Pharmaceutical education

The World Health Organization, in conjunction with the International Pharmaceutical Federation, has been analyzing for several years the role of Pharmacists in health systems, evidencing the need for curricula that meet their professional needs to carry out this function. It has been recommended particularly to include not only knowledge but also attitudes and skills that an expert consultation summarized in seven attributes or stars, namely: care provider, decision maker, communicator, leader, manager, permanent learner and educator; adding more later an eighth star: researcher.

Key facts
  • Registration (marketing authorization) of medicinal pharmaceutical products on the American continent is heterogeneous
  • In some countries, expert meetings are being held to discuss ways to include therapeutic equivalence study requirements in regulations. In this regard, there is a recognition of the importance of the BCS (and its extension to Class 1 and portions of Classes 2 and 3) as a complementary tool that will allow estimation of the therapeutic equivalence of many multisource products by in vitro methods
  • It is of fundamental importance to sustain the criterion of using valid and reliable products of reference. Studies of safety and efficacy should be conducted, or, in the case of local manufacturers or imports from third countries, therapeutic equivalence with the original product should be demonstrated
What PAHO does
  • Established the Pan American Network for Drug Regulatory Harmonization (PANDRH)
  • Urged member states to strengthen and evaluate their regulatory capabilities with respect to functions characteristic of a regulatory and oversight agency for medicines and biologicals 
  • Urged member states to promote the dissemination of information on the results and processes for the regulation and oversight of medicines, biologicals and other health technologies 

 


Pan American Conference on Pharmaceutical Education (PCFE)
The PCFE have been held since 1990, with the participation of delegates from the Region of the Americas, to promote cooperation among pharmacy schools in the Americas.

  • X Pan American Conference on Pharmaceutical Education, October 25-27, Antigua, Guatemala, 2016
  • IX Pan American Conference on Pharmaceutical Education, 2014
  • VIII Pan American Conference on Pharmaceutical Education (PCFE), 2012
  • VII Pan American Conference on Pharmaceutical Education, Puerto Alegre, 2010: Conference Agenda
  • VI Pan American Conference on Pharmaceutical Education, Montevideo, Uruguay 2008:
  • V Pan American Conference on Pharmaceutical Education, Miami, USA 2002
  • IV Pan American Conference on Pharmaceutical Education, Santiago, Chile 1999
  • III Pan American Conference on Pharmaceutical Education, Buenos Aires, Argentina 1996
  • II Pan American Conference on Pharmaceutical Education, Guerrero, Mexico 1993
  • I Pan American Conference on Pharmaceutical Education, Miami, USA 1990

 

Some of the PCFE's Documents are available in the section "Documents" in this webpage.