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Fight the Fakes at CPSA Virtual PharmaCon 10th – 11th December

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Fight the Fakes at CPSA Virtual PharmaCon 10th – 11th December
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Fight the Fakes has been invited to speak on the topic of fake medicines at the very first Virtual Congress organized by the Croatian Pharmacy and Medical Biochemistry Students’ Association (CPSA) of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb.

The CPSA Virtual PharmaCon is a two days event (10-11 Dec), which will connect lecturers from different countries with students all over the world and bring them together around the theme “Dose of pharmaceutical future”. By learning about innovations in the field of fake medicines, pharmacy and medicinal biochemistry, the event aims to introduce students to the future challenges of their profession and inspire them to join the fight against fake medicines in their career!

For more information on this event, click here.

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