2017 Activity Reports from CPA Member Organisations
At the recent 13th Biennial CPA Conference in Sydney, Australia, July 2017, member organisations shared their annual activity reports at our Council meeting. Below we offer a summary of these along with the links to each report.
Summary of Regional/Country Activities for 2017
Malawi: Providing eLearning scholarship to offer training to medical students and also general public on AMR.
Mauritius: Pharmacy Day campaign planned to enable pharmacists to work with the local community to assist with commonplace medications.
Cameroon: Working in collaboration with the government to attain legislation against illicit practice and fake medicines. New and improved training are being introduced alongside increased student numbers in various pharmacy schools.
St Lucia: By way of commemorating Pharmacy Day, free BP checks, counselling and discounts were offered to senior members of the community. To promote pharmacy uptake, they are increasing awareness by engagement with the community and secondary schools.
Sri Lanka: A workshop took place with CASPPER in Colombo as an interdisciplinary collaboration. Antibiotic awareness week was organised through poster campaigns and education to raise awareness of the need to tackle AMR.
Trinidad and Tobago: National Pharmacy week promoted the message “Let’s get better together: become an antimicrobial guardian today.” They are working on reducing antimicrobial resistance. The RPS is collaboration on training (i.e. Faculty).
Canada: Working with healthcare professionals and the Government, proactively and reactively with national pharma care, marijuana, medical assistance with dying, opioid assistance, better mental healthcare and antimicrobial stewardship.
India: Indian Pharmaceutical Association report the main objective is to position pharmacists as key healthcare professionals in India. They would like to see a shift away from industry and more pharmacists in healthcare (community/hospital). First batch of Pharm.D = 1000 graduates.
Sierra Leone: Concentrating now on AMR post Ebola struggle. Supporting Ministry of Health and Sanitation to pass bill in parliament.
Malta: Maltese Chamber of Pharmacists aiming to achieve pharmacy prescribing rights, working with the Pharmacy Council and Government to see how this can be developed. ECP and how that can be accessed without Rx. Implementing ‘pharmacy of your choice’ scheme to get access to local pharmacy.
Nigeria: Held a conference meeting with doctors and other HCPs to achieve a more patient-centred collaboration. Department of Health has acknowledged and agreed to develop an AMR action plan, which includes pharmacists. They are facing challenges with drug distribution systems. Drug manufacturing in Nigeria is not monitored and this is a huge challenge which pharmacy is facing within the country.
United Kingdom: Pharmacists can access care records to observe a patient’s medicine history. Services provided vary across the UK. Scotland and Wales have national services, which are funded by the national governments. The Government introduced big cuts to pharmacy funding despite the acknowledgement that pharmacy is a solution to the healthcare scheme. Under supervision laws there was the suggestion that consultation and supply of medicines be allocated to pharmacy technicians. This was temporarily blocked, however, it may re-emerge in Autumn and will need to be blocked once more.
Rwanda: Held their first conference in December. They hosted various training on advanced medicines and treatment options. Once a pharmacy is open pharmacists must be in place, and subsequently members have been provided with medical insurances. There is a website for members to access to further professional education but there is a lack of official resources. CPA was encouraged to attend the meetings in Rwanda to improve this situation.
Australia: The first issue is the pharmacy review on remuneration. Changes in scheduling of OTC analgesics Codeine and Medicinal cannabis are also topical. Discussions around the service roles of the pharmacist are progressing, and prescribing powers and administration of vaccinations are being considered.
Northern Ireland: Emphasised the importance of pharmacists being present in the pharmacy. This is being debated and there was the opinion that pharmacists need to be the supervising body in pharmacy. Pharmacists working in GP practices need a clearer job description. EU has stated that all medicines will be electronically tagged and will need to be verified at the pharmacy as part of quality assurance. The effect on UK is unknown due to Brexit discussions.
South Africa: The biggest challenge is a move to universal health coverage. This creates a problem that only 7% of the community can afford private healthcare. Quality assurance in private healthcare is difficult but pilot studies have been conducted and evaluation is underway. Regular meetings take place with Departments of Health to serve as a reminder of the role of pharmacist services in healthcare. The second phase addresses funding. Issues exist with budget cuts and difficulty finding posts in the public sector so many are forced to enter the private sector. This is still work in progress.
Malaysia: Pharmacists are achieving a higher profile in government, and the Malaysian Pharmacists Society (MPS) is the only recognised national organisation. A problem exists around the lack of separation on the supply and dispensing of medicines, which is still the responsibility of doctors, whereas pharmacists are mainly working in hospitals. It is positive that the government is recognising MPS. Networking and the formation of relationships are imperative and MPS provides that platform for members to do this through seminars and conferences.