P1 Plenary opening session: What is the soul of pharmacy?

Monday 11 September 2017
COEX Convention & Exhibition Center : Auditorium 3 hours

Organised by the FIP Programme Committee

Chairs: Betty Chaar (The University of Sydney, Australia) and Dai John (Cardiff University Wales, UK)


The “soul of pharmacy” can be described as the core purpose of pharmacy — its raison d’être.  The essence of this core purpose of pharmacy as a profession is, no doubt, patient care. Incorporated in the make-up of its soul are the values of the profession and the principles underlying professional practice within the public arena. Pharmacists play an integral role in the health care system around the globe. Whether it is in their role as advisors, innovators, educators or health care service providers, pharmacists are dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of their clients and patients. This plenary session will provide an insight into the various roles and contributions that pharmacy makes to health care worldwide, and consider how these reflect the soul of pharmacy. Other sessions on this topic in the congress programme will explore how we nurture this soul of pharmacy and address contemporary issues that present both opportunities and challenges to its core elements.

Learning objectives

At the end of this knowledge-based session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the term “soul of pharmacy” and its core purpose in health care.
  2. Identify the position of pharmacy in the health system as a profession dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of its clients and patients.
  3. Express the value of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences in advancing health care.

Describe the role of education and training in supporting the soul of pharmacy among students and practitioners.


09:00 – 09:15 
1. The “soul of pharmacy” and its core purpose in health care
William Zellmer (Pharmacy Foresight Consulting, USA)

09:15 – 09:40 
2. Pharmacy in a world of limited resources
Leonila Ocampo (Philippine Pharmacists Association, Philippines)

09:40 – 10:05
3. Pharmaceutical science and innovation
Leslie Benet (University of California San Francisco, USA)

10:00 – 10:20
4. Pharmacy caring for patients
Warren Meek (C7 Consulting Limited, Canada)

10:20 – 10:40 
Coffee/tea break

10:40 – 11:05
5. Educating pharmacists for the future
William Charman (Monash University, Australia)

11:05 – 11:40
6. Panel discussion

11:40 – 12:00
7. Q&A