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Pharmacists can now apply to become specialists

Certification will attract more to profession, say pharmacists

Published on Sep 30, 2012 6:00 AM
Looking forward to the certification of specialists are (from left) Dr Doreen Tan; Prof Chui Wai Keung; Health Sciences Authority deputy director Jalene Poh; Mr James Cheong, a senior director at Parexel, which deals with clinical trials; Ms Joy Chong, Watsons' senior pharmacist who is pursuing further training in community pharmacy; Mr Lim See Wah and Ms Wendy Ang. -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM

There are pharmacists who specialise in different areas of medicine, and from tomorrow they can apply to be recognised as such.

The newly formed Pharmacy Specialists Accreditation Board will accept submissions for pharmacist specialists in oncology, cardiology, geriatrics, infectious diseases and psychiatry.

Minister of Health Gan Kim Yong, making the announcement on Saturday at a congress at the Shangri-La Hotel, said well-certified pharmacists are needed to promote safe and effective drug use.

"With the growing emphasis on integrated care, we need pharmacists to take on expanded roles in the community, long- term care and home-care settings," he said. The two-day Singapore Pharmacy Congress gathers more than 700 experts.

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