Pharmacy rapid diagnostic testing on the rise

Around the world, pharmacists are increasingly performing rapid diagnostic tests. A report from the 2016 FIP congress shares a new practice in the USA where community pharmacists are testing for Streptococcus A as part of antimicrobial stewardship and in an exclusive video for IPJ, a pharmacist explains how rapid diagnostic influenza tests are now being used.

Growing acceptance of immunisation in pharmacies, new report shows

At least 940 million people live in countries where over 193,000 community pharmacies can potentially offer access to vaccination services, according to new research commissioned by FIP. Based on a global population of 7.4 billion, this represents at least one in eight people. Read more about the findings in the latest IPJ.

First non-addictive opioid receptor agonist in use

Scientists’ search for a non-narcotic opioid analgesic recently led to the discovery of a new medicine to treat uraemic pruritis. The story was presented by award-winning researcher Hiroshi Nagase at the 2016 FIP congress.

Dementia: What can pharmacists do?

Evidence for de-prescribing certain drugs with potential links to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease is emerging, Sean Jeffery, clinical professor at the University of Connecticut, told FIP congress participants. Could you, and should you, apply this knowledge?

Heatwave: One pharmacist’s story

For five days last year, blistering heat took grip of southern Pakistan. The heat index rose to 66̊C. Thousands sought help at hospitals. We share one pharmacist’s experiences, her advice, and the first ever guidance from FIP on preparing and responding to natural disasters.

FIP accolades – Who got what

Global pharmacy awards went to pharmacists in seven countries this year. Two FIP member organisations were also recognised for providing examples of the best pharmacy practice improvement programme and the best health promotion campaign. Find out more.

What do pharmacists want? 

We talked to pharmacists from around the world at the FIP congress about what matters to them and what is needed to help our profession become a force in addressing the needs of our communities. Their ideas present an interesting snapshot.

Labour markets must change

A huge disruption to the labour market is needed if the predicted shortfall in our health care workforce is to be avoided. Tana Wuliji of the World Health Organization presents facts, figures and solutions.

 

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