The importance of female pharmacists for innovating women’s health

Portrait of a female pharmacist, women's health


Anna Paci from Specialist Pharmacy explores why it's important for female pharmacists to be supported as they innovate women's health.

Anna Paci is the Head of Education and Communication at Specialist Pharmacy, which produces the medication prescribed for bioidentical hormones and the required compounded medication.

Her background in Biomedical Science and Phytotherapy equips her to create training and educational materials, such as courses and webinars, peer group events and online learning platforms. She provides guidance and support from pre-enrolment onto courses through to clinical consultations and has seen over 300 medical professionals come through the training programme. 

Anna has worked in various roles such as Practice Manager, Key Account Manager and Compounding Technician, giving her a 360-degree view of the businesses. Anna is proud to work for such a unique, innovative and forward-thinking business where her skills and experience can be utilised and where she can create a direct impact on future growth and expansion. Knowing the work she does contributes to the improved quality of life of thousands of men and women suffering from hormonal imbalances, is a huge motivator.

Pharmacists play a multifaceted and vital role in the healthcare system, contributing to patient care, medication management, public health, and health education.

When it comes to Women’s Health, female pharmacists in particular, are instrumental for multiple reasons.

As a female, they naturally have a level of empathy towards the patient due to personal experiences or shared perspectives, making it much easier for them to relate, as most females will either have experienced challenges such as hormone imbalances, menopause or reproductive health issues or at least be close to someone who has. They will likely be more attuned to their patients’ emotional needs too and understand their nuanced needs and preferences, which is critical when providing patient-centred care, as it leads to a more personalised, holistic treatment. This can facilitate a deeper connection and can help female patients open up more freely, resulting in better patient outcomes.

Cultural sensitivity is another reason women may prefer to see a female pharmacist. Some cultures have strong gender norms regarding healthcare so women from these backgrounds will likely feel more comfortable discussing their issues with a female, improving communication and understanding, and ultimately enhancing patient outcomes. These communities may also face healthcare disparities which these pharmacists can stand up for, as they will understand the social determinants of health and can advocate for equitable access to care. This can empower women to take charge of their health.

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Women’s Health areas include menopause, peri-menopause, pain management, PMS, PMDD, endometriosis and fertility, all of which require so much more attention than they are currently given. There are significant unmet needs in these areas in terms of research, treatment options and support services, so supporting female pharmacists in innovating these areas can help address these gaps and improve the overall health and well-being of women worldwide. Continued investment in research and clinical trials that are focused on these areas of women’s health is essential for driving innovation and advancing our understanding of these complex physiological processes. This includes investigating the underlying mechanisms of symptoms, identifying novel therapeutic targets, and evaluating the long-term safety and efficacy of emerging treatments.

If we take menopause as an example, we are all aware that there is a lot of work to be done on menopause management in the UK. With GP appointments hard to come by, many private medical providers are upskilling their knowledge in women’s health by attending courses on personalised menopausal treatment through institutions like The Marion Gluck Training Academy to provide quicker and more thorough access to hormonal care.

Female pharmacists hold a pivotal role in advancing menopause treatment options in the UK. With their deep understanding of women’s health needs and experiences, female pharmacists bring a unique perspective to the development, evaluation, and dissemination of menopause therapies. Their insights contribute to the creation of tailored treatment plans that address the diverse symptoms and concerns associated with menopause.

Additionally, female pharmacists play an important role in patient education, ensuring that women are empowered with accurate information about available treatment options and their potential benefits and risks. By championing innovation and advocating for improved menopause care, female pharmacists can drive positive changes in healthcare delivery and outcomes for women navigating this significant life transition.

In summary, it is clear that female pharmacists have a vital role to play in innovating women’s health through their expertise, experience and advocacy. Their contributions are essential for advancing healthcare outcomes and empowering women to lead healthier lives.  By harnessing their collective talents and experiences, they can help address the diverse and evolving needs of women across the life stages.


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