World Health Professions Alliance Statement on Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
The World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA), which brings together the International Council of Nurses, the International Pharmaceutical Federation, the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, the World Dental Federation and the World Medical Association, released a major new statement on collaborative practice on 20 May in Geneva during the World Health Assembly.
You can download the statement here and the press release here.Second International Meeting of World Pharmacopoeias, 18-19 April 2013, New Delhi – Converging Towards Good Pharmacopoeial Practices (GPhP).
The second international meeting of world pharmacopoeias was jointly hosted by the World Health Organization and Indian Pharmacopeia Commission, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India on 18-19 April 2013, in New Delhi, India. The meeting was attended by representatives of Pharmacopoeias and WHO. FIP was represented by Prafull Sheth, FIP Vice President.This meeting is a direct follow-up of the meeting of world pharmacopoeias held during the FIP Centennial Congress in 2012.Positioned as a strategic policy dialogue, the outcomes and recommendations of this meeting will be presented to the WHO Expert Committee on Specifications for Pharmaceutical Preparations, which advises the Director-General, WHO and WHO's Member States on future perspectives and strategic approaches in relation to pharmacopoeias.
Last Chance to Sign the FIP Centennial Declaration at the 2013 FIP Congress
Over 69 Member Organisations have signed the FIP Centennial Declaration in Amsterdam.
However, some of FIP’s Member Organisations were not represented in Amsterdam and for these organisations, we would like to offer the opportunity to add their signature on the Centennial Declaration.
If you are interested, please contact Ms Rachel van Kesteren at firstname.lastname@example.org
A 5 Question Survey on Vaccines and Pharmacists
A short survey on H1N1 vaccinations of pharmacists and on immunization by pharmacists is organized upon the request of the Federal Council of Pharmacy (CFF) from Brazil. It will take you less than 5 minutes to answer this survey and a summary of the results will be shared later on to all FIP Member Organisations.
Many thanks in advance for completing this survey here
Deadline for your answer: 31 May 2013.
2013 WHO Global Health Statistics report
This report gathering health statistics and enabling a comparison of the different countries has been published and is available here.
Pharmacist Vision in Japan
The Japanese Pharmaceutical Association has made a comprehensive analysis of the current situation of pharmacists, of future trends and has developed a comprehensive vision for the future of the types of pharmacists in Japan: Community Pharmacy, Hospital Pharmacy, Wholesalers, Pharmacists working in Elementary Schools and Industry.This has been done through a 186 page documentreleased last month.The Pharmacy Guild of Australia Launches MemoCare Reminder System to Improve Adherence
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has launched a new service: an SMS reminder, aiming at improving adherence. This service called MemoCare is particularly important for example for patients suffering from mental diseases such as light dementia that could cause patients to forget to take their medication properly.This service is also available through automated voice phone calls. In addition of support to adherence, this service can also generate Automatic script refill reminders, and reminders of appointments at the community pharmacy (e.g. for services like MedsCheck).
The Association of Finnish Pharmacies Launched Adherence Monitoring System
In April 2013, the Association of Finnish Pharmacies and Ciegus Digital Healthcare also targeted adherence improvement through pharmacies and launched a new service to improve adherence to medication. This is possible through an electronic device reminding patients at defined times to take their medicines. Patients will receive a drug card with information on medicines, when to take them and other important information in an easily understandable format. This device will also enable pharmacists to monitor the intake of treatment when the patient will come back to the pharmacy to refill his/her prescription. This project is a result of a 2-years effort in designing the electronic reminder and the service around it.
The Austrian Chamber of Pharmacists’ Flagship Chemical-Pharmaceutical Laboratory for Austrian Pharmacists
The Austrian Chamber of Pharmacists runs a new modern chemical-pharmaceutical laboratory. It serves mainly to provide highly professional analysis in analytical pharmaceutical chemistry, e.g. analysis outside the routine of laboratories in the pharmaceutical industry including tests of the analytical dossiers for the requirement of registered medicines, studies on uniformity of the content of active ingredients or tests for the self-inspection of pharmaceutical companies including the expertise for the validity of certificates of suppliers. In the future it will test compounding medicines prepared in Austrian pharmacies. Now pharmacies can be volunteering in having their compounding medicines examined in the “ringtests” in the laboratory – nowadays 2 tests per year are planned. Pharmacies can benefit from a good image by proved quality of the compounding medicines they prepare. Part of the laboratory serves as a training and examination room for the preparation of compounding medicines for pharmacists. Read more here.
ABDA Certificate of Quality Management System for German pharmacies
In 2008, the ABDA agreed to uniform principles in the requirements for the contents of the QM (Quality Management) system and the requirements for the QM certification process for pharmacies in Germany. It unifies the criteria for the certification body for the QM model for the German pharmacies and for the certification process and also for the auditors. If the pharmacy meets these criteria, it receives the quality seal, showing that it has a high-quality and pharmacy specific quality management system.
ASHP Convened Pharmacy Sterile Compounding Summit
In February 2013, ASHP and other organisations convened Pharmacy Sterile Compounding Summit (consisting of a wide array of stakeholder groups including pharmacists, physicians, hospitals and health systems, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, State Boards of Pharmacy, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other experts). The proceedings of the summit are now available here.
European Pharmacist Organisations Make Joint Call for Action on Medicines Shortages
The representative organisations for European community, hospital and industrial pharmacists have issued a joint call for action by Governments, regulators and the European Commission to tackle the growing problem of medicines shortages.
Presenting evidence at the European Parliament on the scale of the difficulties being experienced across sectors, spokespersons from the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU), European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) and European Industrial Pharmacists Group (EIPG) called for:
increased awareness by Governments and national regulators of the critical impacts medicines shortages have in relation to patient welfare and safety, and the accompanying need for urgent action;
greater investigation of the impact of national strategies on medicines pricing and reimbursement and on the operation of the supply chain; and
better sharing and implementation of best practices between countries in responding to medicines shortage, including the operation of information portals and early warning systems.
Development of Pharmacy Practice
Anticoagulant Therapy Counseling Service in France
As of 1 January 2013, community pharmacists in France can offer a new pharmaceutical service to their patients treated by anticoagulotherapy. This counseling service aims at helping patients to better understand their treatment and targets patients whose treatment lasts at least 6 months. It can be initiated upon request of the health insurance, the pharmacist or the medical doctor. The cost of this service is 40€/patient/year (including 2 consultations).Impact of Flu Immunization Delivery by Community Pharmacists in Ireland
According to the latest analysis of the impact of flu immunization by community pharmacists in Ireland:
23% of the patients who received an immunization from their pharmacist have never received a flu vaccine before
81% of these patients were high-priority (or groups of patients considered at risk)
90% of all patients who received an immunization were in this “at-risk” group
Statistical data revealed that community pharmacies contributed to reducing the number of flu cases in Ireland and consequently reduced care costs.
Quebec Expands Pharmacists' Role
New legislation will expand the role of Quebec pharmacists to tasks that have traditionally been reserved for doctors. The province’s introduction of Bill 41 drew on recent amendments to pharmacy laws in other Canadian provinces aimed at easing pressure on family doctors, clinics and emergency rooms. Pharmacists will not be able to diagnose health conditions, but they will be able to extend a prescription for one year, as well as adjust medications and order and interpret laboratory tests that monitor drug use. Pharmacists will also be able to provide patients with drugs for the prevention of certain conditions, for example, anti-malaria, morning sickness, traveller’s diarrhea and the morning-after pill. Alberta was the first province in 2005 to allow pharmacists to extend prescriptions. Quebec’s adoption of Bill 41 is consistent with the concept of “pharmaceutical care” adopted by the WHO and FIP. The law is expected to come into effect by late spring.
Read more here.
Electronic Prescription System in Asturias
The Government of the Principality of Asturias (a Spanish region) will implement an electronic prescription system. The pilot project is launched in the area of Aviles and will impact more than 155 000 citizens, 10 health centers and 62 pharmacies.
The main change involves the introduction of electronic prescriptions. Through this system, pharmacies will access to the prescription through the patient’s health card. Pharmacists, accessing the system through electronic signature, can see the medical history of patients, and similarly, doctors can see in the system which medicines have been withdrawn by their patients. This is especially beneficial for complex patients and patients suffering from chronic diseases and their families, as they can withdraw their medicines directly from the pharmacy showing their health card, without being obliged to go repeatedly to the health center to get the prescription. This project represents an investment of 570,000 Euros and is expected to reduce primary care consultations by 30% and time spent on prescription by 20% to 30%.
Community Pharmacy NHS Health Check Services in Cumbria, UK
The NHS Health Check programme aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia. Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74, who has not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions or has certain risk factors, will be invited (once every five years) to have a check to assess their risk and will be given support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk. In Cumbria a health check service rolled out late last year and more than 1,000 checks have been delivered across the 25 community pharmacies taking part in the scheme so far. Contractors are paid £25 per test, with each costing them around £5 in consumables, and as the checks can take 20-30 minutes, all the participating pharmacies can have technicians trained to deliver them as well as the pharmacist. Pharmacies can benefit from £2-3,000 of extra income each year.
And in County Durham and Darlington there has been similar good news following a successful health checks pilot run through 8 pharmacies in the area, rebranded as a ‘Checks4life’ programme in County Durham. Delivered via the 23 Healthy Living Pharmacies, the service is remunerated by £15.00 for partial NHS and £25.00 for full NHS respectively.
Electronic Cigarettes Have to Comply with Medicines Law in South Africa
In South Africa, an electronic cigarette manufacturer and distributor stated that electronic cigarette should not be considered as a medicine. The Medicines Control Council (which is the medicine regulatory agency of South Africa) has refuted this claim and confirmed that the product is subject to medical law and can only be sold at pharmacies.Read more here.INTERPOL Partnering with Pharmaceutical Industry to Fight Pharmaceutical Crime
29 of the largest pharmaceutical companies have committed 4.5 million Euros over 3 years to INTERPOL in order to support the current activities against pharmaceutical crime of the Medical Product Counterfeiting and Pharmaceutical Crime (MPCPC) unit of INTERPOL. The programme will focus on the prevention of all types of pharmaceutical crime including branded and generic drug counterfeiting as well as the identification and dismantling of organized crime networks linked to this illegal activity.Read more here
FIP wishes to congratulate Mr Aðalsteinn Jens Loftsson on being elected President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Iceland (Lyfjafræðingafélag Íslands, from March 2013-March 2015), Mr Paulo Duarte on being elected President of the National Association of Pharmacies of Portugal (Associação Nacional das Farmácias) and Ms Thum Chui Mei, Miko on being elected President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore (term 2013-2014). FIP also congratulates Dr Peter H. Vlasses, who has been named to the National Advisory Council of the National Center of Interprofessional Practice and Education (the National Advisory Council is a public-private partnership that aims to enhance patient health, involves communities in attaining health, and reduces health care costs) and also Ms Judith Shamian, elected as new president of the International Council of Nurses. FIP looks forward to working with them in their new roles.
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