B7 - Equitable access to medicines: managing medicines shortages

Auditorium 2-3


Ms Sónia Romano (National Association of Pharmacies, Portugal)


During the pandemic, pharmacies faced challenges to medicine and vaccine supplies. Key interventions by hospital and community pharmacists in response alleviated the situation in many cases. Strategies to address inequalities in the pharmaceutical supply helped widen access to and equity of pharmaceutical care services. The workforce aimed to optimise access to effective and innovative medicines, medical devices and pharmaceutical care as a means to achieving better health for all.


14:00 – 14:10      Introduction by the chair 
14:10 – 14:35


The potential of Prospective Risk Assessments for addressing medicine shortages
Dr Nenad Miljković, European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP), Serbia

14:35 – 15:00


Pharmacists Response to Medication Shortages Amid COVID-19
Prof. Nadia Al Mazrouei, FIP Health and Medicines Information Section, UAE

15:00 – 15:20   Q&A 
15:20 – 15:30


Conclusion by the chair 

Learning Objectives

  1. To understand the supply chain and distribution of medicines during COVID-19 from manufacturers to the public
  2. To explore the role and response of community pharmacies in equitable drug supply logistics
  3. To discuss the challenges faced by pharmacists to provide equitable access to medicines amid shortages
  4. To showcase supply models that involve community pharmacies contributing to population needs in an equitable manner
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