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FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2015

FIP Opening Cermony 29.09.15

We report on news and views from this year’s International Pharmaceutical Federation global conference held in Dusseldorf, Germany on 29 September to 3 October 2015 – including issues such as workforce, remuneration and developments in pharmacy practice.

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Determining the real worth of a treatment means more than just measuring the effect on clinical symptoms. In the image, medicine bottle on one end of the scale and coins on the other

Who decides the true value of a medicine?Subscription

Determining the real worth of a treatment means more than just measuring the effect on clinical symptoms.

RPS partners with JPA in Japan and the Pharmaceutical Society of Iceland to improve patient care and pharmacy practice

RPS signs international agreements to share best pharmacy practiceSubscription

UK professional pharmacy body partners with equivalent associations in Japan and Iceland with the aim of improving patient care and pharmacy practice.

Dominique Jordan, a member of the FIP Community Pharmacy Section Executive, on pharmacy remuneration systems

Focus on dispensing in remuneration model is holding back expansion of pharmacy services, FIP report findsSubscription

A continued focus on dispensing in pharmacy remuneration systems across the world is stifling the provision of wider services, according to a report by the International Pharmaceutical Federation. 

Claire Anderson receives FIP Fellowship at the opening ceremony of the International Pharmaceutical Federation annual congress

UK pharmacists receive international awardsSubscription

Two UK academic pharmacists have been honoured with awards at the opening ceremony of the International Pharmaceutical Federation 2015 annual congress in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The number of pharmacists per head of population has increased in many countries around the world but there remains a shortage in low-income and middle-income nations. In the image, Ian Bates, director of FIPEd development team

Pharmacist numbers increase globally, report findsSubscription

The number of pharmacists per head of population has increased in many countries around the world but there remains a shortage in low-income and middle-income nations, according to an analysis. 

It is commonplace now for a clinical trial to cost $100m which can contribute to the high drugs costs, says Michael Rawlins, the chair of the UK’s MHRA during the International Pharmaceutical Federation World Congress 2015

Evidence base for medicines over-reliant on expensive randomised controlled trials, says MHRA chairSubscription

Randomised controlled trials have weaknesses and alternative trial designs should be considered more prominently in forming the evidence base for interventions, says Sir Michael Rawlins, chair of the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

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