Just under 2,000 attendees gathered in Bangkok for the 74th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (31 August-4 September). The theme of this year’s congress is “Access to medicines and pharmacists today, better outcomes tomorrow”.
Students can learn important skills from interprofessional experiential education.
There is significant variability between continuing professional development frameworks across the world and these will continue to change and evolve.
Using technology to enhance pharmaceutical careSubscription
Tomorrow’s pharmacists will have a wealth of technologies at their disposal to assist them with both patient care and professional development.
There is a diverse range of roles for pharmacists in the pharmaceutical industry, so the training of undergraduates should equip them to work in all of these fields.
Pharmacists in humanitarian workSubscription
The expertise and knowledge that pharmacists can offer in disaster-hit regions is often underestimated.
Poor quality medicines pose a danger to patientsSubscription
The Medicines Quality Database aims to tackle the problem of substandard medicines.
A study found that pictograms were useful to aid medicines adherence.
Taking pharmacy on the roadSubscription
A mobile pharmacy in Serbia widens access to pharmaceutical care for residents in villages that are too small to support a permanent community pharmacy presence.
Paediatric formulations of tuberculosis drugs are urgently needed as the disease re-emergesSubscription
Unless there are new paediatric formulations of drugs for tuberculosis, it is likely that multidrug resistant strains of the disease will develop.
Medication non-adherence is not always within the patient’s control. Poor supply chain management and natural or other disasters can threaten access as well.
There is an acute need for novel antimalarial agents as multi-drug resistant forms of malaria continue to emerge.
Obstacles to developing new antibioticsSubscription
The antibiotics pipeline is not completely dry, but prudent use of them remain a priority.
Community pharmacists can achieve a greater professional role in the delivery of primary care.
With a total of 90 representatives from Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon at this year’s FIP congress in Thailand, Ebola was a recurrent theme.
In order to meet the evolving needs of patients, the pharmaceutical profession needs to evolve too.
There are ways to make community pharmacists more accessible to meet patient demand.
The image of pharmacists needs to be changed so that patients view them as clinical practitioners.
Tomorrow’s pharmacists need to have a positive self-image and view of the profession, but there are challenges to overcome.
Community pharmacies are more than just bricks and mortar, they are the social fabric in communities.