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Medicines policy guru wins top award

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Media Release

The 2012 Pat Clear Award, the Australian medicines industry’s most prestigious award, has been won by Mendel Grobler, Director of Access and Public Affairs at Pfizer Australia.

The Award is presented annually to recognise an outstanding level of commitment by an individual, group or team for the benefit of the Australian medicines industry.

Mr Grobler received the award for his ongoing commitment over several decades to improving access to medicines for Australians and to the development of the industry.

Medicines Australia chief executive Dr Brendan Shaw said Mr Grobler was a highly deserving recipient of the award.

“Mendel’s remarkable career in the industry has spanned many years and is characterised by his passionate belief that Australians deserve the best medicines,” Dr Shaw said.

“He has worked tirelessly to that end over several decades by helping the industry and government better understand the policy environment that is so important to the industry and Australians’ access to medicines.

“Mendel has been a key contributor to the shaping of the policy environment for industry in Australia and an important adviser on major policy issues, such as PBS reforms and the Memorandum of Understanding with the Commonwealth.

“The fact that he has been more than happy to share his considerable intellect with his colleagues and the broader community for the greater good over the years is a credit to him and the Australian medicines industry.

“He has made a monumental contribution to the industry and I can think of no more worthy a winner of this prestigious award.”

The Pat Clear Award recognises outstanding levels of commitment by an individual, group or team for the benefit of the Australian medicines industry.

The award was established in 2002 to commemorate the substantial contribution Mr Clear made to the medicines industry in Australia during his 40-year career.

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