Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety work to­wards re­vamp­ing pro­fes­sion

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The Fiji Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety is work­ing to­wards a re­vamp­ing of the pro­fes­sion of phar­ma­cists here to do more than just dis­pense med­i­ca­tions. This was high­lighted by So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Resh­nika Lata Sen at a mini-sem­i­nar or­gan­ised by the So­ci­ety at The Pearl Re­sort and Spa in Pa­cific Harbour. “Phar­ma­cists across the world are car­ry­ing out home vis­its do­ing med­i­ca­tion man­age­ment re­views, run­ning aware­ness pro­grammes in com­mu­ni­ties and some have even started is­su­ing sick-sheets. “That is the fu­ture; where the phar­ma­cists are quite lit­er­ally mov­ing out of the Phar­ma­cies,” she said. Ms Sen said for this to hap­pen, it would re­quire greater col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween other health pro­fes­sion­als like doc­tors and all pro­fes­sional bod­ies as a whole. “A time to start mov­ing to­wards com­bined ef­fort to treat pa­tients. But that is all in due time,” she said. The mini-sem­i­nar fo­cussed on equip­ping phar­ma­cists and doc­tors, as busi­ness own­ers and man­agers, with the nec­es­sary skills and in­for­ma­tion to run a busi­ness, and be suc­cess­ful at it.

It was at­tended by over 50 par­tic­i­pants, mostly doc­tors and phar­ma­cists, with the theme: “Thriv­ing For suc­cess: Over­com­ing Chal­lenges and build­ing a bet­ter work­place.” Ms Sen said the mini- sem­i­nar, be­ing the first event for the So­ci­ety this year, re­ceived a good turnout which was en­cour­ag­ing.

“It is great and leads up to the an­nual con­fer­ence which will be held in Oc­to­ber in the Fiji Day week­end,” she said. While the venue has not been con­firmed, Ms Sen re­vealed their an­nual con­fer­ence would be held in the Western Divi­sion. Edited by Paula Tu­vuki

Resh­nika Lata Sen.

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