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Sustainability in pharmacy

SustainabilityRx was launched in 2021 as FIP’s new programme of work that supports the progress and implementation of FIP Development Goal 21 (Sustainability in pharmacy)

This programme covers three key areas:

  1. Responding to disasters and pandemics;
  2. Environment and planetary health (i.e., climate change); and
  3. Sustainable services.

Responding to disasters and pandemics

FIP is continuing to map, track and visualise the key outputs, journeys, and responses we and our member organisations have made, including our contribution to international policy discussions. This year, we will share the findings of a survey of our member organisations on pandemic preparedness. In addition, we have been recording all of our activities against milestones of 100 days, starting from 30 January 2020. Our aim is to cluster the best practices from our members in responding to COVID-19, so that we can learn from each other. On the 1,000th day — in October 2022 — we will publish a report on our findings. Another report is planned to outline what is needed in order for our profession to be prepared for future pandemics. The reports will provide a strong narrative of pharmacy’s response to the pandemic and be a significant tool to advocate for pharmacists' roles during COVID-19 and beyond. This work will build on our existing portfolio of publications that supports pharmacists responding to emergencies such as our recently published Global Humanitarian Competency Framework

Environment and planetary health

FIP has always recognised the responsibility of the profession towards the environment as well as the role of pharmacists in mitigating the health impacts of environment-related diseases. Examples of our work include a Call to Action to mobilise pharmacists to mitigate the impact of air pollution on health, and a report on green pharmacy practice. This year FIP has taken a step forward in formally recognising the role of pharmacists in the fight against climate change, the single biggest single threat facing us all. We sent a letter to COP26 leaders, making clear our commitment on tackling climate change through pharmacy and raising the visibility of pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists and pharmacy educators in this endeavour. We also signed the Healthy Climate Prescription, an open letter from over 450 organisations representing more than 45 million healthcare workers coming together to call for action to address the climate crisis, including building climate resilient, low-carbon, sustainable health systems and ensuring that pandemic recovery investments support climate action and reduce social and health inequities. The letter was delivered live at an official COP26 event. 

Sustainable services

FIP supports its members to develop policies, regulations and strategies to ensure the sustainability of pharmacy practice itself, through appropriate remuneration models for pharmaceutical services. In terms of social, societal and economical sustainability around pharmacy services, we must advocate for and contribute for the value of pharmaceutical services that ensure equity in access to such services, incentivise their delivery and promote their sustainability and appropriate integration in healthcare system funding, public or private. Sustainability of the profession is not limited to service remuneration models, but also covers areas of tackling medicines shortages through improving access, distribution and the supply chain. The pandemic has only highlighted the importance of transforming pharmacy-led vaccination services for the sustainability of the profession. A few examples of our work on sustainable services include our efforts to transform immunisation coverage through pharmacies, to tackle medicines shortages, and to ensure the sustainability of pharmacy through viable remuneration models

In the coming months, we are committed to delivering a global summit on sustainability, among other resources, to fully engage all our constituencies and elicit concrete actions across them on this important area. 


For more information on the SustainabilityRx programme please contact Dr Lina Bader:

Last update 5 April 2022

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