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FIP underlines pharmacists’ value in tackling antimicrobial resistance

FIP highlighted today (29 January), at the World Health Organization’s executive board meeting in Geneva, that US$54bn could be saved each year by optimising antibiotic use, and that pharmacists have been identified as one of the most effective solutions in reaching this potential through measures such as stewardship programmes and supporting rational prescribing.

We reconfirmed the commitment of pharmacists and their associations to fighting antimicrobial resistance and supporting the global action plan.  Secretary general of the World Medical Association Otmar Kloiber said this week that the solution to AMR is not more antibiotics, but better use.

FIP also intends to report the investment of US$2m over 5 years — through FIPEd  — to support reform of pharmacists’ education so that they are sufficient in number and have appropriate skills to respond to the current and future needs of our populations. FIP will be stressing, at the WHO meeting, that the best way for countries to have a competent and sufficient health care personnel is through proper planning and development, and a competency-based approach.

FIP, under the umbrella of the World Health Professions Alliance, is also due to make interventions on the following issues:

•    Substandard/spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit medical products
•    The Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Propery
•    The  WHO Framework of engagement with non-State actors