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Seville • 18 September 2022

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Dr Roberto Frontini (Germany), was recognised today with the International Pharmaceutical Federation’s (FIP’s) highest honour for pharmacy practitioners: the André Bédat Award.

Dr Frontini began his career in pharmacy in 1988. He currently represents healthcare professionals on the European Medicines Agency Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee but he also holds posts as director or head of pharmacy at a number of German hospitals and lectures in pharmacoepidemiology at the University of Leipzig. He is credited with laying the groundwork for a number of policies and professional frameworks that are coming to fruition today in the advancement of hospital pharmaceutical care. These include: establishing a European common training framework to harmonise hospital practice education and training in view of freedom of movement of pharmacists within the European Union; bringing together patient groups, medicine, nursing and pharmacy in order to create the European Statement of Hospital Pharmacy; and creation of a European Cooperation in Science and Technology Action to solve medicines shortages. He served the European Association of Hospital Pharmacies (EAHP) as its president from 2009 to 2015.

On receiving the award, Dr Frontini said: “I am honoured to receive this André Bédat Award from FIP but the honour is not only for me but even more for the teams that supported me in my pharmacist's life. Especially, I have to thank the EAHP board and staff, who had a crucial role in creating the 2014 European Statements on Hospital Pharmacy.”

On 19 September, Dr Frontini will deliver the André Bédat Lecture, entitled “No borderline — Barriers in pharmaceutical care”, at FIP’s 80th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Seville, Spain.

The congress opening ceremony saw 11 other pharmacy professionals from eight countries receive global awards as follows:

• FIP Distinguished Pharmaceutical Science Award (mid-career)
Prof. Yahya Choonara (South Africa)

• FIP Pharmaceutical Education Recognition Award (early career)
Dr Betty Exintaris (Australia)

• FIP Fellowships —
Dr Naoko Arakawa (UK)
Dr Andreia Bruno-Tomé (Portugal)
Dr Ryan Forrey (USA)
Dr John B. Hertig (USA)
Dr Michael D. Hogue (USA)
Prof. Pierre Moreau (Canada/Kuwait)
Ms Leonila Ocampo (Philippines)
Dr Carl R. Schneider (Australia)
Dr Jenelle L. Sobotka (USA)

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About FIP The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists and pharmacy educators, and is in official relations with the World Health Organization. Through its 146 member organisations, it represents over four million practitioners and scientists around the world.

FIP believes it is of utmost importance to support and recognise individuals who, through their vision and commitment to their profession, are making outstanding contributions to pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences, serving as examples for others. Each year it honours those who have demonstrated commendable work and dedication in areas which parallel its overall mission of advancing pharmacy practice, science and education for the betterment of global health.

About the André Bédat Award: The André Bédat Award is one of FIP's highest honours and is awarded every two years.

About the FIP Distinguished Pharmaceutical Science Award (mid-career): This award recognise an outstanding research-active scientist who has made significant contributions to the diverse field of pharmaceutical sciences and is given every three years.

About the FIP Pharmaceutical Education Recognition Award (early career): This award recognises an outstanding early career individual who has made important contributions to their field of pharmaceutical education at a national level, and who is emerging internationally. The award is given every three years.

About FIP Fellowships: An FIP Fellowship recognises individual members of FIP who have exhibited strong leadership internationally, who have distinguished themselves in pharmacy practice or the pharmaceutical sciences, who have contributed to the advancement of the practice of pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences, and who have served FIP. FIP Fellows may use the designation “FFIP”.

About the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences: FIP’s 80th annual World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is being held in Seville, Spain, from 18 to 21 September under the theme “Pharmacists united in the recovering of health care”. It is co-hosted by the General Pharmaceutical Council of Spain. Some 2,250 pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists and pharmacy educators from 97 countries are in attendance.

Ms Lin-Nam Wang
Head of Communications & Advocacy
International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
Tel +31 70 302 1987

Last update 5 July 2018

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