New chairman named for Pharmacy Council

The owner of Health Care Pharmacy has been appointed as the new chairman of the Pharmacy Council of the Cayman Islands. 

Donald McLean succeeds David Pellow, co-owner of Cayman Pharmacy Group, who served as chairman of the board since 2006. 

“I’m pleased to be chairman again, and I’ve been involved in the practice of pharmacy since 1981 at all levels. I’m looking forward to working closely with the Ministry of Health and the other pharmacists,” said Mr. McLean, who previously served as chairman in 2004 when the board first started operating as a separate entity from the Health Practice Board.  

The council is a government-appointed body that oversees the professional practice of pharmacy in the Cayman Islands, similar to such boards as the Health Practice Commission. 

“There are 50 pharmacists that are registered to practice in Cayman – which is a very important position and could be dangerous,” said Mr. McLean. 

“It’s a profession that you have to have really good standards in education and ethics because you’re basically dealing with people’s lives every day when you fill a prescription,” he said. 

Mr. McLean, along with five other board members, will monitor the standards of practice for pharmacists in the Cayman Islands. 

“Each pharmacist is meant to get 20 hours of continuing education each year, and we have to monitor the compliance to see that they actually get these hours and from the appropriate source. We set guidelines for standards of practice for pharmacists in the Cayman Islands,” 
he said. 

Samantha Conolly was appointed as the council’s deputy chairman. Other members are Colin Medford, Courtney Morrison, Hewitson Watler and Lyria Josephs (registrar).  

Mr. McLean’s term as chairman ends June 30, 2016. 

Mr. McLean, a former Olympian, is also president of the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee. 


  1. A small suggestion for the Pharmacy Board.

    It would be very helpful if local pharmacies could recognize prescriptions written by doctors in other countries that have high standards of medical care. Such as the USA, UK, Canada, France etc.

    Many Cayman residents see doctors overseas but would like to get prescription refills back home.

    At present they need to pay to see another local doctor for no reason other than to re-write a perfectly legitimate overseas prescription.

    Of course the pharmacist should have the right to confirm with the overseas doctor and/or verify they actually exist on the Internet.
    And an exception could be made for addictive drugs like Oxycodone.

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