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Welcome to the Department of Pharmacy

The Department of Pharmacy offers undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the area of pharmacy. The department’s areas of interests include pharmacy practice, pharmacoeconomics, computer-aided drug design and industrial pharmacy. The department participates in EU-funded research programmes and currently has a three-year local national research grant in collaboration with a local pharmaceutical industry. The department collaborates with the pharmaceutical industry, community pharmacies, government pharmacy institutions and other departments at the University of Malta for teaching and research activities. It also enjoys extensive international collaboration with other schools of pharmacy and with pharmacy entities. The department hosted the 2nd Spring European Society for Clinical Pharmacy Conference in 2001, the 2005 Annual Conference of the European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy and the 7th World Meeting on Pharmaceutics, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology, 2010 besides a number of European courses.

In 2005, the Facutly of Pharmacy, University Complutense of Madrid awarded the Institutional Medal to recognise an institution for significant contribution to pharmacy education to the Department of Pharmacy.

 


 

           

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WELCOME TO FRESHERS
From the Head of Department

     

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Pharmacy as you embark on courses leading to a degree in Pharmacy Technology or a degree in Pharmacy. The Department has a long-standing history.  It was established in 1676, within the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.  The Department has been continuously evolving to be at the forefront of pharmacy education and research, providing consistent high-quality teaching, student monitoring, mentoring and student nurturing to ensure student academic and personal success.


The Department of Pharmacy has over 25 Erasmus mobility agreements with partner schools of pharmacy in Europe. This collaboration makes student mobility with these partners possible.  The research programmes within the Department look at pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacy aspects, pharmaceutical technology and medicinal chemistry.  The work done within these groups is disseminated in international fora and publications.  Please have a look at the Department’s website at http://www.um.edu.mt/ms/pharmacy/ where you will be able to find information on the research activities carried out.  For those interested in the historical aspects I invite you to appreciate the traditional dispensing bench which you find in the foyer and to visit the artefacts and old publications which are in the Department’s collection.


I look forward to meeting you personally and in accompanying you in this journey that you are embarking on as you start your professional development in pharmacy and pharmaceutical technology.  Please do not hesitate to contact me. I am available to support you in this journey.

Professor Lilian M. Azzopardi
Head of Department
Department of Pharmacy

Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

     

lilian.m.azzopardi@um.edu.mt
October 2014

 

 


 

World Pharmacists Day - 25 September 2014

The Department of Pharmacy, University of Malta (UOM), is this year celebrating World Pharmacists Day in collaboration with the Malta Pharmaceutical Students Association (MPSA) and the Malta Pharmaceutical Association (MPhA), with the support of Actavis and the Malta Medicines Authority. World Pharmacists Day is co-ordinated by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and the theme selected for this year is ‘Access to Pharmacists is Access to Health’.

In Malta, activities organised during the week 22 to 25 September, were held in various localities, including Birgu, Sliema, Valletta and Zejtun. The aim was to reach out to the general public and create awareness of the importance of pharmacists as accessible, trusted and valued healthcare professionals, who can provide professional advice about generic medicines. As part of the World Pharmacists Day activities, an information leaflet about generic medicines is being disseminated to the general public by pharmacy students to encourage use of generic medicines. A self-administered questionnaire is also being distributed to determine the perception of the general public on generic medicines. Having pharmacy students actively participate in this event is very encouraging since these future pharmacists are already being exposed to essential contact with patients and consumers.

                       

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Photo 1: Rebecca Bugeja and Stephanie Cassar from MPSA at the stand set up near the Birgu market

Photo 2: Information leaflet disseminated to consumers during the activities 

 

To mark these activities a press conference was held at a community pharmacy located near the Birgu market. Speakers who addressed the conference were: The Hon. Helena Dalli, Minister for Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties; Professor Lilian M. Azzopardi, Head of the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Malta; Professor Anthony Serracino-Inglott, Chairperson of the Malta Medicines Authority; Professor Alan H. Lau, Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director of International Clinical Pharmacy Education at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy; Mr  Godwin Mangion, Director General of the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA); Ms Stephanie Cassar, Malta Pharmaceutical Students Association, Mr Reginald Fava, Malta Pharmaceutical Association and Ms Arlette Falzon Seychell, a community pharmacist and pharmacy owner.

During the press conference, an announcement was made about the professional doctorate in pharmacy offered for the first time this October by the University of Malta in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Around 26 Maltese and international pharmacists are enrolled for this PharmD. This doctorate is unique in that it combines the development and application of advanced clinical pharmacy skills with contextual research.

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Code of Conduct document

 

The courses offered by the Department of Pharmacy are intended to prepare you to become a caring, dedicated and qualified healthcare professional who will be participating in activities that are, directly or indirectly, affecting patient safety and health. Your experience during the course is an important step in your personal and professional development. It provides the knowledge, skills and competences for you to acquire professional characteristics and to contribute and perform as a worthy member of the health profession.

The importance of professional behaviour cannot be emphasised enough. We have hereby prepared a Code of Conduct document intended to outline some key issues aimed at helping you prevent misunderstandings or unfavourable attitudes about what is expected of you as a student. This will also serve as an important guide for your future profession.

The Code of Conduct document can be found here in PDF format.



 

 

Press Release: 25 July 2014

Pharmaceutical Technology Graduates Event

On Thursday 26th June 2014 The Association for Student Pharmaceutical Technologists together with the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Malta held a gathering to mark the completion of the Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Pharmaceutical Technology degree by the first group of students. The guests were addressed by the Head of the Pharmacy Department, Professor Lilian M. Azzopardi who remarked that the visiting external examiner for the final examination has commended the standard achieved by the graduates.  She augured the new graduates success in the job positions that they have taken up in the pharmaceutical industry. Kurt Borg, the chairperson of the Association for Student Pharmaceutical Technologists (ASPT) and also one of the students who completed the course, gave a short presentation to prospective students and guests who attended. The reception at the Quadrangle, University Campus, was attended by the representatives of pharmaceutical industry and institutions where the students are hosted for placements during the three year programme. Each year the students take up a placement in a pharmaceutical setting so as to be able to assimilate the theoretical knowledge with the practical aspects. Students also have the opportunity to take up an Erasmus mobility in one of the partner Universities in Europe.  

                   

Bpharmtech_StudentsB.Sc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Technology Students in the Laboratory

Kurt_BorgKurt Borg, the chairperson of the Association for Student Pharmaceutical Technologists (ASPT) giving a short presentation to the guests

Bezzina_ChircopNicolette Bezzina and Yana Chircop, students at the course of B.Sc. (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Technology






 

Press Release: 12 June 2014

New Courses Opening at the Department of Pharmacy

Click link below each image to open relevant course PDF brochure.          

                                   

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Press Release: 29 May 2014

Maltese Pharmacist elected President of European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy
          

Professor Lilian M. Azzopardi was elected President of the European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy (EAFP) during the 20th EAFP Annual Conference being held in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  

EAFP is at the forefront of developments in pharmacy education and research and serves as a platform to spearhead discussions and networking within stakeholders in Europe and internationally to address the changes and challenges in pharmacy education, research and in the pharmaceutical setting.  

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Prof. Lilian M. Azzopardi addressing the Opening Ceremony
of the 20th EAFP conference in Ljubljana 

 

Professor Azzopardi is the Head of Department of Pharmacy at the University of Malta and has been actively leading developments in pharmacy education.  During the conference in Ljubljana, Professor Azzopardi presented a plenary talk on innovations in pharmacy education where she presented the newly launched post-graduate professional doctorate in pharmacy at the University of Malta, the PharmD programme.  This programme which is a level 8 degree is being offered in collaboration with the University of Illinois, at Chicago (UIC).  The course will commence in October 2014 and consists of a patient-centred curriculum developing pharmacy leaders with skills to be able to manage medicine use policies, supply chain management, pharmacoeconomic issues,  medication use optimisation including therapeutic drug monitoring and patient care, pharmacovigilance and innovative drug therapy evaluation.  It is targeted at pharmacists who would like to develop careers in hospitals, primary care or community pharmacy, pharmacy administration and pharmaceutical regulatory affairs processes.



Press Release: 07 April 2014

Maltese Pharmacy Graduate Awarded EAHP-EPSA Best Research Paper award

During the 19th Congress of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) held recently in Barcelona, Danika Agius Decelis was presented with the EAHP-EPSA Best Research paper award for the research paper submitted on the intervention of the pharmacist together with the other members of the healthcare team in the management of pain following heart surgery.  The paper draws on the research study undertaken by Ms Agius Decelis as part of her Master of Pharmacy degree.  In this study it was shown that the pharmacist’s intervention to advise the patients on the use of analgesics and the preparation of medication charts to help patients to follow the intake of the analgesics as prescribed, resulted in a better pain management for the patients.  The study was carried out under the supervision of Dr Maurice Zarb Adami from the Department of Pharmacy in collaboration with Mr Joseph Galea from the Department of Surgery at the University of Malta.



 

March 2014

Actavis Best M.Pharm. Presentation Award


_DSC0201b Actavis representative Ms.Olivia Bilocca delivers the Actavis Best MPharm Presentation Award to M.Pharm. student Ms Rodianne Conti for her presentation of her dissertation on Point-of-Care testing for Hypercholesterolaemia in Community Pharmacies during the 2014 Annual Pharmacy Symposiumorganised by the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Malta at the Aula Magna, Valletta University Campus.

 

          


 

March 2014

Pharm D Course Launched
          

We would like to announce the new postgraduate Doctorate in Pharmacy, Pharm D programme being offered by the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Malta. This programme is being offered in collaboration with the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

The three-year course leads to a Level 8 professional doctorate in clinical pharmacy. Applications are open and the course will start in October 2014. The programme is intended for pharmacists who would like to advance their careers by enhancing professional practice with a research perspective. The course includes taught modules which are delivered by faculty from the University of Malta and the University of Illinois in pharmacotherapy, drug information, principles of pharmacoeconomics and health systems in USA and Europe including pharmaceutical regulatory aspects particularly related to clinical trials. These taught modules are offered through a blended learning model that includes lectures, distance learning and practice-based learning. A characteristic of this Pharm D programme is the inclusion of clinical experience together with a research component within the context of translational and applied research.

This programme is targeted towards pharmacists who would like to advance their careers to a professional doctorate level in clinical pharmacy and is intended to attract pharmacists practicing in hospitals, primary care or community pharmacy and pharmacy administration settings. Further information about the Pharm D course is available at http://www.um.edu.mt/imp/courses/doctor-of-pharmacy. Please do not hesitate to contact Ms Michelle Drago or Prof Lilian Azzopardi for more information.


March 2014

Annual Pharmacy Symposium
          

The University Pharmacy Department's Annual Symposium 2014 was held over five days between March 3 and 7 at the Aula Magna, Valletta Campus. The students at the Department of Pharmacy celebrate their research achievements in this Annual Symposium. During the Opening the Hon. Ministers Evarist Bartolo and Dr Godfrey Farrugia and members of parliament Hon. Dr Joseph Cassar and Hon Claudio Grech addressed the participants.   During the Opening Session the launch of the programme leading to a professional doctorate Level 8 degree in pharmacy, the PharmD in clinical pharmacy by the University of Malta was announced.  The programme is being offered in collaboration with the College of Pharmacy of the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.  The course is expected to start in October 2014.

This year's Annual Pharmacy Symposium was dedicated to the memory of Prof Rombaut, Dean of the School of Pharmacy of the Vrije University in Brussels and President of the European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy.  Professor Rombaut had established collaboration with the Department including joint research projects and student exchange.  This edition witnessed the final year project presentations from students who shall be the first B.Sc.(Hons) in Pharmaceutical Technology graduates. During the Symposium 38 students completing their Masters studies and 44 students completing studies at the Bachelor degrees level presented their work as an oral presentation. Sixty students in their second year of the BSc (Hons) in Pharmaceutical Science degree presented a poster on their works-in-progress project.

Research projects were presented in a number of areas of pharmacy including clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical care, pharmaceutical technology and industrial pharmacy, pharmaceutical regulatory affairs and medicinal chemistry.

Further information on the projects and the degree programmes offered by the Department of Pharmacy are available at http://www.um.edu.mt/ms/pharmacy or contact Ms Michelle Drago at michelle.drago@um.edu.mt

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M.Pharm. student (right) presents one of a number of final year projects during the 2014 edition of the Pharmacy Department Symposium held at the Aula Magna while Prof Frederick F. Fenech (left) chairs the session.

Photo Credit: Marie Claire Bonanno 


 

October 2013

WELCOME TO FRESHERS
From the Head of Department           

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Pharmacy as you embark on courses leading to a degree in Pharmacy Technology or a degree in Pharmacy. The Department has a long-standing history.  It was established in 1676, within the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, and whilst valuing historical aspects of pharmacy the Department has always succeeded to be at the forefront of education and research in pharmacy and pharmaceutical technology.  This is possible also as a result of the collaboration that the Department enjoys with local stakeholders and with international partners.

The Department of Pharmacy has over 25 Erasmus mobility agreements with partner schools of pharmacy in Europe. This collaboration makes student mobility with these partners possible.  The research programmes within the Department look at pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacy aspects, pharmaceutical technology and medicinal chemistry.  The work done within these groups is disseminated in international fora and publications.  Please have a look at the Department’s website at http://www.um.edu.mt/ms/pharmacy/ where you will be able to find information on the research activities carried out.  For those interested in the historical aspects I invite you to appreciate the traditional dispensing bench which you find in the foyer and to visit the artefacts and old publications which are in the Department’s collection.

I look forward to meeting you personally and in accompanying you in this journey that you are embarking on as you start your professional development in pharmacy and pharmaceutical technology.  Please do not hesitate to contact me. I am available to support you in this journey.

 

profProfessor Lilian M. Azzopardi

Head of Department
Department of Pharmacy
Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
     
lilian.m.azzopardi@um.edu.mt

 


 

Press Release: 25 September 2013

World Pharmacists Day

The Department of Pharmacy of the University of Malta (UOM), in collaboration with the Malta Pharmaceutical Students Association (MPSA) and the Malta Pharmaceutical Association (MPhA), has this year celebrated World Pharmacists Day.  The event was supported by Actavis. World Pharmacists Day is co-ordinated by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and the theme selected for this year was ‘Pharmacists - simplifying your medicines use, no matter how complex’. 


A press conference to launch the activities was held at the Valletta Campus of the University of Malta. The Hon. Dr. Godfrey Farrugia, Minister for Health; Professor Juanito Camilleri, Rector of the University of Malta; Professor Lilian M. Azzopardi, Head of the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Malta; Ms Althea Xuereb, MPSA, and Ms Janis Vella, MPhA addressed the press conference.  The Minister for Health spoke about the direct involvement of pharmacists in ensuring safe and effective use of medicines and the value of a collaborative practice between pharmacists and physicians in patient management.  The Rector of the University of Malta elaborated on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offered to provide academic frameworks for pharmacists to develop the practice within the complex scenario of medicine use in contemporary times.


Activities were organised during the week 23 to 27 September, in various localities around Malta, including Birkirkara, Birgu, Sliema, Valletta and Żejtun, to reach out to the general public on the importance of pharmacists as accessible, trusted and valued healthcare professionals, who help in achieving better health outcomes, improving patient safety and overall quality of life. 


Pharmacists are providing professional services in different sectors of pharmacy from the development and manufacture of medicines to ensuring patient safety during distribution and use of medicines. By commemorating World Pharmacists Day, pharmacists are highlighting the focus of their activities as being the patients and consumers. An information leaflet, outlining the various roles of the pharmacist was disseminated to the general public by pharmacy students. 


Through this activity, pharmacy students, pharmacists and the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Malta, reached out to the public to emphasise the professional services of pharmacists in ensuring safe use of medicines. A self-administered questionnaire was also distributed to obtain feedback from the public with regards to new services which they wish pharmacists to provide. The participation of pharmacy students in this event is very encouraging since these future pharmacists are already being exposed to the need to reach out to patients and consumers. 

 

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The panel addressing the press conference to launch the activities of World Pharmacists Day

 

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Pharmacy students participating in a public outreach on World Pharmacists Day 

 


 

 

Press Release: 25 September 2013

Research in pharmacy presented at International Conference

During the 73rd FIP World Congress organised by the International Pharmaceutical Federation in Dublin earlier this month, research carried out by the department of pharmacy of the University of Malta was presented.


Professor Lilian M.Azzopardi, Head of Department of Pharmacy and a leader in the research area of validation processes in community and hospital practice, was an invited speaker during the session on Process Validation. Professor Azzopardi presented the research work carried out at the Department of Pharmacy within the last 19 years on the development of validation processes to ensure patient safety, to minimise errors in medication use and to improve service consistency and accountability. There were around 3000 participants from 107 countries at the FIP World Congress in Dublin. During the congress, 22 research posters were presented by post-graduate students at the department of pharmacy participating in research groups in pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical sciences and medicinal chemistry led by Professor Lilian M.Azzopardi, Professor Anthony Serracino Inglott and Dr Claire Shoemake.  


Calendar
PHR 1101, 2103, 3107, 4112, 4514: Each student is expected to have a recent copy of the British National Formulary (BNF) during the Pharmacy Practice tutorials.
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