A9 History of pharmacy: Great pharmacists, great discoveries

Thursday 14 September 2017
COEX Convention & Exhibition Center : Grand Ballroom 104 3 hours

Organised by the FIP Working Group on the History of Pharmacy, the International Society for the History of Pharmacy (ISHP) and Sauvegarde du Patrimoine Pharmaceutique – France (SPP)

Chairs: Jacques Gravé (Sauvegarde du Patrimoine Pharmaceutique – International Society for History of Pharmacy, France) and Uros Cakar (University of Belgrade, Serbia)


The heritage of a profession underpins its future.

Today pharmacists benefit from the profession having a rich and fascinating history.

Their heritage is full of scientific discoveries and people dedicated to the welfare of humanity.

Pharmacists (scientists and inventors) have among their predecessors people who are part of the great saga of world history. They left their names in the fields of chemistry and botany but also distinguished themselves in politics, industry, food and agriculture. 

Learning objectives

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

  1. Identify drug discoveries made by pharmacists.
  2. List the many pharmacists who work for the welfare of humanity.
  3. Explain errors of the profession in its history and avoid them in the future.
  4. Describe how the soul of pharmacy must be nurtured and preserved in the historical tradition.


14:30 – 14:40
1.  Introduction by the chair

14:40 – 15:15
2. From China: The impact of pharmacists’ discoveries on pharmacy development
Dechun Jiang (Department of Pharmacy Xuanwu Hospital of Capital Medical University, China)

15:15 – 15:50
3. From Canada: Pharmacy practice — Past, present and future
Uros Cakar (University of Belgrade, Serbia) will be presenting on behalf of Sherif Guorgui (United Pharma Group, Canada) 

15:50 – 16:10 Coffee/tea break

16:10 – 16:45
4. From the United States: Historical choices that strengthened the soul of hospital pharmacy
William Zellmer (Pharmacy Foresight Consulting and American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, USA)

16:45 – 17:30
5. From France: Pharmacists yes, but not only . . .
Serge Caillier (European Association of Employed Community Pharmacists and French Order of Employed Community Pharmacists, France)
Great pharmacists: Famous and not so famous
Alain Delgutte (French Order of Community Pharmacists, France)