European Pharmacists elect Duarte Santos as PGEU President for 2020 

Today the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union has elected Mr Duarte Santos, Member of the Board of the Portuguese Pharmacy Association (ANF), as PGEU President for 2020, at its General Assembly meeting in Kraków, Poland.
Duarte Santos is a passionate community pharmacist. After having completed a Master Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Coimbra in 2008, he acquired a pharmacy in Lisbon which, with resilience, he saved during the most difficult times of the economic crisis in Portugal. Since the beginning of his career, Duarte has taken on the responsibilities of both patient care and the management of the pharmacy.
In May 2013, Duarte became a member of the board of ANF and has held several management functions of different departments and projects. International representation of ANF and the institutional relations with the Academy and the Student´s Associations, are also part of his responsibilities at ANF.
Since 2014 Duarte is an invited professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Lisbon. He is about to obtain an MBA at AESE Business School in Lisbon. 

In his acceptance speech Mr. Santos stressed: “I’m truly honoured to have been appointed as PGEU President 2020. Pharmacy practice is rapidly evolving and shifting the focus from dispensing medicines to advanced patient care and innovative services. It is the role of PGEU to support members through this change by serving as platform to share best practices and by collecting robust evidence on the added value of pharmacy services for health care systems.
I will also make sure PGEU will provide all community pharmacists across Europe the necessary tools to address the many challenges and opportunities the pharmacy sector is currently facing, including medicines shortages, digitalisation, Big Data, the implementation of the falsified medicines legislation and of the new EU Regulations on medical devices and veterinary medicines. I will also ensure PGEU continues striving for interprofessional collaboration working closely with other EU health professionals’ organizations. 

PGEU is the “glue” that bonds us together and I look forward to working with all PGEU members and with PGEU team to bring the voice of community pharmacists at the hearth of the EU policy making”.

We wish Mr. Santos all the best on the new position!

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The Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU) has elected Michal Byliniak as the next president of the PGEU for the year 2019

Today the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union has elected Mr Michał Byliniak, from the Polish Pharmaceutical Chamber (NIA), as PGEU President for 2019, at its General Assembly meeting in Marbella, Spain.

Pharmacist by profession, Mr Michał Byliniak graduated from the pharmaceutical faculty of the Warsaw Medical University, Poland. Currently, he is the vice-president of the Polish Pharmaceutical Chamber and has over 15 years of professional experience in the pharmaceutical market. He has strong managerial experience related to the distribution, reimbursement, registration of medicinal products and clinical trials, which he gained both while working in pharmacies, as well as in domestic wholesalers, pharmaceutical companies and consultancies.
Mr Byliniak is the author of numerous studies related to the pharmaceutical sector.

Mr Michał Byliniak stressed in his acceptance speech: "With the upcoming 60th Anniversary of PGEU in 2019, it is time to acknowledge the pharmacy profession’s advancements and achievements over the past six decades and to look to the future to how the profession can further strengthen and support the resilience of European health systems. That’s why, to mark this milestone in European pharmacy, we will be launching the PGEU Pharmacy 2030 Vision Paper in early 2019 to outline the way forward for the profession to 2030 and beyond".

Mr Thanasis Papathanassis, from the Panhellenic Pharmaceutical Association (PFS), has been elected as PGEU Vice-President 2019.