Tamara Attard

World Pharmacist Day is celebrated globally on 25 September, so as to create awareness about pharmacists and their role in improving the health and quality of life of the patient. This year’s theme was ‘Transforming Global Health’. MPSA in collaboration with the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Malta organized an online webinar, with speakers from different areas of the pharmaceutical sector. The webinar was introduced by the Head of the Pharmacy Department, Prof. Lilian M. Azzopardi and Ms Martina Fitzgerald, President of MPSA. This was followed by Prof. Anthony Serracino Inglott’s reflections on the pharmaceutical workforce development. The role of the pharmacist in clinical and community pharmacy were highlighted by Dr Sephorah Falzon and Dr Elena Marie Mifsud, respectively. This was followed by a discussion on pharmacy expectations and experiences moderated by Dr Maresca Attard Pizzuto with the participation of Dr Francesca Wirth and third year pharmacy students Ms Raquel Formosa and Mr Jean Claude Calleja. Reflections from pharmaceutical technologist Mr Jake Pace on analytical science, Dr Timothy Scicluna on regulatory sciences and Mr Clint Muscat on the pharmaceutical industry followed.

Another panel, which was moderated by Dr Nicolette Sammut Bartolo, discussed the future of pharmacy and pharmaceutical research. The panel members were Dr Janis Vella Szijj and pharmacy students Ms Julia Micallef, a fifth year student and Ms Tamara Attard, a second year student.

The webinar which was also streamed on Facebook was concluded by Prof. Azzopardi and Ms Fitzgerald. Through this webinar, one could get a good overview of how all the different areas within the pharmaceutical sector come together, for the benefit of the patient.

Source: //www.facebook.com/watch/?v=328316401777979