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FIP Opens Momentous 2011 Congress in Hyderabad with President of India

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) opened the 2011 Congress with a monumental visit by the President of India during the Opening Ceremony of the 71st World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. All were honoured by Her Excellency's presence and inspired by her words of motivation for pharmacists' potential in India and around the world.

Following the visit of the President and Government Officials, the Assistant-Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) was present to sign the official WHO-FIP Joint Statement on the Role of the Pharmacist in Tuberculosis Care and Control with FIP President Dr Michel Buchmann. This Statement will set the stage for increased pharmacist involvement in the prevention of and care of patients with tuberculosis; a timely and relevant issue considering the spread of tuberculosis in India.

Many award winners were also honoured during the afternoon - click here for the full press release on Award Winners 2011, with a special congratulations to Prof Malcom Rowland for his being awarded the 2011 Host Madsen Medal.

FIP is very pleased to bring the 2011 Congress to the intriguing setting of Hyderabad. Almost 2000 delegates have convened in India for a programme centered on increasing safety and quality of medicines and patients on a global level.

Stay tuned for more news as the Congress unfolds.