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Burden of disease: reports from the 2016 FIP congress in the latest IPJ

We are all touched – personally and professionally – by the effects of ill-health. It places a colossal burden on our health systems, our economies, our environment and our societies. Last month, the UN General Assembly committed to combatting antimicrobial resistance. And the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth delivered its report to Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon calling for investments in health workforce. FIP is working on these same issues in order to reduce the global burden of disease and this edition of the International Pharmacy Journal is dedicated to this topic.

This issue of the IPJ is packed with reports from FIP’s 76th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences — based on the same theme — and shows how pharmaceutical scientists and pharmacist practitioners around the world are leading by taking action.

Don’t miss:

  • 7.7m vaccinated against yellow fever in two weeks — with pharmacists part of the team
  • Heatwave in Pakistan: One pharmacist’s story + new FIP guidance
  • “Time to rethink health care,” says FIP President
  • Interview: HIV pharmacist who led the way to “protocol pharmacists” in clinical trials
  • First non-addictive opioid receptor agonist
  • Rapid diagnostic testing: How pharmacists are testing for Strep A and influenza
  • Medicines waste: What’s the best solution?
  • Emerging diseases: What can we do?
  • Stemming the tide of dementia in science and in practice
  • Tackling forgotten diseases in slums
  • Deans gather to strengthen pharmacy education
  • Congress snapshots — What pharmacists want!

And news includes:

  • Health professions ask consumers to identify fake medicines
  • Global leaders commit to act on AMR
  • FIP supports World Antibiotic Awareness Week
  • FIP award winners
  • FIP issues statement on role of pharmacists in reducing medicines’ environmental impact
  • Community pharmacy pharmacogenetics service
  • UN Commission makes 10 recommendations to transform health
  • Report shows how profession is advancing with help from FIP resources
  • New line-up for FIP Bureau
  • Sixth World Pharmacists Day sees biggest celebrations so far
  • Two-thirds of pharmacists have embraced social media (USA)
  • Naloxone now available in non-pharmacy outlets (Canada)
  • Medication errors in children reduced by pharmacists (Netherlands)
  • Wild polio resurfaces after two infection-free years (Nigeria)

Check out 50 pages of pharmacy stories from across the globe. Access the interactive magazine and pdf here.