30 September 2015
FIP Council appoints new Scientific Secretary

Düsseldorf, 28 September 2015 — Giovanni M. Pauletti, associate professor of biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics at the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, is to take on the role of Scientific Secretary of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). The appointment was ratified at the FIP Council meeting today. Professor Pauletti will take office on 5 October 2015.

Professor Pauletti, who is also director of the graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences at his university, expressed his dedication to further integrating meaningful scientific education into the contemporary training of pharmacists in order to provide the highest level of pharmaceutical care activities — all of which ties in with a new strategic focus on education that is set out in FIP's mission.

“Today, successful drug development and safe drug utilisation critically depend on synergistic interaction between scientific communities beyond the traditional scope of pharmaceutical sciences. I foresee tremendous opportunities for growth of FIP in the future by reaching out to those communities with the objective to broaden the impact of contemporary science in patient care,” he said.

Professor Pauletti plans specifically to focus on improved engagement between students and young pharmacists as well as pharmaceutical scientists in FIP.

The FIP Scientific Secretary is one of three members of FIP’s Executive Committee. 

30 September 2015
Sixteen honoured by global pharmacy body

Sixteen pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists from nine countries were honoured at the opening ceremony of the 75th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Düsseldorf, Germany, today.

Their contribution to pharmacy was recognised through a number of awards from the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). Two of these were the federation’s highest awards, recognising excellence in the fields of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences, namely:

  • André Bédat Award (see below)

Dr Thomas Lönngren (Sweden)

  • Høst Madsen Medal (see below)

Professor Hans Junginger (Germany)

Other awards presented today were:

  • Lifetime Achievement in Pharmacy Practice Award

Professor Theo D.K. Raynor (UK)

  • Distinguished Practice Award

Dr Régis Vaillancourt (Canada)

  • Joseph A. Oddis Award for Exceptional Service to FIP

Professor Henri R. Manasse, Jr. (USA)

  • FIP Fellowships

Professor Claire Anderson (UK)

Mrs Jane Dawson (New Zealand)

Dr Jennifer Dressman (Germany)

Dr Linda Hakes (Germany)

Mr Dominique Jordan (Switzerland)

Professor Jennifer Marriott (Australia)

Dr Rebekah Moles (Australia)

Professor Hiroshi Suzuki (Japan)

Dr Agathe Wehrli (Switzerland)

Professor Albert I. Wertheimer (USA)

Mr Nobuo Yamamoto (Japan)


Recipients of FIP’s highest awards

A pharmacy practitioner and a pharmaceutical scientist were today honoured by FIP by being given the federation’s highest awards for recognition of excellence at the opening ceremony of the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Dr Thomas Lönngren, of Sweden, received the André Bédat Award, which is for a pharmacist who is an outstanding practitioner and who has made a significant contribution to pharmacy at an international level.

Professor Hans Junginger, of Germany, was presented with the Høst Madsen Medal, which is for an eminent pharmaceutical scientist who has particularly distinguished himself or herself through research.

Thomas Lönngren read pharmacy at Uppsala University and has spent most of his career in the field of regulatory affairs. He spent the first 20 years in Sweden, latterly as deputy director-general of the Swedish Medical Products Agency. In 2001 he was appointed executive director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), a position he held until 2010. 

The award recognises Dr Lönngren’s pivotal role within Europe’s drug regulatory system. He is known around the world as a key influencer in his field through his international collaborations. He has also promoted greater engagement and consideration of patients in regulatory decision-making and has increased transparency at the EMA.

He said: “It is an honour for me to receive the prestigious André Bédat Award recognising my work in the area of international public health and drug regulation. Holding the position as the executive director for the EMA was not only a privilege for myself but it was also a recognition that the pharmacy profession as a whole has an important role to fill outside classical pharmacy practice.”

Hans Junginger is an internationally recognised researcher in the field of mucosal barrier modulation and drug absorption control. Among the areas he has investigated are buccal and peroral drug delivery, peroral and nasal immunisation, chemical enhancement and visualisation of transport routes, electrical enhancement by iontophoresis, vesicle-based carrier systems for transdermal application, and chip-based transdermal vaccination using nanorods. From 2003 to 2008, he was visiting professor at four different universities in Asia and Europe.

The award recognises Professor Junginger’s eminence in his field and the impact his research has had on drug delivery systems.

He said: “I am very happy and much delighted to be the 2015 recipient of FIP's Høst Madsen Medal, one of the most prestigious awards in pharmaceutical sciences in the world. Since I am now 72 years old, this award is certainly the final coronation of my scientific work. I am also happy to receive it in my own country. But this award is not only on my own merit; I have to share it with all of my former collaborators.”

30 September 2015
FIP president describes plan for profession at opening of 75th world pharmacy congress

Düsseldorf, 29 September 2015 The 75th International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences opened today in Düsseldorf, Germany.

At the opening ceremony, FIP President Carmen Peña, in her inaugural presidential address, called on pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists around the world to ensure that the profession of pharmacy remains relevant and able to respond effectively to the current and future needs of the world’s communities.

A way forward is her “Two times two” plan, which she described at the ceremony. It means taking two actions at two levels — one action on professional development and another to promote and defend the profession's interests, each taken at individual and collective levels. People (patients and health professionals), services (public health and clinical pharmacy) and sustainability (in terms of access, use and disposal of medicines) should be the focus of the plan, she said.

Dr Peña also gave particular attention to the pharmacist’s role in empowering women. “Women have a special place in health care,” she said. “They are usually the care providers. They teach their children about hygiene and health. They are often the ones visiting pharmacies on behalf of their families. But in many places today, gender inequality in education means that women may not be empowered to do the best for the health of those they care for. Women should be considered as crucial partners in achieving responsible use of medicines.”

Some 3,104 pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists from 111 countries are attending the congress, the theme of which is “Better practice — science based, evidence driven”. These participants have gathered to discuss how to work towards the best possible pharmacy practice. They will hear about the scientific basis behind it and will learn how evidence drives improvement.

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29 September 2015
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25 September 2015
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24 September 2015
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03 August 2015
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29 July 2015
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12 June 2015
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28 May 2015
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26 May 2015
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26 May 2015
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22 May 2015
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25 April 2015
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24 March 2015
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27 February 2015
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11 February 2015
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29 January 2015
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26 January 2015
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01 December 2014
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20 November 2014
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13 November 2014
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06 November 2014
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24 October 2014
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29 September 2014
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24 September 2014
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30 August 2014
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13 August 2014
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25 July 2014
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14 July 2014
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01 July 2014
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01 July 2014
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13 June 2014
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02 June 2014
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21 May 2014
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06 May 2014
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13 April 2014
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21 January 2014
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13 January 2014
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23 December 2013
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28 November 2013
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04 November 2013
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07 October 2013
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04 September 2013
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03 September 2013
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01 September 2013

01 September 2013
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01 September 2013
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31 August 2013
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31 August 2013
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21 August 2013
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21 June 2013
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21 June 2013
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22 May 2013
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20 May 2013
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28 January 2013
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13 December 2012
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25 October 2012
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04 October 2012
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02 October 2012
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20 September 2012
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06 September 2012
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04 July 2012
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29 May 2012
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04 April 2012
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01 February 2012
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31 January 2012
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24 January 2012
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15 December 2011
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23 November 2011
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14 November 2011
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12 October 2011
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26 September 2011
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23 September 2011

04 September 2011
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04 September 2011

04 July 2011
WHPA Taipei Workshop on Counterfeiting of Medical Products

30 May 2011
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23 May 2011
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19 May 2011
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07 April 2011
FIP makes intervention at WHO for World Health Day 2011

24 March 2011
Pharmacists transform the fight against TB!

16 March 2011
Japanese pharmacists aid in relief efforts

21 February 2011
FIP Endorses Global Data Charter

04 February 2011
World Cancer Day 2011 - it's possible to overcome cancer

26 January 2011
FIP presence at the 2nd Global Forum for Human Resources for Health

13 January 2011
Pharmacy Guild of Australia - pharmacists aid in flood relief

16 December 2010
Season's Greetings from FIP!

29 November 2010
FIP and AAPS host successful meeting

25 November 2010
Abuja Call to Action: Fight the dangers of counterfeit medicine

25 October 2010

29 September 2010
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23 September 2010
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01 September 2010

31 August 2010
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30 August 2010
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05 August 2010
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29 July 2010
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28 July 2010
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17 May 2010
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12 May 2010
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09 April 2010
FIP and Partners Launch the PPE Campaign Website

08 April 2010
FIP WHO Open Forum on the International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT)

07 April 2010
7 April - World Health Day - Pharmacists make cities healthier!

24 March 2010
24 March - World TB Day

04 February 2010
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27 January 2010
FIP intervenes at WHO EB

24 December 2009
A Holiday Greeting from Our President

16 December 2009
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30 November 2009
World AIDS Day

20 November 2009
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14 November 2009
World Diabetes Day

14 October 2009
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12 October 2009
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27 September 2009
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18 September 2009
FIP Releases 2009 Global Pharmacy Workforce Report

05 September 2009
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12 August 2009
FIP and CHEO Release Pictogram Software Free of Charge

30 June 2009
FIP Re-Launches Pharmacy Education, An International Journal for Pharmaceutical Education

31 May 2009
31 May - World No Tobacco Day

25 May 2009
FIP speaks at World Health Assembly

14 May 2009
Turkey Celebrates National Pharmacy Day

28 April 2009
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21 April 2009
Global Health Workforce Alliance E-discussion

01 April 2009
Pharmacy Education Framework Validation

24 March 2009
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29 January 2009
FIP takes part in the WHO Executive Board Meeting

23 January 2009
FIP CEO Ton Hoek Receives Award

05 November 2008
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24 September 2008
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22 September 2008
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06 September 2008
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31 August 2008

06 June 2008
Establishment of First FIP Collaborating Centre

17 April 2008
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03 April 2008
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21 September 2007
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05 December 2006
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05 December 2006
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28 September 2006
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28 August 2006
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26 May 2006
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28 April 2006
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03 March 2006
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01 February 2006
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19 January 2006
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19 January 2006
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13 October 2005
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30 September 2005
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07 September 2005
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02 March 2005
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19 January 2005
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