Old building 


Old Building. Having its roots in the former School of Pharmacy of São Paulo (created on October 12, 1898), the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (FCF) occupies an area of ​​23,200 square meters in the University City of Armando de Salles Oliveira. FCF develops its activities always seeking excellence, following the 3 main purposes of the University of São Paulo: research, teaching and service provision to the community.

At the time of its foundation, in 1898, the then called Escola Paulista de Farmácia was fundamental for the structuring of the national Pharmaceutical Sciences curriculum and its research. Its scope was essentially focused on clinical analysis and the development, production and quality control of medicines and drugs, as well as Bromatology. Later, when it became one of USP's faculties, it was renamed to Faculdade de Farmácia e Odontologia da Universidade de São Paulo, where Lineu Prestes studied, one of the most important figures of USP's and Brazil, and dean of the university during 1947 to 1949.
With the restructuring of the university, undertaken in 1969, the institution was renamed again, assuming its current designation – Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas. At the time the departments of Food and Experimental Nutrition (FBA), Clinical and Toxicological Analysis (FBC), Pharmacy (FBF) and Biochemical-Pharmaceutical Technology (FBT) were also created.

FCF was pioneer in the creation of the first graduate courses and programs of USP, and has played an extremely important role on the formation of other courses in the country, undertaken by former alumni of our unit, being also responsible for the development of research and formation of professionals who propelled the Brazilian pharmaceutical industry.

Thus, on the occasion of the expansion of the pharmachemical and pharmaceutical industries, in Brazil and abroad, professors and alumni from FCF/USP collaborated in a meaningful way to the development of molecules and technological, chemical control, biologic and microbiological quality control processes, as well as systems management.

They knew how to ally basic science to its application not only regarding drugs and medicines, but also cosmetics, foods and similar products. The breadth of the pharmaceutical scope has increased through
the efforts of our faculty as well as our alumni, always bent on solving crucial questions in public health, such as the quality analysis of drugs developed in Pharmacy Department for the Ministry of Health Drug Central. The collaboration of many professors on the development and reviews of the Brazilian Pharmacopeia is equally important, as well as the creation of the Fundação para o Remédio Popular “Chopin Tavares de Lima” (FURP).

Together with the American Pharmacopeia on the activities related to the University Hospital, public policies involving nutraceutics, biosecurity, environmental management, technological analysis, anti doping, rational use and publicity of drugs, as well as safety of drugs and foods, there was an elevated level of effort and dedication from professors of FCF/USP, who involved their students in these projects. It is important to highlight that such contributions were viable due to their being based on state of the art science. Another representative step of the strong involvement of this institution in activities which
benefited the community was the creation of the Fundação Instituto de Pesquisa Farmacêutica (FIPFARMA), which has, during its 17 years of existence, provided scholarships, courses, symposia, conferences
and collaborative studies, among other activities.

Credit: Profa. Dra. Terezinha de Jesus Andreoli Pinto