A11 Ethics forum: Addressing issues in nurturing the soul of pharmacy

Thursday 14 September 2017
COEX Convention & Exhibition Center : Grand Ballroom 104 3 hours

Organised by the FIP Expert Group on Ethics

Chairs: Betty Chaar (The University of Sydney, Australia) and William Zellmer (Pharmacy Foresight Consulting, USA)


At its core, the “soul of pharmacy” comprises the beliefs, perspectives, motivations, decisions, and behaviour (i.e. the ethics) of individual pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists; and the moral/ethical dynamics of pharmacy practice. An important way to nurture the soul of pharmacy is to (a) identify and analyse major ethical issues faced by pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists around the world and (b) explore options and justify decisions on how to address those challenges.

This session aims to address both steps (a) and (b) through a process that stimulates reflection and engagement. Participation will be a rewarding professional experience for pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists on their journey toward nurturing the soul of pharmacy.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this application-based session, participants will be able to:

  1. Analyse important contemporary ethical issues facing pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists around the world.
  2. Formulate a range of perspectives on how to address specific ethical challenges facing pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists.
  3. Analyse the advantages and disadvantages of alternative approaches to addressing specific ethical challenges.
  4. Compare methods and resources that should be considered for development to aid pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists in addressing ethical challenges. 


09:00 – 09:05
1. Introduction by the chairs

09:05 – 09:30 
2.  The case of pharmacy in Asia: Conflicts in health care delivery

 Fe-Lin Wu (National Taiwan University, China Taiwan)

09:30 – 09:55
3) Ethical issues related to intellectual property and scientific integrity

Wilma Göttgens (Apotheek Blanckenburgh, Netherlands) 

09:55 – 10:20
4. Emergency contraception and the lingering ethical tensions stemming from conscientious objection by the pharmacist

 Arijana Mestrovic (Pharma Expert, Croatia) 

10:20 – 10:40 Coffee/tea break 

10:40 – 11:05
5. Ethical dimensions of pharmacogenetics and personalised therapy

 Farshad Shirazi (Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Iran)

11:05 – 11:55
6. Ethical forum
Chair/facilitator: Wilma Göttgens (Apotheek Blanckenburg, Netherlands)

  • (11:05 – 11:30)
    Four simultaneous breakout discussion groups (one related to each lecture), led by the lecturers with assistance from the session co-chairs. Key question for each group: What advice can be offered for those who are dealing with the type of ethical issue discussed in the lecture?
  • (11:30 – 11:55)
    Reconvening of the whole group; summary reports from each small group discussion


7. Concluding comments by the chairs