George’s University faculty presented at the Caribbean Association of Pharmacists 34th annual convention in Grenada this past August under the theme “Shaping the Future of Our Profession, with One Mission and One Voice.” Dedicated to the mission of improving the health and wellbeing of people through a culture of continuous learning and improvement among its membership, the organization’s conference gathered more than 120 experts from the US and Caribbean for a one-week workshop. From SGU, Drs. Leonardo Dasso, Chair of the Department of Pharmacology, and Lucy Clunes, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, jointly presented on the topic: “Pharmacotherapy of Hypertension: New Guidelines,” summarizing the new guidelines for hypertension.
“In the last couple of years there have been several new guidelines on hypertension issued by different professional associations from the US, Canada, and Europe,” stated Dr. Dasso. “These new guidelines offer new recommendations regarding the pharmacotherapy of hypertension, and it is important for physicians and pharmacists alike to be aware of these guidelines, which reflect the current state of the art of pharmacotherapy for hypertension.”
Dr. Dasso also lectured on pharmacogenomics, or the role of genetics in the response of patients to medications. “Different people respond differently to medications; the same dose of the same medication may evoke a powerful response in one individual, perhaps leading to severe adverse effects, whereas in another individual such a dose may be subtherapeutic,” Dr. Dasso said. “Knowledge of such genetic variability would allow prescribers to administer the right dose for each individual, thus optimizing the therapeutic effects and minimizing the adverse effects.”
Dr. Dasso described the conference as interactive, with animated and enthusiastic participation from attendees. “It was wonderful to get to know and interact with pharmacists from around the region and the US, and we hope that this interaction will continue and expand.”
The Caribbean Association of Pharmacists is a network of care providers with a shared vision of advancing the development and empowerment of the people of the Caribbean through excellence in the provision of all aspects of pharmacy practice. The Guyana Pharmacists Association will host the Caribbean Association of Pharmacists (CAP) 35th Conference in August 2015.