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A Global Perspective

Published on 08 April 2016

A standing room only crowd of students at St. Louis College of Pharmacy recently heard about how their counterparts in France become pharmacists. Dr. Bruno Bonnemain, scientific advisor, deputy general manager, and deputy chief pharmaceutical officer of Guerbet, gave a presentation as part of a cultural exchange at the College.

Bonnemain highlighted parts of the French educational system which included a common first year of coursework for all medical professionals. Only after the first year do students apply for specialized schooling. Students at the College were especially interested to hear how French pharmacists can practice anywhere in the country or the European Union. Bonnemain said the spirit of the laws governing pharmacy are very similar in France, Spain, Portugal and Italy as a result of the spread of the French empire during the Napoleonic Wars.

Bonnemain is in St. Louis for a year as part of Guerbet’s acquisition of Mallinckrodt’s contrast media and delivery systems. The event was sponsored by the Office of International Programs and the International Students Organization.

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