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FIP study confirms expansion of pharmacists’ role in hygiene since the COVID-19 pandemic

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The Hague • 21 February 2023

Advice on hygiene given by pharmacies has widened from oral care to infection control measures, according to a report by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Global Pharmaceutical Observatory (GPO) published today.

A literature review conducted by the FIP GPO found educating people on hygiene measures such as handwashing and disinfection to be a novel community pharmacy service during the pandemic. The FIP GPO also conducted a cross-country survey (India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Thailand) through five FIP member organisations (n=60). More than half of the respondents reported that avoidance of respiratory, viral, communicable, and food and water borne infections were the most common “germ concerns” expressed to them by the public.

The study also looked into current and future learning needs of pharmacy teams in the five countries. 58.3% of respondents said they obtained information on hygiene as part of their continuing professional development.

“Hygiene — general and personal — is an important aspect of self-care. The report shows that pharmacists and their teams can offer a valuable service to empower people to maintain health, and to prevent and manage illness. However, our study also indicated that the profession needs more support with learning about hygiene” said Mr Christopher John, FIP lead for data and intelligence, and co-author of the report.

The report “What community pharmacy teams need to support good hygiene as part of people’s self-care” is available here:

Notes for editors
The FIP Global Pharmaceutical Observatory gathers data and produces intelligence on pharmacy workforce, pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical science worldwide.

The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, and is in official relations with the World Health Organization. Through our 153 member organisations, we represent over four million practitioners and scientists around the world. Our vision is a world where everyone benefits from access to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines and pharmaceutical care.

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