|FMIPA UII Holds Pharmacist’s Oath Taking Ceremony (Batch XVIII)|
|Tuesday, 06 March 2012|
The Pharmacist’s Oath, initiated by Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences UII, was taken by 132 new pharmacy graduates, on Monday (3/6) at Kahar Muzzakir Adirium, UII main campus. There were 51 graduates with cum laude predicate and Arum Dita Yuliana obtained the highest GPA of 3,88. Until this year, UII have nurtured 1.760 pharmacy graduates.
In his opening remark, UII Vice Rector, Nandang Sutrisno, SH, LLM, M.Hum, Ph.D, stated that pharmacist’s is important profession who improve and maintain patient’s quality of life. They are responsible to deliver pharmaceutical care. “To do this, UII have to nurture pharmacist who has excellent capability, integrity, and professionalism.” He added
Furthermore, Nandang Sutrisno also mentioned that the development of health care in Indonesia is in critical condition up to the present time. It is triggered by the high price of medicines. “According the statement of, Executive Director of International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group, Parulin Simanjutak , that the high cost of medicine was becoming a crucial issue, since almost 80-85% of Indonesian citizen spend their money on their health care.” Nandang stressed out.
In addition, the high cost of medicine due to the financial gains of the pharmaceutical business. In this case, they purchased raw materials of drugs imported from China and India with low price. However, pharmaceutical companies sell their product at highest price. This fact generates drug counterfeiting phenomenon in Indonesia.
Therefore, Pharmacists have to actively participate in controlling the government’s policy related to health care in Indonesia. “Hence, we expected to all of pharmacists graduates to commit to public service and to the achievement of this goal.” Nandang emphasized.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Indonesian Pharmacists Association (IAI), Yogyakarta Region, Nunut Rubiyanto, S.Si, Apt., in his speech explained Health Law Number 36 year 2009 concerning pharmaceutical profession that pharmaceutical practice must be performed by health workers having the expertise and authority according to the provisions of laws and regulations.
Drs. Purwadi, Apt., MM. ME., National Pharmacy Committee (KFN) in this occasion also mentioned that today our societies are waiting for the implementation of national health insurance which will be launch on 2014. Thus, the role of pharmacist as health worker is needed to conduct this program.