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2013 FIPEd Global Education Report Launched

On the 4th of September 2013, at the 73rd International FIP World Congress, the International Pharmaceutical Federation Education Initiative (FIPEd) launched the 2013 FIPEd Global Education Report (available here), the first publication of its kind to provide a baseline on the current status and transformation of pharmacy and pharmaceutical science education worldwide. Read more
Sept 2013 

All Together Better Health VII conference announced

All Together Better Health (ATBH) is the leading global interprofessional practice and education conference. The conference brings together providers, health system executives, educators, policymakers, and healthcare industry leaders to advance interprofessionalism in health care delivery and education locally, regionally, and worldwide. Previous conferences in the ATBH series have been held in in Kobe, Japan; Sydney, Australia; Stockholm, Sweden; London, England; and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Conference Themes
ATBH VII will build on the work of previous ATBH conferences. Reflecting the contemporary focus on improving health care and population health while lowering costs, the conference will be organized around the following themes within the context of interprofessional practice and education:

• New models of team-based care delivery,
• Reimbursement and the economics,
• Educating health care providers of the future,
• Educating teams in practice,
• Technology applications,
• Legal and policy environment,
• Models, measurement, and evaluation.

August 2013

AACP Announces the Global Expansion of the Association’s Institutional Research and Effectiveness Services

Beginning in March 2014, international pharmacy programs will have the opportunity to participate in five of AACP’s annual surveys through the new AACP online survey system.   The $1,500 USD participation fee per survey grants your institution access to AACP’s new online survey system; AACP customer service support;  institutional, peer, and regional/country-specific summary reports; and
institutional raw data reports.  Please use the links below for more information regarding AACP’s institutional research and effectiveness services and to access the survey system participation agreement.
July 2013 

The FIP Bureau and ExCo selects a new General Secretary/Chief Executive Officer.
FIP is pleased to announce the outcome of the selection process for the recruitment of the successor of Mr. Ton Hoek who unfortunately passed away in 2012.

The result of the selection process is Mr. Luc Besançon, currently Acting General Secretary for Professional, Scientific and External affairs.

Mr. Besançon, a French national, is a pharmacist with a specialization in industrial pharmacy; he graduated from the University of Burgundy, France.

After four years at the French pharmacists organization: “Ordre National des Pharmaciens” where he did support work for national and international activities (liaison with FIP, Council of Europe, WHO, anti-counterfeiting of medicines, continuing professional development and others), he joined FIP in 2008 as Project Coordinator. A year later he became Manager, Scientific and Professional affairs.

The FIP Bureau and ExCo are pleased to congratulate Mr. Besançon and wish him success in his new position.

The ExCo is currently finalizing the contract formalities in order to have the new GS/CEO appointed and operational as per August 1, 2013.
July 2013

International Summit on Medicine Shortages Concludes In Toronto With A Call To Action For Stakeholders Around The World

Delegates from around the world gathered in Toronto June 20 and 21 at the first-ever “International Summit on Medicine Shortages” hosted by the International Pharmaceutical Federation, and co-hosted by the Canadian Pharmacists Association.  The purpose of the Summit was to provide a forum to discuss the causes, impacts, and means to address medicine shortages with a variety of stakeholders from around the world, including governments, practitioners, industry, and patients.

The Summit’s final communiqué offers a number of recommendations and ideas for stakeholders to consider on how to reduce the occurrences of medicine shortages.  These recommendations will be shared with national governments, industry organizations, patient groups, and health provider groups as a tool to advocate for measures to reduce shortages.  Recommendations include the following:

  • Each country should establish a publicly accessible means of providing information on shortages.
  • A global process to determine the list of critical/vulnerable products should be developed.
  • All procurers of medicines are urged to move towards active procurement processes that assure the continuity of supply of quality medicines.
  • All countries are encouraged to remove unnecessary variability of regulatory practices within and between countries.
  • All countries should investigate the potential to establish a national body charged with gathering and sharing information about demand for, and supply of, medicines within their jurisdiction.
  • All countries are encouraged to develop evidence-based risk mitigation strategies which might include strategic buffer stockpiles, contingency plans, pandemic planning and capacity redundancy appropriate to their national needs.

“This Summit has provided a unique opportunity to bring together stakeholders from around the world to address an issue of top concern amongst pharmacists and patients,” stated Dr. Michel Buchmann, President of the International Pharmaceutical Federation.  “We hope that the ideas and recommendations discussed here in Toronto will be shared widely and acted upon swiftly in order to address this multinational health crisis.”

“Canadians have suffered the impacts of medicine shortages for far too long”, stated Sherry Peister, President of the Canadian Pharmacists Association.  “We have been proud to welcome delegates from Canada and around the world to Toronto to discuss medicine shortages from a variety of perspectives.  I am confident that our deliberations over the past two days will assist national and international stakeholders to better address medicine shortages in their own jurisdictions.”

Recommendations of the International Summit of Medicines Shortages.

A copy of the final communiqué can be obtained via www.fip.org or www.pharmacists.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Luc Besançon
Acting General Secretary for Professional, Scientific and External Affairs
International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)
+31 6 11 30 72 46
June 2013

Sabbatical Opportunities for Academic Pharmacists in South Africa

There is a marked shortage of mid-level pharmacy workers in South Africa, undermining the fight against HIV/AIDS and weakening the country’s health system. Currently, approximately 1,000 pharmacy support personnel are being produced annually although according to the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) the optimal number is 2,500 each year.

In February 2013, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) School of Pharmacy launched two new mid-level pharmacy worker categories — the basic level Pharmacist’s Assistant and the post-basic level Pharmacist’s Assistant.  As the first of its kind, Pharmacy Technicians are crucial mid-level health professionals who will help meet the urgent needs of the country by expanding the pharmacy support workforce, particularly in rural areas.   

The Volunteer Healthcare Corps (VHC) is actively recruiting for an Academic Pharmacist to serve in a 3-6 month placement at NMMU School of Pharmacy in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The VHC Pharmacy Mentor will work alongside the pharmacy faculty and leadership in strengthening the curricula, faculty development and engaging stakeholders to ensure high quality didactic and clinical training for PTA/PT students. This is unique volunteer opportunity for US pharmacy professionals to apply their skills and knowledge in a challenging and rewarding new context. 

For details about the requirements, responsibilities and activities of the position, please review the Volunteer Scope of Work online: (also attached) http://www.twinningagainstaids.org/documents/ScopeofWorkNMMUPTA_PT100312.pdf 

VHC covers all travel related costs (airfare, travel insurance, vaccinations, visa, and permits) as well as provides housing and living allowances, in-country support, and a volunteer orientation. 


Please send a CV and cover letter to vhc@aiha.com and complete our short online application: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=901223173822. Please contact Sara Adelman, at sadelman@aiha.com or (202) 719-1125, for more information or any questions.  

More about the organization:

The American International Health Alliance is a government-funded non-profit that works in global health in Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. Through our flagship HIV/AIDS Twinning Center, we create partnerships between US institutions and institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, such as universities, hospitals, and clinics, focused on health systems strengthening and health professions education. The Volunteer Healthcare Corps (VHC), a distinct yet complementary component to our larger “twinning” programs, designed to rapidly expand the pool of trained providers, managers and allied health professionals to deliver quality healthcare services in Sub-Saharan Africa. The VHC provides a mechanism for health professionals in the US to play an important role in global health by serving in long-term mentorships at partner institutions in select African countries.
May 2013

Read the latest AASP newsletter

The Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy (AASP) elected Yolanda (Yollie) Robles, PhD as President (2012-2013) during its Board of Directors’ meeting in Nanjing, China where the 2nd Asian Pharmacy Deans Forum was held June 4-5, 2012.  Dr. Robles is Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of the Philippines Manila.
September 2012

The Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy (AASP) has established the Journal of the Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy (JAASP).  Malyn Chulasiri (Mahidol University, Thailand), Editor-in-Chief, announced at the recent 2nd Asian Pharmacy Deans Forum in Nanjing, China (June 4-5, 2012), that volume 1, number 1 was available in print and for viewing online at www.aaspjournal.org.  She distributed copies of the Journal at the Forum and asked those present to submit manuscripts to the editorial staff.

JAASP is the official journal of the Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy (AASP).  The aims of the Journal are "to document and advance pharmacy research work that significantly contributes to Pharmacy Education, Pharmacy Practice, Pharmaceutics, Biopharmaceutical Science, Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry.  In addition to full research papers, JAASP also publishes invited articles, reviews and short communications dealing with the said fields."

Contact Information for JAASP:
JAASP Editorial Office
Faculty of Pharmacy
Mahidol University
Sri-Ayudhaya Road
Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Email: aaspjournal@aaspjournal.org

JAASP Managing Office
Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy Office
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Khon Kaen University
Amphoe Muang
Khon Kaen 40002, Thailand
Email: info@aaspjournal.org
September 2012

The European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy (EAFP) elected Lilian M. Azzopardi, BPharm (Hons), MPhil, PhD, MRPharmS as General Secretary of the Association during its Annual Meeting in Utrecht, The Netherlands, May 24-26, 2012.  The theme of the meeting was Tradition and Innovation in Pharmacy Education: From Content to Process. 

Dr. Azzopardi's contact information is as follows: 

Lilian M. Azzopardi, BPharm (Hons), MPhil, PhD, MRPharmS
Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacy and
Deputy-Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
University of Malta
Msida, Malta
Telephone: 00356 21344971; mobile: 00356 79709056
Fax: 00356 21324835
Email: lilian.m.azzopardi@um.edu.mt
September 2012

AACP Webinar: USPHS Report to the Surgeon General
On Feb. 9 at 10:00 a.m. EST, AACP hosted a Webinar for members to discuss the United States Public Health Service Report to the Surgeon General, Improving Patient and Health System Outcomes through Advanced Pharmacy Practice with RADM Scott Giberson, chief professional officer for Public Health Service Pharmacists and primary author of the report. The Webinar will offer an overview of the report and its recommendations as well as allow for an open discussion of the findings of the report with its author. Please follow these links to access the Report and the Letter of Support from the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin. Click here to watch the recorded webinar.
June 2012