Welcome to the website of the International Society of Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy (ISCP). ISCP is a Global organization, affiliated to the World Heart Federation, whose mission is to promote and facilitate strategies to improve cardiovascular health through rational pharmacotherapy.
ISCP represents a forum for dialogue and cooperation among cardiac physicians, pharmacologists, pharmacists, scientists with an interest in cardiovascular pharmacology, and health care professionals in general.
We are a global organisation with a large membership from over 35 countries worldwide. Most countries have an ISCP Governor and through them we encourage local participation in events and collaboration in projects and strategies to improve cardiovascular health through the promotion of education and research in all areas of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy. The ultimate goal always being the prevention of cardiac disease and the improvement of treatment, clinical outcome and patient wellbeing.
The ISCP promotes cooperation among societies with interests in CV pharmacotherapy and allied/related disciplines worldwide, sponsors international and regional meetings on CV pharmacotherapy and offers logistic support to scientists wishing to carry out short visits to leading institutions worldwide.
The Society endeavours to stimulate ethical -nondiscriminatory- research programs, educational activities and pharmacological treatments worldwide. ISCP strongly supports the notion of equal opportunities for individuals of all races and gender, religions, ethnic origins, citizenship, political philosophies or sexual orientation. Full or website-only membership to the ISCP can be applied for on-line.
I truly hope you will join us and participate in our educational and research endeavours, especially during these difficult times.
President, International Society of Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
ISCP Educational Goals
The need for unbiased education on the proper use of cardiovascular drugs has never been greater. Multiple large-scale trials have provided remarkable evidence for benefit of some drugs in some disease entities, and equally remarkable evidence for apparent lack of benefit of other drugs in other conditions. Physicians have access to all these drugs for their patients and the appropriate and inappropriate applications are becoming more confusing.
The problem is not alleviated by growing confrontation between pharmaceutical companies and government regulators. Companies are always seeking ways to place their products in a favorable light, even when data may suggest otherwise, and regulatory restrictions on marketing are blunt tools that do not always result in a helpful message. Furthermore, the growingly draconian restrictions on educational efforts of those who have received any support from industry have muddied the educational stream.
The ISCP appreciates its potential role in this process as the only international organization dedicated to improving worldwide use of cardiovascular drugs. The power of these drugs to alter the course of cardiovascular disease is now well-established. Mobilizing the health-care systems and the public to take advantage of the potential for appropriate use of these drugs is still a work in progress. That the Society can address this educational gap without the bias of industry involvement is a key ingredient to our success.
The immediate goals of ISCP are to utilize our new and enhanced website and the forums provided by national cardiovascular meetings to provide up-to-date, unbiased appraisals of optimal prescription of drugs. Enhanced cardiovascular health worldwide should be the target of our efforts.
ISCP Mission Statement
The mission of the International Society of Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy (ISCP) is to promote and facilitate strategies to improve cardiovascular health through cooperation among cardiac physicians and surgeons, pharmacologists, pharmacists, scientists, and medical practitioners worldwide.
ISCP promotes education, research and evidence-based clinical management in all areas of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy with the ultimate goal of prevention and improving treatment, outcome and patient wellbeing.
1. Promotes cooperation among individuals, organizations and societies with an interest in CV pharmacotherapy and allied/related disciplines worldwide.
2. Sponsors international and regional meetings on CV pharmacotherapy.
3. Encourages collaboration among scientists, physicians, surgeons, nurses and health care professionals with an interest in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy. It offers logistic support to scientists wishing to carry out short visits to other institutions with the aim of learning techniques, training on specific pharmacotherapy topics and exchanging research and management ideas.
4. Endeavours to stimulate ethical -nondiscriminatory- research programmes, educational activities and pharmacological treatments worldwide. ISCP strongly supports the notion of equal opportunities for individuals of all races and gender, religions, ethnic origins, citizenship, political philosophies or sexual orientation
5. Facilitates interactions among cardiovascular physicians, surgeons, pharmacologists and scientists working on related fields under the umbrella of the World Heart Federation and other international bodies such as WHO and UNESCO.
6. Promotes the development of novel CV pharmacotherapy techniques and protocols.
7. Endorses and develops programmes aimed at increasing public awareness regarding pharmacological treatment issues worldwide, with especial emphasis on issues specific to developing countries.
8. Strives to lead on CV pharmacotherapy education at all levels.
9. Is committed to endorse research and educational programmes leading to high quality patient care.
10. Supports the development of evidence-based, ethical, treatment guidelines which contemplate the specific needs of different regions in the world.