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World Pharmacy Council President George Tambassis said: “In almost all WPC member countries community pharmacies already have a significant and expanding role in administering vaccinations for influenza and other diseases. For Covid-19 vaccines that are amenable to administration in primary care settings, community pharmacy must be included as an integral part of each country’s national immunisation strategy. Involvement of community pharmacy will save lives and accelerate the economic recovery, as the timeframe for reaching target population coverage of the vaccine will be significantly shorter with community pharmacy involvement than without it.”

WPC Statement, 10 December 2020:

The importance of maintaining a viable, well-distributed, highly accessible network of community pharmacies, with staff enabled to operate at their full scope of professional expertise, has never been clearer than now. The 2020 WPC Sector Analysis Special Edition illuminates the vital frontline role of community pharmacy during the COVID-19 pandemic, examines the learnings so far, and makes recommendations for the future.

WPC Sector Analysis 2020 Special Edition: Community Pharmacy & COVID-19

The World Pharmacy Council examined measurement of adherence at its meeting in March 2019 and agreed to advocate the use of the Proportion of Days Covered method for adherence measurement using pharmacy dispensing records.

Best Practice Measurement of Medication Adherence

Note: The full version of the Sector Analysis report is available to member organisations only.

About this report

The 2019 edition is the second annual World Pharmacy Council Sector Analysis report. The report provides an overview of community pharmacy practice, regulation, trends, opportunities, research and statistics focused primarily on the ten WPC member countries as at July 2019 – Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom and United States of America. References to other developed countries are also included, particularly in the statistics sections.
The report will be updated and extended in future years as new members join the WPC.

The report is only available through the WPC member portal.  The Table of Contents can be seen below.

2019 Edition Table of Contents

  • INTRODUCTION: Chief Economist’s Overview
  • SECTION 1: Summary of community pharmacy in each WPC country
  • SECTION 2: Community Pharmacy Trends, Issues & Opportunities 
  • SECTION 3: National Health Priorities 

  • SECTION 4: Community Pharmacy Research Highlights 

  • SECTION 5: Economic & Business Conditions 

  • SECTION 6: Pharmacy Services & Scope 

  • SECTION 7: Biosimilar Medicines – Policies & Uptake 
  • SECTION 8: Location, Accessibility & Geographical Distribution 

  • SECTION 9: Electronic Health Initiatives & Systems 
  • SECTION 10: Regulation of Internet, Mail Order and Cross-Border Medicine Sales 

  • SECTION 11: Health System Statistics & Outcomes 

Sector Analysis Report (2019 contents)

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Note: The full version of the annual Sector Analysis report is available to member organisations only.


Sector Analysis (2018 summary version)

WPC statement on Community Pharmacy Covid-19 Vaccinations
January 13, 2021
Tambassis retires from the WPC Board as he hands over the Australian Guild Presidency
March 21, 2021
June 21, 2021
Doug Hoey elected as President of the WPC
Pandemic Preparedness - Optimising the Use of the Pharmacy Network 
May 3, 2020
Top Australian Health Minister: “community pharmacists around the world truly heroic”. 
September 18, 2020
December 10, 2020
Community pharmacy vaccination services ensure optimal use of Covid-19 vaccines
Community pharmacies in countries across the globe are using their unique abilities as the most accessible health service to help patients as cases of Covid 19 spread internationally. Pharmacies are taking a range of measures including providing information and advice to their communities and patients about the disease:    How to identify symptoms;Managing risks by good hygiene prac...
Community pharmacies support the battle against COVID-19 coronavirus
March 19, 2020
Across the world, countries battling the coronavirus are depending on their community pharmacies to provide healthcare and medicines to their population. Patients are being encouraged to use their pharmacies for advice, and governments are depending on pharmacies to manage limited supplies of medicines. Pharmacies work hard to ensure all their patients have the medicines they need, limiting stockp...
Covid-19:community pharmacies on the front line
April 7, 2020
April 9, 2020
Covid-19:USA pharmacy leader interviewed on Fox News
Member organisations of the World Pharmacy Council met on the Gold Coast, Australia, on March 9th, to debate community pharmacy adherence services and examine research and evidence of effectiveness.
WPC member meeting March 2019
March 9, 2019
Member organisations of the World Pharmacy Council met in Johannesburg, South Africa, on August 17th, to agree a strategy for the Council for the five years 2020 to 2025, and to consider and review the 2019 Sector Analysis produced by the Council’s Chief Economist.
WPC member meeting August 2019
August 29, 2019
The concept of clinical governance is a system to ensure continuous quality improvement in the provision of services. The elements may be found in legal or professional regulatory requirements, or in voluntary quality systems. The WPC has collated a report based on survey responses from nine countries: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, UK an...
November 5, 2019
2019 Clinical Governance survey report
Saskatchewan pharmacists will soon be able to prescribe hormonal and emergency contraceptives, as well as medications for ailments such as uncomplicated urinary tract infections in women and erectile dysfunction.....MORE
Pharmacists in Saskatchewan will be able to prescribe medication for minor ailments
October 30, 2018
NCPA says the policies addressed in the rule are necessary and long overdue to ensure greater drug pricing transparency for patients and pharmacies alike....MORE
USA: Proposed Drug Pricing Rule is a Leap Forward for Patients and Pharmacies
November 30, 2018
The most frequent ED cases that could be managed by a pharmacist included skin related concerns like dermatitis and other conditions like a cough or inflammation of the ear canal, nasal passages, and throat.MORE
January 11, 2019
Pharmacists could dramatically reduce ER visits, according to new study

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