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Society for Dermopharmacy celebrates tenth birthday

Ten years of interdisciplinary progress for the well-being of skin

The GD Gesellschaft für Dermopharmazie will celebrate in brief its decennial formation. Founded in the Deutsche Apothekerhaus (German Pharmacist House) in Eschborn on 20 June 1995, the GD has made it its task to further dermopharmaceutical research, introduce research results and other new insights to the public and foster cooperation by dermatologists, pharmacists and other experts active in the field of Dermopharmacy. On the occasion of its anniversary, the GD will organize a commemorative event in Mönchengladbach on 2 July in which it will bring together dermatologists and pharmacists in a symposium, a soccer match and a jazz event organized by a colleague.
Since its foundation the GD deals with questions of external and internal applications of drugs, medicinal products, cosmetics and dietary supplements serving the prevention and treatment of skin diseases. Meanwhile, 40 sponsoring and roughly 300 ordinary members among which there are almost all major experts from the German-speaking region. In some areas the GD cooperates with other scientific associations. Thus it has for example arranged a cooperation with the Deutsche Dermatologische Gesellschaft (DDG) (German Dermatological Society) on a formal basis.

quality management

The GD's activities focus on efforts for a dermopharmaceutical quality management which manifests inter alea in the holding of consensus conferences as well as in the editing of guidelines and standard procedures and other position papers. The GD guidelines published so far deal with dermocosmetics for the cleansing and care of dry skin tending to acne, sun screen agents as well as products of the dermatological prescription. In cooperation with the DDG respectively the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Berufs- und Umweltdermatologie (working group for occupational and environmental dermatology) within the DDG guidelines regarding "Actinic keratosis" and "Occupational skin protection products" have been elaborated.

The statements by the GD published so far deal with dermocosmetic and dermatotherapeutic subjects just as pharmaeconomic and health-economic concerns. Lastly, in September 2004, a statement regarding the interdisciplinary management of the Tinea pedis was published which makes recommendations for the containment of the widespread disease athlete's foot and allows for the increasing significance of the self medication of mycoses pedis. For consumers the GD elaborates guides which are available until the present time concerning the subjects "Dry Skin" and "Nail Mycosis".

Widespread offer
of information

All information materials of the GD can be found at the GD homepage extended to a dermopharmacy portal ( and retrieved without charge. The society also circulates new scientific findings in the field of dermopharmacy via its own dermopharmaceutic scientific journal "DermoTopics" published at least twice a year by its economic entity, the ID-Institute for Dermopharmacy GmbH as printout and online version.

Moreover, the Gesellschaft für Dermopharmazie informs about current trends from various fields of dermopharmacy - last on 14 and 15 March 2005 at the Veterinary Medicinal University Vienna (report starting on page 12 of this issue). In addition, events regarding various subjects take place: thus for example 5 memoranda of the GD Free University Berlin and the Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) a symposium for the avoiding of animal experiments was organized in Berlin on November 2004 in cooperation with 5th DermoTopics 1 (2005). Equally in Berlin on 17 November of this year, a symposium concerning the subject "Subcutaneous cosmetics and their alternatives: benefits and risks of skin augmentation" will take place.

The Society for Dermopharmacy will celebrate its ten-year anniversary in Mönchengladbach on 2 July 2005 in the Kaiser-Friedrich Halle with a commemorative event.

Commemorative event
for tenth anniversary

On the occasion of its tenth anniversary the Gesellschaft für Dermopharmazie will organize a great event by which in particular dermatologists and pharmacists are addressed in Mönchengladbach on 2 July. For this aim the Gesellschaft für Dermopharmazie organized a symposium under the title "Interdisciplinary progress for the well-being of skin" accompanied by an expert exposition in which experts from the sectors pharmacy, dermatology and cosmetology developments from the fields dermocosmetic and its dermatological therapy are highlighted which are fostered by the Gesellschaft für Dermopharmazie.

Following the symposium, dermatologists and pharmacists meet for an interdisciplinary football match to be awarded with the GD anniversary cup. For this aim, the German dermatological national team managed by the GD-board member professor Dr. Dr. Thomas Ruzicka, Düsseldorf meets an ambitious selection of North-Rhine pharmacists who compete under the name of "pill kicker North-Rhine". Both teams expect numerous spectators and encouragement by their colleagues.

For a conclusion of the day dermatologists and pharmacists will appear jointly on scene and entertain their colleagues at the GD Jazz Night with sounds by Frank Sinatra, Glen Miller and others. Interpreters will be besides surprise guests the jazz singer pharmacist Ingeborg Krenberger with pharmacist Peter Ditzel, editor-in-chief of the Deutsche Apothekerzeitung (German Pharmacist Journal) at the piano as well as the Deutsche Apotheker Bigband (16 musicians) will perform.

The program of the event on 2 July can be found on page 2 of this issue. Application forms can be obtained from the internet address


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