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6 October 2023 

FIP updates policy on pharmacists’ roles in disaster management

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Having a local disaster and emergency response plan and participating in preparedness training are among seven recommendations for pharmacists made in a new FIP policy statement on the role of pharmacists in disaster and emergency management published today. “Disasters and emergencies have been on the rise, and the complexity and severity of their impacts are likely to increase due to factors such as climate change, displacement, conflict, rapid and unplanned urbanisation, technological hazards and public health emergencies. Pharmacists play a critical role in ensuring that people have access to essential medicines and medical supplies during disasters and emergencies,” said Sylvain Grenier, president of FIP’s Military and Emergency Pharmacy Section and co-chair of the FIP policy committee that developed the statement.

The statement, updating FIP’s 2017 policy, emphasises that ongoing planning and preparation are essential and calls for pharmacists’ expertise to be utilised in all phases of disaster and emergency management — risk mitigation, readiness, and response and recovery. Governments and policy makers should ensure that pharmacists with relevant expertise are part of ministries and permanent civil protection structures both at local and national levels, the federation says.

The statement also makes recommendations for pharmacy professional associations and academic institutions, including on capacity-building and researching pharmacy practice during emergencies, respectively.

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