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GCC Pharmaceutical Congress to be held in Dubai

, August 17, 2015

Latest technologies and innovations in pharmacy practice will be highlighted at the GCC Pharmaceutical Congress, which will be held in Dubai, UAE, in October.

The event will take place from October 5 to 8, at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Dubai, UAE.

It will examine the implementation of continuous professional development and pharmacy mentorship programmes, it said.

Additionally, it will also review the means to improve process and waiting time for out-patient pharmacy and managing key operational challenges facing pharmacy managers in a hospital setting.

The congress, in its second year is being organised by Maarefah Management, and its list of supporters include the executive board of Health Ministers’ Council for GCC States, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), Oman Pharmaceutical Society, Emirates Medical Association Pharmacy Society, and Dubai Healthcare City; and academic organisations including Qatar University, University of Sharjah, Gulf Medical University and Dubai Pharmacy College.

An expert from Qatar, Dr Ahmed Nadir Kheir, associate professor and continuing professional pharmacy development (CPPD) coordinator for Qatar University, shares that one of the most important factors and tools of change is the advancement in pharmacy education and the emergence of accreditation initiatives, which target quality in health care, said the statement.

The need to strategize in order to advance further the pharmacy practice in the GCC region paved way for health authorities, associations and academic sectors to collaborate in a four-day congress to discuss relevant topics to realise this objective, it said.

A keynote address discussing the setting the scene of pharmaceutical care with primary health care (PHC) will be delivered by Dr Mohamed Alhaidari, head of Drug Central Registration Department, executive board of Health Ministers’ Council for GCC States, said: “I want to highlight an important point to change the practice to provide pharmaceutical care in the primary health care.”
 
Dr Ahmed Aljedai, director of pharmaceutical care division for King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC), Saudi Arabia, said: “This presentation will shed some lights on the KFSH&RC’s experience in overcoming the challenges encountered by its formulary committee and discuss the implementation of the first paperless, completely electronic, web-based formulary management system across a large health care institution in the Middle East.”

Dr Lamia Yahya, clinical pharmacist at Corniche Hospital in the UAE, believes that the pharmacy practice in the region is booming and is an actively growing profession.

“It had moved away from the classic role of just ‘handing in’ the medication to the patient, to more orientation towards patient care,” she added. – TradeArabia News Service




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