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Technology vs soul. Reports from FIP congress 2017 in the new IPJ

That technology was high on the programme agenda of a congress about the soul of pharmacy may seem a little discordant. Think, however, about how the digital age has already changed our relationships with patients and other health care professionals. And consider the advent of robots/artificial intelligence that can recognise emotional reactions and facial expressions. Whether machines will replace pharmacists was the topic of a FIP roundtable discussion reported in the latest issue of the IPJ, which also contains news of a first-of-its-kind project using drones to deliver medical products. The impact of technology was discussed further during the 77th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in September, and most of this issue of IPJ is dedicated to reports from this congress where the true soul of pharmacy — empathy and passion, understanding patients’ needs and perspectives, readiness to collaborate with other health care professionals, and respect for scientific truth — was on display.

Don’t miss:

  • Lebanon crunchtime — pharmacists dealing with refugee pressure
  • Predictions of future innovations from FIP’s 2017 Høst-Madsen Medal winner
  • Research leading the way to a simpler test for liver function
  • Treatment access: Medicines by drone
  • The pharmaceutical science helping flood victims
  • Prepare for Generation C, plus advice from Google’s health director
  • The keys to successful change that led to an award-winning hospital pharmacy service
  • Pharmacists moving out of direct pharmaceutical care to bring about access to HIV medicines
  • Racial bias in pharmacy — educators laying the foundation for change
  • Team-based learning in South African schools of pharmacy
  • WHO’s new programme to encourage INN use
  • Rise in pharmacists working in general practice
  • Task-shifting to improve access to medicines in rural Tanzania

And news includes:

  • New recommendations to control antimicrobial resistance 
  • Clear contribution of pharmacy to health beyond dispensing 
  • FIP updates statements on medicines information, self care and disaster management
  • New data depict progress in pharmacy workforce development
  • More pharmacy and medical organisations join FIP
  • Hospital pharmacist elected FIP vice president 
  • FIP emphasises benefits of generic substitution and prescribing
  • Tenfold increase in young people affected by obesity

All this is available now!

FIP members can access the interactive magazine and pdf here.