The President and Executive Council of the Kamra ta’ l-Ispizjara ta’ Malta welcomed the 2011 & 2012 Pharmacy Graduates to the Pharmacy Profession and National Pharmacy Association on Tuesday 31st July 2012 at   7.30 pm at 127, The Professional Centre, Sliema Road, Gzira.

There was an overwhelming positive response in terms of attendance as well as feedback during the event.  An introductory speech was delivered by Public Relations Officer, Ms. C. Calleja who first introduced and thanked Kamra President, Ms. M.A. Sant Fournier for her long years of service to the profession and stated how

“Along all these years the Chamber Council has reflected stability and vision for the profession that we practice.  We believe that the profession is continuously evolving and the need for change must be taken with a positive attitude otherwise we will be left behind and risk that other professions such as the nurses take up our role. In the community we see the need to shift from one of sole dispensing to one of services provision with a more patient centered approach. We strongly believe that you will be the next generation of pharmacists to witness besides being the driving force to implement this change for our profession.”

Ms. Calleja went on to describe how the areas of pharmacy practice have changed and any pharmacist practicing in any field is faced with different and even greater challenges than ever before mentioning community and medical representation as two (2) specific examples.

Ms. M. A. sant Fournier, Kamra President then delivered a brief presentation entitled “More than 100 Years of Service to the Pharmacy Profession”.  This was an overview that set out to explain how and where the Chamber started way back in 1900 and how it grew along the years to become the entity it is today, namely a major interlocutor with Government on all matters concerning the profession.  The Council composition was explained and the other members of the council were introduced.  In addition, the Chamber’s international affiliations and the importance of such affiliations was stressed. Furthermore, the major landmark achievements were highlighted and she further reinforced the need to change and face challenges with a positive attitude.  There is great potential for the profession and most of all she stated that

“new pharmacy graduates are a precious specialised human resource, the future of our profession”

The President and Council of the Kamra ta’ l-Ispizjara ta’ Malta sincerely thanks those students who helped in circulating the invitation for the event as well as the President and Council of the Malta Pharmaceutical Students Association (MPSA) and looks foward to close future collaboration which will positively lead to  marketing and shaping  of the future of our profession.

This event is was supported by