The Certificate Awarding Ceremony was Held for the 2nd Batch of the Pharmacy Personnel Skills Development Programme
Hemas Pharmaceuticals, Sri Lanka’s Number one pharmaceutical importer and distributor for over seven decades, concluded the certificate awarding ceremony of the ‘Pharmacy Personnel Skills Development Programme’ recently at Hilton Residences, honouring their second batch with 35 students. The programme was launched in partnership with the Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka (PSSL) with the primary goal of providing the necessary skills and knowledge to obtain national registration as a registered pharmacist in 2019.
A career development programme providing a comprehensive knowledge for students aspiring to be pharmacists, the ‘Pharmacy Personnel Skills Development Programme’ is presented by Hemas Pharmaceuticals in collaboration with PSSL. This provides an opportunity for aspiring candidates planning to sit for the registration exam and to obtain registration as a pharmacist by the SLMC, to attend a 6-month preparatory programme free of charge and ensures the industry and the community at large is supplied with well qualified pharmacists. The course syllabus covered Community Pharmacy Practice, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Pharmacy Management, Regulatory requirements, Pharmacognosy, Cold Chain Management, and Customer Care Service Skills.
Commenting on the initiative, Jude Fernando, Managing Director, Hemas Pharmaceuticals and Hemas Surgicals & Diagnostics stated: “It gives me great pleasure to note the conclusion of the second batch of ‘Pharmacy Personnel Skills Development programme and reiterate our commitment to continue this programme for the benefit of aspirant students and the community we serve. The development of pharmacists is a critical link and component in providing a high-quality medical service to the public. Hemas Pharmaceuticals has always been at the forefront of providing high-quality medical services, and we believe it is our responsibility to train the industry’s forerunners in all spears.
“Many young people in Sri Lanka are interested in pursuing their careers in the medical field, and there are many students graduating with pharmacy qualifications. However, education about the fundamentals of pharmacy practice and customer and patient care service skills are also of paramount importance to ensure ultimate therapeutic outcomes. I am grateful to Hemas Pharmaceuticals for their assistance in elevating the profession of pharmacy in Sri Lanka by joining hands with PSSL”, said Tisara De Silva, President of the PSSL.
A fully owned subsidiary of Hemas Holdings PLC, Hemas Pharmaceuticals’ persistence and skill for innovation has made it one of the most streamlined and modernized organisations in the nation’s industry, with unrivalled sales and distribution operations. Designed to be ultra-efficient and geared towards providing business partners with the solutions they need, Hemas Pharmaceuticals currently holds over 30% of the market share as Sri Lanka’s largest pharmaceutical distributor.
Photo Caption: Group Photo: Kelum Jayasuriya –President-elect, Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka, Tisara De Silva – President, Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka, Jude Fernando – Managing Director, Hemas Pharmaceuticals, and Dr. Krishantha Wirasinghe – Senior Manager Compliance, Hemas Pharmaceuticals with a few Certificate Awardees.