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As pharmacists and other healthcare workers around the world do their best to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to keep people safe, prevention and patient safety ― the theme of the latest issue of the latest IPJ published today ― are at the heart of their discussions. Never have the demands on our profession been so great or so urgent. We report on how COVID-19 is affecting colleagues on front lines around the world, but let’s not forget the burden of other diseases. It’s estimated, for example, that 420,000 people died of asthma in 2016, seasonal influenza is associated with up to 500,000 deaths each year, and 770,000 people died of HIV in 2018. The need for pharmacists to help prevent these and other diseases and to ensure patient safety remain. This new issue of the IPJ contains a selection of articles sharing disease prevention and patient safety ideas and inspiration that can be taken into the post-pandemic future.
• Interview with Gary Kobinger, whose team developed the Ebola vaccine
• Engaging children in medicines safety
• Enhancing safety for patients moving between hospital and community
• Preventing arbovirus-borne diseases
• Things you should know about the new global immunization agenda
• Helping respiratory patients reduce their risks from air pollution
• How human factors sciences offer ways to tackle medication errors
• Pharmacy in Ecuador (including enabling pharmacists to ensure patient safety)
And news includes:
• Pharmacists’ value in primary health care highlighted at 73rd WHA
• WHA delegates adopt resolution to fight COVID-19
• FIP calls on governments to support pharmacists on the front line
• Suite of tools to support pharmacy in pandemic developed by FIP
• Director for FIP Global Pharmaceutical Observatory appointed
• FIP begins programme to empower women in science and education
• André Bédat Award 2020 given to Martin Schulz
• New recommendations to avoid aspirin for strokes
• App to train and certify pharmacy assistants launched
• Findings of largest study on the genetics of psychiatric disorders released
• Pharmacies take role in protecting victims of domestic violence
All this is available now!
FIP members can access the interactive journal and pdf here.