For years the focus of Pharmadanmark has been on developing new and improved services for our members. We have also put much emphasis on important domestic challenges, e.g. highlighting the role of our members in the Danish health care system.
”However, we do realize that international cooperation is becoming increasingly important – not least due to the fact that the labour market is becoming more and more international,” says Rikke Løvig Simonsen, chairman of Pharmadanmark. Many Pharmadanmark members work in the pharmaceutical industry, which is by definition international and global. Many members will also at some point in their career be working abroad. “Pharmadanmark can give better advice to members about working abroad by tapping into the knowledge of foreign trade unions,” Rikke Løvig Simonsen explains.
She is also convinced that international cooperation is much needed in order to promote the role of pharmacists and other pharma professionals in the healthcare sector around Europe. “They can – and should – play a much bigger role and must seize the exciting opportunities. The struggle against antibiotic resistance is one example of that,” she says. Already in 2015, the Nordic pharmacist organizations agreed on a common effort in that field. “There are many other health problems that can only be solved through international cooperation, e.g. falsified medicine,” says Rikke Løvig Simonsen. A couple of months ago she was part of the Danish delegation for EAHP (European Association of Hospital Pharmacists) on Malta – the largest European convention on hospital pharmacy.
“This was the first time a member of our Executive Committee participated, and it is a sign of our growing international commitment. EAHP is increasingly working politically to promote clinical pharmacy. Because of that, Pharmadanmark must be present there.”