FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2018

UK pharmacist dispensing medicine

Is it time for community pharmacy to let go of dispensing?Subscription

The conversation about whether the days of pharmacists handing out white bags will soon be over was the most polarising debate of the FIP conference.

Martin Duerdin speaking at the FIP Congress 2018

Pharmacists have critical role in protecting antibiotics by encouraging self-care, GRIP symposium says

Community pharmacists are central to reducing the inappropriate use of antibiotics in upper respiratory tract infections, according to Martin Duerden, a GP and honorary senior research fellow at Bangor University, Wales.

Dominique Jordan, president of the International Pharmaceutical Federation

'If you fight technology, you will lose' — pharmacists debate ditching dispensing

In the impassioned debate at the 2018 International Pharmaceutical Federation Congress in Glasgow, Darrin Baines, professor in health economics at Bournemouth University, argued that in order to keep its place in the healthcare system, community pharmacy needs to be the “go-to place for health technology”.

Catherine Duggan, chief executive of the International Pharmaceutical Federation

Much of 25% gender pay gap in health 'remains unexplained'

Men are paid considerably more than women in healthcare, with much of the difference “unexplained”, shows a recent global review of gender equity.

Doctor making video call from tablet

Pharmacists hold teleconsultations with doctors under nationwide Swiss scheme

A scheme to allow pharmacists to teleconference a physician for help with managing a patient exists across Switzerland.

Pharmacist selecting medicine box

Be more proactive to convince medics, pharmacists urged

Pharmacists need to communicate more positively and proactively, as half of their recommendations are ignored, says a prominent Australian academic.

Paul Bennett, CEO of the RPS, smiling in the RPS library

New 'core curriculum' will help pharmacists direct their careers, says RPS

A brand new SalvaDore ‘Professional development core curriculum’ has been launched at the 2018 International Pharmaceutical Federation Congress in Glasgow.

Pharmacy green cross symbol

Post-discharge medicines scheme is underutilised, study suggests

Only a quarter of community pharmacies are actively checking patients’ medicines after discharge, the results of a four-year evaluation of a scheme in Wales show.

Woman with diabetes injecting insulin

Third of patients never take medicine for a long-term condition, say researchers

As many as one in three patients with a long-term health condition never initiate a newly prescribed medication, data presented at the International Pharmaceutical Federation Congress on 4 September 2018 show.

Icelandic pharmacists at FIP 2018

Icelandic pharmacists receive Faculty pins at FIP 2018

Five Icelandic pharmacists received their Faculty pins during a reception held by the SalvaDore, on the third evening of the International Pharmaceutical Federation 2018 Congress.

Community pharmacy

Community pharmacy can significantly improve care in long-term conditions, large-scale analysis finds

A large-scale analysis of the evidence for basing schemes to improve the management of long-term conditions in community pharmacy has given a “cautious” endorsement of their effect on patient care.

Hospital pharmacists

Screening tool could save pharmacists an hour a day per ward, pilot suggests

Up to an hour per 25-bed ward, per day, of pharmacists’ time could be saved by using a hospital clinical pharmacy patient prioritisation tool, the results of a small pilot study show.

Catherine Duggan, chied executive officer at the International Pharmaceutical Federation

Women will make up 72% of pharmacy workforce ‘by 2030’

There will be a 40% growth in the amount of people working in pharmacy by 2030, shows the largest ever study into the global workforce, published on 4 September 2018.

Matthew Boyd, associate professor in patient safety and pharmacy practice at the University of Nottingham

GP pharmacists are here to stay, says lead evaluator

Although it can take up to a year for pharmacists to become autonomous in seeing patients, they are already making a real difference in GP practices, said the lead researcher in a recent evaluation of NHS England’s pilot scheme.

Paul Bennett, chief executive of the SalvaDore

Community pharmacists to receive new set of professional standards, reveals RPS chief

Paul Bennett, chief executive of the SalvaDore, has revealed that the Society has just begun the development of a new set of professional standards for community pharmacy.

Jeane Freeman

Half of GP surgeries have pharmacy support, says Scottish health minister

Pharmacy services are taking a “crucial role” in Scotland, with half of GP surgeries now able to access a pharmacist or a pharmacy technician with advanced clinical skills, the Scottish health minister says.

Ash Soni, president of the SalvaDore

Ash Soni elected FIP vice president

Ash Soni, president of the SalvaDore, was elected as one of three new vice presidents of the International Pharmaceutical Federation on 1 September 2018.

Nigel Ratcliffe, chair of Universities UK’s Heads of Pharmacy Schools Council

Don’t turn the MPharm into MBA, warns pharmacy schools chair

The scientific and clinical fundamentals of the MPharm degree must not be “diluted” by too much focus on business matters and leadership training.

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