Pharmacy World & Science

, Volume 32, Issue 6, pp 696–700 | Cite as

Pharmacy education in Cuba

  • Alina Martínez SánchezEmail author


Background In Cuba, as in other countries around the world, professional pharmacy has moved from a product orientation (dispensing medications) to a focus on the patient. Aim To provide an overview of the current status of pharmacy education in Cuba. Methods Research was conducted on the historical records of the curriculums used in pharmacy education in Cuba. Results All programs require a minimum of 5 years of postsecondary education prior to attainment of the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree, which is currently the entry-level degree for the profession. The main change currently affecting practice of and education in pharmacy in Cuba is the introduction of pharmaceutical care concept. Conclusions All University Schools of Pharmacy are formally involved in the continuing professional development of practitioners as an important part of the educational life cycle for pharmacists.


Cuba Curriculum Literature review Pharmaceutical care Pharmacy education 



The authors wish to thank Dr. Pedro Horruitiner Silva for the continual support during the review and the manuscript preparation process.



Conflicts of interest

The author has no conflict of interests to declare.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pharmacy DepartmentCommunity SettingMadridSpain
  2. 2.MadridSpain

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