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E-DRUG: FIP Pharmacists in the supply chain
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Dear Community Members,

The role of Pharamcists in health supply chain has been raised in many
forums. I would like to share with you the publication of the International
Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Pharmacists in the supply chain: The role
of the medicines expert in ensuring quality and availability

<http://fip.org/files/fip/publications/Pharmacists_in_the_supply_chain_The_role_of_the_medicines_expert_in_ensuring_quality_and_availability.pdf>*.

The report presents what I believe is a balanced global view of the optimal
use of pharmacists in a variety of pharmaceutical supply chain contexts.

Key observations include: 

   - This report highlights specifically the optimal role and use of
   pharmacists in the pharmaceutical supply chain in a variety of country
   contexts
   - Using the People that Deliver (PtD) Initiative's Supply Chain
   Competency Framework, the report summarizes 22 behaviors from more than 200
   technical behavioral competencies where pharmacists could be considered the
   most suitable profession. The working group noted that the vast majority of
   competencies required to run a pharmaceutical supply chain were not within
   the general role of a pharmacists.
   - Results from a global survey demonstrates that perceptions of the role
   of pharmacists vary substantially both within countries (between
   pharmacists and more logistics-focused personnel) and across countries
   (based on different health systems and legislative frameworks)
   - Pharmacists play a key and essential role at both ends of the supply
   chain: first, in selecting medicines that need to be available for the
   benefit of a population and, secondly at the point of dispensing where
   pharmacists can advise the patient on the optimal use of medicine. In
   addition, pharmacists play a role in many countries having oversight of the
   supply chain and being able to make corrections should anything deviate
   from normal procedures
   - The expertise of pharmacists as medicines experts is needed as part of
   a team approach to supply chain management
   - It is essential that pharmacists, if they are to engage in supply
   chain management as a central competency, undertake professional
   certification and/or academic education and training consistent with the
   supply chain functions they wish to undertake, particularly if such
   training is not already included in their university training

I would encourage you to read the full report and consider the implications
for your own country context.

Regards,

Andrew N. Brown PhD BPharm
Adjunct Professional Associate, University of Canberra
Andrew Brown <anbrown.hss@gmail.com>
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