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Largest pharmacy conference in history to help pharmacists improve global health: Preview 2012 FIP centennial congress
  1. Jacqueline Surugue1,
  2. Myriah Lesko2
  1. 1Membre du Conseil de l'Ordre des Pharmaciens, Pharmacien Chef, Centre Hospitalier Georges Renon, France
  2. 2Manager, Media and Publications, International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Jacqueline Surugue, Membre du Conseil de l'Ordre des Pharmaciens, Pharmacien Chef, Centre Hospitalier Georges Renon, 40 avenue Charles de Gaulle, 79021 NIORT, France; jsurugue{at}

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Pharmacists worldwide have one shared goal: to better the health of those around them through the unique skills and knowledge that make them the medicines experts within healthcare circles. Dedicated to fostering the impact of pharmacists worldwide, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) will bring thousands of practitioners and scientists together from all over the world during the biggest event in pharmacy history—the FIP Centennial Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. During this global forum for knowledge exchange and growth, pharmacists will be elevated to the level of healthcare leaders worldwide, initiating and implementing positive solutions to some of healthcare's most significant challenges, including those within hospital pharmacy practice.

The FIP Centennial Congress will be a turning point for the pharmacy profession and will precipitate a shift in action and philosophy that has been lingering on the edge of healthcare development for some time, but which FIP is now bringing to the full attention of global healthcare stakeholders. All present will appreciate the full potential of the practice and science of pharmacy, a potential that when fulfilled will change the functionality and economics of healthcare at a global level.

The FIP Centennial Congress will host three (invitation only) stakeholder roundtable discussions that will provide input to a ministers' summit on ‘The benefits of responsible …

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