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Pharmaceutical industry

Taking stock of pharmacy: a breakdown of global workforce data

Numerous factors influence demand for pharmacists, with a rise in the number of prescriptions and more complex drug regimens increasing demand, and developments in the technician workforce and automation mitigating it in some regions.

The number of pharmacists per 10,000 population varies considerably, ranging from 0.02 in Somalia to 25.07 in Malta. The mean number is 6.02. The United Kingdom sits close to the middle, with 8.08 pharmacists per 10,000 population.

Number of pharmacists per capita

Source: FIP-RPS Global Workforce Observatory; 2012 FIP Global Pharmacy Workforce Report.

Number of pharmacists per capita

The number of pharmacists per 10,000 population varies considerably, ranging from 0.02 in Somalia to 25.07 in Malta. The mean number is 6.02. The United Kingdom sits close to the middle, with 8.08 pharmacists per 10,000 population.

1) United States

The 275,000 registered pharmacists in the United States must all undertake hours-based continuing education to maintain their licence. North Carolina, Iowa and New Mexico have also established a continuing professional development framework as an alternative.

2) United Kingdom 

The Higher Education Funding Council for England announced in October 2014 that there would be no control on student numbers implemented at England’s schools of pharmacy, despite predictions of an oversupply of between 11,000 and 19,000 pharmacists by 2040.

3) Senegal

The African region has the most intense pharmacy workforce crisis, with an average of only 0.55 pharmacists per 10,000 population. This lack of human resource has been highlighted during the ongoing Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa.

4) Egypt

Egypt has the highest number of pharmacies per capita of the countries surveyed with 6.66 pharmacists per capita.

5) Pakistan

Around 55% of Pakistan’s 12,000 pharmacists work in the pharmaceutical industry, which has grown rapidly since independence in 1947 and now comprises around 400 pharmaceutical manufacturing units, including 25 multinationals.

6) Japan

There are no pharmacy technicians in Japan, which could explain the high number of pharmacists per capita. However, in 2006, the Japanese government introduced registered salespersons who can sell second- and third-class over-the-counter drugs.

Number of pharmacies relative to global burden of disease

Number of pharmacies relative to global burden of disease

Source: FIP-RPS Global Workforce Observatory; 2012 FIP Global Pharmacy Workforce Report.

Number of pharmacies relative to global burden of disease

The World Health Organization (WHO) African region has the least pharmacies per 10,000 population despite bearing about 30% of the global burden of disease. It also has more pharmacies than there are licensed pharmacists. The country with the lowest burden of disease, measured as disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) per 1,000 population, is Singapore (144) and that with the highest is Sierra Leone (1,177).

Number of pharmacy graduates per 10000 population

Number of pharmacy graduates per 10000 population

Source: FIP-RPS Global Workforce Observatory; 2012 FIP Global Pharmacy Workforce Report.

Number of pharmacy graduates per 10000 population

In 2012, Albania, which has a population of only 3.2 million, produced the most graduates per 10,000 population at 557 from its seven schools of pharmacy. However, only 64 pharmacists gained their licence, giving a total of 1,465 licensed pharmacists. India produced the highest number of graduates, at 70,000 from 1,400 schools, but its population of 1.2 billion puts it ninth in the list.

Pharmacy support workforce

Pharmacy support workforce

Source: FIP-RPS Global Workforce Observatory; 2012 FIP Global Pharmacy Workforce Report.

Pharmacy support workforce

In several countries, such as Japan, support staff are non-existent whereas in others, such as Pakistan, technicians make up more than two-thirds of the workforce.

Gender distribution in global pharmacy workforce

Gender distribution in global pharmacy workforce

Source: FIP-RPS Global Workforce Observatory; 2012 FIP Global Pharmacy Workforce Report.

Gender distribution in global pharmacy workforce

Women make up an average of 54.9% of the workforce but the proportion varies considerably between countries, ranging from 4.8% in Somalia to 92.4% in Croatia.

 

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.20067047

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  • The number of pharmacists per 10,000 population varies considerably, ranging from 0.02 in Somalia to 25.07 in Malta. The mean number is 6.02. The United Kingdom sits close to the middle, with 8.08 pharmacists per 10,000 population.
  • Number of pharmacies relative to global burden of disease
  • Number of pharmacy graduates per 10000 population
  • Pharmacy support workforce
  • Gender distribution in global pharmacy workforce
  • Pharmacy workforce by sector

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