought to the fore the subject of ethics in pharmacy teaching and practice,” PLEA added.

The C+D team offers its deepest condolences to Professor Wingfield’s family.

Professor Joy Wingfield, “a titan in the field of pharmacy law and ethics”

Chemical Mistry, Information Technology

Very Sad News, not many of her calibre left in Pharmacy nowadays only and was willing to past it on to the newer pharmacists.

Gerry Diamond, Primary care pharmacist

Sad news! Deepest condolences to Joy Wingfield's family and friends.

Peter John Walker, Manager

I was immensely sorry to read of Joy Wingfield’s death. I first met Joy when she was Assistant Pharmacy Superintendent and I was Chair and then CEO of BPA. She was a member and always gave me sound advice when I needed it when dealing with the Company executives. She had a very dry sense of humour and was a lovely lady. My condolences go to all her family.

Nexium Forever, Academic pharmacist

RIP Joy. A pleasure to have known and worked with you. A lovely person, generous in spirit, so knowledgeable and willing to share her immense expertise. Our profession is poorer for your passing. 

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