E14 Pharmacy in the Republic of Korea

Sunday 10 September 2017
COEX Convention & Exhibition Center : Grand Ballroom 104 3 hours

Organised by Sang Kook Lee, Joon Seok Bang (Local Host Organizing Committee, Republic of Korea)


Chairs: Chul Soon Yong, Sun Choi, Kevin Choe (Local Host Organizing Committee, Republic of Korea)

Pharmacy in Korea is going through rapid changes in all aspects ranging from education to medication safety management, pharmacy practice, and new drug development. All colleges of pharmacy in Korea have been running the 6-year entry-level Pharm.D. program since 2011. Its impacts on education quality and curricula, student recruitment, graduate study, and career choices are far-reaching. Likewise, pharmacy practice in Korea is quick to adopt a new clinically-oriented practice model that demands pharmaceutical care for improved patient safety and outcomes. To this end, community and hospital pharmacies are moving to adopt GPP (good pharmacy practice) standards. Further HIRA (Health Insurance Review Agency) implemented a nationwide real-time drug utilization review network to check for inappropriate prescribing not only at physician visits but also at pharmacy dispensing. Moreover, KFDA (Korea Food and Drug Administration) introduced a spontaneous medication error reporting system. The KFDA is now leading the effort to bring to harmonization the pharmacovigilance regulations in the Asia-Pacific region. Finally, it is exciting how the Korean drug industry has transformed its business model from manufacturing to new drug discovery. As a result of making investments in research and development, the industry has now made some successes in bringing some new drugs to market such as natural products, new formulations, new structural modifications with incremental benefits, and biosimilars. The Korean session is dedicated to briefing the details experienced by respective organizations such as pharmacy education accreditation council, national health insurance agency, food and drug administration, community and hospital pharmacy, and the industry.


09:00 - 09:05

1.    Introduction by the chairs

09:05 – 09:30  

1.    A hundred-year preparation of Korean pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences for the improvement of global human welfare

Chang-Koo Shim (College of Pharmacy - Seoul National University, Republic of Korea)

09:30 - 09:55 

2.    Past, present and future of pharmaceutical education in the Republic of Korea                

Jung-Mi Oh (College of Pharmacy - Seoul National University, Republic of Korea)

09:55 - 10:20 

3.    Drug utilization review program in South Korea

Dong-Sook Kim (Pharmaceutical Policy Research Team, Research Center, Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service, Republic of Korea)


10:20 -10:35 Coffee/tea break


10:35 - 10:55 

4.    Shaping community pharmacy excellence

Minku Kang (College of Pharmacy, Woosuk University, Republic of Korea)

10:55 - 11:15 

5.    Hospital pharmacy: issues and challenges in South Korea

Heeje Sung (Asan Medical Center, Republic of Korea)

11:15 - 11:35 

6.    Regulatory status and internationalization of pharmaceutical safety management at the Food and Drug Administration

Youngju Choi (National Institute of Food and Drug Safety Evaluation, MFDS, Republic of Korea)

11:35 - 11:55  

7.    Korean pharmaceutical industry: current & future

Jung Yun-Taek (Pharmaceutical Strategy Institute, Republic of Korea)

11:55 - 12:00 

8.    Closing remarks

Aree Moon (The Pharmaceutical Society of Korea, Republic of Korea)