Pharmacists to hold nat'l convention here next month

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Monday, April 14, 2014


CHALLENGES, opportunities, and improving the competitiveness of Filipino pharmacists will be one of the main issues that will be tackled in the upcoming 2014 National Convention of the Philippine Pharmacists Association (PPhA) this April 24 to 26 at the SMX Convention Center.

PPhA Davao Chapter business manager Sheldon Jay S. Silva, who was a guest in Monday's edition of Davao Press Club's Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao Annex, said when the Asean Economic Community takes effect, the pharmaceutical industry will be one of the affected industries during the integration.

"Because there will be big players who will be coming in the country and the local industry will be greatly affected. We have to be very competitive when the integration happens," he said.

Lawyer Teresita Manzala, chairperson of the Professional Regulation Commission, will be discussing the topic on Asean integration.

They will also be tackling the issue on the rampant practice of “ghost pharmacists” in the local pharmaceutical industry.

Silva said there are pharmacists who rent out their licenses to some pharmacies however these pharmacists are never there and only pop out during audits or some other days, hence the term "ghost pharmacists."

He said this poses a threat to the health of the patients because there is no proper issuance of medicine to the patients.

"In other countries, pharmacists counsel the patients on the medicine they will take and its effect to other medications taken with but with the practice of ghost pharmacists, there is no counseling done," Silva said.

He said this is common in small scale pharmacies. The big scale pharmacies usually have three pharmacists per shift.

Silva said there is the danger of side effects happening when there is a mixed intake of medicine thus the need to have proper pharmacists in every shift or store.

The national convention is expecting an attendance of some 3,000 pharmacists throughout the country.

The event will feature speakers from the International Pharmaceutical Federation, World Health Education, Department of Health, Professional Regulation Commission, Philippine Pharmacists Association, Inc., and Western Pacific Pharamceutical. (Reuel John F. Lumawag, reporter, Pamela Jay Orias, MSU-Marawi intern and Shiela Michella Napal, University of Immaculate Conception Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 15, 2014.

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