6th International Pharmaceutical Care Conference Begins
6th International Pharmaceutical Care Conference Begins3/2/2016
The events of the 6th International Pharmaceutical Care Conference started yesterday at Al-Bustan Palace Hotel under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Siaidi, Minister of Health along with number of MOH undersecretaries and officials.
The two-day conference is organized by the Ministry of Health (MOH) represented by the Directorate General of Medical Supplies under the theme “Towards Excellence in Pharmacy Practices”.
Pharmacist Nussaiba Habib Mohamed, Director General of Medical Supplies and Chairperson of the Conference stressed in her welcoming speech that there is a big gap between the pharmaceutical sciences and what we are practicing on the ground, from here comes the convening of this harmonious session with the MOH’s Vision 2050, which believe that the next stage requires integration of all health system categories through establishing a well-organized, equitable, efficient and responsive health system, grounded by societal values of equity and social justice.
Over 600 health professionals from the MOH, Ministry of Defense, Royal Oman Police, Diwan of Royal Court, and Sultan Qaboos University Hospital are participating in this Conference. In addition from the GCC states, France, Netherlands, as well as international agencies such as Saudi Food & Drug Authority, Institute for Safe Medication Practice (ISMP), and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) from the United States of America.
“The 6th International Pharmaceutical Care Conference is a very important conference and as everyone knows, drugs are constantly evolving. These drugs that we used today to treat many diseases are complicated and may have side effects; therefore the role of the pharmacists is vital and they are the safety valve between the doctor, medications and the patient” Dr. al-Saidi said in a statement.
It is worth mentioning that the Conference aims at describing the evolving pharmacy practice in the coming future and discussing the role and responsibilities of the medication safety employee or individual responsible for medication safety oversight. Moreover, it aims to understand the Core Pharmacy Performance Indicators as recommended by the Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCIA), and identify the key elements of a medication safety program and strategic plan.