FAMU Pharmacy Faculty Make International Impact


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty, Henry Lewis III, PharmD, professor and dean of the College along with Hong Xiao, Ph.D., associate professor and director, economic, social and administrative pharmacy, housed in the College, recently traveled to Beijing, China. Lewis and Xiao participated in the 2009 China-Japan Pharmacist International Forum. The China-Japan pharmacists’ international forum (CJPIF) is sponsored by China-Japan Medical Science and Technology Exchanges Association, Chinese Pharmaceutical Association, Japanese Society of Hospital Pharmacists, with the basis of the two countries’ pharmacists and participation of other countries’ pharmacists. Their mission is to promote the international exchange and cooperation of Chinese and Japanese pharmacists, as well as, other pharmacists in the world.

The CJPIF are held annually with a focus on drug policy, drug administration and pharmacist practice. Numerous well-known specialists, officials and pharmacists were invited to discuss health care or drug policy related topics, to explore pharmacy international cooperation, and to share their technology and experience. CJPIF provided an international exhibition and a platform of new outcomes and practice skills for pharmacists all over the world to exchange, learn, share and help each other.

Lewis and Xiao visited Peking University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Beijing where Xiao attended pharmacy school and met with members of the faculty where they discussed pharmacy education and pharmacists’ responsibilities in China and the United States.

They made presentations at the CJPIF, which had more than 1,400 attendees from China, Japan, South Korea, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and South Africa. Lewis’ presentation was entitled “Drug Policy in the United States.” Xaio’s presentation title was “Pharmacy Administration in the United States.”

Lewis said, “Participation in the 2009 China–Japan Pharmacist International Forum and the developing collaboration with Peking University for the research and intellectual exchange is directly related to FAMU’s goal of becoming a Global University. Reaching out across continents spreads the FAMU message and positions in to be a major player in international education, economic development and partnerships.”

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