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Varro E. Tyler Distinguished Lectureship 2013 Abstracts

Speaker: Dr. Nick Barber, PhD

Lecture Title:
Back to the Future

The tasks that pharmacists do have ebbed and flowed over the years; however, there are core themes and a mindset that pharmacists bring that endure and can point to the future. For example, pharmacists have always had a role in managing the risks of medicines and improving their effectiveness. In Victorian times, the risk included finding the right ingredients of the right quality and making the product effectively; now we are checking for errors and side effects. In Victorian times, pharmacists prescribed; now that right is slowly returning.

Illustrating the talk with some of his own work and drawing on complexity theory, Professor Barber will draw out some themes about pharmacists, and the use of medicines, to speculate on the ways in which pharmacists can move their profession forward.

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