HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 2 February 2013
P3 Pharmacy, 2 February 2017
A new report by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) outlines the core elements of medicines information strategies and how they can be developed. Low-resource settings are also considered, along with suggested strategies for these circumstances. Members of the public often struggle with the medicines information that is available, the report suggests, as it can be inaccurate, unhelpful, overwhelming or difficult to understand. Addressing barriers to responsible medicines use, and supporting medication safety and pharmacovigilance are central to the report.
Chemist and Druggist, Annabelle Collins, 2 February 2017
Formed of the NPA, the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies (AIMP) and the Company Chemists’ Association (CCA), Pharmacy Voice has been speaking on behalf of community pharmacy contractors since its launch in 2011. Yet, following its split from the National Pharmacy Association (NPA), the lobbying group has announced that it can no longer continue. Pharmacy Voice’s chief executive, Rob Darracott, says that the group will continue with its current work programmes, but it is ‘not possible’ for Pharmacy Voice ‘to continue with the remaining member associations’.
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P3 Pharmacy, 2 February 2017
Medicines information strategies should be included in national policy making worldwide – and pharmacists will be vital to making this happen, a new report from the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) argues. Medicines information: Strategic development explores the implementation of medicines information at a global level for the first time, and puts forward a vision of how high quality information can be made available through collaborative action.
The report sets out the core elements of medicines information strategies and how they can be developed, and looks at examples of countries where such strategies are in place (USA, UK and Finland). It also includes a section on the development of medicines information strategies in low-resource settings.
Members of the public often struggle with the medicines information that is available, the report suggests, as it can be inaccurate, unhelpful, overwhelming or difficult to understand. This can be a barrier to responsible medicines use, and an effective strategy is needed to remove any confusion people may have.
In addition to supporting the responsible use of medicines, developing medicines information strategies aims to support medication safety and pharmacovigilance, prescribing and dispensing, and health literacy.
The publication’s editor, Katri Hämeen-Anttila, commented on the important role pharmacists can play: “Pharmacists’ expertise is highly relevant to guiding the development and implementation of medicines information strategies within national medicines and health policies.
“Pharmacy organisations and individual pharmacists have already taken an important role in this area. This document also highlights the way forward for educational organisations for health care professionals and for governments in order to bring the vision of high quality medicines information, for both consumers and health care professionals, to fruition.”
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