The 5th National Modern Pharmacology Conference

Ziv Medical Center recently hosted the 5th National Modern Pharmacology Conference (September 19-21), attended by hundreds of hospital pharmacy system directors as well as doctors and pharmacists from across the country.

The first session of the conference was opened by Dr. Salman Zarka, Director of Ziv Medical Center, Mr. Zuheir Farraj, Conference Chairman and Director of Pharmacy Services at Ziv Medical Center, Mg. (Magister) Gabi Naftali, Director of Pharmacy Services at Bnei Zion Medical Center and Mr. Shimi Halalo, Secretary of the Association of Pharmacists.

In his opening speech, Mr. Zuheir Farraj said “The conference staged innovations in the pharmaceutical world, presenting new drugs as well as breakthrough research findings on studies carried out in the medical centers. Mr. Farraj thanked the management of Ziv Medical Center for their support of the profession of pharmacology and their encouragement of academic projects, as well as thanking the staff who participated in the organization of the conference.

Among the topics discussed at the conference:  innovations in HER2 and Triple Negative Breast Cancer Therapy; the importance of the pharmacist in preventing errors and performing the initial review; adjustment of drug treatment following bariatric surgery, including presentation of actual cases; ophthalmic drug treatments; second generation of basal insulins; the importance of patient follow-up by a community clinical pharmacist; innovations in the treatment of penetrating mold infections; counseling by both a naturopath and a clinical pharmacist  for hematologic patients; intervention by the clinical pharmacist in the pediatric infection prevention unit, and more.

 Mr. Farraj added: "This is the only 3 day conference in the country dedicated to pharmacists. We are excited anew each year to host it in the beautiful Galilee and to see it grow from year to year. The conference illustrates the importance of the profession of pharmacology and the quality of hospital care. Our aim is for the pharmacists to hear, ask and discuss the most relevant and new topics in the field; to this aim, the lectures chosen were innovative and varied.