Q&A: An old-school pharmacist with very modern opinions
by Liz Harris
Pharmacist Fred Mayer, 86, is the CEO of Pharmacists Planning Services Inc., and the former owner of Sausalito Pharmacy, where he worked for over 35 years and became a prominent fixture in the community — as much for his friendly, loquacious manner as for his public health advocacy. Through PPSI, Mayer launched effective education and awareness campaigns — his earliest include the Great American Smokeout in 1970 (later adopted by the American Cancer Society) and National Condom Week.
Mayer, who lives in San Rafael, is still busy as ever — mentoring pharmacy students
at Jewish-rooted Touro University California in Vallejo, speaking out, writing op-eds
on issues of concern, and spending time with his four children and six grandchildren.
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