Promoting the role of Pharmacists as providers of healthcare in the community Across Europe, Governments and the general public are expecting pharmacists to play a more active role in the provision of healthcare in the community. More than ever before, pharmacists have a primary care role and are the first port of call for consumers with a minor health problem.
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare is working with pharmacists across Europe to support their role as primary care experts through its “Ask Your Pharmacist First” initiative. Ask your Pharmacist First is a unique partnership between GSK and pharmacists currently operating in more than 20 countries in Europe. Its objectives are to: Help promote pharmacists as experts Encourage people to visit pharmacies more frequently Provide training for pharmacists and assistants so they can offer the best professional advice to their customers This support programme incorporates consumer advertising and extensive pharmacy training materials. The most recent example of GSKs “Ask Your Pharmacist First” initiative in action can be seen in the area of obesity. ®
In January 2009, GSK received a non-prescription licence for alli (orlistat 60mg). alli is the first non-prescription weight loss aid to receive a licence from the European Commission. ®
What is alli ? alli® is a weight loss aid for adults who are overweight with a BMI of 28kg/m2 or more and should be used with a reduced calorie, lower-fat diet.
alli® can help people lose 50% more weight compared to ® dieting alone. So for every two kilograms lost by dieting, alli could help lose one kg more.
Pharmacists are ideally placed to help provide customers with information and support whilst they are undertaking a weight-loss programme. Pharmacy support and training through “Ask Your Pharmacist First” GSK offers comprehensive training to ensure that pharmacists and pharmacy assistants are fully informed about alli® and the support programme. To date, more than 200,000 pharmacy staff in over 60,000 pharmacies across Europe have been trained. The training includes workshops, distance learning and comprehensive detail aids.
This is a great example of how GSK is working closely with European pharmacists to help people to live a healthier and longer life. References 1 WHO. The challenge of obesity in the WHO European region. Fact sheet Euro/13/05. 2005. Available from: www.euro.who.int/document/mediacentre/fs1305e.pdf 2 Orlistat 60 mg in conjunction with diet provides significant reduction in visceral adipose tissue. st Poster presented at: 1 International Congress on Abdominal Obesity, 2009, Hong Kong. 3 Greenway F, Smith SR, Murray K et al. Orlistat 60 mg demonstrates a significant reduction in visceral adipose tissue at 24 weeks compared with placebo. st Poster presented at: 1 International Congress on Abdominal Obesity, 2009, Hong Kong.
Table of contents and Editor’s words Presidential words
1st of December: World AIDS Day
7th EPSA Autumn Assembly
Emerging trends for Pharmaceutical Social Media
4th EPSA Executive Meeting
Meet the EPSA Trainers
19th GA of EuroPharm Forum
Training in USF
IFISO Autumn Meeting
10 years of EPSA’s Permanent Office
Interview with Luís Machado
Pharmacy Students Against Obesity
Interview with Dr. Roberto Frontini
Individual Mobility Project in Poland
Interview with Mr. Ton Hoek
My First Experience as an EPSA Member
Meet AISFA, the newest EPSA Member!
EPSA Executive Contacts
Research & Development: The true discovery!
Dear EPSA Friends, It is my pleasure to present you the second edition of the 18th Volume of EPSA Newsletter. Many changes took place within EPSA since the last Autumn Assembly in Helsinki, where you had the chance to read the first edition of this publication: EPSA has now a new associate member, a blog was created, new IMP placements were promoted, a new training event is being organized, the alumni project was re-launched, we are now in 2011!... This edition of EPSA Newsletter aims to give you an overall of what is happening in EPSA and within the Pharmaceutical World!
Besides this, in this issue of the EPSA Newsletter you will be able to read interesting interviews with Mr. Ton Hoek, FIP CEO and General Secretary, Dr. Roberto Frontini, EAHP President and also an interview with Luís Machado, EMSA Permanent Officer. I hope you will find this Newsletter at your home or faculty, but if you don’t you know that you can always find it online! www.epsa-online.org! Mariana Fróis EPSA Vice President of Public Relations
Presidential Words Dear EPSA friends, With great pleasure I introduce you to the second issue of the Newsletter of the EPSA team of 2010/2011. I would like to again congratulate our Vice President of Public Relations, Mariana Fróis, for another diverse and well-composed EPSA Newsletter! The past autumn and winter has contained several interesting events, and you can read articles about the EPSA Autumn Assembly, the latest IFISO Meeting and the EuroPharm Forum Conference. I had the pleasure to welcome a large part of the EPSA team and a representative from EMSA to my part of Europe (Oslo, Norway) for the 4th EPSA Executive Meeting held right before Christmas. The team has continued to be present at professional events, which benefits our members in terms of strengthened collaborations and event reports that can give our members an insight in what the different events are like (accessible from our webpage). We have also been present at some of YOUR events, for example the ANEPF Congress and the NAPSer Annual Congress. It is truly fantastic to be present at a member’s event, and see what is going on in the organisations up close. The next EPSA event is the Annual Reception, which will again be held in the European Parliament in Brussels in February. The topic is “The Pharmacist of tomorrow developing new roles to meet professional challenges”, which we believe is an important topic. Ongoing discussions about the requirements of pharmacists in relation to their mobility will become important for our future as pharmacists, since the changing role of the pharmacist is also changing the point of view of what should be their minimum requirements. We want to explore this topic by inviting different stakeholders to a session containing presentations on the topic, followed by a roundtable discussion.
This year EPSA is proud to celebrate 10 year of the EPSA Permanent Office. It was first established in Leiden, The Netherlands, associated with SIR (Stevenshof Institute for Pharmacy Practice Research). In 2004 it moved to Brussels, Belgium, and the EPSA headquarters has been situated in the offices of PGEU (the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union) since then. There is no doubt that being based in Brussels with a representative from the EPSA Executive provides our association with many benefits, mainly ensuring that EPSA is constantly updated on what is going on in the world of Pharmacy in Europe and enabling EPSA to maintain a closer contact with its partners. AEFFUL and EPSA are currently preparing for the biggest event of the year. The 34th Annual Congress is going to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, in April, gathering 450 EPSA members eager to learn more about the topic “Pharmacovigilance – keeping our eyes open and our medicines safe”, to meet other pharmacy students from all over Europe and to experience the amazing EPSA Spirit! As we are now in the last half of the mandate I feel very proud of my team and what we have accomplished so far. If you would like to know more about this, use our webpage for what it is worth! There you can find information on the development of the EPSA projects, as well as the activities of the other member associations in EPSA and what the EPSA team members are up to.
Anette Aaland Krokaas EPSA President 2010/2011
7th EPSA Autumn Assembly
“Inspiring, impressive, motivating, fun and unforgettable!” Five days before departure, we wanted to withdraw our registration. We still went to an information evening of the Dutch Pharmaceutical Students Association (K.N.P.S.V.), where EPSA-representative Chiara van Rodijnen gave an enthusiastic speech, supported by beautiful images of past EPSA-experiences. Not sure whether it were the cheerful photo’s or her comment about how fruitful this experience was for your number of Facebookfriends, but something did it: my roomie and I decided to go for it! And I’m so happy we did.
Opening Ceremony The first night was the opening ceremony. Très chic, held in the beautiful City Hall. We were welcomed by an elegant, posh lady, followed by another one. I felt important, walking around with a glass of wine in the hand, seeing many new and very international faces. There were speeches and singing of a group of Finnish pharmacy students. After the ceremony followed the first party. Interesting, because it was before 10 PM and people were going wild already. “That’s the EPSA-spirit, you’ll see”, my Norwegian hotelroomie said. I liked it: we partied hard and took a cab around midnight already to recover from the day. Workshops, lectures and conference The next morning we left early to have breakfast on time and attend the conference. First was a French lady who worked at the European Commission, Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry. I was very much attracted by her carreer. She had finished Pharmacy and done a Masters in European Relations, a topic which has always fascinated me. I never knew you could end up like that with Pharmacy!
Prejudices Monday we left, looking back now, as unworldly little girls. Without a clue of what to expect, we looked our eyes out in the cold and somewhat strange Finnish capital, Helsinki. At the hotel we got rid of our relaxed travel outfits and rushed into fancy dresses that we usually couldn’t wear anywhere else. I thought of the SATC-quote: “All dressed up, but nowhere to go”, which I’ve thought more than once in Groningen. Well, we surely had somewhere to go to now!
The next speaker was a professor, researcher and entrepreneur from Nottingham. Enthusing about his findings and his experiences as a professor, pharmacist, researcher and father. Never before has something or someone made the research field look so appealing to me as he did.
The atmosphere of the evening is indescribable, but I can definitely say that it must have been one of the nicest, most fun and filled with giggles evenings of my life. Post-EPSA depression
After him came the Portuguese eyecandy who had started a company in response to the crisis that pharmacists increasingly found in Portugal. His conclusion therefore was the quote: “In every crisis lies a seed of opportunity.” Amén amigo, Amén! There were many other speakers, interactive lectures and workshops in which you could participate. All very instructive, interesting and often eye-opening. International evening In all European languages I learned to say “Cheers!”. Unfortunately nothing was written down, so I lost it all again. The international night, held in a room with rows of tables transformed into a bazaar-like haven of European stalls, was amazing. Each country garnished their own table with the national colors and flags, decorations and typical characteristic snacks and drinks. Dressed in our -surprise surprise!- very orange costumes, we visited the other countries, tasted whatever looked appetizing, heard explanations about the typical delicacies from the land, trying to learn foreign words to toast and doing shots. One try-out I won’t ever forget: a Swiss chocolate-beverage, that had a spontaneous endorphin-releasing effect on me! Hmmm…
Back in the Netherlands Chiara’s Facebook comment proved truthful: friend invites and tag-notifications poured in. Status-updates claiming to suffer from after-EPSA depressions, with all co-EPSA-goers “liking” the status update, because only they could understand the seriousness of the post-EPSA depression. You must experience it, to understand what is meant by the EPSA-spirit. In addition to interesting lectures, you make lifelong contacts that you may later find helpful. You gain new insights, impressions and experiences. You make international friends, your future European colleagues, who do the same study and often share the same humor. It was beautiful, instructive, inspiring, impressive, memorable and motivating. I’m looking forward to the congress in Lisbon, April 2011. Will you be there too? Shanaz Barzandji Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
4th EPSA Executive Meeting
Oslo, Norway, 17th - 20th December 2010 When I say December, you say… Christmas? Santa Claus? Rudolf the reindeer? Or is it maybe… 4th EPSA Executive Meeting? If this answer is in your top 3, then … Congratulations! You are an EPSAholic!
For us, EPSAholics, the month of December is not only about singing carols and unwrapping gifts, mistletoe and writing letters to Santa. And if we do write a letter to Santa, we ask for grants, new EduBoard projects, more IMP placements, an EPSA Database, maybe dare a little more and ask for an EPSA House. For us, EPSAholics, the month of December is also about travelling to foreign lands and getting together with one purpose: Executive Meeting. Some time has passed since the Autumn Assembly and the work done in the meanwhile has to evaluated. Traditionally, the 4th EPSA Executive Meeting is organized in the president’s homeland. Therefore, this year, the EPSA Team had to get on the plane, face the snowstorms and blizzards and fly up-north to Oslo, Norway for the Executive Meeting scheduled on the 18th -19th of December. Arms wide open, EPSA president, Anette Aaland Krokaas gave her team a warm welcome!
During this Executive Meeting, the team has discussed the work which had been done since the Autumn Assembly in Helsinki, the reports were analysed and commented upon and feedback was given. Even though they weren’t in Oslo, Jurij Obreza (VP Mobility) and João Duarte (VP Education) could both be actively involved in discussing key points in the agenda because they joined the meeting through video conference. One of the important points in the agenda was filling the position of Partnership Coordinator, thus candidates for this position were interviewed online and a decision would be taken by the Executive shortly. In addition, the team also focused on setting some final priorities for the last 4 months of the mandate. Furthermore, the EPSA Team welcomed a special guest, Suleyman Yildiz, EMSA Medical Education Director. EPSA seeks to establish a good relationship with EMSA, as well as with other student NGOs, because sharing information and knowledge helps us grow and improve. Suleyman presented EMSA, EMSA’s current projects and there were discussions about projects which could be developed by EMSA in collaboration with EPSA. And us, EPSAholics, presented EPSA to Suleyman: we made sure he experienced the EPSA spirit to the fullest. So he became familiar with the EPSA hit „Muevelo”, he participated in the traditional Secret Santa gift exchange, he joined the EPSA field trip to the Oslo National Galery of Art and witnessed the EPSA choir perform „Can you feel the love tonight” and „Favas com Chouriço” with piano accompaniament provided by the very talented Marianne Arnemo. As conclusion, special thanks are addressed to the Norwegian RC: Marianne Arnemo, Rose-Marie Stange Bekkevold and Kari Christiane, leaded by Anette, the chairperson. They made our Oslo experience extremely enjoyable, most likely memorable and... terribly cold! Raluca Negricea EPSA Parliamentary Council Member
19th GA of EuroPharm Forum Making work fun!
The EuroPharm Forum is a joint network of national pharmaceutical associations and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe which was founded in January 1992. The mission of the EuroPharm Forum is to improve health in Europe according to priorities set by the WHO.
On September 30th 2010, EPSA was invited as an observer association to the 19th EuroPharm Forum General Assembly that was held in WHO/Europe headquarter in Copenhagen, Denmark. The agenda of General Assembly was very similar to the one we are used to see on EPSA’s GAs: Annual reports, financial results of the previous year, membership payment, future forums directions, proposals for the budget in 2011, announcing place for the next annual meeting, etc. The topic of the main discussion held during this meeting was exchanging ideas for implementation of pharmacy practice and led to the declaration on the Role of Pharmacists in Individual Patient Care. What caught my attention the most, while attending this GA, was its incredible and efficient working atmosphere. It was very interesting to observe how the members were behaving both very professional and easy-going. During the breaks, between the agenda’s points, there were funny conversations and include jokes from time
to time, to move aside the serious talk and discussion. Does this kind of “mental break” remind you of EPSA’s energizers during GA? Yes, indeed. In some points I really felt like I am sitting on one of the EPSA’s General Assemblies.
For me, as representative of a students’ organization, for being invited as an observer I was very honoured and delighted. Not only because I took part in “closed” discussions that were taking place between professional associations, but also because EPSA was invited to address the Assembly. In my speech, on EPSA’s behalf, I gave a brief overview of EPSA’s work and projects that our association has achieved successfully. From the students’ point of view I stressed the importance of having open discussions with professional organizations and the need of having close collaboration between students and professionals. Attending EuroPharm Forum got me think that EPSA has really become a respectable and well known students’ organization. Our goals and achievements are crossing limits that are respected by professional organizations that want to include us more in their work. Good collaboration and understanding between students and experts should be kept in daily basis and we are looking forward to have them more! Dina Cvijetić EPSA Education and Professional Affairs Coordinator
IFISO Autumn Meeting
Istanbul, Turkey, 7th – 11th October 2010 The Informal Forum of International Student Organizations (IFISO) is a non-political and non-profit forum for various student-run organizations. Currently it consists of 27 student organizations, covering more than two million students all together. Annual IFISO meetings are normally held twice a year, hosted by local committees of member organizations.
Technical University. The discussions were about the cooperations between different NGOs, fundraising of NGOs, organization of IFISO meetings, IFISO logo and website. We also had presentations of Study Portals and Zero Generation. Other important topic of the meeting was LSS (Leadership Summer School) which is a high quality training event created by IFISO member associations. We discussed about how we can have this event better organized and how we can involve more IFISO members by upgrading the quality of the sessions. During this day we have also appointed AEGEE as the next host of IFISO Spring Meeting 2011. On Sunday we had an evaluation meeting in which we considered this event to be successful and fruitful. Then, despite the cold and rainy weather, which is not very usual in October for Istanbul though, we managed to take an enjoyable sightseeing. As a result, attending the meeting was a good experience for us since we had the chance to meet different people from different NGOs, to get to know their structure, projects, joint projects and cooperations.
Autumn IFISO meeting was held in Istanbul, Turkey organized by local group ESTIEM from 7th to 11th October 2010. Me and Başak Özcan (EPSA Grant Coordinator) attended the meeting as representatives of EPSA. This was the first time that we attended an IFISO meeting, also an amazing one with many souvenirs and great experiences. There were 12 NGOs present at the meeting: AEGEE, BEST, ESTIEM, EPSA, EFPSA, ESN, IFSA, IVSA, EESTEC, IAAS, IFMSA, IPSF. The meeting started Thursday evening, in a small and authentic bar in a beautiful quarter of Istanbul, near bosphorus. The atmosphere of this welcome evening was quite lovely – this was definitely a good start for participants to get to know each other better. Friday and Sunday were working days when we discussed and brainstormed with other NGO representatives in a very ancient palace which is now serving as a campus of Yıldız
We would like to thank EPSA executive who delegated and encouraged us to attend the meeting. Also thanks to local ESTIEM group for hosting this event and making us so comfortable during the weekend. Gözde Sönmez EPSA Parliamentary Council Member
Bordeaux, France, 15th - 17th October 2010 Dear friends, I’ve been involved in EPSA since 2005 and been fan of the French delegation ever since. I never attended one of their events – such as Le Crit, General Assembly or Congress -, although I was invited a few times. When I thought I would end the international chapter, I managed to buy the faluche at the IPSF auction. My baptism was during le Crit, which was unforgettable and le crit reminded me carnaval, like I celebrate in my hometown. If le Crit was great, I would bet their congress will be great too.
Saturday morning the helpers woke us up at 7 am to be on time for breakfast and lecture at the university which was about 30 min by bus. Here I attended the IPSF promotional talk from Jan and attended the joint workshop of Inka and Helen about leadership. However, the students struggled to stay awake; they were interested in the workshop. After this, the international students joined the VIP’s at the wine tasting. Then it was time for the gala. The gala dinner was great and the party was excellent. It reminded me at the EPSA congress in Reims few years ago. Different than an EPSA congress is that their GA is on the last day after the gala. Unfortunately I missed the GA due to 10 hours train travel back to Utrecht. I want to take the opportunity to congratulate the new ANEPF executive. It was a great pleasure to attend the congress and hopefully I’ll attend another ANEPF event. Yours,
Due to classes I arrived – with hour delay due to strike – on the 2nd day of the congress just in time for the reception. Here I was reunited with several French I’ve met during EPSA/IPSF congresses and Le Crit. The international delegation was huge: Jan Röder (IPSF president), Inkatuuli Heikkinen (EPSA Training Officer), Helen Rose (previous IPSF LIT coordinator), Mojca (SSSFD member) and Néill Harney, Andrew Duncan and Abbas Kanani (BPSA members). After the reception it was time for dinner and to party. There I met old friends and made new friends. Normally a congress rookie gets appointed a godfather/mother, but I arrived later, so Marien Rouchon (ANEPF LS/CP) was doubt to be my godfather. This person has to take care of you and introduce you to new people other than your own city. Brilliant idea, in my opinion!
Thanh Huynh K.N.P.S.V., The Netherlands
Pharmacy Students Against Obesity Zagreb, Croatia, 17th – 24th November 2010 How was the idea of organizing this Quatrino born? Well, the idea of organizing a Twinnet Programme was in our minds for some time and when we were presented the Youth in Action grant we decided not to miss that chance. This was the first big project of CPSA’s new Executive Board. With the full collaboration of the ex-Executive Board, we proposed a programme for our exchange and got the grant. Using all means possible, LS group and personal contacts, we found our partners for this event: Lithuania, Malta and Turkey.
November 17 After months of preparation, the first day of our project arrived. Through the whole day our guests were arriving to Zagreb. After dinner, we all had a small meeting, where we discussed our plans for next few days and used the opportunity to get to know people that were going to spend the next amazing six days with. November 18 and 19 These 2 days were dedicated to workshops about food supplements, consequences of different diets, body activity and impacts from different diets. All of these workshops were held by members from different countries. We discussed about food habits
in our countries and came to the conclusion that the food we eat doesn’t match our physical activities. We also had short presentations about each country, where we presented natural beauties, customs and food. The evenings were a chance for our guests to enjoy Zagreb’s nightlife, shopping and ice-skating. November 20 Saturday was reserved for our trip to a Croatian National Park, the Plitvice Lakes. We spent all day sightseeing, enjoying beautiful waterfalls, lakes and nature in its purest form. At the end of our walking tour we had a small workshop on the amount of calories burned during our tour and made some posters about the nutritional information in different food. We came back to Zagreb in the afternoon and used the rest of the day to sightsee Zagreb and hang out with our new friends in a private atmosphere.
November 21 Sunday morning we went to a local school gym where we played basketball, volleyball, badminton, etc. The goal of this part of our programme was to show that physical activities can be very fun, which our guests later confirmed. Since we spent whole Saturday walking and Sunday morning in different sport activities we decided to spend a Sunday evening in a more relaxed tone.
We prepared ourselves for the obligations yet to come. We distributed a questionnaire about eating habits and we made a brochure that was given to Zagreb’s citizens. The main purpose of the questionnaire was to see how eating habits change during student life. The brochure contained all the knowledge that we gathered in the prior days about obesity, unhealthy food, genuine lack of physical activities and we also offered solutions to these problems. November 22 On Monday we went to Zagreb’s Student Center and asked students questions from the questionnaire, gave them our brochures, measured their body mass index and fat percentage and explained them the importance of a healthy and balanced diet. The Croatian National Television crew also came there and made a feature for their programme about our Quatrino. We spent the rest of the day making a video for the kids in kindergarten about the importance of a healthy diet and analyzing the student’s responses to our questionnaire. In the evening we organized a search for planet’s models that make an artistic installation called “Zagreb’s solar system” spread in different parts of Zagreb and after that our guests from Malta made us a fantastic dinner.
we spent part of the night tasting everything. We spent the other part partying at a night club and using the last moments to enjoy ourselves with our new friends. November 24 The last day of our project, the 24th of November, came quickly, we said goodbye to our new friends and thanked them for this great experience. We hope to see them again!
As the organizers of Twinnet Program, we feel very happy for the success of this event and would recommend to every association to undertake a mobility project: it surely is a unique way to meet fellow students, learn and have fun. We are eagerly waiting for our partners to call us to their countries so we can continue this amazing project! Jelena Banjac LS for CPSA (Croatian Pharmacy and Medical biochemistry Students’ Association) 2010/2011
November 23 On the last day we finished the video for children and gave a presentation to high school students on how their eating habits will probably change when admitted in university. We also gave them some advice about how to prevent that. In the evening we organized an International Night. Every country brought food and drinks that are characteristic for their homeland and
Individual Mobility Project in Poland Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Medicine The first time I ever saw an announcement of IMP I was checking my e-mail. I had no idea of what it was, but it caught my attention and I went to the EPSA’s website for more information. Then I thought: “Going to Krakow for 3 months to do an internship in Hospital Pharmacy with the chance to visit a new country and know new people?” Of course I applied but I was not really expecting to be selected among all the students. So, as you see, filling in the application form and prepare some documents it’s not that hard and can be extremely rewarding.
After that I just had to pack what I would need for a three months adventure including, of course, warm clothes. I knew I would find low temperatures but not so low. It was great that white scenery all over the city but -20ºC is… as Portuguese, it is a little bit extreme for me! I was placed in a student’s residence twenty minutes far from the center of Krakow by tram. The accommodation was paid by the project but all the other expenses were supported by me. However, for those who have now the chance, it’s a great opportunity to get some experience in certain areas while knowing new places and cultures and meeting new people. I deeply recommend! João Orfão IMP Trainee
IMP Website will soon be lauched! The IMP Board is currently working on IMP new website! On this online platform you will be able to find all the necessary information about Individual Mobility Project, to meet the National and Local Coordinators, to find out the partners and, of course, to get yourself updated with the new IMP placements gathered by the IMP Board. Besides this, tne new website will also allow our students to apply for IMP online! Interested? Stay tuned!
My first experience as an EPSA member A challenge worth trying!
Being a student it doesn’t mean just taking a new challenge for me. I was really impressed by part of courses, it means more and now the high standards of working, by the fact that each “more” means for me being an EPSA member. person was dedicated to contribute with something
new and last but not least I was delighted by the warm reception the board offered me. During the congress I participated at the educational conferences, General Assemblies and training sessions but I can’t forget to mention the great atmosphere of the parties. For me it was the perfect match of achieving valuable pieces of information, developing my skills, exchanging cultural views, socializing and making new friends.
I always was the kind of person who wanted to experience new things. After I started my studies I was looking for something extra, something that could develop me as a future pharmacist. One day, my mother phoned me and told me to search quickly on the Internet. She said she found something that suits me best and that’s how the story began. I found EPSA! I stood in front of the laptop for hours reading about EPSA’s program, my heart was beating just because of the fact that I knew this was what I was looking for. I decided to apply as an Individual Member taking into account the advantages of being one. First of all I receive all the newsletters directly at home. I also receive the minutes of the EPSA General Assemblies. All in all, being an IM gives you the freedom to stay in touch with EPSA’s team and events. And so I became an individual member of EPSA and I had the great chance to take part of the Autumn Assembly in Helsinki and there aren’t enough words to describe my feeling of being there. I had the pleasure to face the real EPSA spirit and every day there was
This is just the beginning so I look forward experiencing new challenges in EPSA! Laura Scurtu EPSA Individual Member
Meet AISFA, the newest EPSA Member! Associazione Italiana Studenti di Farmacia This Autumn in Helsinki had the pleasure to participate in the 7th EPSA Autumn Assembly organised by FiPSA, Finland. During this event took place the 40th EPSA General Assembly and on Thurday, 28th October 2010, the GA accepted AISFA, Italy, as EPSA Associate Member! A new and important step was given both for EPSA and for Italian pharmacy students. Ivi Toska, AISFA Liaison Secretary, explains you what is AISFA, what are their projects and how are they experiencing these first months as EPSA members.
Our team is small, but efficient. Our students are our priority. Therefore you will be asking yourselves: What does AISFA to achieve this and of what exactly consists AISFA’s Executive work? We work on the organization of lectures, seminars and workshops, scientific conferences, projects with different associations and companies, self-financing projects such as AISFA – Adrenalin T-shirts, various gadgets; We arrange visits to pharmaceutical industries and we provide stages and practical trainings for senior students or young graduates. We also try to help our students with their exams by having a “database” with notes of different subjects, accessible to our members, with the aim of helping them study these subjects Our members can also use a special lecture room. Another thing we are proud of is our newspaper, our publication, called MERCURIO: Four issues per year and over 5000 copies per issue!
IAISFA is the Italian Pharmacy Student’s Association. It was founded in May 2009 by some pharmacy students from Genoa’s School of Pharmacy. At this moment, AISFA represents three Italian Schools of Pharmacy: Faculty of Pharmacy in Genoa, Catania and Salerno. Together AISFA represents more than 1200 Italian pharmacy students. If I had to use only one sentence to describe AISFA’s activities I would say that “we try our best to stay near to the students, by their side, to help them as much as possible in facing their university life and provide them opportunities for professional growth that will be useful in their future carrier”.
I would like to mention the fact we have a lot of future aims and programmes so, hopefully, our contribution in the pharmaceutical students’ life will be worthier and worthier in the future. Now that we are finally a member of EPSA some of these future aims can finally be fulfilled! This is one of the most important achievements for us.
The Annual Congress in Reims 2009 was the event in which we got the wonderful chance to meet EPSA, where we become aware of what this association represents, how does it works, how are things organized and where we could experience an amazing EPSA event, that I would defined as an unique experience!
Fortunately we could handle it successfully. It was like an obstacle we overcame that’s why it gave us more self-confidence and it increased further our willing to be part of EPSA. This ambition was crowned in Helsinki during the 7th EPSA AA 2010. We are so glad that finally we joined this family, now we can bring the Italian spirit, acquaintance and contribution. We are grateful to all of you for making this possible. Hoping it will be a long collaboration between us I’d like to inform you that we are open to every offer you might have, just feel free to contact us anytime. Ivi Toska AISFA – Responsabile Relazioni Internazionali EPSA Liaison Secretary Italian National IMP Coordinator
Quite immediately we realized that we had found a brand new goal, which was becoming part of this European pharmaceutical youth reality, becoming part of the EPSA family and that’s why back in Genoa in our minds spontaneously came an idea, which seemed apparently ‘crazy’: Hosting the 6th EPSA Autumn Assembly 2009.
I purposely used the word crazy, not only because we had no experience in EPSA events but also because it was a race against time. We all remember it as a very busy period, nail biting but awesome at the same time. There was a lot of hard work to be done, but there was also willing, desire and enthusiasm in the air. It was like a challenge we dared to deal with.
Research & Development: The true discovery A month ago a publication at Nature Reviews Drug Discovery discussed about a number of new drugs approved by the FDA and pointed out that few drugs are actually new in structure and therapeutic use, whereas most of the approved ones where substitutes or analogues of known substances. Based on that, this article speaks about the importance of discovering new compounds for different diseases.
A common truth is the need for new anti-bacterial drugs. Resistance problems and the use of these drugs, sometimes for no reason, created a need for new agents that will be effective and able to deal with the problem of the resistance mechanisms the bacteria develop. Although guidelines (EMEA, FDA, Governments) have tried to deal with the issue, however, no actual solution has been given. Another important field where the demand for new drugs is high relates to orphan drugs and the diseases, those drugs mean to deal with. The word “orphan” refers to low prevalence (1 out of 2000 people) diseases and is connected both to rare diseases and diseases that are not very frequent in developed countries.In addition, because of the low demand and
the high R&D costs, pharmaceutical companies avoid to design and develop these drugs. While, guidelines have been created, together with financial support; in order companies to have the incentives to work in that field, however only few biotechnology companies are actually suppliers for these drugs. On contrary to what is stated above, a lot of work is being done for new anti-cancer agents. The development of new drugs in the past 15 years was blasting. A great number of new compounds approved from FDA are related to the treatment of cancer. The high cost for selling these drugs combined with the increasing demand due to the complexity and differentiation of the disease, leads the innovation procedure. Except biotechnology companies that are the major suppliers and designers of new compounds, the “market” for cancer treatment has also attracted pharmaceutical companies, such Bayer-Onyx (together they created Sorafenib, an inhibitor of angiogenesis). Moreover, the discovery for new compounds for self-immune diseases is driven in the same way with the anti-cancer drug need. Finally, the need for new drugs can be really positive for the companies. What has led to the evolution of drug discovery was the R&D. The first molecules synthesized into laboratories gave companies large profits and the use of patents secured those profits for more than 15 years. However, the creation of companies that produce generic drugs created a form of low selling-cost competition and reduced the power of companies especially for common diseases, such cardiovascular, diabetes etc. However, what generic companies cannot do is to “imitate” R&D methods for new drug discovery. Giorgios Vasilopoulos EPSA Science Coordinator
1st of December: World AIDS Day 30 years fighting AIDS
Every year, the 1st of December is dedicated to raise awareness to one of the worst diseases mankind could face – AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). AIDS has killed more than 25 million since it was discovered in 1981 and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007.
One powerful way to prevent the spreading of HIV is talking about it, making other people aware of how it affects life’s quality. Campaigning proves to be an excellent tool for education and awareness and in numerous cases very effective. Such an example was the campaign held by the Malta Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (MPSA). With the debut on the 1st of December, MPSA’s campaign organizers gave life to the red ribbon (the symbol for AIDS). Spreading informative material in the leading pharmacies was just the beginning as they also promoted the event using posters, bookmarks, leaflets and the internet. How can you fight against AIDS? Basically the tips of not getting infected with HIV are well-know. Despite that, the number of HIV-positive patients does not decrease significantly as we would expect. So mentioning them again won’t do any harm:
AIDS is cause by a virus called HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). Although being HIV-positive does not mean one has AIDS, the patient may develop this disease in time. The virus is easily transmitted throughout blood, vaginal fluid, semen and breast milk. There were cases of transmission also though oral sex and deep kissing (especially in cases of open sores or bleeding gums). The virus will multiply in the host for a few weeks, period in which the transmission in possible. The symptoms of HIV infection are the same as in case of a flu: fever, headache, sore muscles and joints, stomach ache, swollen lymph glands. There is no cure for AIDS or at least until now it hasn’t been discovered. These are however drugs to slow down the evolution of the virus and the damages it does to the immune system.
• Use condoms during sexual activity. • Do not share drug injection equipment. • If you are an HIV-infected woman, don’t breast feed your baby! • Protect cuts, open sores, and your eyes and mouth from contact with blood.
On the 3rd of December MPSA collaborated with one of the local PR groups to organize a non-profitable party entitled “Play Safe”. The money raised from this party, amounting to over €550, was donated to a local non-profit association, which is actively involved in helping people deal with AIDS. These are the kind of examples we are looking for when speaking about awareness. This is the way that we, pharmacy students, can contribute to eradicate AIDS! Cristina Parau EPSA Public Health and Social Services Coordinator
Emerging Trends for Pharmaceutical Social Media The increasing number of web users worldwide (1.8 billion), development and popularity of web based community sites (Twitter, Facebook), tools and information centres (branded & unbranded sponsored communities) are changing approach towards Pharma & healthcare marketing and information sharing.
In Pharma industry social media has emerged as an effective tool for marketing, consumer engagement, monitoring and analyzing user generated content, building and changing brand perception. Whatever the type of site, though, all the players in the healthcare arena — patients, providers, and not-for-profit organizations – are reacting to this game-changing means of information exchange. Patients’ Autonomy and Responsibility For the public at large, social networking sites are not only other sources of health information, but they’re aiding a larger movement in healthcare – one that puts the patient in the driver’s seat. Increased personal responsibility for health, touted by many as a necessity for health reform, will inevitably lead to more individual discretion regarding where to go for health information and whose advice to take. It’s important to distinguish between popular, generalist, social networks like Facebook and MySpace, though, and online health communities such
as PatientsLikeMe and DailyStrength. The latter healthfocused social networks have an important distinguishing characteristic — complete anonymity. Social networking expands the Internet’s utility to patients — from simply searching and reading posted content to participating in open dialogues about a health topic. And rather than discouraging patients from searching and learning about their conditions via social networking sites, pharmacists and physicians should proactively encourage self-education while emphasizing the importance of caution, skepticism, and the necessity of verifying information with appropriate providers. Communication and Information Dissemination To healthcare providers, social networking offers opportunities to improve communication and marketing. Social networks could potentially improve communication by establishing permanent channels (network connections) among multiple healthcare professionals (like physicians or pharmacists) and between these and patients. On one hand, social networking (on a secure site) provides healthcare agents means of communicating with patients on a continuous basis that is less time-consuming – and perhaps more cost effective — than other methods. In summary, regardless of the popularity of Twitter, or Facebook, online social networking and social media are destined to become fundamentals in communication paradigms of healthcare stakeholders and second nature to healthcare consumers. These tools make possible what was only recently impractical in healthcare — transregional clinician collaboration on challenging cases, patients participating in support groups without having to leave the privacy of their homes, and mobilization of millions through free web-based broadcasting systems, to name just a few. Dina Cvijetić EPSA Education and Professional Affairs Coordinator
Let me introduce you... EPSA trainers! EPSA Training Project
EPSA Training project has been on everyone’s lips after last year when the first Training Officer ever Louise Winnecke Jensen started developing it for real. The amount of trainings are growing fast and since May, EPSA trainers have been involved in almost 20 trainings/training events in addition to EPSA congresses and there is a lot more to come! So take a good look and prepare yourself – you will hear from us... Aja Petrikova (Czech Rep.) – Aja has a successful career in EPSA and as an
alumni eased her mourning phase by joining EPSA trainer team. Even before becoming a trainer, she made a research and presented a poster about students’ attitudes towards trainings in patient counselling. Her speciality is “effective communication”.
Anna Posafalvi (based in the Netherlands) – Anna has been active in EPSA
as a LS for HuPSA during her undergraduate studies and now, as a PhD student, she completes the trainer team bringing the scientific knowledge. Anna will start her trainer career in K.N.P.S.V. training event in March with the topic “cultural awareness”.
Bart Jaslowski (based in UK) – Training project caught Bart’s attention in EPSA AC 2010. He became active in IMP and trainer teams and is the current Partnership Coordinator of EPSA. Bart has an efficient approach on challenges and his favourite training topic is naturally – “networking”. Dan Pecek (Czech Rep.) – Dan is one of the new actives in EPSA. Next to
Training project, he is working also for IMP. He delivered trainings for the new board in USF and also wrote the Training corner article about procrastination, which is among his favourite topics.
Eeva Ryynänen (Finland) – Eeva became a trainer accidentally after attending
LSS 2010. She was invited to help in IPSF Leaders in Training that was the start for her career. Later on she decided to do her thesis about lifelong learning for pharmacists! Based on her experience as FiPSA president, Eeva likes to deliver trainings on group dynamics.
Inkatuuli Heikkinen (based in Denmark) – In AA 2009, IPSF organised LIT
before the congress. Among the participants were the current president and treasurer of IPSF and EPSA Training Coordinator 2010-2011, Inka. She has been active in implying training tools within EPSA work and is currently developing the new system of online trainings. Inka fancies facilitating handover and vision building.
Jurij Obreza (Slovenia) – Jurij belongs to the first generation of EPSA trainers. He is the current VP of Mobility. Due to his engagement in IMP, Jurij is focusing on topics that ease the work of both himself and IMP coordinators. You can find him giving IMP trainings or sharing knowledge about networking. Katja Srpan (Slovenia) – If there is a training in Slovenia, it is almost certain that Katja is involved. She has been co-trainer in BEST trainings, conducting sessions for ELSA and initiated a national trainer network. Katja got involved in EPSA after being in charge of WHSS 2009 and she is also an LS and IMP coordinator. Her favourite topic is “emotional intelligence”. Kelly Seng (France) – Being a trainer was very important to Kelly that she gave it all to be able to attend LIT 2010. It was worth it as now she belongs to EPSA trainer team and gives new ideas on training topics related to her position as Publication Officer. Kelly is naturally curious and interested in topics like “cultural awareness”. Louise W. Jensen (Denmark) – Trained by the Zero Generation, Louise has
accepted important tasks both in EPSA and the international trainer community. As first EPSA Training Officer he has outlined a firm base for Training Project. For this, she was appointed HLM in the EPSA AC 2010. Louise is focused on TNT in EPSA and as one can imagine, “motivation” is an important topic for her.
Nuria Peiro (Spain) – Nuria has been active in EPSA as a VP of Mobility and now a
member of EPSA alumni. After entering working life, she will complete the trainer team with her experience on what skills are valuable in professional field. After gone through a year in the EPSA Exec, she is keen on delivering the topic motivation.
Olga Radomska (Poland) – After becoming a trainer, Olga decided to dedicate
herself to EPSA and she is the current LS for YP Poland, the host for TNT 3. Olga has been giving trainings about pharmaceutical marketing in professional framework and she is willing to give her knowledge to EPSA students’ use, too. Olga is also interested in patient counselling and at the moment designing the career-related topics for EPSA.
Riccardo Hesse (Italy) – Riky brings to the trainer team his Italian charm by being naturally enthusiastic about everything. He has been active in the international trainer community. Riky has become an EPSA alumni after a year in the executive but he does his best to stay close to EPSA after entering working life. Taking into account his nationality, can you guess his favourite topic? Exactly, body language.
Robert Söderbaum (Sweden) – Robert has been active in the Nordic
collaboration but after the Quatrino with Portugal, Turkey and Bulgaria, he found EPSA again and this time with bigger enthusiasm. Robert will start his career this spring for real and as we could see in GA in AC 2010 with the energisers, presentation skills is his strength! Inkatuuli Heikkinen EPSA Training Coordinator
Mission “Team Spirit”
Training in USF - Union of Students Pharmacy Location: Brno, Czech Republic Mission Durantion: 20/11/10 6 pm – 21/11/10 8 pm (15 hours) Agents: trainer A.P., trainer D.P. Victims: 11 objects Description of victims: newly elected USF Team Mission aim: victims are new to the environment therefore team skill set has to be taught; presentation skill level to be reviewed, communication in the team to be enhanced. But mainly – have fun and enjoy! Step 1
Getting to know each other, victims’ weekend aims shared. Special task – turn everyone into bloody piranha, join people with a rope through their trousers, eat, drink, enjoy!
Wake up at 8 am!! Training starts sharp at 8:30 am.. ehm.. 9:00! Are you nervous when talking to people? Learn to look confident! Fight your social anxiety! Master your communication skills! And face the feedback after a mini-presentation.
As a starter, build the highest paper tower! What is your role in the team? Do you know what the other team members’ responsibilities are? Propose the best responsibilities in running the organisation. Meeting the expectations of the others – do you know what others expect from you? Is it clear now? Learn how to effectively communicate within the team!
Fall into fellows’ arms, backwards. Learn how to effectively plan – design your ideal event! Step-by-step! Make a catchy name, discover the true aim, set the objectives, define the methods and methodology, implement it and then evaluate it, simply NAOMMIE it;).
Feedback to trainers. Use the sandwich, not the real one though, the method;). What did you like, what would improve and again, what did you like.
What do the victims say? “Wow, it was wonderful! Demanding but wonderful.” “I wish it would take more time! “We definitely have to repeat this! So useful! Such a great time!” “We love Charlie, the Unicorn! Mission accomplished! Report recorded by: Aja Petrikova, Dan Pecek, Hanka Landova EPSA Trainers
10 years of EPSA’s Permanent Office One decade of EPSA in the heart of Europe On the 12th of December 2000 EPSA made a huge step by officially opening its Permanent Office. Ema Isabel Paulino, EPSA Secretary General 1999/2000 was the first EPSA official moving out permanently from home and have a 24/7 life dedicated to EPSA. Back then, the EPSA Headquarters were established in Leiden, The Netherlands, at the Stevenshof Institute for Pharmacy Practice Research (SIR).
Once asked whether the EU Officer position or any position in EPSA Executive opens you the door, I have replied that it was not the case. It is all about you and opportunities, right timing, etc. I have learnt a lot during months spent working for EPSA and assisting the PGEU Secretariat. And it takes ‘a good soil and good seed to grow a good plant’. Therefore, I strongly encourage those who are interested and willing to do something more than only read pharmaceutical books during their study period... to create their own opportunities and follow their dreams. I am glad that I had mine and I will never forget it! I would like to congratulate EPSA for celebrating 10th Anniversary of the Permanent Office and I am very proud to make part of this success. EPSA Spirit will always be in my heart.‘’ Jurate Svarcaite EPSA HLM and Permanent Officer 2007/2008
The EPSA Executive of 2004/2005 brought EPSA to the capital of Europe, Brussels, and since then EPSA Permanent Office is at the Rue du Luxembourg, nº 19-21, at the office of the Pharmaceutical Group of European Union (PGEU). The importance of having a person within EPSA Executive permanently working for EPSA is huge: EPSA has achieved important collaborations that otherwise would be very difficult to get. Of course that also for the students that dedicated some months living for EPSA in a foreign country EPSA gave a significative input in their lives: “I am not exaggerating when I say that these 7 months as the EPSA EU Officer have changed my life. I am certain that where I am now is because of this unique opportunity I had and the circumstances at that time.
Today, 10 years after, EPSA wants to give a special thanks to all EPSA Permanent Officers: Ema Paulino, Lucija Mihic, Jorrit Petter Neuman, Anne Come Fuste, Luís Baião, Vaiva Deltuvaite, Jurate Svarcaite, Tomaso Piaggio, Fokion Sinis and Sanziana Marcu-Lapadat, current EPSA Permanent Officer.
Interview with Luís Machado EMSA Permanent Officer
The European Medical Students Association (EMSA) is the organization that represents medical students from all over geographical Europe. Luís Machado is EMSA Permanent Officer in Brussels and he has answered some questions on behalf of the European future physicians:
1.Do you believe that having a Permanent Officer in Brussels has contributed to the development of EMSA? EMSA has a Permanent Officer at the CPME (Standing Committee of European Doctors) since 2003. The existence of this position has highly contributed for the development of our organization for several reasons. First and foremost, CPME is our institutional partner and we have been developing an amazing working synergy, a win-win situation for both organizations. As far as EMSA is concerned, the opportunity of being permanently represented in Brussels is perfect to establish new contacts with relevant stakeholders, students’ or professional organizations. This way, EMSA has been able to increase the number of interesting partnerships - such as EPSA now! Furthermore, the internship is an excellent opportunity for students interested in Public Health or Health Policies in general, to develop extra skills and get a professional overview on relevant European subjects. To conclude, Brussels is the capital of Europe, the heart and brain of the European Union. Working from here on a permanent basis gives me the chance
to follow the “hot” topics and their developments in a professional way, in a way I could never do if I wasn’t living in Brussels! 2. The collaboration between EPSA and EMSA has increased in the past years. How do you see the future of this collaboration? The past years have been important for the cooperation between our organisations. However, we must always be ambitious. Personally I do believe there is much room for extending it! The cooperation between EMSA and EPSA should be officially stated, as we have a lot in common in what concerns structure and projects, and we can learn from each other best practices and benefit from the previous established partnerships and external contacts. This is what Sanziana and me are doing at the moment with the help and support of our boards! The next step will be to call other healthcare related students’ organizations to join this common path. Together, we can achieve much more than alone, we can have a stronger voice within Europe and towards European stakeholders and we can empower our projects and the work we have been doing separately for several years: all in the name of the best interests for our students! 3. How do you see the relationship between Physicians and Pharmacists and how do you think we can improve this cooperation? We believe that putting our differences aside and working on our common objectives will certainly raise the impact of our actions. And it is well known that Physicians and Pharmacists can have much influence in the decision making process, especially if they work together. I would say our primary role is to set up the example and start off a fruitful, long lasting and productive cooperation, respecting our differences and taking advantage of the best tools we both have to offer! Interviewed by: Sanziana Marcu-Lapadat EPSA Vice President of External Affairs 2010/2011
Interview with Dr. Roberto Frontini
European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) is a working community of national associations of hospital pharmacists. EAHP represents the interest of over 21,000 hospital pharmacists in 31 countries all over Europe. Dr. Roberto Frontini is EAHP President and EPSA had a quick interview with him:
Dr. Roberto Frontini: Unfortunately the SSA did not have big participation yet und we were able only few times to award students. This is regrettable as I am sure, that there is a lot of interesting research done by advanced students which is worth to be presented on the international stage and EAHP would like to foster research by young people. EPSA: What is your message to European pharmacy students that seek a future as hospital pharmacists?
EPSA: In March 2011 the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) will organise its 16th Annual Congress. Why would you recommend our students to attend this event? Dr. Roberto Frontini: The congress is an exciting opportunity to meet stakeholders and colleagues not only from Europe but worldwide. EAHP support the presence of students at the congress with very low registration fees.
Dr. Roberto Frontini: Hospital pharmacy is an exciting field for pharmacists. In hospitals you can use your skills in challenging small scale and individualized production of medicines as well as in clinical pharmacy. You will have direct contact to patients, physicians and nurses and your advice will be well appreciated. But to be a good hospital pharmacist you need a thorough education as the expectations are high. You should consider specializing in Hospital Pharmacy and continue to develop your competencies. Interviewed by: Sanziana Marcu-Lapadat EPSA Vice President of External Affairs 2010/2011
EPSA: The Student Science Award (SSA) is a joint project between EAHP and EPSA, created in 2003, that aims to give our students the opportunity to present their posters in a professional event. What is your overall opinion of 7 years of EAHP-EPSA SSA?
Interview with Mr. Ton Hoek FIP General Secretary & CEO Founded in 1912, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists and is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). Through its 124 Member Organisations FIP represents and serves more than two million practitioners and scientists around the world. EPSA went to The Hague and iinterviewed FIP General Secretary and CEO, Mr. Ton Hoek:
EPSA could even consider organising a competition to recognize the best campaign on a specific topic organised by a national association. Let the creativity of youth express itself! Moreover, FIP has for many years lead a comprehensive project on advancing pharmacy education, which should be based on national needs. Such an approach implies the analysis of current but also future needs of the society towards the pharmaceutical profession. There is therefore a need to integrate prospective analysis in the current curriculum of pharmacy and EPSA could be instrumental to achieve this objective. 2. A recent study has proved that pharmacist’s intervention in community pharmacy is very important to ensure patients’ compliance with the recommendations of their medication prescriber. Do you think that young pharmacists and pharmacy students are aware their important role in society?
1. The students that EPSA represents today are tomorrow’s pharmacists with an important word to say in world’s Public Health. How do you believe that EPSA can influence its students to be more aware of the challenges that our profession is facing? EPSA can play a significant role in increasing awareness within pharmacy students of the coming challenges for the profession through several means, such as your congress, through online activities (webinars, campaigns, virtual roundtables, discussion forums...) and through your own member organisations. National associations can be a powerful relay to reach the many European pharmaceutical students and can ensure a proper translation of this knowledge in the national context.
This question is crucial in creating a vision for our profession. There is truly a growing expectation from society with regards to pharmacists; the survey organised this year by FIP (An International Survey On Pharmacists’ Views On Their Changing Roles1) shows that 93% of pharmacists feel that there are more expectations from society towards their services and for almost 9 in 10 pharmacists agree that their services to patients improve patients outcomes and increase the visibility of pharmacists’ expertise. However, to be able to fulfil such expectations, pharmacists should be aware of their roles have the competencies required to provide services... and be willing to be patient-centred. An International Survey On Pharmacists’ Views On Their Changing Roles. FIP and Pfizer, 2010. Available at: http://www.fip.org/files/fip/news/FIP%20 Pfizer%20pharmacists%20survey%20presentation%20PRESS%20 PACKET%2001%2009%2010.pdf. Latest access on 29 November 2010.
There is also an important role that professional organisations have to play: making sure that pharmacists contributions are based on quality and properly recognised by society. Such recognition also implies a fair compensation, which is not always offered by healthcare systems. This increased expectation from society is also translated through the implementation of pharmaceutical care or medication review for instance, enabled through appropriate legislation. Work in any pharmacy field should be based on competencies and education plays a crucial role in acquiring these competencies, together with internships. 3. It is a fact that for recent pharmacy graduates it is easier to get their first job in a community pharmacy than in other areas such as pharmaceutical industry or hospital pharmacy. What would you suggest to those aspiring to work in these areas? Depending on the national requirements and expectations of the future employers, pharmacists may need to enter specialisation. Experienced pharmacists (e.g. who work in industry or in hospital) can also be a valuable source of information and advice as they can provide feedback on their activities and the required skills. FIP offers opportunities to connect with professionals through its sections or through its congress. For instance, at the FIP congress in Hyderabad (3-8 August 2011, www.fip.org/hyderabad2011), several sessions are organised on career building, one dedicated to industry, another to education and academic career. Moreover, social events (e.g. sections dinners) are unique opportunities to connect with experienced pharmacists. 4. FIP always privileged the presence of students and young graduates in their congresses and projects by having lower fees or membership discounts. How do you believe that students and young graduates can contribute to FIP’s mission of developing pharmacy profession?
FIP considers that it is of prime importance to involve students and young graduates in our organisation. Within FIP, a special group is dedicated to young pharmacists (called YPG for Young Pharmacists’ Group). YPG representatives are often invited to join sections’ and boards’ meetings within FIP. Their involvement expands our vision while developing leadership skills and preparing future leaders of the profession, through an early involvement within national and international organisations. Moreover, at our annual congress, YPG and the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation organise specific sessions to facilitate this experiencesharing. 5. What is your message to pharmacy students and young pharmacy graduates aspiring to become professionals of excellence? Two centuries ago, with the development of street gas lighting, the need for “Lamp lighters” was obvious. However, expectations of society changed with the technology and when the street lights became electric this profession extinguished. This is a short story to remind us that the relevance of a profession is always a crucial point to ensure its sustainability. The relevance of pharmacy profession is patient and our practice should therefore be patientcentred, and be based on competencies (not only knowledge but also know how and attitude). The way to excellence is a never-ending road under Continuous Professional Development, which should be oriented towards serving patients’ best interests. With increased expectations from society and complexity of pharmacotherapy, there is also an increased need for a collaborative practice with other healthcare professions (e.g. medical doctors, nurses) by moving from a silo-based approach into a better integrated care. As a conclusion, I would encourage all of you to be pro-active and curious, and also keep in mind our raison d’être: caring for patients! Interviewed by: Mariana Fróis EPSA Vice President of Public Relations 2010/2011
International Pharmaceutical Student’s Association Dear EPSA friends, It is with great honour that I write to you as the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) President!
Let me take the opportunity here to speak about IPSF. We are the leading international advocacy organization of pharmacy students and represent pharmacy students at international policy-making institutions especially in the health care field such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and also in the academic field such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and OECD. IPSF provides information, education and networking opportunity as well as professional development to our student members to gain useful skills for their future profession. To learn more about IPSF and its activities, please visit the IPSF website (www.ipsf.org). Many of IPSF strongest and most active members are from Europe, which are also equally represented by EPSA. It is important that both organizations are working together to bring about more benefits for our members in Europe. A joint taskforce has been created among IPSF and EPSA members from Europe in a bid
to increase and improve our collaboration. Through this taskforce, we hope to be able to better represent our student members and work towards the same goal, which is advocating the needs of pharmacy students.
Last but not least, the largest and most important IPSF event is the IPSF World Congress, which will be held from 3rd to 13th August 2011 in Hat Yai, Thailand. If you want to meet students from all over the world, develop your professional skills or just to learn more about IPSF, you are very welcome to come and join us! For more information, please visit our congress website at www.ipsf2011.org. I am looking forward to meet all of you in Thailand! Yours, Jan Röder President 2010-2011 International Pharmaceutical Students´ Federation
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