5th Croatian Congress on Pharmacy in Rovinj
The 5th Croatian Congress on Pharmacy with international participation was opened on 21st May at the hotel Lone in Rovinj. This Conference is being held from 21st to 24th May 2015 and it is organised by the Croatian Pharmaceutical Society in collaboration with the Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices and the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry of the University of Zagreb. The Congress is being held under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports.
Welcome speeches were held by the Minister of Health, prim. Siniša Varga and other distinguished guests: representatives of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, County of Istria, Croatian Health Insurance Fund, Croatian Chamber of Pharmacists, International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and the Pharmaceutical Group of the EU (PGEU) as well as representatives of the organiser and co-organisers.
Viola Macolić Šarinić, MD, PhD, the Head of HALMED emphasised in her welcome speech the following: "We are very glad that the Croatian Pharmaceutical Society and Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry of the University of Zagreb recognised our efforts in ensuring medicinal products of quality, safety and efficacy and our combined efforts in promoting the pharmaceutical excellence." She stressed that the central credo of the conference perfectly links the importance of advancing the pharmaceutical profession and continuous professional development with patient safety and safe use of medicines.
During the four day Congress, the scientific and professional programme encompassed all lectures of international and local experts as well as a number of posters aimed at presenting the most recent data in the field of pharmaceutical research and advances and trends in pharmaceutical practice.
The Head of HALMED , Viola Macolić Šarinić, held the following lectures: "Challenges in granting a marketing authorisation to biosimilars in the EU” and "Adverse Drug Reactions in the Republic of Croatia”.
HALMED staff members also participate at the Congress and they will give lectures and present posters on the novelties in medicines regulation and pharmacovigilance. Lectures will tackle a number of actual topics like biologicals or generics, ensuring accessibility of medicinal products on the Croatian market and new Croatian Pharmacopoeia editions. Also, topics include safety features as one of the measure to prevent entry of falsified medicines in legal supply chains and HALMED web pages as a source of information in everyday life of pharmacists.
More than 800 participants are taking part at the Congress - representatives of state institutions, international organisations of pharmacists, pharmaceutical faculties and related study programmes, pharmaceutical industry and a number of experts from pharmacy and related disciplines from 12 countries.