Laura Phillips Sawyer Receives 2016 Sonnedecker Prize

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Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Economic History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that Laura Phillips Sawyer of the Harvard Business School has been selected to receive the 2016 Glenn Sonnedecker Prize for her article, “California Fair Trade: Antitrust and the Politics of “Fairness” in U.S. Competition Policy” (Business History Review, 2015, doi:10.1017/S0007680515001063).  This $1,000 prize honors the contributions of Glenn Sonnedecker to the field of the history of pharmacy and aims to encourage research in subjects central to his work.  The Sonnedecker Prize is awarded annually for the best original article published on the history of some facet of pharmacy practice or pharmacy education in the United States (including the Colonial period). 


The article by Prof. Sawyer focuses on the efforts of California pharmacist Edna Gleason to combat unfair competition in the sale of medicines by organizing her fellow retail pharmacists during the 1930s.  The article demonstrates how community pharmacy is fertile ground for case studies in American economic history. 


The AIHP awards committee also commends a finalist in the Sonnedecker Prize competition, “The Ninth-Floor Pharmacy Project at the University of California, San Francisco: A seminal development in clinical pharmacy,” by William E. Smith, Richard F. de Leon, Eric T. Herfindal, Joseph L. Hirschmann, and Robert A. Miller (Am J Health-Syst Pharm, 2015; 72:2108-13).


To nominate peer-reviewed articles from 2016 for the 2017 Sonnedecker Prize, please send a PDF copy to Gregory J. Higby, Executive Director, American Institute of the History of Pharmacy (  Please put “Sonnedecker Nomination” in the subject line.  Self-nominations are welcome.

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Greg Higby, Executive Director, American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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