Cayman to host pharmacy conference

The Cayman Pharmacists Association has won their bid to host the 27th annual Caribbean Association of Pharmacists conference in Grand Cayman next year.

The conference, which usually runs between 12-20 August, attracts around 200 to 300 pharmacists from the Caribbean, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States.

The CAP is a representative body for pharmacists in the Caribbean region, which seeks to enhance and improve the quality of pharmaceutical care in the region as a whole, said a HSA press release.

It has recently played an important role in the treatment of HIV/AIDS in the islands and is now collaborating with the ministers of Caribbean Common Market on educational issues in relation to pharmacy and the Caribbean Single Market Economy.

The conference consists mainly of a series of daily educational seminars along with group recreational activities, an international ‘culturama’, culminating with a formal award ceremony and gala.

Several large pharmaceutical manufacturing companies and distributors also seize the opportunity to exhibit their products and services at the ‘Daily Display’, which runs concurrently with the conference.

The Cayman team presented a strong marketing package supported by multimedia presentations outlining the geography, history, culture, medical and pharmaceutical features of the island, which was well received.

Cayman’s approach to the bid was new to the Caribbean association since no one had ever gone to such lengths to bring the annual event to their country. The Cayman association is aiming at attracting approximately 500 delegates to next year’s event as well as a greater number of participating companies, the release noted.

Cayman has hosted the conference before in 1983. Pharmacist Donald McLean, who was president at the time, led the successful team.

Cayman’s current team, who attended this year’s conference in St. Kitts, consisted of Colin Medford chairman of the CPA and chief pharmacist of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority Samantha Conolly, deputy chairperson of the CPA and pharmacist at the CIHSA, Rosemarie Murray-Bailey, pharmacist at the CIHSA, David Pellow, proprietor and manager of Professional and West Bay Pharmacies and Beverly Rodrigues pharmacist of Health Care Pharmacy, Grand Harbour.

David Pellow was also elected to serve on the executive committee of the CAP giving Cayman a key representative in the association.

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