European Pharmacists Forum hosts its first seminar of 2012 in Germany
The European Pharmacists Forum (EPF) held its first seminar of the year on 7 and 8 March 2012 in Berlin. This was the first EPF seminar to be held in this country, following Germany becoming a member of the EPF last year.
Held over two days, the event gave members an opportunity to hear updates from leading industry experts, share discussions and provide feedback through Q&A sessions and a series of workshops.
The seminar opened with a keynote speech from Thomas Trumper, CEO Andreae-Noris Zahn AG and President of the Federal Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (PHAGRO), who delivered an overview of the German pharmaceutical market.
Members also heard from other guest speakers who covered a range of topics, including a perspective on the German pharmacy sector by Rainer Bienfait (Board member of the DAV, the German Pharmacist Association) and an overview of the manufacturer sector in Germany by Richard Ammer (Vice-President of BPI, the Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries in Germany).
The EPF also welcomed a new member, Noel Wicks, at the event. Noel Wicks is the Director of Right Medicine Pharmacy, an award-winning chain of independent pharmacies in Scotland. He has held a number of roles in the industry, including President of the British Pharmaceutical Students Association, President of the Bradford Association of Pharmacy Students, Chairman of the Young Pharmacists Group and Member of Council for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. He is a member of several advisory boards both for the pharmaceutical industry and patient groups, and is currently one of the Scottish representatives on the Board of the National Pharmaceutical Association.
In her closing remarks, Ornella Barra, Chief Executive, Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division, Alliance Boots, commented: "In Europe, the pressure on pharmacists and the overall uncertainty are continuing. To ensure that they respond in the most effective way, independent pharmacists need to make the most of their combined potential, and join forces to improve the influence and profile of the profession. It is vital that the profession takes every opportunity to work in partnership with fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals to meet the demands of all patients and customers."
The European Pharmacists Forum (EPF) was established in 1999 as an initiative of the Alliance UniChem Group, which merged with Boots Group PLC on 31 July 2006 to form Alliance Boots. The main aim of the EPF is to support a European and horizontal approach to the pharmacy profession, to bring pharmacists together to discuss ideas and share key messages. The Forum also helps Alliance Boots and its Pharmaceutical Wholesale Division to strengthen its partnership with the pharmacy profession and develop its portfolio of services for European pharmacists. Bringing together representatives from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, the
Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK, the EPF holds four major seminars each year in different European cities.
For more information about the EPF, visit: www.europeanpharmacistsforum.com
Yves Romestan / Laura Vergani / Katie Johnson, Alliance Boots