" Background - The Pharmaceutical Society of Trinidad and Tobago

Background

How we came to be.

In 1886, Druggists, as they were known at that time, got together and formed the Pharmaceutical Association. Druggists were under the control of the Doctors and as such, quarterly meeting between both professions were also held to discuss mutual concerns. Twelve years later, in 1898, members voted for the formation of The Pharmaceutical Society, which, though functioning in the interim, was only officially registered as a Society under the Company’s ordinance in 1925. The Society also established The Pharmaceutical Journal, with the first issue published in 1940.

Commencing inn 1936, The Society opposed the regulation of the profession of pharmacy by the Council of the Medical Board of Trinidad and in 1960 the Pharmacy Board Act 7of 1960, legislated into being the Pharmacy Board of Trinidad and Tobago. Up to that time, the Society had represented pharmacists in all matters pertaining to the profession of pharmacy, ranging from the creation of an Employment Bureau to regulating the pharmaceutical trade in the Colony. As the Pharmacy Board gained in stature less attention was given to The Pharmaceutical Society and it subsequently became defunct. It was revived in 2009 and renamed The Pharmaceutical Society of Trinidad & Tobago (TPSTT). It is registered as a company with the Registrar of Companies and its Memorandum & Articles of Association registered under the new Companies Ordinance, Chapter 31 No 1.

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