CUHK to share insights after drug blunders

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 October, 2007, 12:00am

Chinese University has pledged to strengthen overseas exchanges of pharmaceutical knowledge in light of recent medical blunders involving drug dispensing.

The promise was made as CUHK celebrated the 15th anniversary of the establishment of its bachelor of pharmacy programme.

Launching a year of international health-care events, the School of Pharmacy held a white coat ceremony - a ritual to mark students' transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences.

The school's project co-ordinator, Lawrence Lo Wing-cheung, said some of the events took more than six months to prepare.

'These are all new events and we are going to identify the most popular ones to organise them again in the future, possibly on a bi-yearly basis,' Mr Lo said.

International experts have been invited to a workshop on biopharmaceuticals on November 16 in view of the rapidly growing market. Biopharmaceuticals are drugs produced using biotechnology. Human insulin was the first of its kind, being approved in 1982.

The workshop will be followed by a health economics conference in February, when overseas health-care scholars and policymakers will discuss the city's health-care reform.

Mr Lo said that in March, the university would be organising a primary health-care conference to discuss the blueprint for Hong Kong's primary health-care development.

The university would also hold a herbal medicine conference in June.

Academics and professionals in biotechnology and health officials would be invited to a three-day 'BioCamp 2008'. They would help train more than 40 international graduate students in biotechnology.