Date: 22 April 2020
The International Pharmaceutical Federation has called on governments and other stakeholders to implement a range of urgent measures to help pharmacists play an even greater role in the fight against COVID-19, and to ensure the continuity of pharmaceutical care to patients.
The FIP call to action says some measures that need to be addressed include
FIP’s measures also call for action to be taken in preparation for future developments, including
FIP President Mr Dominique Jordan said the valuable service pharmacists and their teams provide to communities, and their important contribution to easing the huge strain being placed on health systems during the current COVID-19 pandemic, was now clearer than ever.
“We know that these colleagues are going to great lengths and subjecting themselves to risks in order to ensure continuity of care, particularly to the vulnerable, and to maintain a robust and efficient medicines and medical product supply chain as providing much-needed advice and services,” he said.
“Pharmacists at community and hospital pharmacies and clinical biology laboratories are sharing in the enormous pressure of preventing the spread of the new coronavirus disease.
“Sadly, we have already witnessed pharmacist deaths related to COVID-19 and many pharmacists have patients who have died because of the infection. We must ensure the wellbeing of these colleagues so that they can continue in their vital work.”
The FIP measures also call for appropriate services to be put in place to support the psychological health of pharmacists and pharmacy staff, and for governments and other employers to ensure pharmacists are getting adequate breaks during their shifts and time off between shifts.
Contact: The Guild