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FIP Opens 66th Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; Sunday, 27th August 2006 The International Pharmaceutical Federation marked the official opening of the 66th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Centro de Convenções da Bahia in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The Congress, which carries the theme “Bringing Innovations into Patient Care”, is the pinnacle global event in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, running 25th-31st August, and has brought together over 2100 participants from 89 countries to interact in an international healthcare setting.

FIP was honoured to welcome to the Opening Ceremony many influential members of the pharmacy community from both National and International Levels, including representatives of the Governor of the state of Bahia, and the Minister of Health of Brazil, Dr Agenor Álvares, he himself a pharmacist. FIP was exceptionally privileged to have such a distinguished guest, and one that has made a positive personal impact on pharmacy and public health in Brazil. Speaking with regards to the ubiquitous use of medicines in the majority of healthcare interventions, the Minister stated that “Health services cannot be considered complete if the logistics of medicines are limited to acquisition, storage, and distribution; it is necessary to add value to health services through the implementation of pharmaceutical care.”

Dr Jaldo de Souza Santos, the President of the Federal Council of Pharmacy of Brazil, expressed pride and gratitude in welcoming the FIP Congress to Brazil, the first time the annual event has taken place in a Latin American country. He is convinced that the presence of the FIP Congress in Brazil will serve as a foundation for growth for Brazilian pharmacists, and noted that even in Brazil, where many challenges still remain for transforming the ideals and visions of the profession, there is a growing awareness concerning the social responsibilities of pharmacists, and expressed the dedication on behalf of the Council to move forward with these goals.

FIP President Jean Parrot took to the podium for the last time as FIP President, recapping the progress and successes of FIP over the last 4 years, and focused on the growing impact that pharmacists and partnered health care professionals are making on the global healthcare environment. Mr Parrot also looked to the future of FIP with optimism, not only with respect to how FIP is contributing to the growing vision of pharmacy, but also as a Federation, expanding into ever more areas of the world.

Throughout the ceremony, the recipients of the 2006 FIP Fellowships were announced, as well as the FIP Lifetime Achievement Award in the Pharmaceutical Sciences, the FIP Distinguished Science Award, and the André Bédat Award.

FIP wishes all participants a rewarding and enjoyable experience throughout Congress time in the beautiful city of Salvador, Bahia.