The Pharmaceutical Care Network Europe (PCNE) was established in 1994 and it became an official association (under Dutch law) in 2004.
Pharmaceutical Care is the pharmacist's contribution to the care of individuals, in order to optimize medicines use and improve health outcomes.
A living example of Pharmaceutical Care practice and research, who led the way in Europe in the implementation of pharmaceutical care practice, motivating many to document their achievements and to share with the scientific community the added value in outcomes that matter to patients.
Foppe van Mil, who died two days after celebrating his 70th birthday, was a global leader in pharmaceutical care.
Foppe van Mil was a registered community pharmacist from 1978 until 2000. His career started as a technical director of a local community pharmacy in Zuidlaren, the Netherlands, which was an example of good pharmacy practice, collaborative work with physicians and allied healthcare professionals and where direct patient contact aiming at optimising medication use was the standard way of practicing.
From 1993 till 2000 he worked at the University of Groningen. In January 2000 he concluded his PhD at the working group Social Pharmacy and Pharmacoepidemiology of the University Centre of Pharmacy in Groningen on the concept of Pharmaceutical Care.
Since 2000 he was a pharmacy consultant on Pharmacy Practice Research and Pharmaceutical Care.
He was one of the founding members of Pharmaceutical Care Network Europe, where he acted as the true soul of this research network, being part of the board and supporting all subsequent boards in the implementation of international projects. Between 1996 and 1999 he was its Chairman, and currently served as its professional secretary.
In PCNE, amongst many other projects, Foppe initiated a classification of drug-related problems, to support standardisation of terms and to make international comparisons possible and meaningful. Currently PCNE-DRP classification is in version 9.1 and is being used in many countries, including Belgium, Germany, Ghana, Norway, China, Taiwan, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.
Although Foppe was based in Europe, his desire to spread the word about pharmaceutical care led him to join the Continuing Education Programme committee at the Community Pharmacy Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) between 1994 and 2002. The programme proceedings resulting from these intense years of CPD for community pharmacists worldwide are available and still referred to.
Foppe van Mil was also the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, a Springer journal, dedicated to disseminating good practice examples and robust scientific research in the fields of clinical pharmacy, pharmaceutical care, pharmacy practice and pharmacoepidemiology.
We will be issuing a special PCNE Newsletter in Foppe's honor. If you would like to contribute with a small text reflecting on your interactions with Foppe, and/or you have any pictures you would like to share, please send these until the end of the week and we will incorporate as possible.
Foppe was a good friend and mentor to many of us. He inspired all who were lucky to have met or even hear him talk about the potential for pharmacy. He will be sorely missed.