As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to test global health systems to their limits, pharmacy professionals have shown themselves to be an integral part of them. Pharmacists as a very important part of healthcare professional teams are responsible for fighting the disease regardless of their setting of practice. As recently shared in a commentary* published by FIP: “Community pharmacists have supported government initiatives to control the pandemic and have ensured patients continued to receive their medicines. Hospital pharmacists have been moving beyond their specialties to help provide critical care to patients while dealing with ICU drug shortages. Pharmaceutical scientists have been involved in finding effective vaccines and identifying effective treatments. In short, the pharmacy profession has been demonstrating expertise, strength, courage and dedication to care at the highest level.”
This session will focus on the role of pharmacy in global health in the wake of COVID-19.
* Jordan D et al. How COVID-19 has impacted the role of pharmacists around the world. Farm Hosp. 2021;45(2):89-95.
|11:00 – 11:10||Introduction by the chair|
|11:10 – 11:25||
|Experiences of pharmacists in transforming global health: The Indonesian experience
Dr Hilwan Yuda Teruna, Indonesian Association, Indonesia
|11:25 – 11:40||
|Experiences of pharmacists in transforming global health: the response to the pandemic from a US hospital
Dr Alex C. Varkey, APhA, USA
|11:40 – 12:20||Panel discussion and Q&A|
|12:20 – 12:30||
Conclusion by the chair
- To describe the role of pharmacists in transforming global health
- To share experiences and lessons learned during the pandemic