Early learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic point to a need to provide guidance to health systems on how best to use pharmacies as a vital part of the support network, in particular the medication and protective equipment supply chain. As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, there has been widespread but belated recognition of the vital role in the delivery of health care services that pharmacies play.Read the World Pharmacy Council's paper:
Welcome to the World Pharmacy Council
Welcome to the World Pharmacy Council, established in 2017 by community pharmacy organisations in seven countries (Pharmintercom) that have met annually since 1987 to share information and discuss the role, opportunities and issues affecting community pharmacy. The World Pharmacy Council is an Associate Expert Group member of Business at OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).
Community pharmacies play a great but frequently unrecognised and unquantified role in healthcare systems. They provide care and advice for a range of health issues. From wound care and minor sprains, to pain and infections, pharmacies offer care and advice from infancy throughout life. A core role for pharmacies is to supply prescribed medications with the right information and guidance to help ensure proper use and efficacy. For many people with health problems, their relationship with a community pharmacy team is an important part of their support network.
World Pharmacy Council
These pharmacy core services are vital components of health systems, contributing to managing demand for physician or hospital resources. They are supplemented in some countries by greater use of the clinical skills of community pharmacists, who can adjust or even initiate prescribed medication therapy, sometimes as part of medicines management services.
The growth of online retailing is challenging traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ trading models including community pharmacies. In most countries fees paid for dispensing provide the funding to support provision of advice and support that is not directly remunerated.
Health costs are rising and increasingly governments focus on use of new technologies to change traditional models of care. Community pharmacy must be part of the debates, in individual countries and internationally, to develop recognition of its place in the provision of health care today, and to contribute to dialogue about the future: how pharmacies can be an integral part of innovative systems.
The mission of the World Pharmacy Council is to build international recognition of community pharmacy, its role, policies and value, and to influence, promote and secure acceptance of community pharmacy as an important and integral part of health systems.
By 2025 the World Pharmacy Council is established and acknowledged as an informed and respected data driven expert on the actual and potential role of community pharmacy in patient care and public health, and the OECD advocates services of community pharmacists using their full scope of practice as part of integrated care of patients with acute or chronic conditions, and as providers of public health services.
The World Pharmacy Council was established in 1987 as Pharmintercom and the seven founder member countries have met annually, exchanging news of developments, data and experience. To date no multi-national organisation has represented and promoted the value of community pharmacies in health care systems. Pharmintercom recognised the need for community pharmacy to have a voice to influence health policy internationally, and expand its membership beyond the seven countries. It agreed to establish the World Pharmacy Council (WPC) at its 2016 meeting.
The aim of the World Pharmacy Council is to speak for community pharmacy internationally; we encourage you to explore this website and contact the organisation via the contact form below.
To be a voice for community pharmacy internationally, the Council has secured a voice and recognition in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This intergovernmental organisation comprises 36 member countries, with a mission to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.
OECD has a Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC). Its website explains: “Being part of BIAC allows members access to meetings, global fora, and other consultations with OECD leadership, senior government officials, committees and related working groups”. From 2019 the Council has been a member of the BIAC Associate Expert Groups on Health and Consumer Affairs.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is the peak representative body for community pharmacy owners in Australia.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia
The Danish Pharmacies Association is pharmacy's employer and trade association in Denmark.
The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) is the representative and professional body for community pharmacists in Ireland.
Irish Pharmacy Union
The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand is the peak representative body for pharmacy owners in New Zealand.
The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand
Associação Nacional das Farmácias
The National Association of Pharmacies (ANF) is a professional association which represents the interests of pharmacy owners in Portugal.
The General Council of Spanish Pharmacists represents the pharmacy profession at the national and international level.
Consejo General de Colegios Oficiales de Farmaceuticos España
NPA is the trade association for independent community pharmacies in the UK.
National Pharmacy Association
PSNC promotes and supports the interests of all NHS community pharmacies in England
Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee
The National Community Pharmacists Association represents the pharmacist owners, managers, and employees of more than 22,000 independent community pharmacies across the United States
National Community Pharmacists Association
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