lucas with flip flops contest promo poster
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Do you want to get a pair of FREE PARO Flip Flops? Well it’s as easy as 3 steps:
1) “Like” the PARO facebook page (
2) “Like” the PARS facebook page (
3) Share this post!

If you do all these 3 things, then you will be automatically entered into win a free pair of flip flops which will be mailed right to your door or be waiting for you at the IPSF World Congress or at PARS! This give away will be happening starting APRIL 11thst – APRIL 30th, we have 2 flip flops to give away for FREE! For any questions contact

- Anyone in IPSF can participate, not only PARO region
- If you already have liked our page, we have this record so you can just complete the other steps to be fully entered into the competition!

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¡Hola PARO!

¿Quieren ganarse un par de chanclas PARO? Es tan fácil como seguir estos tres pasos:
1) Dar LIKE a la página de PARO en Facebook (
2) Dar LIKE a la página de PARS en Facebook (
3) Compartir ésta publicación en tu muro

Si haces estas 3 cosas, serán inscritos automáticamente en el concurso por un par de chanclas que serán envaidas por correo a su puerta, o estarán esperándote en el Congreso Mundial de IPSF o en el Simposio Regional de PARO (PARS)! Este concurso va desde el 11 de abril hasta el 30 de abril, y hay 2 chanclas para rifar. Para mayor información, contactanos al correo

- Cualquier miembro de una asociación de IPSF puede participar, no solo las personas de PARO.
- ¡Si ya diste LIKE en una de las páginas, este registro ya está en nuestro sistema, así que solo debes completar los pasos que te hagan falta para entrar al concurso!

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Você gostaria de ganhar um par de chinelos da PARO? Bem, é fácil e em apenas 3 passos:
1) “Curta” a página do facebook da PARO (
2) “Curta” a página do facebook do PARS (
3) “Compartilhe” este post!

Se você fizer estas 3 coisas, então você estará automaticamente no sorteio para ganhar um par de chinelos, que serão enviados a sua casa, ou entregado a você no Congresso Mundial ou no PARS! Esta promoção durará entre 11 a 30 de Abril e serão sorteados 2 chinelos! Qualquer dúvida, contate

- Qualquer membro da IPSF pode participar, não apenas a Região Pan Americana
- Se você já “curtiu” nossa página, nós já temos isto registrado e você pode completar os demais passos para entrar totalmente em nossa competição!

Blog Post! Chagas in Latin America


Jorge chagas article blog 4.6.14

Chagas disease is a tropical parasitic disease caused by the flagellate protozoan called Trypanosoma cruzi.  The T. cruzi is commonly transmitted to humans and other mammals by the blood-sucking insect vector. You might know the vector, Triatominae, by different names such as kissing bug, chinche besucona, chinche picuda and chipo (Central America), chiri macha (north of South America), barbeiro (Brazil) or even vinchuca (south of South America). We can recognize the vector by its appearance. They have a tapered head, it measures about 2 centimeters in the adult stage and has yellow transverse bands on its brown body. To give you a better idea, check the image above.

The disease is endemic mainly in the Americas, particularly in poor, rural areas of Mexico, Central America, and South America; very rarely, the disease has been found in the Southern part of the United States. The main health concern cause by it is heart disease, mostly the enlargement of the ventricles of the heart, while other symptoms of the late stage (10 to 30 years after infection!) might be enlarged esophagus and colon. As for the early stages patients might present with fever, swollen lymphnodes, headache and swelling on the location of the bite.

There are different ways to prevent this disease, such as:

  • Eliminate cracks in the wall
  • Hygiene care
  • Use of insecticides
  • Educate the public to recognize the vector
  • Recommending people to visit their doctor and report to the health authorities about the existence of vectors

The prevention of this disease is very important. We are pharmacy students and being health professionals, we must work in the prevention and awareness, mainly in poor and rural areas.

What we can do to encourage the prevention of this disease?

AEFRA (Asociacion de Estudiantes de Farmacia de la República Argentina), for example, works in rural schools by bringing school materials such as books, pens, pencils, pages, etc. We try to explain to the kids in a simple way, what to do to prevent Chagas and how to improve their hygiene. In the North and the Central parts of Argentina, Chagas is a very big problem, not only in the rural areas but also in the larger cities. We must be alert, and education is the key to succeed.

Mr. Jorge Schlottke
IPSF PARO Regional Relations Officer 2013-14


Find TB. Treat it. World TB day theme 2014

What are you doing for World TB Day?

Here is our campaign, feel free to incorporate it into your schools World TB Day project!

Check back tomorrow for the rest of the campaign!


Hello IPSFers,

Tuberculosis (TB) is a big issue in our lovely Pan American region and the world. It is so important that it is part of the Millennium Development Goal 6, Target 6: Halt and reverse TB incidence.

Here is a great video from SAWBO™ Scientific Animations Without Borders to remind you of the main aspects of TB:

Hola IPSFers,La tuberculosis (TB) es un gran problema en nuestra región Panamericana y del mundo. Es tan importante que es parte del “Millennium Development Goal 6″. Que es: detener y revertir la incidencia de tuberculosis.

Aquí está un gran vídeo por SAWBO™ Scientific Animations Without Borders para recordarle de los aspectos principales de TB:


Olá IPSFers,

A tuberculose (TB) é um grande problema em nossa encantadora região Pan-Americana, e do mundo. É tão importante que faz parte dos Objetivos de Desenvolvimento do Milênio, no Objetivo 6, alvo 6: Deter e reverter a incidência de TB.

Aqui vai um ótimo vídeo por SAWBO™ Scientific Animations Without Borders para relembrar os principais aspectos da TB:

Have you read the PARO Newsletter!?

The Regional Working Group would like to present the FIRST EVER PARO NEWSLETTER Issue #1! This is a huge step for our region! Congratulations PARO!

If you want to be included in the next newsletter please contact

We hope you enjoy the newsletter at:

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Blog Post!

What is happening in the Continent?

A Discussion on Marijuana in Uruguay and the U.S.A.

 “New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not common.” – John Locke

Hello dear readers, before I start I would like to say that I am not going to talk about the morality or public health effects of marijuana. I am not even going to talk about my personal view about the legalization. I just want to discuss a comparison between the Uruguay regulation system (State-Owned) and the main system in the U.S.A. (Medicinal) in relation to marijuana legalization.

Why is this an important point for the Pharmacy Students? Because in both countries the Pharmacist is the healthcare provider in charge of selling to the patient.

The main point that the U.S.A. is dealing with is the Federal-State relation. Like Brazil and Canada, the U.S.A. is a huge country that is divided into smaller parts (called states) that can have their own specific laws, amendments, acts, or propositions. For the Federal level, based on the “Controlled Substances Act”, marijuana is classified as “Schedule I”, that means that it has a high potential for dependency and does not have an accepted medicinal usage. However, states in the U.S.A.(Washington and Colorado) can go “against” the Federal level and decide to allow use of Marijuana.

In October of 2009, Obama’s Administration encouraged the prosecutors not to prosecute anyone in accordance with the state law (even if it is “against” the Federal law).

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Most of the States that have Medicinal Marijuana work with the “Patient Registry” and the “Dispensaries”. These are special “Dispensaries”, with Pharmacists in charge. Since it is a private system, it works on a market system, like a drug store.

Uruguay brings a new view on this issue, the basis is a State-Owned production and full regulation of the production chain, from the cultivation to the final user. You can view it as both countries regulating the personal cultivation.

Similarly to the U.S.A.’s states that have medicinal marijuana, Uruguay will have the Pharmacist in charge of selling the marijuana to the final user, but it needs to be in the drug stores.

The main difference is that while the U.S.A. have cannabis as part of the market system generating profit, the State-Owned Uruguay system does not have the goal to profit. Even if we consider that it will have taxes on the “real price”, we need to remember that those taxes will be put back into society, paying for treatment of addiction or Investing in education and prevention of drug abuse and social services. We should at least expect this from any government.

Any thoughts? Reply to this blog post with your points of view if you wish to share!

 Lucas Ercolin

Chairperson of PARO

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Blog Post!

Starting PARS in Brazil

It all started in late November, two weeks until the meeting that would decide whether there would be PARS 2014 or not. The bid of Costa Rica to host the PARS had not worked out, so until that point, PARS would not have occurred. Then, Lucas Ercolin, Chairperson of PARO, who had been thinking about the possibility of bringing PARS to Brazil, started talking with some of the actual members of the Reception Committee and growing the idea. They liked it and called other CACIF’s members (CACIF is the Academic Center of Pharmaceutical Science of UNESP, my university) to join to the reception committee.

So we had a proposal, a budget, a schedule, six official members of the reception committee (now we are seven) plus Lucas and Barbara Villela (Regional Projects Officer) that are helping us with all the work. The only thing that remained was the designations of the positions that we would each take. Lucas, who was first the first in coordinating, could not take position to be the Chairperson, since he is already the Chairperson of PARO. Only one of us from the Reception Committee is attending to the World Congress, so that person would have naturally a closely contact with the IPSF. This is where I came in. Allow me to introduce myself; I am Ana Tereza, Chairperson of the 8th IPSF Pan American Regional Symposium.

After we decided each position, Lucas and I made a presentation for the final meeting with the Executive of IPSF, presented the bid for hosting and it was accepted! Now we are working really hard to have an amazing event and we hope you can come and enjoy it!

Thank you for the attention!

Ana Tereza de Souza Cruz
PARS Chairperson 2014
CACIF, Brazil

Blog Post!

John Hopkins Program:

Global Tobacco Control for Healthcare Professionals


As a pharmacist, it is important to help patients to have a better quality of life and guide them to have a healthy-living. One way to help patients is to assist on quit smoking by truly understanding the influence of tobacco on an international level. Dr. Awopegba, a Research Associate at the Institute for Global Tobacco Control, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has developed a special online course on global tobacco control for healthcare professionals. This course, titled “Learning from the Experts: A course for healthcare professionals”, is offered online and is completely free.

All participants who complete this short course will also get a certificate of completion from the Johns Hopkins University. The goal of this program is to reach every Pharmacy student and Pharmacists in the Pan American region through a number of organizations like the Pan American division of the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation.

The program is in multiple languages and the one specifically for healthcare professionals contains 5 modules and the last module addresses the role of health care professionals.

I encourage everyone to go to the website: In order for you to help the patient is to first understand the patient. This course prepares the pharmacist to better understand the seriousness of smoking and how it is affecting individual lives.

Grace Chun
PARO Secretary 2013-14