The Philippine Pharmacists Association Inc. (PPhA) conducted its annual national convention with the theme Best Pharmacy Practices for Quality and Safety last April 26-28, 2012 at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Sto. Tomas. More than 2,000 pharmacists from all over the country attended the convention. Adamson University was represented in the convention by faculty members from the College of Pharmacy led by Dean Perlita Crucis.
A highlight of the college's participation in the national conventions was the presentation of four research papers made by 20 fourth-year Pharmacy students. Two research papers were accepted by the PPhA committee for poster presentation while the other two were accepted for oral presentation.
The researches presented for poster presentation were Antimicrobial Activity Evaluation of the Fruiting Bodies of Selected Edible Mushrooms in the Philippines by Princess Erika Campos, Irrah Coronado, Renz Estor, Rizza Mae Gascon, Gillian Velasco, and Prof. Rogie Royce Carandang, RPh, MPH; and Hepatoprotective Activity Evaluation of Chrysanthemum indicum Linne (Fam. Asteraceae) Flower Extract on Carbon-Tetrachloride Induced Acute Hepatotoxicity in Rats by Tessa Fay Amargo, Mary Robelle Lontok, Darwin Obel, Sarah Jane Toledo, Ronald John Villena, and were also mentored by Prof. Carandang. The student researches were in the Pharmaceutical Science Research category.
The oral presentations were made in two of the four parallel sessions during the convention. The researchCounseling Practices on Anti-TB Drugs among Community Pharmacists in Manila authored by John Paul Alvarez, Embradia Aslahon, Johaira Datueman, Rudy Fernandez, Noraisa Mangondato, Jover Mosqueda, and Prof. Carandang was presented in the Pharmacy Practice Section by Prof. Carandang. The other research, Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices on Medication Error Reporting Among Health Professionals from Hospitals in Manila was presented during the Pharmacy Education and Policy Development session. The research was made by Grace Beatrice Hocson, Kristle Mae Respicio, Danica Resuello, Chariz Reynoso, and Prof. Carandang, with Resuello making the oral presentation.
Certificates of recognition were later given to Velasco, Obel, Mosqueda, Resuello, and Carandang for their presentations.
The College of Pharmacy considers it a jumpstart for the college that they were able to participate and present their researches in the PPhA national convention. With this participation, the college is now making a commitment to produce better and more relevant researches in the future.