At the suggestion of the World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional office, the Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum of FIP has prepared a Statement of Principle relating to pharmacists in public health and the education of pharmacists in that regard.
Because a pharmacist is a frequent point of contact with the public on healthcare and medicine related matters the Forum believes, with WHO, that public health needs to be adequately addressed and provided for in the undergraduate pharmacy courses.
We are aware, of course, that the public health content in undergraduate courses of pharmacy varies form country to country and school to school.
The Statement of Principle adopted by the Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum of FIP and supported by FIP and WHO Western Pacific Regional office outlines the principles and contents that should be addressed. All associations in the Western Pacific region have been sent a copy of the statement and asked to forward it to the heads of Pharmacy Schools in their countries. Almost all of the associations have supported this initiative.
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