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FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2014

FIP International conference, Bangkok 2014

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”.

Developing international policy for interprofessional experiential education

Learning from patients and other health professionsSubscription

Students can learn important skills from interprofessional experiential education.

Toyin Tofade, University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy Baltimore, launched the FIP Education Initiative (FIPEd) Global Report

A global view of continuing professional developmentSubscription

There is significant variability between continuing professional development frameworks across the world and these will continue to change and evolve.

Technological innovations would benefit pharmaceutical care

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.

Stephen Chapman, from the Pharmacy Department, University of Keele, UK on competition in the pharmaceutical industry

When it comes to working in the industry, pharmacists have greater competitionSubscription

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.

Many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that supply humanitarian aid do not fully appreciate what a pharmacist can do

Pharmacists in humanitarian workSubscription

The expertise and knowledge that pharmacists can offer in disaster-hit regions is often underestimated.

Poor quality medicines is a global issue affecting many classes of drugs

Poor quality medicines pose a danger to patientsSubscription

The Medicines Quality Database aims to tackle the problem of substandard medicines.

Sample pictogram labels on drugs by Piotr Merks to aid patients in medicines adherence

Using pictogram labels to help patients with adherenceSubscription

A study found that pictograms were useful to aid medicines adherence. 

Mobile pharmacy in Serbia provides patients with access to pharmaceutical care and drugs

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.

New paediatric formulations of tuberculosis drugs are urgently needed as the disease re-emerges

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.

Andy Gray of the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, spoke on the shortage of retrovirals and consequences for patients

Supply shortages of antiretrovirals can have devastating consequences for patientsSubscription

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.

Anopheles stephensi mosquito, a vector of malaria

Combatting antimalarial resistance through researchSubscription

There is an acute need for novel antimalarial agents as multi-drug resistant forms of malaria continue to emerge.

Antibiotics must be continually researched and developed

Obstacles to developing new antibioticsSubscription

The antibiotics pipeline is not completely dry, but prudent use of them remain a priority.

Community pharmacists need to have a greater professional role in primary care

Expanding the role of community pharmacists in primary careSubscription

Community pharmacists can achieve a greater professional role in the delivery of primary care.

Demand for hand sanitisers, bleach, gloves and face masks instantly grows as ebola spreads

How pharmacists in Nigeria are helping to manage the Ebola outbreak

With a total of 90 representatives from Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon at this year’s FIP congress in Thailand, Ebola was a recurrent theme.

Michel Buchmann, outgoing president of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

Profession must adapt in a fast-paced environmentSubscription

In order to meet the evolving needs of patients, the pharmaceutical profession needs to evolve too.

Pharmacy aisle with over the counter medicines

How to increase the accessibility of pharmacists when the pharmacy is openSubscription

There are ways to make community pharmacists more accessible to meet patient demand.

William Zellmer of Pharmacy Foresight Consulting, Washington, USA

Is it imperative to change the image and self-concept of pharmacists?Subscription

The image of pharmacists needs to be changed so that patients view them as clinical practitioners.

Betty Chaar, senior lecturer in pharmacy professionalism, University of Sydney, Australia

How do future pharmacists view themselves and the profession?Subscription

Tomorrow’s pharmacists need to have a positive self-image and view of the profession, but there are challenges to overcome.

John Chave, general secretary of the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union

The geographical distribution of pharmacies affects accessibilitySubscription

Community pharmacies are more than just bricks and mortar, they are the social fabric in communities.

Paul Sinclair, vice-president of the New South Wales branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia

The supply of medicines is no longer enough to community pharmacySubscription

Patients and governments need to be sure the services pharmacy provides are value for money.

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