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77th International Congress of FIP in Seoul, Korea

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77th International Congress of FIP in Seoul, Korea


Fight the Fakes partner the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) will host its 77th International Congress in Seoul, Korea from September 10-14, 2017. During the four days, the event will bring together international pharmacy professionals and pharmaceutical scientists to discuss the need for high quality help and advice. The program includes a variety of symposia and sessions demonstrating the potentials of technology, education and practice innovation for health care systems. The congress provides an excellent opportunity to explore the opportunities available to pharmacy professionals today.

Pay particular attention to the session on falsified medicines on Tuesday, September 12. The session will bring together speakers from the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, among others. Topics include the loopholes created by large scale drug production, a world tour of governmental measures to stop fake medicines and the difficulties of identifying fake medicines in the field. The session will be chaired by Nkechi Christiana Anyanwu of the Nigerian Federal Medical Center and K.H. Chung of Sungkyunkwan University.

Follow the discussion on Twitter using #FIPcongress and #fakemeds.

Founded in 1912, FIP represents pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences at the global level. It includes 139 members, ranging from national organizations, academia and individual members and represents over four million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. As a NGO, FIP maintains official relations with the World Health Organization and fosters partnerships and networks around the world.

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