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Dear ESOP-members!

In this newsletter we would like to present a current ESOP-project and two reports to keep you updated on our activities and to give new impetus to your own daily work:


The Regulation (EC) No. 726/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council gives additional responsibility to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), its Management Board and its committees to develop contacts with healthcare professionals. The EMA Management Board endorsed in a meeting held on a 15 December 2011 with topic “Framework for interaction between the EMA and healthcare professionals”. The Framework foresees the formalization of the current EMA/CHMP Working Group with Healthcare Professionals’ Organizations into a working party, with links to the six EMA Human Scientific Committees (CAT, CHMP, COMP, HMPC, PDCO and PRAC). The working party is

established to provide recommendations to the EMA and its Human Scientific Committees on all matters of direct or indirect interest to healthcare professionals in relation to medicinal products and monitor the progress of interaction between the Agency and healthcare professionals. ESOP is invited and takes part in it as an observer.

SIOPE Press Release

A call for concrete action to improve the availability of effective innovative cancer medicines for children and adolescents with cancer was launched at the event ‘Development of Paediatric Cancer Medicines - Speeding up Innovation, Saving Lives’. Although cancer remains the first cause of death by disease beyond one year of age, very few new medicines reach children and adolescents with cancer in Europe, even after the implementation of the 2007 EU Paediatric Medicine Regulation.

Summary from the 9th BOPP-days (symposium of the Belgian Organisation of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners)

On the 19th and 20th of February 2016, the 9th BOPP-days were held in Blankenberge, a city at the Belgian coast. This yearly two-day event gathered 112 pharmacists, which is a 10% increase compared to the 8th edition held in January 2015. Thirty tree pharmaceutical companies were represented to introduce their innovations in medicines and technologies.
The emphasis of this meeting was on the daily practice within oncology pharmacy.
For this purpose, different specialists, were invited to lecture and give workshops: oncologists, pharmacists, clinical pharmacists and pharmacy students.

Birgit Tans
ESOP delegate Belgium

Clinical Pharmacy – KPIs- Quantifying the practice

DUPHAT – Dubai International Pharmaceuticals and Technologies Conference and Exhibition has evolved to be one of the most important annual pharmaceutical event since its inception in 1995. Conference was held from 18-20 March of 2016 and member of ESOP board  Sherif Kalama was actively participating in it. He gave lecture about quantifying the practice in clinical pharmacy. 

He presented clinical pharmacy as a patient centered and outcome oriented service. According to Peter Drucker, the man who invented management, “you cannot manage, what you cannot measure and what gets measured gets improved“. Therefore as clinical pharmacists caring for children with cancer we need to try to monitor and measure all of our functions in the medication management process from procurement, storage, prescribing, dispensing, administration and monitoring.  

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