The nineteenth edition of the Dubai International Pharmaceuticals and Technologies Conference and Exhibition (DUPHAT) concluded at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 18,000 Visitor and Participants have registered over the past three days. The event had surpassed all expectations, and was honoured with the success achieved by the pharmaceutical companies who participated in the exhibition.
DUPHAT Conference and Exhibition this year hosted 24 scientific sessions and 21 workshops that were presented by 72 speakers from and specialists including deans, university professors, consultants, and seniors from prestigious pharmaceutical associations. The topics covered during the last day included: Critical Elements for Developing Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Services,7 Habits of Highly Effective Pharmacists, Pharmacotherapy of Addiction, Evolving Trends in Pharmacy Education, Advances in Pharmacy Practice across States , and Evolving Trends in Pharmacy Education.
By the end of the third day, the scientific committee had released the DUPHAT Conference recommendations:
1- Encouraging field studies to reveal the unpublished medical effects with the aim to broaden its therapeutic uses.
2- Encourage meetings and task forces between pharmaceutical industries and health authorities and authorized pharmacists to resolve situations of unavailability of medicines in terms of defining reasons and finding alternative options.
3- Increase patient awareness in medicine good storage practices to maintain its quality and effectiveness during the usage period and utilize media resources to spread the awareness.
4- Maximize the expertise and scope of pharmacists to involve expanded role in patient care services.
5- Spotlighting the developments and new technologies in human resources field to prepare a new generation for dealing professionally with the problems of this era, taking in their consideration the humanitarian needs in solving the problems related to pharmaceutical services and industries and new therapeutic methods and incorporating the pharmacists’ role in the medical team to provide necessary advices in the optimal use of technologies.
6- Involving the standards of pharmacy practices to include the changing needs and demands of contemporary care across all settings in inpatients and outpatients.
7- Encourage pharmacists’ participation in reporting and treating all adverse drug reactions and medication errors related to use of medications which include:
• Continuous professional training.
• Communication and coordination with medical team within the facility
• Measure the positive outcomes achieved from reporting.
• Spread awareness between all medial crew to adhere to using medical prescriptions.
8- Address multifaceted regular monitoring and evaluation of pharmacy domains of practice to guarantee uninterrupted and continued public access to medicines with international measures of quality and safety.
9- Enforce and implement stakeholders and social engagement in pharmacy sector through public-private partnership, patient involvement and community based programs for the sake of patients’ welfare and public health.
On the sidelines of the event, an award ceremony was held during DUPHAT Conference and Exhibition to honour the participants, organisers and sponsors of DUPHAT. The ceremony was attended by heads of delegates, members of the scientific committee, while H.E. Essa Al Maidoor, Director General of Dubai Health Authority handed the awards and expressed his gratitude for all those who contributed to the success of the conference.
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