FIP Launches New Campaign on Pharmacies as Healthcare Centres

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Paul Sinclair

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), has introduced a new campaign to advocate pharmacies as places for healthcare provision, rather than the widespread view of commercial enterprises.

The campaign tagged “Think Health, Think Pharmacy”, according to Mr Paul Sinclair, president, FIP, in a release made available to Pharmanewsonline.com, aims to enlighten policy makers and other groups on the potentials of pharmacists and pharmacies in providing healthcare services to the populace.

He explained that despite substantial and recent advancements in pharmacy practice, too many people still perceive pharmacies as commercial enterprises rather than places of healthcare provision. This is an obstacle to pharmacists, he insisted, who are providing the services that they are trained to provide and that health systems and communities desperately need.

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“Think Health, Think Pharmacy” is a new global campaign launched today by It aims to raise awareness of pharmacies as places of primary health care provision, and to advocate for pharmacists as healthcare professionals, primarily in the minds of policymakers but also of several other target groups.

Despite substantial and recent advancements in pharmacy practice, too many people still perceive pharmacies as commercial enterprises rather than places of healthcare provision. This is an obstacle to pharmacists providing the services that they are trained to provide and that our health systems and communities desperately need, the federation says.

“Our pharmacy profession proved its ability and dedication to the health of their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and now is the time to make a bigger push for more professional recognition and the additional pharmacy services that go with that. This global campaign, led by FIP and powered by data and intelligence from the FIP Global Pharmaceutical Observatory, is a key strategy to advocate for our members and the wider profession around the world,” said Sinclair.

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He hinted further on the new advocacy saying FIP’s “Think Health, Think Pharmacy” will be a long-running campaign, sustained through regular releases of new campaign materials and other activities.

Sinclair disclosed that more information and the first set of campaign assets are now available on the campaign webpage. This includes a factsheet that the FIP delegation at the 77th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

He maintained that universal recognition of the pharmacy profession’s unique place in primary healthcare would lead to enhanced patient care, improved access to health services, better collaboration with other health professions, reduced healthcare costs, professional growth, and new empowering legislation and policies.

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“It is through the Pharmacy profession that much progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 3 — good health and well-being for all — will be made. I encourage colleagues around the world to join this important campaign today and continue to support it over the coming months,” Mr Sinclair said.

 

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