Prescription Project Policy Director
Allan Coukell provides in-depth policy, research and analytic work and helps guide overall strategy for The Prescription Project. He has had careers in both pharmacy and journalism. After graduating from the University of Manitoba and completing a hospital pharmacy residency at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, he worked as a clinical pharmacist, specializing in cancer treatment and supportive care, at Victoria Hospital (now London Health Sciences Center), London, Ontario. Later, he worked as a senior medical writer and technical editor for Adis International, an academic journal publisher based in Auckland, New Zealand, where he wrote comprehensive drug monographs and disease management reviews and edited original research papers in pharmacoeconomics. In 1999, he established the weekly Radio New Zealand science program, “Eureka!” which he continued to host and produce until 2002. He held a number of positions at WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, most recently Health & Science reporter. He has contributed to numerous NPR programs, the BBC World Service, The Economist and the New York Times, among other publications, and has been adjunct faculty at the Northeastern University School of Journalism. He is the winner of several journalism awards, including an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2007 for hard news reporting.