B10 - Defining the role of pharmacists in future public health emergencies

Auditorium 2-3



Prof. Pascale Salameh (Lebanon)


Public health emergencies are major threats to healthcare systems. Pharmacists played a central role in COVID-19 pandemic. This session aims to provide different perspectives on how the pandemic has impacted the scope of services provided by pharmacists in different settings. Many activities, including suspension, prioritisation, recovery, restoration and implementation of emerging services, may need to be considered beyond the pandemic. The role of the pharmacist become crucial to preserving health and well-being and preventing diseases, thus the need to discuss the preparedness and the future role that pharmacists may play in supporting care and medication management during public health emergencies.


16:00 – 16:10      Introduction by the chair 
16:10 – 16:35


Pharmacists emergency preparedness and response in pandemics
Prof. Abby Kahaleh, Roosevelt University, Illinois, USA
16:35 – 17:00


A unique approach to the pandemic: Lessons from Australia
Dr Fei Sim, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA), Australia
17:00 – 17:20   Panel discussion and Q&A 
17:20 – 17:30


Conclusion by the chair 

Learning Objectives

  1. To understand the impact of the pandemic on the scope of services pharmacists provide in different settings
  2. To discuss the importance of the prioritisation, restoration, implementation and recuperation of services
  3. To define the role that pharmacists play in public health emergencies
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